Get Email Updates for the Next Latino Blogger Workshop!

Hello all!

As you may know, last year, we launched our Latino Bloggers Workshop and we had an huge outpouring of support, including a culmination event this past May to celebrate our graduates from the first class!

Now we are preparing for our next Latino Bloggers Workshop and would love to personally invite you to sign up to receive information about our application dates for the new program.

Simply drop us your email using the form below and we will sign you up. Thanks!

SNEAK PEAK: Latino Blogger Boot Camp coming in January!

Sneak Peak:
Collectivo has a Latino Blogger Boot Camp coming in January! This 4 week series will award 4-6 complimentary scholarships to participants who will be coached and cultivated to be strong, creative, Latino bloggers for the Phoenix marketplace. The program, sponsored by Latina Bloggers Connect, will help these scholarship recipients earn extra money through their blogs by focusing on their passion. Any interested participants that want to be a part of the free workshop should send an email to: info@collectivo.org. Stay Tuned!

Watch the 50 second intro video here!

Meet our Guest Speaker – Stephanie Vasquez from Fair Trade Cafe

Stephanie Vasquez, Collectivo panelist on September 23rd.

Stephanie Vasquez, Collectivo panelist on September 23rd.

Stephanie Vasquez is not a traditional business owner; there are no Tony Robbins self help books in her office. Stephanie’s passion is creating community at her two Valley area coffee shops (Fair Trade Cafe), a passion that has not diminished over the nine years of ownership.

Stephanie’s success is built on the concept of community, from the politicos to the business leaders to the ASU students who have left home for the first time. Stephanie greets each patron as a friend, not a consumer, in fact, rare is the day it takes her under 15 minutes to get from the front door of the cafe to her office in the back.

Stephanie has created a friendly atmosphere which embodies her spirit, helping people get the day going, relax, or just see a friendly face. Stephanie prides herself on her business being 100% conscientious about their impact on the environment; she openly embraces social justice issues and continues to give her time and money to organizations that resonate with her heart.

Success is not slowing Stephanie down; she has recently taken up volunteering her time to the women incarcerated at Perryville prison. It is in these classes she teaches women about second chances and moving towards finding their individual potential.

We’re happy to welcome Stephanie to our panel. Remember to RSVP at bootstrapping.splashthat.com.

Meet Collectivo Guest Speaker Edgar Olivo

Edgar Olivo Headshot

Edgar Olivo, Collectivo panelist on September 23rd.

We are pleased to have Edgar R. Olivo as one of our three featured panelists at our next event on September 23rd. Edgar, who is a Business Development Strategist & Trainer at Compass Career and Business Solutions (CompassCBS), is an author, motivational speaker, business development strategist and corporate trainer. He trains emerging entrepreneurs, small business owners, and executive professionals with a variety of self-mastery business skills.

Edgar is an Arizona native, first born American from Mexican immigrant parents and the eldest of 11 siblings. His academic career stems from Arizona State University and institutions such as the International Coaching Federation, and The American Society of Training & Development. He has received the Key to the City of Phoenix for his work with the Veteran’s workforce programs and is a recipient of the 2015 Hispanic Business Salute Award. He is an active board member of the Arizona Humanities, a grant providing organization that supports schools, libraries, and museums.

Some of Edgar’s key take-aways for this coming up event, Bootstrapping your Marketing for Small Business will include strategies for effective relationship building, how to get the word out without breaking the bank and techniques for accelerating your credibility & brand value.

Interested in hearing from Edgar? Make sure you RSVP at http://bootstrapping.splashthat.com/

Meet Jesus Pineda – Guest Panelist for Collectivo’s Sep 23rd Event

Jesus Pineda, Collectivo panelist on September 23rd.

Jesus Pineda, Collectivo panelist on September 23rd.

On September 23rd, Collectivo will welcome Jesus Pineda as one of three featured panelists at our Bootstrapping your Marketing for Small Business event.

Jesus Pineda is one of the top agents at New York Life and NYLIFE Securities. He attended Arizona State University, majoring in Psychology and currently lives in Peoria, Arizona with his wife, Amanda and their two children, Mila and Micah.

He began his career in September of 2009 and has led the Arizona General Office in Paid Life Insurance Cases five years consecutively, while protecting over 100 individual lives each of the past five years. He is a Presidents Council Agent (one of NYLife’s highest achievements), 2014 ALPFA Phoenix Chapter 40 Under 40 Honoree, and is one of only 20 agents elected to represent New York Life’s 14,000 agents through the Agents Advisory Council.

Jesus will be covering many marketing points for our September 23rd event, Bootstrapping your Marketing for Small Business, that will include how to leverage your client relationships and turn them into your marketing department. Additionally, he will discuss the marketing power of social media and how valuable hand written thank you cards can be.
If you haven’t already RSVP’d, click the link here: http://bootstrapping.splashthat.com/

Experience of a Collectivo Event – Cultura Ambidextrous Event 2015

Collectivo events feature some of the best minds in Latino marketing and communications.

Here is snippet from a recent Collectivo event featuring veteran Hispanic marketer Joe Ray.

Hear more great speakers like this and network with Hispanic professionals at our next Collectivo event.

The date is September 23rd and the theme is “Bootstrapping your marketing for small business.”

If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, click here.

 

Meet our Sponsor: Jaime Talamante from New York Life – Making an Impact in the Hispanic Market

We had a the chance this week to interview Jaime Talamante who is a Senior Associate at New York Life. New York Life is graciously sponsoring our event tomorrow in which we will discuss Diversity in the Newsroom with Hugo Balta, executive producer from ESPN.

Jaime, tell us more about how you got into the financial services industry.

Jaime Talamante

Jaime Talamante, senior associate at New York Life.

What attracted me most to the career, was that I really like people. I’m not one to be locked away at a desk or cubicle. I need to be out and about to be truly successful and happy in my profession. Financial services has given me the opportunity to be out and about with the community at large. I really value building and maintaining relationships and (financial services) is a relationship driven business. Besides that, I am a graduate and devout fan of ASU (Arizona State University), and have a professional insurance licence in life and health.

What inspired you to work for New York Life?

What really drove me to choose New York Life was that they actually went the extra mile to put their money where their mouth is as far as looking to reach and provide financial assistance to the Hispanic market. With this company it starts at the top and goes all the way down. I joined them because they are authentic in their interest in working with the Hispanic market and they are in it for the right reason.  More than anything I like being involved in the community and was pleased that New York Life would offer me the opportunity to do all of that.

What is New York Life looking for as far as financial service professionals in the Hispanic market?

My company is actively looking for sales and service professionals to provide financial services and education to the Hispanic community.  The exact title of the job is Financial Services Professional. It is a great and rewarding role as this agent will be responsible for providing education and financial literacy to Hispanic families who may not have had the opportunity to gain this information fully in the past.

What attracts your agents to work for New York Life?

There are so many interesting stories of how our agents come to join, and then love my company. Many times individuals have reached a glass ceiling at their last position and want more. I often hear is that people are looking to take control of their time, and looking to be independent with the backing of a respectable company, and ours (New York Life) is over 100 year old company. Also, the superior training they receive as a member of New York Life is another great reason to join.  Finally, these agents have the opportunity to spend time bettering the community and are encouraged to keep their antennaes up for more people who may be interested in a career change.

How should people interested in a career with New York Life express their interest?

The best thing to do would be to email me and I would take them through the process. This is the best way as I will personally answer their questions and make sure they feel completely comfortable with their interests in New York Life. My email is: jaime_talamante (at) newyorklife.com. Alternatively, interested folks can apply  and find out more online at: http://www.newyorklife.com/latino/hispanic-market-join-our-team

 

About Jaime Talamante:

Jaime Talamante is a native of Arizona. He grew up and attended school in Gilbert where his immediate family still resides. He is an alumnus of Arizona State University and currently serves on the Latino Alumni Association Board of Directors, Los Diablos. In 2008, Talamante was awarded as one of the 40 under 40 Hispanic Leaders. He is the founder and organizer for AZ Latino Professionals, a networking outlet for professionals. He is a past vice president for the Hispanic Business Leadership Council; a founding board member for AZHOSA (Arizona Health Occupations Students of America) and involved with his church. Professionally, he is a Senior Associate for New York Life’s Latino Market and has been involved in sales and marketing for over nine years.

About New York Life:

New York Life is among the largest mutual life insurance companies in the United States. New York Life has a history notable for consistent financial strength. In times of economic challenges, we stand out as a formidable company with the financial strength and security to be there when our clients need us most. As a mutual company, we report to our policyholders. This is the key to providing good service because it aligns our interests with those of our customers, who play such an integral part in our 165-plus history. We are dedicated to being the company of choice of the Latino community with a strong bilingual support program for our financial professionals.

Meet Natalia Ronceria Ceballos: Guest Speaker from the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Natalia Ronceria Ceballos will be on the discussion panel on September 17th for the inaugural Collectivo event. Please RSVP here to attend.

Biography:

Natalia Ronceria CeballosOriginally from Bogotá, Colombia, Natalia has lived and worked throughout the U.S. and internationally. After receiving her B.A. in Communication & Culture from Clark University, Natalia traveled to numerous geographical borders to end up back in the Valley of the Sun in 2005. To later earn an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business in 2010. With a professional background nestled in the non-profit sector she is currently the Director of Member Services for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC). In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Green Chamber: Greater Phoenix and the Great Arizona Puppet Theater, she also still performs for the community with her family’s arts and education dance based outreach company, Opendance. Natalia is intent on creating positive change locally, nationally, and globally. Her most recent project, “Pay It Back, Pay It Forward”, is a vision and social experiment in the field of funding higher education.

Company description:

The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC) mission is to promote the success of Hispanic-owned and small businesses by facilitating business relationships, economic development and sharing of knowledge for the benefit of the State of Arizona and the growth and success of the members of the Chamber. The AZHCC is the premier advocate for the Arizona Hispanic small business community. They are a valuable and trusted resource to our corporate and strategic partners. Their values include, representing members and the Hispanic owned small business community based on the highest standards of ethics, integrity and community service. Serving their needs by empowering them to succeed and prosper in the state, national and global business community. Providing innovative leadership and establish long lasting relationships in the business community, while remaining fully accountable and committed to the interests of our members. Finally valuing their employees and volunteers by abiding by the belief that the success of the AZHCC depends on the success of their members, sponsors and staff and a commitment to achieving excellence by fostering a spirit of teamwork, collaboration caring and mutual respect.

Meet Jaime Talamante: Guest Speaker from New York Life

Jaime Talamante will be on the discussion panel on September 17th for the inaugural Collectivo event.  Please RSVP here to attend.

Biography:

Jaime Talamante from New York Life is a native of Arizona. He grew up and attended school in Gilbert where his immediate family still resides. He is an alumnus of Arizona State University and currently serves on the Latino Alumni Association Board of Directors, Los Diablos. In 2008, Talamante was awarded as one of the 40 under 40 Hispanic Leaders. He is the founder and organizer for AZ Latino Professionals, a networking outlet for professionals. He is a past vice president for the Hispanic Business Leadership Council; a founding board member for AZHOSA (Arizona Health Occupations Students of America) and involved with his church. Professionally, he is a Senior Associate for New York Life’s Latino Market and has been involved in sales and marketing for over nine years.

Jaime Talamante

Company description:

New York Life is among the largest mutual life insurance companies in the United States. New York Life has a history notable for consistent financial strength. In times of economic challenges, we stand out as a formidable company with the financial strength and security to be there when our clients need us most. As a mutual company, we report to our policyholders. This is the key to providing good service because it aligns our interests with those of our customers, who play such an integral part in our 165-plus history. We are dedicated to being the company of choice of the Latino community with a strong bilingual support program for our financial professionals.