Angélica Fuentes

Maria Contreras Sweet

Maria Contreras-Sweet: Champion of Latina Business

It takes determination, know-how, and strength to level the playing field for a long-marginalized demographic group.   Those traits aptly describe Maria Contreras-Sweet, one of the Hispanic community’s greatest achievers to-date. Contreras-Sweet’s claim to fame isn’t limited to just one or two accomplishments. Perhaps she is known the best as the first Latina administrator of the Small …

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The rise of Latinas

The Rise of Latinas: Shattering Cultural Ceilings in the U.S.

When most people think of the traditional role of Latinas, they imagine them as mothers, as wives, and as homemakers.  And that’s still true.  But today, Latinas have added another line to their list of achievements:  They are now quickly leading the way as entrepreneurs in America’s competitive landscape. What has fueled the success of entrepreneurs such as …

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Janice Bryant Howroyd, a Woman Leading.

Janice Bryant Howroyd: A Woman Leading the Way

It was the mid-1970s, and Janice Bryant had graduated with an English degree from what was once North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College, now North Carolina AT&T State University—an institution that currently benefits from her accomplishments and her generosity. Today, Janice Bryant Howroyd is known for many achievements, but perhaps her biggest notoriety comes from …

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Latinas and Hispanic students

How Well Are College Business Programs Preparing Latinas for Careers as Entrepreneurs?

“Entrepreneurship” has become a buzz word in the 21st century.  At a time like no other, gifted thinkers, innovators, and visionaries are able to thrive in businesses of their own, rather than working for others.  And while a college education isn’t always necessary to prepare someone as an entrepreneur, it’s certainly an advantage.  But are college programs preparing students—especially …

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Latin women in the US are the most unsupported founders

Historically, the venture capital industry has not set a good example for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ensuring equality of opportunity for entrepreneurs, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender, is one of the main challenges in the industry. For Latin Women entrepreneurs, for example, one of their main barriers in the United States is getting the …

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