My name is Araceli Esparza, I'm the founder of Midwest Mujeres. My work comes from the historical work of Gloria Anzaldua, bell hooks, Aurora Levins Morales, critical race theory through a Chicana lens, intersectionality, social entrepreneurism, and social justice.
I created Midwest Mujeres Collective to help Latinas expand their networks and grow their businesses. We focus on networking, mentoring, and marketing/business growth education.
***In this video, I talk about the racial wealth gap and what inspires me to do this work of closing the gender pay gap using "unconventional" tools like storytelling***
On the real: I built in Midwest Mujeres, because I didn't see myself and all of these entrepreneurial workshops that I took. I didn't see the brown woman struggling between two worlds. I didn't see the brown women getting encouragement from other brown women. I also didn't see a space that celebrated our Chicana culture.
I created Midwest Mujeres Mentoring to help Latinas and women expand their networks, grow their businesses, develop communication skills like storytelling, and provide a community for economic development and professional networking.
I'm a writer, I'm a creator, and I love creating. So I thought this would be a great way to utilize a collaborative membership model, and we hold cohort learning opportunities with experts in the field of branding, corporate storytelling, and presentation skills.
Midwest Mujeres (Midwest Women) is a mentoring collective helping to raise social capital for Latina entrepreneurs, and women of color.
Bottom line: We help high-impact multicultural women expand their platforms.
If no one else values a stories, we must begin valuing our own stories!
¡Yo Quiero Dinero Baby!