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Here’s What You Missed If You Didn’t Attend This Year’s #WeAllGrow Summit

The 2019 #WeAllGrow Latina Summit brought together more than 500 influential leaders, creators and storytellers on a mission to elevate the voices and stories of Latinas through the power of community. The annual three-day event gives attendees the opportunity to build their networks and work on skills like creating an engaging social media feed and growing an online business.

This year’s tickets sold out in a record-breaking three hours and six minutes. If you weren’t able to score a ticket this time, below is what you missed. On top of major activations, there were countless workshops that provide valuable information on networking, entrepreneurship and overall just how to make bigger moves. If you missed out on the event or couldn’t attend all of the sessions — or if you want to give this experience as a gift, there’s a Digital Pass that exists! The Digital Pass gives you access to full HD videos of select keynotes, panels and workshops. You’ll also gain early access to #WeAllGrow Summit 2020. PS, if you purchase now, using the code mitu10 you’ll save $10 — that’s almost a pedicure!

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1. The #WeAllGrow Summit kicked off with a special performance by Las Cafeteras during the welcome party.

#WeAllGrow attendees kicked off the annual summit with a fun night of dancing and music by Afro-Mexican band, Las Cafeteras. The East LA-native group fuses hip-hop, cumbia and rock genres with spoken word and zapateado dancing to help celebrate different cultures and bring communities together.

They’ve previously shared the stage with acclaimed Mexican singer-songwriter Lila Downs and other major acts like Juanes and Talib Kweli.

2. Attendees enjoyed a tasty breakfast in bed by #WeAllGrow’s Changemakers Collective.

#WeAllGrow attendees didn’t have to go very far to have a tasty breakfast in the morning. The Changemakers Collective provided everything to fuel a full day’s worth of workshops and networking.

3. Stressed? No worries. The event provided a calming and energizing morning yoga session with Jennifer Ibarra.

Yoga instructor and CEO of MindfulMamis, Jennifer Ibarra led a group morning yoga session to calm nerves and help set the tone for the rest of the day. Ibarra believes in connecting with others on a soul level.

During the morning session, she used her peaceful voice to lead poses and stretches to reach both the hearts and minds of attendees.

4. An audience fist pump session with #WeAllGrow storyteller Veronica Castagno.

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The past couple of days have been a total extreme rollercoaster, just like the story of my life. I like to say that my life is a tango, all drama, all passion. For some reason, since the moment I found out I was going to be a storyteller on @weallgrowlatina Summit, I took it as if it was one of the most defining moments of my life. That’s how it felt since day one and like every project I do, I had to do it obsessively good, as good as I can possibly make it. And I wanted to be 1000% myself, even if that means being a lion, throw fire, a warrior that will stand up every time she gets punched to the floor. But to be 1000% myself, I had to let go of all my fears: what are they going to think of me if they see ME, with all my fire and all my lights? What will happen when they find out that I’m so much more than the fun girl who makes cakes? Will I be embraced or rejected? That scared me extremely. But 1 hour before getting into that stage, all the fears disappeared and I was ready… to roar, to throw fire, to do kickboxing, to be the fighter I am and to show all my true colors. With my immense strength and my most honest vulnerability. There was a moment when I broke down, talking about something that was heartbreaking, the moment I left my mom and my dad to chase my dream… everyone in the audience started chanting my name… like in a soccer stadium! Vero! Vero! Vero! 🏆🔥 I never in my life felt more accepted and embraced! That’s what the community of @weallgrowlatina that @laflowers created 5 years ago is. The most loving, empowering women who will lift you up if you fail and let you be their guide if you can somehow inspire them. I’m counting the minutes until I get this video so I can share with everyone. Right now, I’m still digesting felling overwhelmingly grateful to @weallgrowlatina and @wordpressdotcom for this unique and magical opportunity. I climbed another 🏔and built another 🚁! I want to see all of you FLY too! 💫☄️🥊 . ESPAÑOL en primer comentario #storyteller #weallgrow #wordpressdotcom #poweredbywordpress #inspiring #uplifting #motivational #latinablogger #youtubecreator #youtubelatino #latinabloggers #bold #fierce

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YouTuber and 2019 #WeAllGrow Storyteller, Veronica Castagno energized the audience with fist pumps before sharing her inspiring personal story. Castagno is a self-taught pastry chef and owner of Vero Sweet Hobby.

With nearly 130,000 followers on Facebook and over 70,000 subscribers on YouTube, Castagno has established herself as a leader in online bilingual desert and pastry tutorials.

#5. WeAllGrow Latina Network founder Ana Flores led an incredibly inspirational fireside chat.

During a talk with #WeAllGrow founder Ana Flores, Oscar-nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio opened up about how the lack of Latina representation in film fueled her desire to succeed. Aparicio is best known for her role as Cleo in Alfonso Cuaron’s critically-acclaimed film Roma.

As the first Indigenous American woman to ever be nominated for an Academy Award, Aparicio is a trailblazer and symbol of strength for all Latinas.

6. Yalitza Aparicio accepts the inaugural #WeAllGrow Changemaker award.  

After the fireside chat, Yalitza Aparicio was awarded #WeAllGrow’s inaugural Changemaker Award for her efforts in promoting indigenous representation in the media and the fair treatment of domestic workers. This year’s award was a hand-painted portrait of the actress by Latinx artist Denise Cortes.

A tear-filled audience cheered as Aparicio graciously accepted the award and thanked the #WeAllGrow team and its attendees.

7. The event also ensured there was a place for attendees to get pampered and Dove was there to style and freshen up people’s hairstyles.

Dove’s on-site hair lounge ensured picture-perfect curls in between workshops and sessions. Creative director and fashion stylist Sherly Tavarez made sure to stop by the hair lounge for a few touch-ups and encouraged attendees to join in.

The hair lounge featured hair artist Leonardo Rocco and Dove favorites like their Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo.

8. Snacks were provided by California Strawberries.

Who says salsa can’t be sweet? California Strawberries served a mouthwatering strawberry salsa using simple, fresh ingredients. With California’s special climate, it’s no surprise to hear that the state produces 90% of America’s favorite fruits, strawberries.

This energizing snack had attendees lining up for seconds, que rico!

9. A mobile Latinx bookstore by Alegria Magazine was parked to promote Latinx authors.

Alegria Magazine parked its mobile bookstore at the summit and displayed the work of influential Latinx authors. The bookstore was started by Alegria founder Davina A. Ferreira and aims to help teach kids and youth about Latinx storytellers.

Authors also dropped by for book signings and photos throughout the event.

10. Kim Guerra got people to stand on their feet after sharing inspiring words during #WeAllGrow’s poetry slam hour.

Author and poet Kim Guerra took the stage to share an inspiring message about the importance of self-love in the first-ever #WeAllGrow Poetry Slam Hour presented by Curated by FB and UnidosUS. She was joined by Yesika Salgado, Melania-Luisa Marte, Kim Mercado, Melizza Lozado-Olivia and moderator Nicoletta de la Brown.

Attendees were left feeling proud, inspired and motivated.

11. Did we mention there were churros? A delicious collaboration between La Lechera and LA’s Churro Catering Service gave everyone the munchies.

La Lechera and LA’s Churro Catering Service joined forces to host a churro stand with decadent La Lechera sweetened condensed milk and endless golden churros. The brand also ran a #ToqueSweet Instagram contest that had attendees snapping pics while indulging in their treats.

Congrats to the lucky winner!

12. #WeAllGrow Latina Summit always provides field trips and this year part of the group headed over to YouTube’s LA headquarters.

Attendees went on a full tour of YouTube’s LA headquarters, had a VR experience and watched a panel discussion with Doralys Britto, Dulce Candy and Jenny Lorenzo.

The day was filled with laughing and learning, and aspiring influencers were left feeling empowered and motivated to create their best content. ¡Se pusieron las pilas!

13. Self-esteem is important and this year there was a self-esteem workshop with a surprise Instax camera giveaway.

Those who participated in the Dove Self-Esteem Workshop left with great skills, practices and free Instax cameras. During the workshop, attendees became mentors for local girls from the Boys & Girls Club.

Together, they participated in an important conversation about self-esteem and beauty standards.

14. Dove also provided a custom perfume station for a personalized scent experience.

Dove brought a custom perfume station to #WeAllGrow and gave attendees a memorable scent experience. With fine fragrance and essential oils by Sarah Horowitz Parfums, creating a unique formula was fast, simple and fun.

What better way to recall the wonderful memories made at #WeAllGrow than with a mood-boosting, personalized perfume.

15. Every corner of the event was instagrammable, including these inspirational neon signs.

The mitú and FIERCE by mitú corner was the place to lounge, gather with your comadres to take photos under these inspirational neon signs and shop!

Don’t you have major fomo? On top of all of these activations, there were countless workshops that provide valuable information on networking, entrepreneurship and overall just how to make bigger moves. If you missed out on the event or couldn’t attend all of the sessions — or if you want to give this experience as a gift, there’s a Digital Pass that exists! The Digital Pass gives you access to full HD videos of select keynotes, panels and workshops. You’ll also gain early access to #WeAllGrow Summit 2020. PS, if you purchase now, you’ll purchase at a discounted price!

Click here to learn more about the incredible offers that come with the digital pass.

Women Across Argentina Are Taking To The Streets Demanding More Freedoms With The #NiUnaMenos Feminist Revolution

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Women Across Argentina Are Taking To The Streets Demanding More Freedoms With The #NiUnaMenos Feminist Revolution

Cecilia Palmeiro is the fierce mujer behind Argentina’s “Ni Una Menos” (not one less) campaign against femicide. Their first national protest was in October 2016, and since then, the movement has touched different corners of a larger issue of systematic female oppression. Abortion is illegal in Argentina, recently ratified after a failed attempt to legalize abortion last year. Ni Una Menos sees abortion rights and economic security as two sides to the same coin.

On Monday, Palmeiro organized another major national strike, drawing in thousands of Argentine poderosas to call on the country to take emergency action for women.

In recent years, Argentina’s economy has plummeted into crisis, causing the government to cut social services.

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The families that once relied on these services are forced into private debt. Palmeiro also sees a rising pattern of women being forced to stay in abusive relationships because it is financially unfeasible to leave.

This year’s protest may have had an undercurrent of economic goals, but the message is the same.

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Protesters held signs showing the faces of women who have been murdered by their abusive partners. The message is simple: we can’t afford to lose one more woman to unfettered sexism.

With another election coming up in October, protesters regrouped the next day to advocate for abortion rights.

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Abortion is only legal in Argentina if the woman was raped or the pregnancy is a risk to her health. Congress rejected the National Campaign for Legal, Safe, and Free Abortion’s bill last year. They’re submitting another bill this year to legalize abortion.

These three touchstones–ending domestic violence, ending the economic crisis, and legalizing abortion–are the key to gender equality for Palmeiro.

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Like most social issues, there isn’t one easy fix. It’s an issue that we, as a society, have created over generations and that take sweeping efforts to untangle and undo.

And, like always, women in poverty feel the effects of patriarchal laws the most severely.

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Yamila Picasso of the National Campaign for Legal, Safe and Free abortion told Al Jazeera, “We see that there is a clear relationship between these factors because abortion is a matter of social justice. Those who have the economic means can have an abortion, and those who do not must have unsafe or clandestine abortions.”

Around Buenos Aires, you’ll find political art wherever you look.

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#NiUnaMenos is calling for stricter punishment laws against men who commit violent acts against women, in the hope of deterring and changing the culture. Women feel a danger walking the street that most men don’t, and this bench exemplifies this implicit policing of women’s bodies.

Here, you’ll see the shoes of murdered Argentine women.

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The National Register of Femicides reported 1193 femicides between March 6, 2015 and May 20, 2019. Leaving the shoes of these women at the steps of Congress was an effort to make their absence more visible.

A walk around Buenos Aires shows abundant examples of protest.

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This wall effectively reads “Death to machísmo!” #NiUnaMenos’ message is everywhere–from random walls to not so random walls.

#NiUnaMenos is also targeting churches at the heart of abuse scandals.

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Twitter user @mariekeriethof posted this photo of graffiti on a church that reads “Trash Church.” She writes, “Anti-Church graffiti on the side of Salta’s main church, focusing on abuse. I’ve seen a lot of very angry graffiti on this topic around Chile and Argentina. Also churches with buckets of paint thrown at them by protesters. #niunamenos”

Even the cast of Orange is the New Black is speaking out.

If you care about this issue, tweet out about it using the hashtags #NiUnaMenos or #VivasNosQueremos. Argentina, estamos contigo.

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