Nely Galán is a quintessential maker: She is a Latina media mogul, an entrepreneur, a teacher, a speaker, an Emmy Award winning producer, and an advocate for gender parity. Above all, she is SELF MADE. Dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine, Galán is one of the entertainment industry’s savviest influencers. Galán, a Cuban immigrant, worked her way up to become President of Telemundo’s Entertainment Division. Throughout her career Galán produced over 700 episodes of television in English and Spanish. Galán was also the first Latina ever to appear on “Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump” on NBC—showing on national television that a multicultural woman’s place is in the boardroom. After becoming self-made on her own terms, Galán has made it her mission to teach women—regardless of age or background—how they too can become entrepreneurs. Her forthcoming book, SELF MADE: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way, is out now, published by Spiegel & Grau/Random House, and already a New York Times best-seller. Inspired by the new revolution in women’s entrepreneurship led by multicultural women, Galán wrote the book as a manifesto to ignite the SELF MADE movement, uniting all women on a quest for an economic future they control. SELF MADE is a blueprint and a mindset, but most of all it is a call to rise up and take ownership in ways big and small.
Galán is also the founder of the nonprofit The Adelante Movement (“Move it forward!” in Spanish), which kicked off in 2012 and seeks to train and empower Latinas to become entrepreneurs. Soon, not just Latinas, but women of all backgrounds began showing up to her events, a clear signal to Galán that all women, and particularly multicultural women, were leading a new economic women’s movement. The revolution around financial self-reliance had already begun. The SELF MADE book is the culmination of nearly four years on the road meeting and training women, who have collectively become the largest growth engine in the country.