Mariela Dabbah at NKU National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, Northern Kentucky University will celebrate the National Hispanic Heritage Month and this year the keynote speaker will be Latina author, an expert that is featured regularly on national TV, and a web personality Mariela Dabbah.
Ms. Dabbah’s Bio was provided by Leo Calderon, Director, NKU-Latino Student Affairs.

For the last eighteen years Mariela has devoted her enormous energy to helping young Latino students,women and professionals succeed in their quest of education and successful careers in the United States.

In this mission she has authored several award winning, best-selling books to help Latinos navigate the American system. Her new book Poder de Mujer: Descubre quién eres para crear el éxito a tu medida, published by Penguin in 2012, has been on the best selling lists on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Nielsen since its release.

Other books: Latinos in College:Your guide to Success, Help your Children Succeed in School Help your Children Succeed in High School and Go to College, How to Get a Job in the U.S., and co-authored The Latino Advantage in the Workplace.

In 2009 Mariela created Latinos in College, the first online/offline all encompassing platform to help Latino students succeed in college. The non-profit organization’s website offers resources, tools and connections for Latino students and their families to find, pay and graduate from college.

In 2012, when her book Poder de Mujer was released, Mariela founded the Red Shoe Movement to encourage women to wear red shoes to work on Tuesdays to signal their support for the career development of other women. As a national, sought-after speaker, Mariela has presented at Procter and Gamble, General Electric, Citigroup, AIG, Exxon/Mobil, HBO, Goldman Sachs, Verizon, JPMorganChase, McDonald’s, the College Board, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, the College Board, National Association for Bilingual Education, The Conference Board, and National Society of Hispanic MBAs, among many other companies, organizations and professional conferences.

Mariela is a frequent guest expert on Latino education and success on TV and radio shows: “All things considered” (NPR,) “Good Morning America” (ABC,) “Today in New York” (NBC,) “Newsroom” (CNN,) “Despierta América” (Univision,) “Noticiero Nacional Univisión” “Notimujer” (CNN,) to name a few. In addition she’s currently the education expert on Univision 41 (New York.)

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