Elayna Fernandez Awarded Best Latina Blogger and Top Latina Influencer for the Second Year in a Row
Elayna Fernandez, of Fort Worth, Texas, also known as “The Positive MOM,” was named one of the Top Latina Influencers in the U.S. and awarded as the Best Latina Lifestyle Blogger of 2016 by LATISM (Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media) for her remarkable labor of love, empowering moms to live a life with purpose on purpose.
The LATISM Awards were created in 2009 by LATISM founder, Ana Roca, and are presented annually to individuals and organizations that demonstrate commitment to advancing Latino issues, and are using their voice, platforms, and efforts to advocate for causes that impact the Latino community.
The 8th annual LATISM conference took place at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida, with the theme of "Latinos As Change Agents."
"With every blog post I publish, every book I write, every workshop I teach, every interview or feature in the media, I pray I can be an instrument for moms worldwide to change their 'once upon a time' into their 'happily ever after'... I humbly accept the title of change agent and I commit before you to take consistent actions toward positive change, regardless of whether my position is embraced and celebrated or unpopular and disputed," said Fernandez about the honor of being selected for the Top Influencer Retreat.
Fernandez' remarkable work continues to inspire moms around the globe to be their best and raise their kids in a more positive environment. A survivor of poverty, tragedy, and abuse, and a former single mom, she is committed to providing moms with the tools, training, and support to make them happen.
Discussions during the conference centered around Education, Health, Civic Engagement, Policy, Technology, Business, as well as Diversity and Inclusion. In addition, LATISM hosts an annual S.T.E.A.M. Fair for kids grades 5th to 12th.
“I share this award with my daughters, the inspiration behind all I do,” said Fernandez when receiving the award at the gala, sponsored by Toyota, and hosted by Borja Voces, Social Media Anchor and Reporter at Univision's Primer Impacto. Fernandez was joined onstage by two of her three daughters: Elisha, 14, and Elyssa, 13, who were panelists at the LATISM conference. The young presenters also won 3rd. Place at the 36-hour Hackathon that took place at #LATISM16.
Other awarded digital influencers at #LATISM16 include:
Mamas con Poder (Best Non-Profit Organization using Social Media to reach Latinos/as)
Fleishman Hillard (Best Marketing/PR Firm using Tech Innovation and Social Media to reach Latinos/as)
Ximena Hartsock (Best Latino Tech Founder or Co-Founder)
Meryland Cuevas (Best Latina Activist using Tech Innovation and Social Media)
Jorge Narvaez (Best Latino Vlogger)
Rolando Linares (Best Latino Food Blogger)
Fernanda Chacon (Best Latina Health Blogger)
Gianny Liranzo (Best Latina Parenting Blogger)
Silvia Martinez (Best Latina Bilingual Blogger)
Melanie Mendez Gonzales (Best Latina Education Influencer)
Alexia Ramirez (Best Latina Business Influencer)
#RebeldesUnidos (Best Multicultural Social Media Campaign)
Lynn Ponder (Best Latina Network Leader)
Elayna Fernández, known worldwide as The Positive MOM, is an award-winning storyteller, renowned digital strategist, and an avid student of pain. Elayna helps moms rewrite their story, heal their wounds, and create joy, balance, and success on their own terms – in all areas of life. Elayna encourages, empowers, and equips moms to increase their impact, income, and influence, without guilt, shame, or regrets.
Born and raised in a slum in the Dominican Republic, Elayna now lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband and 3 homeschooled daughters. Elayna is often featured in global media and travels the world as a motivational keynote speaker and success trainer for mompreneurs. Her philosophy is “BE Positive and You’ll BE Powerful!”
Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM), is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the social, civic and economic status of the Latino community through technology innovation and social media, considered the most powerful and influential network of Latinos/as involved in social media and technology. LATISM’s mission is to empower the Latino community in the areas of Education, Health, Technology and Business through the use of tech innovation and social media.
To learn more about LATISM, go to conference.latism.org
To learn more about Elayna Fernandez, you can visit her blog at ThePositiveMOM.com