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Gloria Constanza

We close our Women’s History Month series featuring our very own Gloria Constanza, an indispensable guru of Multicultural media in America. Gloria has the unique experience of being one of the key promoters and architects of the U.S. Hispanic Market’s media landscape and its growth explosion. She played an exciting, protagonist role at a time when some of the largest brands entered the Hispanic Market in a big way, and, for some of them, for the first time. As such, she was fundamental in establishing the media commitment of Sears, U.S. Postal Service, Kraft, Bank of America, Mazola Corn Oil and AT&T, among others. As Partner and Chief Contact Strategist at d expósito & Partners, Gloria has continued to introduce new brands to the Hispanic, Multicultural and Broad market media environments, helping to strategically guide clients like AARP, Amica, McDonald’s, various New York City agencies, Point32Health, U.S Army and Tajín, to name a few.

Lisette Arsuaga

After years as a marketing strategist, consultant and advertising communicator, Lisette Arsuaga is at the forefront of a new, influential force that is knocking at the door of Corporate America with a provocatively persuasive pitch on behalf of multiculturalism. Lisette is co-founder of the Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing (AIMM), affiliated with the powerful Association of National Advertisers (ANA), along with her life and business partner, Gilbert Dávila, and long-time colleague, Carlos Santiago. Convening more than 100-plus corporations, ad agencies, research and media companies, and the trade associations in a concerted and unified effort to address challenges in the ad industry, including representation of Latinos and other multicultural groups.

2023 Retail Sales to Grow Between 4% and 6%

The National Retail Federation issued its annual forecast, anticipating that retail sales will grow between 4% and 6% in 2023. In total, NRF projects that retail sales will reach between $5.13 trillion and $5.23 trillion this year.

Rochelle Newman-Carrasco

A Latina by “cultural adoption,” Rochelle Newman-Carrasco, who hails from the Jewish community, credits her New York City roots and growing up in its vibrant Lower East Side for inspiring her eclectic and dexterous career in multicultural advertising and storytelling – a career fluidly marked by cross-culturalism. She started working in Hispanic advertising in the mid-80s, beginning at Font & Vaamonde (FoVa) on the P&G business. In 1992, she became CEO of Enlace Communications, serving in that role for sixteen years. In 2009, she joined Walton Isaacson as Chief Hispanic Marketing Strategy and is now the agency’s EVP Cross-Cultural Storyteller.

Isabella Sánchez

Isabella Sánchez is passionate about marketing to diverse audiences as evidenced by her commitment to elevating Multicultural marketing and helping marketers understand and capitalize on the biggest growth opportunity in the U.S. With over 30 years of experience in media, Isabella’s personal mantra, “in constant pursuit of the perfect balance between art and science,” demonstrates her dedication to building cultural connections through creative innovation while utilizing the latest technology to optimize campaign performance.

Stacie de Armas

Stacie de Armas stands as a steadfast advocate for diversity and inclusion in the media and entertainment landscape, as well as an advocate for investing in diverse audience groups. As a force behind Nielsen's inclusive intelligence and initiatives, she expertly navigates the intersections of inclusion, identity research, and diverse audience representation in mainstream media. With a strong background in media measurement and consumer behavior, Stacie leverages her expertise to drive positive change at the crossroads of community, advocacy, and entertainment.

MaGO PR to lead PR Campaigns for the Presidio Trust Communications

The Presidio of San Francisco, one of America’s most visited national park sites within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, has selected MaGO PR, a full-service 360° bilingual PR/Communications firm, to lead specialized multicultural media relations. The agency will help build awareness for the Presidio’s many amenities, including summer programs and events and activities around the park.

Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez

As substantive agents of change, few Latino leaders have had an impact that can so broadly encompass government, corporate and non-profit spheres. Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez is that rare case. Today, this Bronx-born American of strong Puerto Rican and Dominican roots, who had already made us proud of her high-level post as New York State’s Secretary of State, is the current Commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging. However, it was her leadership position at the iconic non-profit social giant, AARP, that allowed Cortés-Vázquez to potentiate and expand the multifaceted mission of empowerment, and the commitment of that organization, to the highly populated 50-plus Latino and Multicultural segments, while - at the same time - strengthening, like never before, the presence of the AARP brand in the national Hispanic media landscape.

Ana Madan

Ana Madan has championed Hispanic marketing efforts and has been an advocate for her community within the McDonald’s system throughout her career. Her last name, Madan, is synonymous with torch-bearing that started with her father, Roberto, and has been continued with Ana in promoting “golden opportunities”for Latinos in America.

HMC announces Shortlist for the 2023 HMC Strategic Excellence Aawards

After a record number of entries, 16 US-based agencies representing 27 campaigns in seven categories have made the shortlist of finalists for the Hispanic Marketing Council (HMC) Strategic Excellence Awards, the only award competition of its kind recognizing strategic excellence in Hispanic marketing and advertising and cultural fluency*. Winners will be announced at the HMC 2023 Annual Summit in New York City on April 27.

What is Gen Z?

Generation Z comprises people born between 1996 and 2010. This generation’s identity has been shaped by the digital age, climate anxiety, a shifting financial landscape, and COVID-19.

Cristina Saralegui

Cristina Saralegui’s incredible career as a talk show host, entrepreneur, and advocate for various causes is viewed as one of a champion who broke new ground and revolutionized Hispanic media and the storylines about the Latino community. One could say creating powerful editorial content ran in her veins, as her father was a publishing icon in Havana. However, Cristina’s parents did not initially support her career aspirations. Nonetheless, Cristina pursued a career in communications and creative writing and would eventually become the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan en Español. Under her joint leadership with dear friend, Helen Gurley Brown, the publication became a huge success in the U.S., Latin America and Spain.

Teresa Menéndez

When it didn’t exist, the Latinas we recognize this month often built the infrastructure. Teresa Menéndez was definitely one of them. Teresa started her path in market research via a work study program at Florida State University that helped her fund her education. At that time, the Florida State Legislature had granted monies to FSU to assess the economic impact the influx of Cubans would have on the state. Upon graduation, Teresa was hired by a local research firm, where she managed general consumer research projects for Coca-Cola. While Teresa found that work to be interesting, she was passionate about assignments where she could utilize her knowledge and skill sets in Hispanic research beyond Florida, and she began searching for firms that specialized in the Hispanic consumer audience and with projects that were national in scale. In doing so, she realized there were only two, and in 1980, she founded Menendez International Hispanic Research.

The Hispanic Growth Engine Post Pandemic

A key responsibility of marketers is to identify growth opportunities. It would be easy to overlook the strength of the U.S. Hispanic market if you were not aware of their impressive economic performance before and during the pandemic. The Latino Donor Collaborative published their latest annual report that paints a powerful picture of resilience. It confirms the dominance of Latinos in the growth of the new mainstream economy.  By Roberto Orci

U.S. ADVERTISING MARKET REMAINS RESILIENT THANKS TO MEDIA INNOVATION

Vincent Létang, EVP, Global Market Research at MAGNA, and author of the report, said: “In a similar economic climate, ten or twenty years ago, the U.S. advertising market would almost certainly fall off a cliff. Things are different in 2023 because of media innovation fueling marketing demand. The organic drivers that boosted the ad market in 2021 and the first half of 2022 are still around and mitigating the impact of stressful economic signals. Such organic drivers include the rise of retail media networks which are redirecting billions of marketing budgets dollars into advertising formats.

Gisela Girard

With a Bachelor's of Arts and Political Science, and a Master of Arts and Urban Studies, Gisela Girard started as a researcher conducting commercial real estate feasibility studies, and, with her own company, she marketed international properties in the U.S.A., Mexico and Argentina. But in 1999, her strategic mind guided her in a new direction. Along with her husband Al Aguilar (a former founding partner of pioneering giant Sosa, Bromley,Aguilar & Associates), they embarked on a joint entrepreneurial journey and founded Creative Civilization--An Aguilar/Girard Agency.

Carmen Sepúlveda

Carmen Sepúlveda was born a changemaker in the PR and Communications field and is a natural and gifted communicator. For her, driving change is not just a role, it’s a purpose she has delivered on throughout her entire 30+ year career. This is particularly true as it pertains to reaching and including diverse and multicultural communities through PR. She has dedicated her career to advocating for multicultural communities and building bridges between the brands she represents and communities they serve. Additionally, she has championed and helped advance the work of ethnic media to promote a diverse media landscape, not only by ensuring they are included in pitches so they can break the stories for the communities they serve but also by encouraging her clients/employers to support trade organizations, such as the National Association of Hispanic Journalist and National Association of Black Journalists, that nurture and promote ethnic journalists and producers.

Conill named Cultural AOR for Burger King U.S.

Burger King U.S. announced that strategic communications firm ICR and cultural and brand partnership marketing agency Conill have been tapped to join the brand’s growing list of world-class agency partners.

The War on “Woke” and the Future of Multicultural Marketing

In June 2020, The ANA and its diversity initiative, the Alliance for Inclusive & Multicultural Marketing (AIMM), acknowledged the limited progress made in all aspects of DEI. In a letter to its board of directors and members, the organization pledged to do everything it could “to end systemic racism and achieve equality and justice” in the marketing and advertising industries.  By David Morse - New American Dimensions

Ingrid Otero-Smart

Ingrid Otero-Smart has become a powerhouse in Hispanic and Multicultural marketing and advertising; one that has nurtured many current and future leaders in our industry. She started her advertising journey at McCann Erickson in her native Puerto Rico, and in 1987, she joined Mendoza Dillon & Asociados. She worked at MD&A for 18 years, leaving as President /COO in 2005 before heading to Anita Santiago Advertising, where she was President until 2008. For the last 15 years, she has served as the President/CEO of Casanova//McCann, where she brought a renewed sense of vitality and creativity to the agency; one that has established a multi-year winning growth trend. In 2020, Ingrid acquired the majority stake in Casanova from IPG, becoming a McCann affiliate and making Casanova a certified female-owned and minority-owned enterprise.

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