Nely Galán: On Turning Pain to Profit


takeaways from this episode:

  • Why the Latinx market is the biggest, most powerful consumer base in the U.S.
  • The tenacity that took Nely from near-poverty to powerful executives, though not without ups and downs along the way.
  • Her latest goals, combining research and passion, to empower Hispanic women and men to own their power and numbers in the U.S.

For The Curious,

The loss of Anthony Bourdain has put a cloud over the last few days for me.

Nely and I at the Venice Canals.

Trying to understand what happened through the Internet only brought forth details of other suicides that darkened the clouds.

The only response I can have to this is to come back with a burst of sunlight.

It’s why I’m happy to pass on the conversation I recently had with Nely Galán.

Nely is a Cuban immigrant who became an entrepreneur as a teenager after overhearing her mother and father wonder how they were going to pay the bills to put her through Catholic school.

She went from selling Avon products to creating hundreds of television shows and winning Emmy Awards to becoming the first Latina president of a U.S. television network – Telemundo.

Now, she shares the principles of her tremendous success through her book, Self Made, and by building a movement to lift Latinas called Adelante.

The principles of Nely’s success – like: Turn pain into profit – are universal. They have the potential to bring sunshine to everybody’s life. So please pass them along.

Listening to this conversation will make you braver, wiser, better . . . and happier.



Kevin HekmatComment