Nathalie Molina Niño
Aurea Montes-Rodriguez is the Executive Vice President at Community Coalition and has worked at the organization for more than 20 years. Born in Mexico and raised in South LA she developed a passion for creating change at the local level. Aurea has
been a key leader responsible for building the organization’s youth programs to fight for educational equity, leading efforts to keep children in family care and out of the foster care system, helping to build organizing capacity in South LA, and leading a capital campaign to transform the organization’s headquarters in to a state of the art community hub for community organizing.
Aurea oversees the strategic direction of Community Coalition’s education reform campaigns to address the role policy plays in creating a more equitable society that can dismantle the school to prison pipeline and develop the next generation of leaders. She has provided leadership on campaigns seeking in-district reform at the LAUSD including, developing community informed solutions at Fremont High School after the school was reconstituted, developing and winning the adoption of a student equity index to direct Local Control Funding Formula dollars to the highest-need schools, and winning a settlement of $150 million for the 50 highest-need schools in the district. Aurea also established Community Coalition’s CDF Freedom Schools, which has worked with more than 800 African American and Latino students to build their love for reading and build a leadership pipeline.
She has championed efforts to strengthen and support family care in South LA,ensuring that aunts, grandmothers, cousins caring for children who are no longer living with their parents receive better treatment and a fairer distribution of resources within the child welfare system. By helping children stay with their families, Community Coalition has prevented thousands from entering the foster care system. Aurea is a co-founder of Partners for Children South LA, a multiagency initiative that seeks to improve children’s development and reduce the risk of involvement with the child welfare system. She is an ex-officio Board Member with InnerCity Struggle, and a member of the Building Movement Project working to build capacity within the non-profit sector to promote social justice at the national level.
Gloria Calderón Kellett is the executive producer, co-creator, co-showrunner, director and actress on the critically acclaimed sitcom One Day at a Time.
Calderón Kellett spent her early years as a writer/producer on numerous shows including Devious Maids, Rules of Engagement, and How I Met Your Mother. Her acting credits include Jane The Virgin, Dead To Me, How I Met Your Mother, One Day at a Time, and ABC’s upcoming United We Fall, for which she also wrote. In directing, Calderón Kellett has worked on episodes of One Day at a Time, Mr. Iglesias, Merry Happy Whatever, United We Fall and the Mad About You revival.
This year, she launched a “Hollywood 101” web series with Buzzfeed’s PeroLike. The series offers free advice to new artists at the beginning of their entertainment careers.
Awards for her work include The Television Academy Honors, Mental Health America Media Award, ALMA Award, Imagen Award, NHMC Award, Sentinel Award, and The Voice
Award. She has been honored as an industry leader by The Hollywood Reporter in their Top Women in Entertainment issue, the THR100 list issue, and their 50 Agents of Change issue. MORE ABOUT GLORIA CALDERON KELLET.
Refreshingly frank and witty, author Nathalie Molina Niño is a serial tech entrepreneur, a Builder Capitalist investing at the intersection of gender and climate, and a proud daughter of Latinx immigrants. While teaching budding entrepreneurs at Barnard College of Columbia University
and searching the globe for investment-worthy startups, she has met or advised thousands of entrepreneurs who’ve gone from zero to scalable business. Here she shares their best secrets in the form of 50 “leapfrogs”—clever loopholes and shortcuts to outsmart, jump over, or straight up annihilate the seemingly intractable hurdles facing entrepreneurs who don’t have family
money, cultural capital, or connections. MORE ABOUT NATHALIE MOLINA NINO.
Nely Galán is a self-made media mogul. Dubbed the Tropical Tycoon by the New York Times Magazine,
she was the first Latina President of a U.S. television network (Telemundo). She is an Emmy Award-winning producer of over 700 episodes of television in Spanish and English, which she produced through
her multi-media company Galan Entertainment. Galán is the founder of The Adelante Movement, which
seeks to empower and train multicultural women economically and entrepreneurially. She is the author of
The New York Times bestselling book SELF MADE, Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way about the revolution in women’s entrepreneurship led by multi-cultural women in the US and emerging women around the world. The book is published in English, Spanish and Mandarin. Galan has toured the country for the last 7 years–appearing in over 300 cities in the U.S. as well as through China and Latin America. Her next book Don't Buy Shoes, Buy Buildings!, will inform women who work for others, how to invest in order to make money while they sleep and become self made. Galan holds a
Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. MORE ABOUT
SELF MADE BY NELY GALAN.