Between September 15 and October 15, the US celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, a month of celebrating Latin culture, arts, and traditions. Hispanic Heritage Month also falls across Independence Days for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on September 15th, Mexico on September 16th, and Chile on September 18th.
Unfortunately, we’re unable to celebrate in person this year, due to COVID-19, however, we have still compiled our inaugural List of Influential Latinos in the United States, in recognition of the successes and contributions made by Latinxs from various backgrounds, in their communities and in their chosen fields.
A new study from Pew Research has shown that Latinos have defied predictions of steady remittance declines during the pandemic. Additionally, The Washington Post recently reported that Mexican remittances have increased year-over-year in five of the first six months of 2020.
Jorge Godínez, Head of LATAM at WorldRemit, says, “At a time when our whole world is impacted by this pandemic, Latino migrants have been disproportionately affected … this new data has proven how resilient the Latin community is and we wanted to celebrate this by highlighting these bright and shining stars’ positive impact on their communities.”
In full, here is the 2020 WorldRemit List of Influential Latinos in the United States, with some words of wisdom:
“The time is now to pioneer new narratives around diversity in the marketing world. By lifting Black and Latinx voices, we can shake up traditional conversations and create a real, positive impact for our communities.”
Angela Elo-Rivera is a communications strategist with a heart for nonprofits and socially conscious businesses. A proven leader in the branding and marketing realm, Elo-Rivera finds joy in developing strategic communications plans that build brand awareness, increase ROI, and make a tangible impact on the community and world.
"We are where we come from, but also where we are going."
Ashley Frangie is a Mexican photographer currently living in Los Angeles. Her first solo exhibition, called 'Las horas que me tomo', took place at Casa Paraíso, in 2015 and, since then, Frangie has had several exhibitions in different cities across the United States, Mexico and Germany.
“In today’s economy we must do more with less! COVID-19 has changed the way we work, the way we live, and the way we socialize. As business leaders, we must embrace entrepreneurial principles to achieve higher levels of financial prosperity.”
Julio Rocha, of Ecuadorian descent, is an entrepreneur and advisor in business, entrepreneurship, and politics. He believes in giving back his time, talent and treasure to his community and is a champion for Prospanica, the association of Hispanic MBAs and business professionals.
“As you climb up and reach your goals it is incredibly important to remember, honor and recognize all of the people who have helped you along the way, all of their generosity and sacrifices, especially those of your parents and loved ones.”
Madelyn Tavarez is a Dominican-American software engineer at Pinterest on the Shopping Product team. She’s also the founder of Scholar Ahead, the most comprehensive free online educational opportunity platform with over 1,000 summer enrichment programs, internships, and research opportunities for middle and high school students across the US.
“One’s accomplishments and successes are sustained by respect, resourcefulness and responsibility; altogether values that rest on our Latino identity and belonging.”
Manuel Orozco is the Director of the Center for Migration and Economic Stabilization at Creative Associates International, which focuses on finding ingenious solutions for populations most at-risk of migrating, often missed by traditional economic growth programs with a special emphasis given to informal economies, youth and women.
“Success is found only with an opportunity. Once having the opportunity, you should not let go as if it were your life. Learn, work, study, focus and educate the new generations.”
Mario Arevalo is an upcoming tenor in both recital and opera stages. He has recently made his debut with Hawaii Opera Theater performing the role of Gastone and covering the role of Alfredo in La Traviata. As an El Salvadoran Community representative he has received honors from United States Senators, and proclamations from The Mayor and Council of New Jersey, Los Angeles and New York.
"Success is in you, with discipline, perseverance and passion, everything comes at the right time."
As a Nicaraguan designer, Lacayo has made a name for herself by specializing in women's wear haute couture and prêt-à-porter. She reinterprets indigenous elements aiming to promote and retake Latin-American cultural roots.
Congratulations to all, and a happy Hispanic Heritage Month!