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, most of which are available in English and Spanish. 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. It wll be released in English in April 2013 with the title Find your Inner Red Shoes: Step into your Own Style of Success. 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 www.latinosincollege.com 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 corporations such as Procter and Gamble, General Electric, Citigroup, AIG, Exxon/Mobil, HBO, Goldman Sachs, Verizon, JPMorganChase, McDonald’s, Met Life, Time Inc., Duracell, AVON, and many others as well as at universities and non-profit organizations such as, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, the College Board, the National Association for Bilingual Education, The Conference Board, and National Society of Hispanic MBAs, among many others.
Go-To Expert for the Press
Mariela is a frequent guest expert on Latino education, empowerment 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”, “Cafe CNN”, “Notimujer” “Cala” (all on CNN,) “Acceso Total” (Telemundo) to name a few. In addition she’s currently the education expert on Univision 41 (New York.)