Be Heard. Be Seen. Be You.
Laura was born and raised in Viña del Mar, Chile and moved to the US in 1992. Growing up in Chile gave her great exposure to the power of community, solidarity and helping those in need. Laura has been a corporate accounting professional for 20 years. She has served for over 5 years as an active board member of the Eli Home, a non-profit organization helping abused children and mothers, and has dedicated her life to community service.
Carolina Arenas is a first-generation Colombian American, born and raised in Queens, NY. She has a Masters in Social work and a bachelor in Forensic Psychology. Her passion for social work was what inspired her to open: Meraki Wayuu, a brand of handmade artisanal bags and accessories, sourced from the Wayuu Tribe of La Guajira, Colombia. Carolina wants to raise multicultural awareness, promote social justice and cultural preservation through economic fair trade. Through Meraki Wayuu, she is able to empower Colombian women artisans to share their stories and traditions and give the community the opportunity to shop with a purpose. Spiritú is honored to feature their Pom Pom Keychains/Bag Charms in the our Winter 2019 Box.
Maria Teresa Gomez is a full-time career woman by day and a baker by night. She has 22 years of experience in the shipyard industry in the accounting department for a small family owned business. Thanks to the support of her husband, children, family, friends, bosses, and customers, she has the opportunity to also work as her own boss with MKR Creations and do what she loves, baking. MKR Creations is her re-fuel and balance. As chaotic as times may be, she has learned to balance her full time job by day, MKR Creations by night and being a loving and effective working mother and wife to her boys.
Millana is the CEO & Founder of Wellness Official - an online marketplace of practitioners & brands for the global wellness community. Practicing and studying all things holistic health & spirituality for over 20 years, she has built an energy healing business that serves thousands of clients worldwide.
Mayra Azanza is an award-winning artist, Emmy-nominated TV producer and entrepreneur. She was born in Mexico and moved to Los Angeles where she worked as a journalist, sculptor, and TV producer. She recently moved to the Bay Area where she has introduced her own version of the Mexican folk art sculptures - Alebrijes and launched Chiquimiau, a startup for customized rag dolls, based on the craft of sewing her grandma taught her as a child in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Karla Melgarejo is a published fashion photographer, marketing strategist, and advocate for Latina makers and entrepreneurs across the U.S. Born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia, Karla currently lives in Seattle, where she helps women from all over the world scale their businesses through intentional imagery and purposeful marketing strategies. She founded 3 different companies before turning 30 and launched the first digital magazine in Bolivia back in 2013. Karla deeply believes in the power of community and the importance of diversity and representation within her community.
Nicoletta is a performance artist, interdisciplinary fabricator, producer, host, mother of four, filmmaker, self-love champion, and unicorn. She is Black Latinx; proud to be a first-generation Panamanian born in the United States. She is a chamána (shaman) and comes from a long line of healers. She produces audience participatory engagements through interactive workshops, immersive activations, and multi-sensory experiences. She is the founder of Vida Mágica Love, a creative platform dedicated to healing-centered services.
Heidy Rodríguez is a first generation Guatemalteca (Guatemalan-American). She majored in International Studies from Cal State Long Beach with an emphasis in Latin America. She is an advocate for all things transformative, healing and inclusive at the intersection of media as a catalyst for social change.