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Meet Maya Murillo: Self-Made 22 Year-old Social Media Star

Instead of a quinceañera party when she turned 15, Maya Murillo opted for a website domain name instead, and her brand Maya in the Moment was born. Ever since, Maya has been inspiring online followers to live in the moment with lots of comedy, music, body positivity, lazy girl fashion, and beauty tips. Maya comes from a family of entrepreneurs, including ...
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Meet Alejandra Campoverdi: A Multi-Dimensional Woman who Transformed her Pain into her Superpower

Rising from a difficult childhood to attend Harvard, work in President Obama’s White House, and run for Congress, Alejandra Campoverdi’s SELF MADE story is a winding journey that’s always had a guiding light –  her passion for community. A proud Mexican-American, Alejandra grew up in Los Angeles, CA where her family often needed to rely on public assistance to get by, ...
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Meet Dolores Caffaro: Furniture & Staging Maven to the Stars

When Dolores Caffaro’s father sent her to live in Los Angeles from Argentina she was outraged. But she was even more outraged when he made her come right back a few months later. Infuriated, she hastily sold her apartment and returned to the the US, where she joined forces with her step-father to launch a furniture business. The last thing ...
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Meet Kathy Cano-Murillo: Career Crafter and Social Media Superstar

Kathy Murillo has a personal mantra: I do my best when I’m happy, which means that she chooses to make a living doing what she loves. That’s what she calls “the magic formula to life.” Her a-ha moment came when she made a pair of earrings off of one sheet of watercolor paper, which she took to a boutique on ...
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Meet Dr. Yasmin Davidds: Turning Tragedy into Triumph

Imagine the trauma of being shot at with a gun—by your own father. Would you ever be the same again? Yasmin Davidds not only recovered, but actually used the very pain of this experience to propel her forward as an inspired survivor, educator, businesswoman and author. It was by no means an easy road for her, one that came with ...
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Julissa Arce: From Undocumented to SELF MADE, Part One

The odds were always stacked against Julissa Arce in America. She didn’t speak English. She was apart from her family for most of her life. She couldn’t apply for financial aid as a senior in high school ready for college. She was alone in the world with a giant secret—the unfortunate fact that she was undocumented. Yet despite every obstacle, ...
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Julissa Arce: From Undocumented to SELF MADE, Part Two

Nothing is ever easy. And in part two, you’ll see what measures Julissa had to take to make sure she could accomplish her goals.
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Julissa Arce: From Undocumented to SELF MADE, Part Three

Find out how Julissa beat her odds, and despite so many challenges, at last achieved the American Dream – on her own terms!
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Meet Jovanka Ciares: Music Exec Turned Wellness Coach Extraordinaire

Be honest: wouldn’t you kill for a glamourous job in the music industry working with artists like Beyoncé and Jay-Z? That was Jovanka Ciares, a Puerto Rican music executive who loved her New York City lifestyle and its culture of opportunity. Jovanka hustled and thrived, even though her job came with stress, given long hours and constant dealings with such ...
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