contributor Mariela Dabbah is a finalist in the Latinos in Social Media (LATISM) Awards as Best Latin@ Business Blogger. Mariela is the CEO of Latinos in College, a non-profit organization that provides students with everything they need to find, choose and help pay for college, and ultimately, to graduate.
She is also an award-winning author and speaker who addresses issues concerning success in education and the workplace. Her upcoming book El Poder de la Mujer (Woman Power), which will be released by Penguin in March of 2012, will help Latina women discover who they are and be empowered in order to reach their goals.


Mariela Dabbah says she found out that she had been nominated for the LATISM Award as Best Latin@ Business Blogger through a follower who congratulated her through a tweet.

“I was very surprised,” Mariela says. “It’s a very exciting award, because it recognizes the hard work that I, and all the other nominees, have been doing for the last few years in the Latino Community. I feel honored to be one of the finalists, all of whom I know and respect.”

The other nominees are: Jesús Chavarría, of Hispanic and Murray Mann, who writes Latinos At Work Blog. Learn more about all of the nominees.

Mariela states that being a part of the social media movement has helped her cater to the needs of her audience.

“It has definitely increased my awareness of what people are interested in. It has allowed for a free flow of conversation with members of the community, whether colleagues or followers. I find it intellectually stimulating.”

Mariela is a very busy woman, who answered my questions while on her way to be interviewed by Notimujer on CNN en español; she is still not sure of whether she will make it to the LATISM Conference in Chicago this year.

“I’m hoping to be able to arrange my schedule to attend the LATISM conference, I would love to be a part it,” Mariela concludes.

Lorraine C. Ladish is the bilingual published author of 16 books and the blogs Success Diaries and Diario del Éxito. She is also an expert Latina Mom.