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WOMAN TO WATCH: Nely Galán, Latina Media Dynamo and Women’s-empowerment Advocate
Today’s Woman to Watch is one of those powerhouse women, and she’s on a mission to empower other Latinas economically and entrepreneurially. And she certainly has the experience and chops to do it! Nely Galán, a Cuban immigrant and self-made media mogul, made history when she became the first Latina president of entertainment for a U.S. television network, turning Telemundo into must-see TV for both Spanish- and English-speaking audiences. And that’s not all! She’s produced more than 600 episodes of various shows in Spanish and English, including the Fox hit reality series The Swan. Yep, she’s pretty amazing. And she even has an Emmy Award to prove it!
Nely’s remarkable self-made story began humbly, with her family leaving Cuba after Fidel Castro gained power. As new U.S. immigrants, Nely’s mother and father left behind their successful careers and rebuilt their legacy one hardworking day at a time in the United States. There’s no doubt the resilience and determination Nely witnessed from her parents would be foundational to her own success.
Tapping into that seemingly hereditary irrepressible tenacity, Nely worked diligently to become her own boss, a role she embodies with real poise. But being self-made is no easy feat. It takes courage to believe in yourself, something Nely touches on in her new book, Self Made: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way, and on her Self Made website, which features insightful content for every woman.
Giving back has become an essential characteristic of Nely’s story. She started a nonprofit called The Adelante Movement, which trains and empowers other Latinas to become successful entrepreneurs and take control of their economic future.
Like many successful female entrepreneurs, Nely didn’t get where she is without positive female influences in her life. For example, when she was bullied at school growing up, often the victim of racial slurs, it was her enlightened mother who taught Nely to stand up for herself, as well as for others—a conviction that lead to self-confidence, self-reliance and eventually, an entire women’s-empowerment movement.
Thanks, Nely, for leading by example and proving that, regardless of our backgrounds or circumstances, every woman has the potential to become a self-made success!
Here’s some 2018 advice from Nely: Get a side hustle! Not only is it a great way to dip a toe in and learn about entrepreneurship, but it’s also the path to becoming self-reliant. What will your side hustle be this year? Reach out to us on Instagram and Twitter @onthedotwoman and tell us what you’re up to.
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