Fireside Fiesta: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month



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With Hispanic Heritage Month coming to a close, Grid110 is hosting a public event open to all who would like to listen and share in the experiences of Hispanic Entrepreneurs. Whether you are a LatinX founder or an ally to the LatinX community, we would like to create a safe space for LatinX voices to be heard and allys to listen and understand. 

You will have the opportunity to listen to our speaker’s stories and share your own experiences or any comments or reflections on what resonates with you. We will also encourage an open and interactive group conversation about any resources and circles that have helped empower you.


6:00-6:40 PM: Fireside Panel

6:40-7:00 PM: Q&A from Audience


  • Maria Jose Palacio is a fifth-generation Colombian coffee farmer who was born and raised in a famous coffee region in Colombia. After several years working in the design field in New York City, Maria decided to change careers and return to coffee in 2016 after seeing her friends and family in Colombia struggle to maintain a viable living through their coffee farms. Maria has been recognized on Forbes Next 1000 list, 100 Female Founder of 2020 by Inc Magazine, Mujeres Imparables by Telemundo, 12 under 35 Breakout Talent to Watch by SFA, and the latest book "The New Latina - 100 Millennials shaping the World".

  • After going from a stay-at-home-mom to award-winning activist filmmaker, Top 100 podcaster and to sought-after international speaker, Denise Soler Cox uses her experience to produce inspiring content that sparks meaningful and transformative dialog. In 2020 Denise was recognized as a “Featured Host” by Apple Podcast North America for her podcast “The Self-ish Latina'' which has listeners in 32 countries. Denise has been invited to speak on over 150 stages including two TEDx talks and has worked with some of the world's most recognized brands like Microsoft, Facebook, LinkedIn, JP Morgan Chase, Salesforce, Proctor & Gamble, Dow Jones, Eli Lilly, KPMG, Starbucks and VaynerMedia.

  • Rafael Alvarez is the CEO and Founder of Latinx & Minority Franchise Brands LLC and Minority Fintech LLC.  Mr. Alvarez founded  ATAX Franchise “The first Latino owned Tax Preparation Franchise in the US” in 1986 with $200, two computers and a fax machine.  Mr. Alvarez  is a veteran of the Tax Preparation, Payroll and Bookkeeping Industries with 35 years of experience and a Pioneer in the Electronic Filing. In 2005 his Tax Preparation office went completely viral by preparing over 10,000 Personal and 500 Business Tax Returns in his flagship office.

  • Ivette Carolina Agudelo-Lopez is an EMMY® award-winner producer. With a broad formation as an actress, producer, and digital marketer. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of 3 Lopez Media Inc, a media company that helps businesses and organizations across the US to tell stories that create and foster meaningful connections using audiovisual, graphic design, and storytelling tools.


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