Top Latina Picks For TED Talk
Pablo Manriquez describes his ideal picks for a TEDxLatina talk. 


Michelle Obama, Introductory Remarks. The first and most obvious invitation to a TEDxLatina would probably be to the First Lady, that she may give the summit it's introductory remarks, perhaps by defending her husband's "Si se puede" (If it is possible) versus  "Sí se puede" (Yes, we can)

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Elaine Ramos, Latina Innovator. I can't quite explain #Latism, but it is an unmistakable force for Latinos on Twitter, and Elaine Ramos, or @ergeekgoddess, godmothers it. Follow her for a week. You'll see what I mean. Her TED Talk could be "What is #LATISM?"


Maria Hinojosa, is easily the greatest Latina journalist of my lifetime and arguably the greatest bilingual Latina journalist of all time. In Latino affairs, "Lost In Detention" is to video journalism what Enrique's Journey is to print. Hinojosa's unassailable and unapologetic investigation of horrific persecution of Latino families through detention and deportation face-planted the Obama White House. Her TED Talk, How To Tell A Story, would no doubt have keynote potential.


Alejandra Campoverdi is the White House Deputy Director of Hispanic Media. Her job is to implement Hispanic engagement strategy in the bilingual broadcast, print, & digital media spheres. Campoverdi is a Mexican-American Harvard Latina who, like the President, was raised by a single mother. However Campoverdi's mother raised her bilingual. This fact, plus her three years in the White House, make Campoverdi a trusted and essential outward liaison for Latina's.


Michelle Bachelet was a very good first female president of Chile. She is now the Executive Director of UN Women under Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. I know mi presidenta is a very Wise Latina, a torture victim, political exile, a poised advocate, and absolutely fearless. Mi presidenta does not make unimportant statements, and her life story is a staggering saga. Whatever she wants to talk about, will be improved by it.

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For Latina photojournalist Marie D. De Jesús, photojournalism is photography plus storytelling. A graduate of the New York Times Journalism Institute, the award-winning Puerto Rican photo maestra gives readers of the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, New York, a pristine focus on the nature, motion, and emotion of the day's news. She has shot Puerto Rican cockfighting, stateside bull-riding, and last year was hat-tipped by the Associated Press for her masterful shooting of the US Women's soccer star Abby Wambach. Twitter: @mariedennise

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Advocate of Guatemala's indigenous peoples Rigoberta Menchú Tum is an obvious Latina inspiration and candidate for a TED talk.  


Puerto Rican journalist Arelis Hernandez is a breaking news wordsmith for the Orlando Sentinel. Her assignments are death and novelty. She reports on tragedy and drag queens and hand grenades in ditches. Her reportage is frank, reliable, and sharp. Aside from reporting, she is also a revolutionary. In college she fought her way into a corner with university administration over a Latino Studies minor, triumphed, then wrote about it in the Harvard Education Review.

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Maritza Pérez, Change We Can Actually Believe In.
I saw on Facebook the other day that Maritza got into Berkley Law School. I asked her what kind of Law she wants to study. She said, "Thank you! I want to study public interest/civil rights law. My dream jobs as a lawyer would include working for NCLR, MALDEF, or another civil rights organization like the Brennan Center." Why? " I've always felt inclined to represent the under-represented so that everyone has equal opportunity to pursue the American dream. Ultimately, I want to hold public office. I believe people of color, especially Latinos, need more advocates on a public platform."

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Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Muñoz is Obama's other wise Latina. After Hinojosa’s Frontline Special, Cecilia Muñoz got raked through the coals by pro-immigrant bloggers across the Internet. While Muñoz is an Obama administration spokeswoman, she is also pro-immigrant. She came up through NCLR making her name as a shrewd immigration advocate throughout Washington culture. Her TED Talk should be How To Hack Immigration Reform.


Argentine President Cristina Fernández, if she could make it from Argentina, should TED talk about How To Deal With Powerful Men. I'd love to hear that one. Wouldn't you?


In 2009, network news Latina Lilia Luciano founded a non-profit organization and media campaign called "aprende más!", which seeks to promote education and the importance of reading among children in Ibero-American countries. Her TED Talk could be about her cause.


Alicia Menendez is the 2nd most powerful Latina in Washington, under Sotomayor. A Democratic Senator's daughter from New Jersey, Alicia is both gatekeeper & professional godmother to Latinos and Latinas throughout Washington culture. Co-founder of Daily Grito and Define American, Alicia is both entrepreneur and talking head for the democrats on cable news. She's got a lot to say. What would Alicia's TED talk be?


Maru is a Wise Latina marathon runner I reached out to regarding Latina TED Talks. This is what she had to say: "I think this sounds [...] amazing--and much needed--proposal and commend you for putting it out there to the world. I've done a lot of work around Latina identity and body image. I'm currently facilitating an undergraduate course on engaging in dialogue across racial and gender identities and working with students on social action initiatives that challenge race and gender narratives. I have also done a lot of introspective work on my own experiences as a Latina woman growing up in a predominately white (and intolerant) community.
Last year, I participated in a production by women of color called 'Body Politics' and performed a piece I wrote entitled 'Self-Acceptance is Revolution.' I found the piece to be incredibly cathartic, as it helped me unpack years of internalized racism and sexism. Personally, I see self-acceptance, body image and internalized oppression as pressing issues for Latina women; ideally, I'd like to expand on the revolutionary nature of self-acceptance among Latina women in white America, looking more broadly at the politics of assimilation, colorism, [and] media archetypes of Latina women."


Versatility is radio personality Laura Stylez's forte.


Camila Vallejo, Latina political analyst, is a fellow Chilean. Vallejo is a fighter and one of TIME's most-influential. Her TED talk should be on How to Deal with Powerful Men.


Gloria Estefan is a Latina legend. She has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. She also was hit by a semi-truck, recovered from being in critical condition, and got back to work. She is arguably the most-obvious  Latina for a TED talk.

Top Latina Picks For TED Talk

Pablo Manriquez describes his ideal picks for a TEDxLatina talk. 

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