Role Model* Tamara


Featured this month is Role Model* Tamara Mena. 

Tamara Mena is a bilingual international motivational speaker, host, spokesperson, ambassador, survivor and an eternal optimist. Tamara was born and raised in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 13. At the age of 19, she suffered a horrific car accident that left Tamara paralyzed from the mid-chest down and, unfortunately, killed her boyfriend. From surviving a near death experience, Tamara chose to dedicate her life to share her message of hope, and above all, motivate people to believe in themselves. Despite the great tragedy she endured, she never lost sight of her dreams and goals. 

Tamara continued her studies, attending California State University Stanislaus, where she majored in Communication Studies. She received numerous academic awards, and despite several hospitalizations, graduated with highest honors. 

Tamara has been a guest speaker at numerous events. She has been invited as a special guest on many English & Spanish TV shows. Among those are Sábado Gigante, Aquí y Ahora, Qué Noche, The Doctors, Inside Edition, American Latino, El Hormiguero and many others. Her participation on the famous reality TV show, Nuestra Belleza Latina, impacted a large number of viewers, as she was the first woman in a wheelchair to ever make it.  She has also been featured in different magazines and publications, awarded by Cosmo For Latinas as a “Fun Fearless Latina.” Tamara is the host and co-producer of “Beauty on Wheels” a beauty and fashion show. She has created projects with a greater purpose such as the “See Me For My Talent Campaign” a campaign she is launching to combat discrimination by employers, raise awareness about different abilities, and break stereotypes in society to take a step towards disABILITY inclusion. She also created the “Embrace You Project” to empower all women. Her story, shared on many different platforms, has reached millions of people with her continuous determination to succeed. 


Tamara is proud to raise her voice for projects with a mission. and she continues to dream and fight for her goals and ideals, never gives up, continues to get back up, breaks barriers and hopes to inspire change, and most of all, uplift and motivate many along the way.

 

She rolls proud and strong and is a true #RoleModel* exhibiting great strength in character with her mission to spread positivity everywhere. This is #RoleModel* Tamara Mena.

 

           

 

 

 
 

 

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Role Model* Shirin

Biography:

Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia is the Founder and CEO of PlayWerks, an interactive media company that creates high quality multi-platform immersive games and experiences that engage children and adults. 

She is also the Founder of WhizGirlsAcademy, where students engage in exciting projects that help them acquire coding skills while building confidence, healthy balanced lifestyles, and growing as members of their communities. 

She previously worked at MGA Entertainment on Bratz and at Mattel on Barbie, where she performed ongoing research and analysis of industry trends, consumer motivations and competitor activity. At MGA, she was responsible for designing the Play Lab, where children would gather for in-house research while she was the Brand Manager for the billion dollar Bratz brand.
Shirin is actively involved in the organization Women in Gaming, as well as serving as an advisor for multiple institutions including The White House Council of Women and Girls, Los Angeles Film School, Santa Monica College, Woodbury University, the Bixel Exchange in collaboration with the LA Chamber of Commerce, and Girls in Tech. 

In 2013, she hosted the first Hackathon for Women and Girls with The White House Council of Women and Girls. In May 2014, she hosted the Kids Hack for LA in collaboration with Mayor Eric Garcetti, the White House, and will.i.am’s i.am.angel Foundation.

She is currently teaching Tech for Social Impact/Entrepreneurship at USC School of Engineering (ITP)/ Viterbi. 

In 2014, Shirin gave her Ted Talk “Are You a Gamer or a Gardener?” at the TedxYouth conference in Los Angeles, CA.

In March 2015, she was honored by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin as 2015 LA City Pioneer Woman of the Year.

She was recently honored as a Disruptor Foundation (Tribeca) Innovation Fellow. And IJWO 2016 Woman of the Year.

This is Role Model* Shirin

Role Model* Margo 

Margo, a leader of leaders, guides & inspires others to be their authentic selves. She is a light that illuminates the greatness in everyone she meets.  

This is Role Model* Margo: 

As the CEO & Founder of Mastery in Transformational Training (Mittraining.com), she has helped transform thousands of lives.  

She is a powerful & loving leader who shines bright and her laughter & energy are contagious.

She is beautiful inside & out. 

Stay tuned to learn more about this amazing Role Model*.