Hispanicize – The Place to Network, Learn, and Grow

Awe Hispanicize, although you’re totally exhausting, you’re also filled with wonderful opportunities to network, learn, and grow, which is what keeps me coming back year after year.  And this year I was doubly honored to partner with Prudential – the title sponsor of Hispanicize – and DiMe Media, on the fabulous #WomenInspired campaign, which I previously shared here.  And boy was I inspired every step of the way.  Here are a few of my favorite and most memorable experiences.

Hispanicize - The Place to Network, Learn, and Grow - yoursassyself.comTo start with, this year Hispanicize kicked off with the DiMe Summit, which was packed with great workshops and interactive activities to not only help us grow, but to motivate us along the way.

DiMe Summit Hispz 16 - yoursassyself.comWe were treated to several tips and tricks, along with a fab treat from Stitch Fix.  Isn’t everything just beautiful.

Stich Fix Finds at Hispz16 - yoursassyself.com

Plus it also allowed us to network and catch up with fellow influencers, which was an amazing way to greet old friends and make new ones.  Here’s a quick glimpse of some of my snaps that day.

The following day kicked off with the Home Depot breakfast where we learned about gardening trends and even made our very own succulent terrarium #PrimaveratheHomeDepot.

Home Depot Terraniums at Hispz16 - yoursassyself.comThen the day flew on with various adventures, including a stop in at the #100PorCientoTu Style Suite where I received the most fabulous pampering session.  First I was treated to a manicure that not only made my hands look beautiful, but smell Caress Mystique Forever fresh.

#100PorCientoTu Hispz16 Caress Manicure - yoursassyself.comThen it was my turn to sit with Marco Peña’s team and get my hair on point thanks to the TRESemme Botanique line, which took my hair from frizz to shine in no time.

Once camera ready, it was time to hit the booths, where I ran into Alvin and the Chipmunks

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS at Hispz16 - yoursassyself.com

and La Familia Cool herself, Dania, who took some time to sign a copy of her book for me, which by the way, if you want to get something for your bilingual familia, you should totally run out and get your copy today.

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Dania of La Familia Cool signing her book - yoursassyself.comA jammed packed day for sure, but it wasn’t over.  There was just enough time for a quick change for the Positive Impact Awards (which recognizes those who contribute to the betterment of their community), a chance to meet Mrs. Pagan (who’s husband Louis inspired the PIAs), and a quick chat and photo with Rosario Dawson, Ms. Voto Latino herself.

PIA16 Winners, Mrs. Pagan, and Rosario Dawson - yoursassyself.comCheck out more from my snaps of that fun night!

Whew, and that was just day two.  Day three kicked into gear with Rosario Dawson receiving the Latinovator award,

Rosario Dawson 2016 Latinovator - yoursassyself.comfollowed by a great info session with Kelly Blue Book to make us fashionable, #SavvyLatinasonWheels,

Kelly Blue Book Kendra Scott Earrings - yoursassyself.com

a meet and greet with the cast of the Queen of the South,

Queen of the South Cast at Hispz16 - yoursassyself.comand ending with a fun party hosted by Cricket, with my beautiful and talented friend Pili Montilla, and music from one of my favorite bands, La Santa Cecilia.

Day four again was kicked into gear by the Latinovator recipient – Lizzie Velasquez, who happens to be from my home state of Texas, and continued with some fabulous music from #ArtistsOnTheRise Sofia Reyes, which of course was hosted by Pili Montilla. Check out my snaps for a little glimpse of the greatness.

Then that night we had the Tecla Awards, which honors the influencers doing great things in the digital space, and Fionella, one of my roommates won for Best Sponsored Post.  Isn’t she the cutest.

Then came music with Wisin.  Please enjoy it all here.

Not only are the events amazing, but you get to connect with great people, and I definitely had a wonderful time because I spent a lot of it with these amazing people,

Hispz16 Friends - yoursassyself.com
Left to Right – Mando Rayo – Author @TacosofTexas & Digital Strategist @MRCollectivos; Rekha Patricio – Senior Marketing Manager, NPR; Hugo Rojo – Media Relations, NPR; Me: Jennifer Rodriguez @Jennergy_Writes

and these beauties – my roomies.

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Hispz16 Roomies - yoursassyself.com
Left to right: Ana Sanchez @anacsanchez7; Annie @AnnieAtoZ; Me; Fiorella @MetanoiaLiving

Topped by the last Latinovator luncheon with Ozzie Areu, President/Producer: Tyler Perry Studios, 34th Street Films,

Ozzie Areu and Family Hispz16 - yoursassyself.comand I again have to tip my hat to to everyone that helped with this year’s Hispanicize.  Good times, with great opportunities for sure!

Don’t believe me, check it out for yourself and keep an eye out for me at the 3:06 mark.

Based on what I’ve shared, what do you think you’d love most about attending Hispanicize?



Rocio Chavez
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  1. I think just meeting other like-minded Latinos. Making new friends! (And all the freebies of course ;). )

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