On Feb. 23, byteclay.com was on the scene for P&G’s annual Orgullosa #LivingFabulosa panel at The Paley Center for Media in New York City. The purpose of the event is to bring together Latina trendsetters to inspire their community. The title of this discussion was “Motivating Through Mentors.” Speakers included singer Raquel Sofia, actress Diane Guerrero, Vixen Workout founder Janet Jones, Project Enye founder Denise Soler Cox, personal branding expert Emmelie De La Cruz and the head of multicultural marketing for Google, Eliana Murillo. More 300 guests were in attendance including Guerrero’s fellow OITNB cast members Karina Ortiz, Jackie Cruz and Berto Colon. JW Cortes from Fox’s “Gotham” and Team U.S.A. Fencer Natalie Vie were also spotted mingling. Attendees were also able to interact with P&G’s beauty brands: Venus, Olay, Secret, Pantene and Crest.
Diane Guerrero currently stars on two hit shows: Netflix’s “Orange Is The New Black” and the CW’s “Jane The Virgin. She said that the theme of the evening resonated with her deeply. Mentoring is exactly what her mission is as an artist and an activist. “I want to be an inspiration and I want to be a guide for people who are looking to live more of their lives with purpose,” she said. The most important mentors in her life are her parents. Despite limited resources, they always instilled in her the importance of moving forward even if something doesn’t work out. She says as her career progresses she continues to meet and encounter new mentors. She was interested in being an actress because she always loved storytelling.
When asked about how OITNB influences her idea of mentorship and community Diane reflected, “I think that the stories that we’re telling are so important. I think that we’re doing really great work, just in shining light to these stories that are rarely told, that are often hard to tell. I think that maybe someone watching the show can listen to one of these stories or watch one of these stories and say, ‘Wow, sometimes I’ve felt this way, I’ve felt marginalized, I’ve felt lonely.'”
Her advice to young latinas and latinos is “Not to be discouraged. When we see a lack of something in our community or in our society, that should be a driving force for you to want to bring more of that about.”