Silvia Maria Camps is the founder and CEO of Stow Simple, a next-generation storage company designed to take the pain out of using traditional self-storage. They pick up, store and photo-catalog items, which are delivered back with the click of a button. Silvia has won various awards and pitch competitions including the 2015 Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge, the 2016 Miami Rocket Pitch Competition, and her company is among the highest rated storage companies in Miami. Silvia also knows the importance of supporting entrepreneurship and giving back to her community. Her company is in discussions to partner with the University of Miami and Florida International University, where a portion of their proceeds will go to support entrepreneurship studies.
Victoria Flores is the Co-Founder and CEO of Lux Beauty Club which offers affordable, salon-quality hair extensions delivered to your door. With 1/3 of women using hair extensions, Victoria is looking to bring the salon experience into the 21st century, looking to emulate the modern business models of companies such as Warby Parker and the Dollar Shave Club. Her company has been featured online at The Wall Street Journal, People en Español, People Style, Time Magazine, and on television via Univison’s Primer Impacto and on the Home Shopping Network via their American Dreams Competition. But it doesn’t stop there, Victoria was a member of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative’s 4th cohort of entrepreneurs and also won the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s award for success.
Laura Paredes Oldaker is the founder and CEO of Academy for Caregiving Excellence. Her business combines e-learning, in-classroom, and hands-on training to train and certify hundreds of caregivers and licensed nursing assistants. Laura has won various awards including the Verizon Wireless Hispanic Entrepreneur of the Year award, and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Business Woman of the Year award for her rst business, By Your Side Senior Care. And if her resume wasn’t stacked enough, Laura has completed the prestigious Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.
Natasha Pongonis is the Co-Owner of Nativa, a multicultural communications agency; and is the CEO of OYE! Business Intelligence, a technology startup that provides data analytics on the Hispanic demographic. Natasha is a business communications expert with extensive marketing experience. She has developed key digital strategies for many organizations and Governmental agencies engaging the diverse Hispanic audiences through her understanding of communication between cultures, traditions, and regional variations of Spanish. Being fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian enables Natasha to reach out and connect with a diverse digital audience across the globe.
“Understanding how the Hispanic demographic evolves and how these dynamic changes affect digital conversations and the use of the many different platforms are key factors to ensure our success and that of our clients.”- Natasha Pongonis, Founder & CEO, OYE! Business Intelligence
Patricia Fuegera is the founder and CEO of La Cocina VA, a workforce and small business development social enterprise, that provides vocational job training for the food service and hospitality industries, English language training and job placement for the unemployed. Through La Cocina VA Patricia has been able to help many immigrants and low-income Virginians get the necessary skills to pull themselves out of poverty. The future expansion of La Cocina VA through a Social Food Incubator will support entrepreneurs to start food-related small businesses by providing infrastructure for local food production, as well as business development training.
“I started the organization because the sum of all parts didn’t exist under one roof at that particular time. I wanted to solve the challenges that our community faces to achieve success, to find employment and to create financial independence. I wanted to transform their current realities into stories of success, into new ventures that inspire, equip and mobilize our people to drive positive.”- Patrcia Funegera, Founder and CEO, La Cocina VA
Paula Celestino is the Co-founder and Chief of Business Development at Crea7ive. At Crea7ive, Paula works with clients to provide consulting on branding and creative vision. She has worked directly with many of the agency’s high-profile clients including Wendy’s and Pizza Hut, Armani Casa and coaches team members to successfully plan and execute creative development. Paula is the founder of Kloset Karma, a fashion exchange app, winner of the 2014 Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge and 2014 TECH Cocktail's Hottest Startup in Miami. Her startup journey inspired her to create the women in tech panel series called "A Conversation with Innovative Women" with the purpose to empower women to become entrepreneurs and to create an environment to foster mentorship and collaboration. She's also a Startup Weekend organizer, facilitator and community leader for Techstars in Miami. Paula holds a Bachelor’s Degree in PR Communications and Marketing from Florida International University.
Dyan Media Gibbens is the Founder and CEO of Trumbull Unmanned, a Forbes Top 25 Veteran Founded Company. Trumbull Unmanned provides critical data to the energy sector and flies drones in challenging and austere environments to collect and analyze data. Each Trumbull team member is a veteran, pilot, engineer, UAV operator, and transfer their strong aviation safety culture from Air Force pilots and Naval aviators. Dyan’s experience at the Air Force Academy, serving in the military, earning an MBA, and PhD coursework, complemented by a decade of aerospace work experience provide a unique skill set, better allowing her to meet the needs of Trumbull’s clients.
“For advice to young women, I would assert if you are working for the right reasons smart, hard work pays off. For takeaways: * Anything worth doing is challenging * Don’t let anyone hold you back, including yourself * And it’s okay to be the only woman in the room” - Dyan Media Gibbens, Founder & CEO, Trumbull Unmanned
Patricia Martiniez is the Founder and CEO of MSwift. Swift's mission is to develop a system that introduces 2 billion unbanked individuals into the formal banking sector. Nearly one third of our global population has no access to formal banking, savings, credit, or insurance products, which research shows is a big contributor to social mobility and escaping poverty. Swift is a for-profit impact company providing financial support to the unbanked in emerging markets through a mobile banking solution. As a financial management tool, Swift enables users to save for their monthly expenses while tracking their daily spending habits.
“The most important advice I can give to any woman entrepreneur, especially a Latina entrepreneur, is to persevere and ALWAYS have your game face on. We have to work 10 times harder than male entrepreneurs from fundraising, to partnerships, to team building, anything. Often times people don't give us the credit we deserve until we finally make it happen. I have learned to rise above the doubt because it gives me more strength to push harder and make this a success.”- Patrica Martinez, Founder & CEO, MSwift
Ana Burmudez is the founder and CEO of Get TAGit Inc. A business leader with over 9 years of experience, including executive management, Ana is a creative innovator and an award-winning, dynamic public speaker with exceptional communication and problem-solving skills. TAGit is a free iOS mobile application that allows TV viewers to buy items from their favorite TV shows. With a complete integration to social media, TAGit allows TV viewers to instantly purchase the items they desire, and share their items with their social media friends.
“The advice that I often share with female entrepreneurs is to not allow their circumstances, trials, and tribulations define them. Women are just as intelligent, strong, and capable of accomplishing their entrepreneurial goals.”- Ana Burmudez, Founder and CEO, Get TAGit Inc.