Cara Alwill Leyba is a New York City based entrepreneur who encourages women to live their most effervescent lives, celebrate themselves every day, and make their happiness a priority. She is a best selling personal development author, mentor to women entrepreneurs, and creator of The Champagne Diet blog. Over 6 million listeners worldwide tune in to Cara’s podcast Style Your Mind each week for powerful conversations and a mega dose of inspiration.
Cara is the author of 9 best selling books, including the worldwide sensation Girl Code, that have inspired women around the world to step into their power and fulfill their potential. Cara’s books have been translated into multiple languages like Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Mongolian, and Vietnamese. Her message continues to transcend cultures and break barriers for women across the globe.
Her stylish and edgy approach to personal development has attracted thousands of women to attend her workshops and events. She has been featured in Forbes, Glamour, Shape, Entrepreneur, Success, Cosmo, Marie Claire, and many others.
Cara holds multiple professional coaching certifications and loves working with motivated women on the edge of change.
Rosa Garcia was born on January 31st, 1981 in the Dominican Republic. At the age of 9 she migrated to the US. Rosa Garcia is a go getter, a mother to 2 girls, and a daughter raised by a single mom.
Many know her by her name and others by her contagious smile.
Where others see obstacles, she sees a new path, she was able to do just that with the historic Bruckner Bar and Grill for which she worked for since 2007. In 2012 after Hurricane Sandy left establishment inoperable and many were forced to shut their doors on their business, leaving the community destitute of commerce, but Rosa saw an opportunity. She viewed it not as a challenge but an opportunity to recreate and she did just that.
Now operating under the Mott Haven Bar and Grill , Rosa has successfully reopened the doors to members of the community to bring new life into the community. For the last 4 years she has provided meals to over 500 families in need during Thanksgiving. She is now an active Member of the Bronx Boy Scouts of America, Community Board 1, Hostos Golf Outing Committee where they focus on making the neighborhood a better place.
In 2017, she opened Mott Haven On The Go, a food truck concept and Mott Haven Events, the catering and venue hospitality business of Mott Haven Hospitality Group (MHHG). As President and CEO of MHHG, Rosa’s emphasis is on continuing the trend of innovation and creating new concepts while strategically growing existing successful concepts.
Over the coming months and years, MHHG will continue to focus on the development of restaurants, cafes, event venues, lounges and bars while offering outstanding food and hospitality. Right now she is consulting 2 restaurants, Mott Haven Bagel & Casa Clema. She also just initiated a Campaign called #IAMME under her company 31 Agency as of July 31st, 2018. The #IAMME Campaign was created to build a community that uplifts and uphold those that have cultivated their authentic power after defeat. This is dedicated to all who choose to live in light after stepping out of the shadows of societal standards.
Aside from being a mother of two, a successful business owner and community activist, she is working on getting another degree at Hostos Community College. When she is not on the job or spending time with her two daughters, Rosa enjoys working out and training for marathons.
Lissette M. Rios is the founder of Chic Influence, a public relations and talent management firm specializing in the new generation of beauty and lifestyle brands and content creators. Under her leadership and vision, Chic Influence has seen substantial growth year-over-year due to nontraditional approaches to PR and talent partnerships, and counts on some of the world’s largest brands as agency partners such as COVERGIRL, Ulta Beauty, Dior Makeup, Dyson Supersonic, Disney, Gillette, Estee Lauder, among many others.
Prior to launching Chic Influence in 2015, Lissette was the Senior Vice President at DeVries Global where she launched and led the agency’s multicultural practice and developed the national multicultural public relations campaigns for Procter & Gamble beauty brands including Pantene and Olay. She also held positions at The Axis Agency and Republica working with major global brands including Unilever, Nintendo, Pernod Ricard, General Motors, The Nielsen Company, to name a few.
In July 2019, Lissette was featured in Forbes, and in 2018 Lissette won the Public Relations Society of America’s 15 under 35 Big Apple Awards as one of the top PR executives in New York City.
Lissette is a first generation bilingual, bicultural Cuban American who was born and raised in Miami. She is an alumna of Florida International University in Miami, Florida.
OdaLisa (Lisa) Dominguez is the Founder & CEO of SpaO On the Go, a mobile day spa dedicated to providing the energy needed to re-awaken the senses through the power of touch in one’s own personal space. SpaO On the Go inspires balance, peace, and beauty through bodywork and skincare.
Prior to launching her own venture, Lisa managed several spas and gained hands on experience complimenting her numerous degrees and certifications in massage therapy, esthetics, and cosmetology. It is no surprise that not before long she became a sought out expert for skincare, beauty, and inner balance. You can catch her on Telemundo TV as the network’s leading skincare and makeup specialist and in Skin Inc. Magazine, the leading publication for everything skincare, as a trendsetter in the space.
Lisa is an industry influencer and game changer. She continues to pursue her passion of helping people live their best lives by showing them how to take care of themselves both inside and out. One of the main reasons she decided to start her own business and turn her passion into a paycheck was to set an example for aspiring entrepreneurs and women, letting them know that with hard work anything is possible. Lisa was raised by an entrepreneur herself, her mother, who instilled in her the discipline and courage needed to make her business dreams a reality. Sharing what she has learned on her journey is something she takes much pride in and is her contribution to amplifying communities of color.
Lisa resides in New Jersey, with her husband, and two children
As L’Oréal Paris’s Senior Manager of Brand Communications, @Yaritza_Caraballo is living her dream, even though it’s far from where she began.
This Dominican beauty graduated with a degree in psychology from St. Johns University and started her career providing therapy for families across the five boroughs.
While this was one of the most fulfilling experiences of her life, she longed for something more creative.
Embracing the unknown, she went on to hold positions with Gucci, Net-A-Porter, Gilt, and now L’Oréal Paris, where she is proud to fuse her two core passions: creativity and human welfare; crafting PR campaigns for the largest beauty brand in the U.S; whose main goal is providing safe and affordable luxury to all, while empowering through their iconic phrase ‘Because I’m Worth It.’
Her proudest moment to date would be running two NYC marathons for UNICEF and Memorial Sloan Kettering.
A Sales, Marketing, and Brand strategist with experience working at organizations such as Clear Channel Outdoor, Time Warner Cable Media, PEOPLE, PEOPLE StyleWatch, CNNMoney.com, Money Magazine, and Fortune Magazine developing marketing strategies and compelling sales programs. Sandra has strategized for brands such as Toyota, L'Oreal, Almay, Estee Lauder, SnapChat, Apple, Verizon Wireless, Sephora, Pepsi, and American Express, to name a few.
She is now the founder of Encounter Marketing & Public Relations (EMPR) where she develops and executes strategies to elevate the presence of businesses, Owners and visionaries. In addition, Sandra is a Google community partner leading programming for Small Businesses in Harlem as a Google Digital Coach.
Sandra has led marketing teams at Clear Channel Outdoor and at Time Warner Cable Media developing strategic marketing programs that merchandised data-driven products for use by sales to grow revenue. In her Product Marketing and Digital role at Time Warner Cable Media she implemented digital strategies and go-to-market plans that differentiated the brand from the competition as a Product Marketing expert for all digital products: Online, Mobile, Social, Search, Addressable, and Video On Demand. She also spent time at PEOPLE.com and CNNMoney.com, the financial website for CNN and the online destination for FORTUNE Magazine and Money Magazine.
For 4 years she managed her own event planning company, POSH Agency LLC. In 2012, she launched Afro-LatinaBeauty.com, an online destination for stories of Afro-Latinas sharing the same intercultural experience.
As a speaker, Sandra has spoken and moderated discussions at Google, Microsoft, Buzzfeed, General Assembly, Young and Rubicam and at institutions including New York University, Pace University, Dickinson College, Baruch College, and Howard University to name a few.
She served as the NY Chapter President of the National Association of Multi-ethnicity in Communications (N.A.M.I.C) for 2 years where she was awarded Chapter of The Year and Chapter Leadership Team of the Year. She now sits on the Board of Directors of both N.A.M.I.C and Digital Diversity Network (DDN).
Sandra was awarded the 2018 Innovation & Inclusion Culture Catalyst by the Digital Diversity Network, Forbes 30 Under 30 2016 nominee, and was awarded by Latino Leaders Magazine, a Top 25 Future Latino Leader (ages 25-35) in 2012.