Today we’d like to introduce you to Nadya Ramos.
Hi Nadya, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
As a first-generation Latina, new mom and entrepreneur, being honest with myself, open to change and raw in expressing my opinions has been key to my personal and professional growth. In desperate need of a new narrative on motherhood, I launched Modern Millennial Mom, a microblog on Instagram, to share real experiences and challenges I was facing as a new mom.
Born in a Central American country, where machismo and patriarchal authority characterize the female role as a housewife and mother, I grew up seeing most of the women in my family give up their dreams and aspirations to raise their children. I wanted something different for myself and my family. My mother came so far to give my siblings and me better opportunities and a fair shot at making it in the world. So I live determined to maximize my potential and build something of my own.
Today, I host Growth Through Conversation, a live video series for Latinas who are into personal and professional development to discuss topics on womanhood, motherhood and entrepreneurship. I strive to select guests and topics that inspire and motivate other Latinas as well as encourage them to challenge gender inequality and social norms that marginalize women. Transformational growth happens outside our comfort zones in places that build platforms for unfiltered and uncomfortable conversations about who we are and want to become as women, mothers and leaders. I hope Modern Millennial Mom can one day serve as that platform not only via the content I produce but also through scholarship programs, paid internships and other resources for young girls with big aspirations.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Because Modern Millennial Mom started out as a passion project, it took a long time for me to learn to see it and operate as a business which is counterproductive to my mission. In order to reach my audience and in the future, create programs and resources to serve that audience in more impactful ways, monetization is necessary. I learned to say no and turn down collaboration opportunities that aren’t a good fit or that I know are not going to help me get closer to my mission.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I create and curate content for Latinas into personal and professional growth. I host a live video series titled “Growth Through Conversation” to have unfiltered, real, and honest conversations about womanhood, motherhood, and entrepreneurship.
I am most proud of building a table I can call my own and invite others to join me as their whole selves. After being the target of microaggressions at work, being advised by a colleague to repress parts of my persona if I wanted to “be successful,” and ultimately getting let go unexpectedly and without reason in the middle of the pandemic, I decided it was time to build my own table. What sets me apart from others is my outlook on growth and achieving success–I understand that in all that I set out to do, my role is primarily to serve. That’s how the leaders I look up to have reached great heights.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Finding a mentor and networking in general is about delivering value. Everyone has something they’re good at. Once you’re clear on what you’re good at, you can use that to help build relationships with people who are further along in their growth journey. They’ll be more likely to invest their time and energy in mentoring you or introducing you to other people and opportunities if they consider you to be someone who adds value to their life in some way.
For example: Let’s say you’re good at content creation and have been wanting to launch your own business but don’t know where to start. Do some research on small businesses in your community and take a look at their social channels. Many small business owners wear so many hats that they focus more on sales to keep the lights on and have little time to dedicate to content creation or marketing in general. Whether you’re good at shooting and editing video, iPhone photography, or copywriting, those skills could help a business owner elevate their social media game. Reach out to at least two entrepreneurs you’d like to learn from and offer to create a few pieces of content highlighting their products or services in exchange for a coffee meet-up to pick their brain. This could lead to a long-lasting mentee-mentor relationship.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.modernmillennialmom.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/modernmillenialmom/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/modernmillenialmom
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcf6coraxSwIuoaghl2lQDQ