Elianne Ramos (@ERGeekGoddess) Wins Women’s Media Center 2014 Social Media Award



October 29, 2014

New York, NY — Elianne Ramos, a nationally recognized Latino community advocate, received the Women’s Media Center’s Social Media Award at the Women’s Media Center Awards in New York City tonight.

The Women’s Media Awards recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advancing women’s and girls’ visibility and power in media. Past winners include Lindy West, Luvvie Ajayi and Sady Doyle.

Ramos, known online as @ERGeekGoddess, is the principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic Communications and founder of the Border Kids Relief Project. Her specialty is the production of online/offline advocacy campaigns that connect political leaders, community advocates and Latino influencers.

“In my culture, women like me don’t make it in the media,” Ramos said at the event. “I’m not tall enough or pretty enough or curvaceous enough. My hair is not straight enough and my skin not light enough. “

“So where can a woman like me turn? What does she do? I’ll tell you what she does: She takes to Twitter, and Facebook, and YouTube, and she makes her own media,” Ramos said. “For my community, for my own daughter. This is my passion work. This what makes me stay up all night and jump out of bed every morning. This is my soul speaking.”

Women’s Media Center Board Chair Lauren Embrey presented Ramos with the award greeting her in Spanish, “Con gran orgullo honramos los esfuerzos extraordinarios de Elianne por amplificar las voces de los latinos y por inspirar a muchos en la comunidad hispana a la acción” which translated is “With great pride, we honor the extraordinary efforts of Elianne Ramos to amplify Latino voices, and to inspire many in the Hispanic community to action.”

Ramos moderates highly rated Google Plus on-air broadcasts on such topics as climate change, education, voter registration, human trafficking, and using social media for social change. She hosts Twitter chats with up to 20 million impressions. Her commentary and interviews have been featured on USA Today, ABC/Univision, CNN, Fusion, NBC Latino, Fox Business News, Voice of America, and many others. Ramos is also the founder of the Border Kids Relief Project, a partnership among organizations offering assistance to refugee children transitioning into immigration proceedings, combined with an extensive social media outreach campaign to build awareness of the issue, and the need for volunteers and donations.

“Elianne is the winner of our ‘People’s Choice Award’ and was chosen by votes cast on the Women’s Media Center website,” says Julie Burton, President of the Women’s Media Center. “The Social Media Award honors the work of those who have been previously silenced or ignored in traditional media, but have forged their own path to reaching wide audiences and affecting many lives. Elianne’s passion to change the media perceptions of Latina women and to create platforms for communities to inform, engage and empower women is why she deserves this honor.”

The Women’s Media Center Social Media Award was presented to Ramos at the Women’s Media Center Awards in New York City. At the event, the Women’s Media Center also recognized other women in media for their accomplishments. Also honored was director Amma Asante who received the WMC Directorial Excellence Award for the movie Belle; Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation who received the WMC Carol Jenkins Visible and Powerful Media Award, Katie Couric who was honored with the WMC Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award and Barbara Walters who received the WMC Media Trailblazer Award.

The Women’s Media Center

The Women’s Media Center’s goal is to make women and girls visible and powerful in the media. Founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, the WMC works with media to ensure that women’s realities are covered and women’s voices are heard. We do this by: researching and monitoring media; creating and modeling original online, print, and radio content; training women and girls to participate in media; and promoting media-experienced women experts in all fields. We are directly engaged with the media at every level to work toward a diverse group of women being present in newsrooms, on air, in print and online, in film, entertainment, and theater–as sources and subjects, in bylines and credits, in the field and in the front office.

Elianne Ramos (@ERGeekGoddess) Nominated for the Women’s Media Center Social Media Award


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Elianne Ramos (@ERGeekGoddess) Nominated for the Women’s Media Center Social Media Award
Baltimore, MD – October 3, 2014 – Speak Hispanic, a woman’s owned and operated social enterprise, today is proud to announce that its Principal, Elianne Ramos, has just been nominated as a candidate for the Women’s Media Center’s Social Media Award. The award will be presented by the Women’s Media Center at its awards dinner on the evening of October 29, 2014 in New York City. Voting just began this week, and you can vote for Ms. Ramos at the public voting site. Public voting for the award will continue until Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
The Women’s Media Awards recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advancing women’s and girls’ visibility and power in media. Ms. Ramos is one of a five nominees on the cutting edge of social media, representing a diverse group of journalists, bloggers, activists, and other innovators who spread their online messages with unusual creativity, resourcefulness, and impact. The work done by Ramos and the other nominees complements the work of the Women’s Media Center to make sure women’s and girls’ voices and stories are visible and powerful in media.

The 2014 Women’s Media Awards are co-chaired by Donna Deitch, Lauren Embrey, Sheila Johnson, Pat Mitchell, Bonnie Schaefer, Regina K. Scully, Mary and Steven Swig. To buy tickets or for more information about The 2014 Women’s Media Awards, click here.  According to research from WMC, women are outnumbered by men in the news industry — in television, newspapers, online and wires. The Women’s Media Center was co-founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem with the goal of making women and girls visible and powerful in media.  By deciding who gets to talk, what shapes the debate, who writes, and what is important enough to be visible, the media shapes our understanding of who women are and what they can be.

The Women’s Media Center makes women visible and powerful in the media. Led by our President, Julie Burton, the WMC works with the media to ensure that women’s stories are told and women’s voices are heard. We do this in the following ways: media advocacy campaigns, media monitoring for sexism, creating original content, training women and girls to participate in media, and promoting media experienced women experts. We are directly engaged with the media at all levels to ensure that a diverse group of women is present in newsrooms, on air, in print and online, in film, entertainment, and theater, as sources and subjects.The Women’s Media Center was founded in 2005 as a non-profit progressive women’s media organization by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem.

Speak Hispanic Communications is a 100% virtual, woman-owned and run, socially-conscious company on a mission to help non-profits bridge the gap between awareness and action, in the Latino market and beyond. We believe in the power and potential of online tools to create, support, and sustain individual and group social and civic engagement. We operate at the crux of commitment, community and social activism, helping to build awareness about the organizations, causes and initiatives that share our passion, vision and values.

Elianne is the Principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic Communications. Known online as @ERGeekGoddess, she is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur and Latino community advocate, building large-scale engagement through social media and encouraging inspiration through her writing. She is considered one of the most influential Latinas in social media.

July 1st G+ Hangout – Shaping Our Narrative: Latinos and The Media


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As the Latino population grows, so does the importance of how our stories, our struggles, and our victories are portrayed in the media. However, there are still huge discrepancies between the realities of our community and the kind of stories that actually make their way into the national consciousness. Among many factors are the overall angles, characters and narrative lines the media chooses to feature, our actual participation in the discussion of said issues, and our own media’s role in perpetuating the wrong narrative.

For anyone who watches the news this unfortunately is, well, not news. Worse yet, it seems to be getting worse rather than improving. For instance, according to The Latino Media Gap, a report released last week by the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and other organizations, stories about Latinos constitute less than 1% of news media coverage, and the majority of these stories feature Latinos as lawbreakers. Add to this stereotypes, biased reporting, exclusion of whole sub-segments of our population and many other issues, and you’ve got the recipe for a very faulty narrative.

So tonight, I’ve invited some top media experts for what promises to be a very interesting conversation!

Join our conversation TOMORROW, Tuesday July 1st, 2014 at 7pm ET and use hashtag #LatinoMedia to send in your questions!

Watch it on Google+: http://plus.google.com/events/cva7ioqe134g76hdkmvco1o5u6s

Or on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MRv0YOxZag

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May 20th G+ Hangout: How Tech Can Aid Immigration Reform



UPDATE: Congressman Joe Garcia (U.S. Representative from Florida’s 26th District and chief sponsor of a comprehensive immigration reform plan in the House of Representatives) will be joining the hangout to give us the much needed legislative perspective on this issue.

Last week, I hosted some of the top leaders of the immigration reform movement, in a discussion that summarized the current status of the fight for a solution to this issue. One main point that transpired from that conversation is the vast diversity of stakeholders within the movement. In the past couple of years, for example, we’ve seen the increased involvement of tech giants, such as Microsoft, Facebook and others who are making a concerted effort to keep the conversations going about the issue and to help secure the passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

This coming Tuesday, I’d like to explore the industry’s involvement and impact within the movement, the promise as well as the practical challenges of technology to solve social issues like immigration reform. To discuss this, I have invited some of the people leading the way for tech in immigration:

My Guests:
• Hanna Siegel, Chief of Staff at the Partnership for a New American Economy
• Alida García, Coalitions and Policy Director at FWD.us
• Jimmy Hernández, Immigration Campaign Manager at Voto Latino
• Felice Gorordo, CEO, Clearpath
Congressman Joe Garcia (U.S. Representative from Florida’s 26th District and chief sponsor of a comprehensive immigration reform plan in the House of Representatives)


Please join us this coming Tuesday, May 20th at 7pm ET on my Google+ Hangout on Air and send in your questions using hashtag #Tech4CIR. See you then!

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The State of Women of Color in Politics – Hangout Recap


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March 31 marked the end of International Women’s Month, and what better way to celebrate it than with a conversation about the current state of women in the political world? As much progress as women have made in every sector, politics is one arena where women in general are still sorely underrepresented. And when it comes to women of color, the statistics are, for lack of a better term, downright pathetic. As you can see from the 2012 infographic from the Center For American Progress, our representation numbers are definitely not at all commensurate to their levels of voting participation and/or interest/involvement in national issues.

So what is really going on here, and what can be done about it? On Monday night, I hosted a Google hangout with a group of amazing women who live and breathe politics in various capacities: Delia Garcia, who is a former Kansas House of Representatives member and the Founder of Delia’s List; Pramilah Japayal, a passionate activist for immigration reform, Co-Chair of We Belong Together and current candidate to the Washington State Senate; Kimberly Mitchem-Rasmussen, who after years of working on The White House Project founded the Political Institute for Women focusing on women and girls of color and Melody Gonzales, who is the Presidential Appointments Program Director at the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) and currently manages its Latinas Represent program. I can’t quite fully express the utter brilliance of these women in mere words — You have to watch them talk (and act upon) it on your own!

The amazing conversation touched on the importance of role models, the still-prevalent cultural expectations and unique barriers to entry into politics for women of color, the skills women aspiring to political office must develop, the much-needed work that some organizations, including their own, are doing to identifying, developing and getting more women of color elected into office, and tons more! Watch it in full above or on my YouTube channel, and watch this space for more convos on this topic to come. We’re not done speaking up about this just yet!





Digital Sisterhood: My friend Ananda Wrote the Book… and She Included Me in It!


9781491706398_COVER_FQA.inddIn my years of roaming the online world, I have had the great fortune to meet myriads of fascinating, inspiriting women – you know, the ones who shake you up, who cheer you on, who support you and tell you “Si se puede.” Through the day-to-day complexities, come rain, hail or high water, these women got your back, thus becoming the “sheroes” and mentors for which you’ve always prayed.

One of these blessed souls I’ve encountered is one Ms. Ananda Leeke, a self-defined “Jill of all trades” and all around sister to so many of us in the digital world. Ananda has just published her latest book, aptly titled “Digital Sisterhood,” a beautiful tribute to her journey to becoming the leader of the online community of the same name – and to the many “sisters” she’s met along the way.

anandaauthor2013photoI am extremely humbled and grateful to her for including me as one of her “Empowerista” sisters in her book. It is an honor to be considered part of a true “sisterhood,” a community that recognizes the beautiful, nuanced singularities among us and allows us to explore, nurture and share them with the world. Here’s to you, Ananda, and thanks for showing us the way to living fiercely!

* Ananda will be hosting several on and offline events for the launch of this truly inspiring book. Here’s where to catch her, if you can:

1) Buy Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online on Amazon.com.

2) Participate in her Author Twitter Chat: October 23 @ 9-10:00pm EST – Follow @digitalsisterhd on Twitter. Use the hashtag #digitalsisterhood and Tweetgrid.com, Tweetchat.com, or Hootsuite to participate in the conversation.

2) Listen in to the Digital Sisterhood Radio Author Chat: October 30 @ 9-9:30pm EST – The radio show has a chat room that allows you to ask questions and make comments. The show will provide live tweeting. This means that you can ask questions and make comments on Twitter too. Follow @digitalsisterhd on Twitter. Use the hashtag #digitalsisterhood and Tweetgrid.com, Tweetchat.com, or Hootsuite to participate in the conversation.

3) Watch her Google Hangout Author Chat: November 13 @ 9-9:30 p.m. EST


A 5-Star Evening Fit For a Finicky Goddess: #PABU


Those of you who know me well, know for a fact that I am truly clueless where cooking is concerned. After all, I don’t say I’m hopelessly undomestic for nothing! I’m also a notoriously picky eater, both because of general lifelong Goddess-y-ness, and because of self-imposed dietary restrictions [I’m what they call a Pescetarian, which basically means I don’t eat anything that can chase me down the street LOL].

Given all of my pre-conditions to enjoying a meal, I’m always on the lookout for places that could satisfy both my gourmet taste –okay, call it pickiness––, and my narrow choices when it comes to food. Believe it or not, fresh, well-prepared sushi has always managed to satisfy both… so when my friend Ann Tran asked me if I was willing to try a new Japanese hotspot in my own city, of course I was in!

The restaurant in question, PABU (@PABUizakaya), just opened at the new Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, and in a short time has managed to create a pretty good buzz for itself around the city. With good reason, I’d say: just look at that view!

Beyond the breathtaking outdoor space, the management comes with a pretty impressive pedigree: Chef Michael Mina (@chefmichaelmina) is an award-winning American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author with namesake restaurants in San Francisco and Las Vegas. Chef Ken Tominaga (@Benkei0303) is the celebrated chef/owner of the Hana Japanese Restaurant in Northern California.

Last Tuesday evening, when a group of my dear social media friends including Sean Gardner (@2morrownight), Ann Tran (@AnnTran_), Lisa Floresca Shapiro (@diningdc)Claudia B Soares (@claudiabia), and Monica Sethi (@ebuzzedge), came to Pabu, both chefs and all-around cool guy @Patric_Yumul [President of Mina Group] offered us THE true Goddess treatment: a 7-course far-east culinary journey featuring the very best their kitchen can offer.

Dinner started with what I’d pick as my favorite: the Happy Spoon, a delightful concoction that truly lives up to its name: raw local oyster [best in America!], crème fraîche, fresh uni and two different types of fish. They paired that with Narutori Junmai Gingjo Nama Genshu [try saying that three times fast] a full-bodied, dry sake that truly makes the Happy Spoon’s subtle flavors and textures do cartwheels in your mouth.

Following the Sakizuke course, in came a parade of delightful dishes, each more delicious than the last. Though I can’t pronounce most of the names [note to self: learn Japanese], I love the fact that Chef Mina, Chef Tominaga, Patric Yumul and the whole staff went out of their way to make sure our plates were all delicious, our glasses were never dry… and most important for me, that I truly got the dishes I could –and was willing to –eat. They even modified the night’s menu for me!

Among the night’s many highlights, a special mention goes to Tiffani Dawn Soto (@Heysakelady), who peppered our evening with equal amounts of perfect sake pairings and geekylicious trivia to go with it. Tiffani, who by the way, is one of only five Certified Master Educators and Sake Sommelier in the US [and the first woman ever], also leads the restaurant’s Sake Workshops. Even if I didn’t mention this, just take a look at her ink… how cool is she?

By the time we got to the plummy brightness of the Aoki Junmai Ginjo Umezake [the sake accompanying the Sesame Butter Bon Bon, Honey Panacotta and other assorted deserts], we were all neck-deep in the Baltimorean version of Japanese heaven. After having tried sushi restaurant after sushi restaurant over the last 4years of living in Maryland, I can honestly say this is by far the most fun your tastebuds will be having in the whole Charm city area… especially if you’re a goddess-y,  lifelong finicky-eater, like me.

LATISM plus BlogWorld = Main-tweet-stream meets mainstream!


For all the talk about Latinos “integrating” or not into the American mainstream and our supposed “early adoption” of technology, mobile and social media, our near-absence at mainstream tech and social media remains glaringly noticeable.

This is where this come as good news. This week, Latinos in Social Media (LATISM) announced a partnership with BlogWorld & New Media Expo, the first and only industry-wide conference, tradeshow and media event for all New Media, scheduled to take place on May 24-26 in New York City at the Javits Convention Center. According to officials from both organizations, this partnership is aimed at offering LATISM members much needed opportunities to attend the conference and enjoy the learning, networking opportunities and extraordinary exposure the event will offer, as well as finding important resources at the New Media Expo.

Besides providing scholarships for Latino members to attend the conference for free or at a discounted rate, the BlogWorld Conference will also include a Latinos in Social Media panel during which LATISM board members Ana Roca Castro, Elianne Ramos, Giovanni Rodriguez and Sylvia Aguilera will unveil the results of the largest study of the Latino Blogosphere 2011 before it is sent to the press. With a network of 134,000 Latino/a bloggers, LATISM continues to study the trends, behaviors, demographics and purchasing behavior of Latinos who have become influential voices in their respective communities.

“We are thrilled to partner with BlogWorld,” says Ana Roca Castro, Founder and Chair of LATISM. “As one of the nation’s foremost new media conferences, BlogWorld is a perfect conference partner to our organization as we aim to offer our members higher visibility in the social media and blogging arena, as well as provide the inspiration and learning that can help to take their blogging careers to the next level.”

Dave Cynkin, Co-Founder of BlogWorld & New Media Expo, gave his perspective about the partnership. “Given the synergies of our organizations’ missions, we are also thrilled to be working together with LATISM to offer attendees the much needed Latino perspective on the social media conversation taking place at the conference. Additionally, creating better opportunities to attend this educational conference by offering LATISM members discounted rates, affords more bloggers the opportunity to learn about improving their online content, distribution and monetization. The overall purpose of the conference–to help online content creators and businesses expand their knowledge and become more successful online–is a goal BlogWorld and LATISM share, and we’re very proud to be working together with such a passionate and like-minded organization.”

For those of us who know and love LATISM, this is definitely one of the best opportunities LATISM has ever offered for Latinos/as engaged in technology, blogging and social media. Those of us who have attended BlogWorld before, know it as one of the best conferences in terms of educational content and networking opportunities for content creators, so we’re definitely looking forward to see what other opportunities spring up from this partnership! Exciting times ahead!

BlogHerBET 2011: Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology conference


NOTE: This post was first published at the LATISM Blog, where I do most of my writing and for which I am the Editor.

With the increasingly prominent role of women in the U.S. business sphere and the demonstrated growth of the Latino population, we at LATISM believe [scratch that, we KNOW] Latinas will be catalysts to many of the changes in business in the coming decades. Yet, as women continue to struggle in trying to break through the “Glass Ceiling” [or the “Adobe Ceiling”, the term that Cecilia Preciado de Burciaga so succintly coined as its equivalent for Latinas], it becomes more and more important for us in the ranks to find –and become –the mentors who can guide the current and upcoming wave of business leaders.

Last week, a couple of us at LATISM flew over to Silicon Valley to attend BlogHer’s BlogHerBET conference [BET stands for Business, Entrepreneurism and Tech], a one-of-a-kind event for women looking to start-up or projects involving technology, the Internet or social media. Here are some pictures:

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So what was so unique about BlogHerBET?

Beyond invaluable advice on raising venture capital, branding yourself/your business, leading product development and building the management, funding and boardroom pipelines, the conference provided attendees with one hour each of personalized and truthful interaction with 50 of the top entrepreneurs, technologists and business leaders in the world.

I had the fortune of being paired up with Janet Riccio, EVP of Omnicom and founder of their G23 subsidiary. Janet is not only the ONLY high-rank female executive at one of the Forbes Platinum 400 list of the Best Big Companies in America, she is also a tireless philanthropist and part of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Funding Network and the Make-a-Wish-Foundation. With hard-to-match wit, Janet imparted equal doses of belly-laughs and sound, rapid-fire, no-nonsense business advice. How lucky am I to get her as my mentor?!

Imagine the possibilities if every one of us on the way up got mentored/sponsored, and in turn, we grabbed the hands of the up and coming Latinos/Latinas behind us! Like they say: “It’s not an “I cause”, it’s a “We Cause”.

What powerful future generation of leaders we could create together… and it starts with you, me, us… TODAY!

Now, what follows is not a session-by-session recap of the conference [BlogHer did a marvelous job at that on the BlogHer website]. Rather, this is a visual journey through the conference, sprinkled with a couple of videos from some power women we met along the way. Enjoy!

Elisa Camahort, Co-Founder of BlogHer, on whether Entrepreneurship is about who you know or what you know:

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Karen Duggan, CEO of Playful Planet, on why this is a good time for entrepreneurs:
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Janet Riccio, EVP of Omnicom, on the Ten Commandments for Entrepreneurs:

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On behalf of LATISM, I’d like to thank BlogHer co-founders Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort and Jory des Jardins for this marvellous opportunity. You BET we’ll be attending next year’s BlogHerBET!