Laura Hernandez

Laura Hernandez Planned Parenthood Miami Girs

Born in Bogota, Colombia Laura Hernandez and her family immigrated to Miami in the mid-90’s. Last year, Laura received two bachelors in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies and certificates in Public Policy and Latin American-Caribbean studies from FIU. In her college years, Laura was Vice President of the FIU N.O.W. chapter, served on the national student advisory council …

Silvia Planas Prats

Silvia Planas Prats is an advocate for families with children with disabilities and a co-founder of the Miami EmployABILITY Movement. She moved to Miami from Spain in 2012 with her husband Xavier and two children with “a dream to help her son Marc, a cheerful, smart, and cute 11year old who happens to have autism. “ Since 2013 Silvia has …

Jasmen Rogers

Jasmen Rogers Dream Defenders Miami Girls

Jasmen Rogers is a community organizer in Dade and Broward counties, working with the Dream Defenders, the Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward, and SEIU. Jasmen developed a zeal for social justice after the 2006 tragic death of Martin Lee Anderson at the hands of boot camp staff in Panama City, Florida. Since that time, Jasmen has continued the spirit of …

Laura Finley

Laura Finley Miami Girls Domestic Violence

Laura Finley earned her Ph.D. from Western Michigan University in 2002. She is currently Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminology at Barry University. Dr. Finley is the author, co-author or editor of 19 books, numerous book chapters and journal articles, and is a syndicated columnist with PeaceVoice and New Clear Vision. She is also a regular presenter at local, state, …

Deborah Korge

Deborah Korge Miami Girls Women Fund

Deborah Korge (Debbie) has been an active member of the non-profit community in Miami since moving here in 1988, focusing on issues affecting women and children. She is the Executive Director of The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade which has supported women and girls in our community for 24 years through grant-making, research, education and advocacy. The organization impacted over 60,000 lives …

Carla Pena

Carla Pena LGBTQ Miami Girls

Carla Pena has dedicated her professional and personal life to social advocacy. As a graduate of NYU, her background is in healthcare and social services. She is also a former Public Allies AmeriCorps member and City Year program manager. With experience in youth work as the former program assistant for the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, no enterprise has had such …

Leigh-Ann Buchanan

Leigh-Ann Buchanan Miami Girls Make History Innovation Diversity

Through our partnership with CIC Miami, we’re helping to elevate physical spaces for innovation that thrive because they are inclusive and accessible to the broadest cross section of the community. We’re focused on breaking down silos through place-making, conversation, storytelling. Each week, we connect hundreds of Miami’s amazing innovation and startup community through the Thursday Gathering @ Venture Café, the …

Carolina Pina

Carolina Pina Miami Girls Win Lab Miami

Originally from Venezuela, Carolina is an activist on important causes related to her home country, women’s empowerment and equality. Carolina is a connector, an arts & culture enthusiast and a philanthropist. She is a Trustee at the New World Symphony, a Host and Screening Committee Member for the Miami Film Festival and an advisor at the Lung Transplant Foundation. Carolina …

Ani Mercedes

Ani Mercedes Miami Girls Wealth Gap

Graduate school left me with an overwhelming mountain of student loans that I was afraid would stifle my pursuit of becoming a filmmaker and artist. I had a decision to make: find a way to pay off my debt or follow my dreams to become an artist. I did both. In two years, I paid off my student loans, produced …