2024 Speakers

Tinabeth Piña

Tinabeth Piña

Creator and Executive Producer, Globe Scholars ™
Tinabeth Piña is an EMMY® award-winning multi-media journalist who has worked on air and behind the scenes for ABC, FOX, PBS, A&E, The History Channel & Oxygen to name a few! She is currently the creator, executive producer and host of the nationally syndicated and EMMY® nominated travel show GLOBE SCHOLARS™ – a program that documents students as they study abroad. She is also the managing editor at CUNY-TV – The City University of New York’s EMMY® award-winning television station as well as the creator, executive producer, and host of LATiNAS – the channel’s monthly award-winning magazine show that celebrates the women of the Latinx community nationwide. And as if that’s not enough, Tinabeth is also a travel vlogger for — TinabethTravels.com, the author of CHA-CHIING! The Unemployed’s Guide to Finding Your Next TV Production Job and is also a commercial actress who has been seen in TV ads for SEARS, XFINITY, IBM, SAP, and most recently PNC BANK. Follow her @tinabethpina
Joseph Rios

Joseph Rios

Content Creator

Joseph is a Real Estate professional and Travel Enthusiast. He has been using the points system to travel in some of the world’s best Business Class products since 2021. His main focus is to get the most value out of your points while spending the least amount of money possible. His goals are to continue to travel the world while enjoying the journey.

Yenelsa Duran

Yenelsa Duran

Founder of Hay Planes to Travel Agency + Travel Content Creator

Yenelsa is an Afro-Latina who fell in love with solo traveling in 2016 and has not looked back since. She shares content on her solo travel experiences, safety tips, and inspiration for your next destination. Her passion for travel ultimately led her to become a travel professional and in 2022, she founded her travel agency—Hay Planes to Travel. As a travel consultant, she leverages her own travel experiences to support her clients in booking their dream trips. She aims to be a resource for people of color so that they feel like well-informed and empowered travelers.

Carlos Martínez

Carlos Martínez

Author & Content Creator

Carlos' Bio
Travel Blogger and Puerto Rico Tourism influencer. Author of children book “Carlitos the Wanderluster”.

Carlos is the first Puerto Rican to visit all 50 states and has traveled to many countries as well.   

Claudia Mendoza

Claudia Mendoza

Founder | Mami Chula Social Club

Claudia's Bio
Claudia Mendoza is a Dominican-American entrepreneur and philanthropist dedicated to creating safe spaces for women of color to heal and become empowered.

Her work has been recognized by national media outlets like the New York Times, CBS, and Telemundo. A proud Dove partner and global ambassador, advocating for the inclusion and representation of women of color in the beauty industry. Prior to establishing the Mami Chula Social Club, Claudia worked in public service where she worked on expanding opportunities to immigrants and formerly incarcerated individuals.

Her proudest accomplishments to date are raising $20,000 in 3 days for Latinas y Lideres, an all-girls leadership camp in the Dominican Republic through a bilingual production of the Vagina Monologues in 2020 and creating Mami Chula Social Club so that her mother can make friends.  

Maribel Monsalve

Maribel Monsalve

Blogger/Content Creator

Maribel is a first-gen, elder millennial, and seasoned solo female traveler, travel blogger, and content creator with a passion for exploration. Since 2007, she has ventured into the world independently, blending work and leisure seamlessly. Having volunteered at the Latino Travel Fest last year, Maribel is dedicated to empowering Latinas to embark on their solo travel journeys. Through her experiences and insights, she inspires others to embrace the freedom and adventure of solo exploration. Join Maribel at the Latino Travel Fest and discover the transformative power of traveling alone.

Ivonne Morales

Ivonne Morales

Content Creator

Content creator based in New York, Ivonne’s passion for travel and photography has grown over time as she has journeyed to over 50 countries. She is dedicated to showing her Latine community how to fuel their wanderlust by traveling smarter and more purposefully.

Edén Soto Alva

Edén Soto Alva

Content Creator

Edén Soto Alva is a Peruvian journalist based in Dallas with over a decade of experience. He shares travel guides, tips, and experiences on Edén de Viaje, a platform he started on social media 4 years ago. A graduate in Communications from The University of North Texas, Edén made his mark as an anchor and reporter at Univision from 2011 to 2017 and most recently worked as a content creator for Noticias Para Inmigrantes. Throughout his career, he has been recognized for his excellence in journalism, having received three Emmy awards. Edén continues to make a significant impact in the world of media with his dedication and passion for storytelling.

Jennifer Luna

Founder of the Moon Moments

Jennifer Luna, an avid traveler and Mom of 2 has learned to adjust her traveling once my youngest was born with some medical concerns and developmental delays. She hopes to inspire parents of children, with special needs, to create memories and build connections while increasing learning opportunities with their children during traveling. She has a big passion for travel planning and an appreciation of culture. But most importantly love reminds moms that self-care is important, and they are not alone, especially with all the challenges one is faced with when raising a child with special needs.


Rafael Peña

Rafael Peña

Content Creator

For the last 10 years travel expert and journalist Rafael Peña has committed his life to changing his community’s perspective of travel. Focusing on transformative food experiences and luxury travel through travel hacks, Peña offers poignant personal knowledge of how to travel the world like a pro.

Kevin Sandoval

Kevin Sandoval

Travel Content Creator

Kevykevvworldwide is a passionate first-generation Latino traveler, content creator & advocate for LatinX representation in the travel industry. Having explored 56 countries and counting, Kevin shares his captivating stories and experiences from around the globe via his social media platforms.

With a focus on travel and food content, Kevykevv, who is based out of Boston, Massachusetts, offers a unique perspective on affordable luxury experiences, proving that travel can be enriching without breaking the bank. Deeply rooted in his cultural Dominican heritage, Kevykevv celebrates diversity and promotes inclusivity within the travel community.

Through his engaging content and advocacy efforts, Kevin inspires others to embrace exploration, celebrate cultural diversity, and pursue their travel dreams, regardless of background or budget. Join Kevykevv on his journey as he continues to empower and uplift latinX travelers & beyond, worldwide.

Harry Alvarez

Harry Alvarez

Co-Founder & COO of Offbeat Travel

Harry was born in New York City, and at 6 months old, relocated to his family’s native home in the Dominican Republic. Ever since he has lived in the cultural and physical space between the Dominican Republic and the United States. Harry has been working in the travel industry in the Caribbean and Central America for more than a decade and has led and managed programming in Costa Rica, Panama, Puerto Rico the Dominican Republic, and Cuba. In 2019 he, along with his partners Ricardo and Wainer, founded Offbeat Travel as a destination management company specializing in travel to the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. When not personally participating in clients’ experiences you can find him cooking or gardening with his partner Lauren and two sons in their home in Santo Domingo.

Rosa Castillo

Rosa Castillo

Digital Creator

Based out of the vibrant NJ/NYC area, Latina digital creator Rosa embodies the joy of simple pleasures, particularly the thrill of exploration. Whether embarking on faraway adventures or local getaways, Rosa finds equal delight in the journey itself.

Her expertise in photography, photo editing, and content creation shines through her work, making her a captivating collaborator. As a blogger and content creator, Rosa leverages her engaged audience to amplify brands and craft compelling content across various advertising, marketing, and social media channels.

Ray Corona

Founder & Immigrant Rights Leader

Ray Corona has proudly stepped out of two closets: one for being gay and the other for being undocumented. Whether as founder and leader at Somos Seattle, as an undocumented activist fighting for the rights of immigrants, or as an international business owner, Ray brings all of his identities and passion into his work.

As the first undocumented person appointed to the City of Seattle LGBTQ Commission and serving as one of the lead organizers of the Seattle Latinx Pride Festival, he has found purpose in unapologetically standing at the intersection of his identities.

Culturally Travel makes dreams a reality by connecting DACA recipients to their home countries and assisting them in navigating the complex advance parole program.

Alida Lupari

Alida Lupari

Founder of AliTravelPoints

Born and raised in Panama, Alida graduated with a Finance and Multinational Business degree from Florida State University and built a career in financial planning for 20+ years with a large wealth management firm, which is still run as a family business by her husband. After dozens of educational workshops on investing and retirement, she noticed everyone wanted to budget for travel expenses. After years of traveling, she became a travel points expert and has traveled to 43 countries and redeemed over 4 Million points and miles by applying tricks learned over so many years. She is passionate about teaching others how to search for award travel and offers workshops and courses on how to maximize points and miles for amazing bucket-list travel experiences.  Alida lives in Jacksonville Florida with her husband and three children. Also loves yoga, adventure travel, and aerial photography.

Princess Francois-Estévez

Princess Francois-Estévez

Founder of Franny the Traveler, Content Creator and Author

Princess Francois-Estevez, known as Franny the Traveler, is a multi-hyphenate: nationally acclaimed education changemaker, career pivoter, Black travel curator, and author. In 2022, she published her first book, Support BLACK Periodt: A Greenbook to Eliminate Your Ifs, Ands, or Buts. With both West Indian and East Indian roots from Brooklyn, New York, Franny is the self-acclaimed micro-cation queen! She uses her platform, Franny the Traveler blog, to inspire micro-cations, educate on Black travel, and amplify underrepresented voices as she seeks to visit 50 countries and all 50 states before age 50. Based in New York City, she has already visited 35 countries and nearly 40 states before age 35.

Alexandra Jimenez

Alexandra Jimenez

Founder of Travel Fashion Girl

Alex Jimenez is the founder of Travel Fashion Girl, which has helped over 30 million women travel carry-on only in a stylish and efficient way since 2012. TFG empowers female travelers with the confidence to live fearlessly, embrace style, and collect moments, not things.Alex is a regular guest on podcasts and a frequent conference speaker who shares her insights on entrepreneurship, leadership, and growing a business from the ground up. In 2020, she was the closing keynote speaker at the Women’s Travel Fest in New York City.She has also been featured in national news outlets; including the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Oprah, the New York Post, the Daily Mail, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, USA Today, and live on the Fox & Friends Morning Show.

Danny and Laurie Navarro

Danny and Laurie Navarro

Founders - LatinosWithPassports & TravelFutbolFa

Danny and Laurie Navarro are married Latin@ professionals living in the DC area. Originally from Miami (Danny) and Seattle (Laurie), they are fusing their Colombian and Mexican heritages not only in the nation’s capital but also in their travels! As first-generation Latinos, they’re reclaiming the “first” in international luxury travel, while inspiring others to do so while budgeting for their trips and lifestyle. You can follow their married travels on LatinosWithPassports while you can follow Danny’s journey to the 2026 FIFA World Cup on TravelFutbolFan!


Nina Zadeh

Nina Zadeh

Co-Founder Of Sidewalker Daily

Nina Zadeh is an Influencer Marketing Expert and Co-Founder of Sidewalker Daily, an Influencer and Creator Consulting Agency that works on both sides of the Industry. On one hand, they have consulted for and worked on Influencer marketing campaigns and social media strategies for companies such as Jetsetter (A Tripadvisor Company), Costa Rica Tourism Board, The Santa Maria, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Golf Resort, and many more.

On the other hand, they help their community of over 100,000+ Influencers and Creators build sustainable businesses, monetize their influence, and work with brands. She has helped her clients land partnerships with major brands such as Samsung, Dunkin Donuts, Revolve, Amazon, and Adidas among many others. Nina received her MBA in Marketing from Fordham University in New York City and holds a B.A. in Economics and Communications from Boston College.

Johileny Merán

Disabled Traveler

Johileny Merán is a RestorativeDC program assistant at SchoolTalk DC who supports the restorative justice senior project manager in maintaining stakeholder relationships, leading programming in schools, and aiding the RestorativeDC implementation team. A Disabled Afro-Dominican immigrant raised in NYC, she’s passionate about advocacy, education, and empowering youth. Previously, she coordinated programs at Mobility International USA, focusing on disability inclusion in international exchange. With a BA in Global Public Health and Sociology with a minor in Disability Studies from New York University, Johileny champions inclusion in study abroad programs, college communities, and emergency response. In her free time, she mentors and shares her travel experiences.

Jonathan Calixto

Jonathan Calixto

On-Camera Host + Content Creator

Jonathan Calixto is a marketing maven, on-camera host, reporter, editor, and content creator from the Bronx, New York. He covers fashion, lifestyle, travel, and LGBTQ+ topics and has appeared on outlets such as BELLA Magazine, MTV, Snapchat, TODAY Show, Contrast Magazine, Pa’lante! HBO Max, Pix11, and BronxNet TV. Through his work on and off camera, Jonathan is creating representation for queer people of color and showing that they can be anything and everything, something that he felt lacked visibility growing up.

Cindy Y. Rodriguez

Cindy Y. Rodriguez

Founder, Reclama / Writer

Cindy's Bio

By training, Cindy Y. Rodriguez is a writer, producer and storyteller who has worked in media for over 15 years but after feeling disconnected from herself and her roots in 2017, she took on a new role. She created a spiritual hiking and journaling community for women of color to help them reclaim themselves. In short, creating the thing she wished existed when she needed it.

Cindy was born and raised in New Jersey by her immigrant Peruvian parents and identifies as indigenous.

Vanessa Fondeur-Adams

Vanessa Fondeur-Adams

Founder, Latino World Travelers

Vanessa's Bio
Vanessa Fondeur-Adams is a fierce and adventurous Dominican Jefa. As a NYC educator with insatiable wanderlust, she wanted her hugely underrepresented high school students to experience the world beyond the textbooks and become more global-minded so Vanessa began leading students on educational tours to countries such as China, England, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, and Spain. Now as founder of Latino World Travelers – a global community for Latinos, she looks to expand on her passion for travel one Latino/x at a time, one passport stamp at a time. Her mission is to empower Latinos/x to experience the world, and diversify the face of travel. In her fight to have Latinos represented in the travel industry, this past March, she launched the first-ever Latino Travel Fest with over 50 speakers in 16 different panels and 5 culturally immersive experiences. The goals are to educate the Latino/x community about how they can make travel part of their lifestyle, and provide a platform to spotlight travel creators, bloggers, and thought-leaders.

Flavia Cornejo

Flavia Cornejo

Founder of Latina Traveler

Flavia Cornejo, better known as Latina Traveler, is a travel blogger, writer, and group trip host currently based in Portugal. She writes about solo female travel, life abroad, and the First Generation Latine experience. So far she has lived abroad in 8 countries and visited 37 countries. Her current goal is to visit 50 countries by 50, she is 2 1/2 years and 13 countries away from reaching this goal! Follow her journey on her blog for more: latinatraveller.com.

Danny Guerrero

Danny Guerrero

Founder of The Culturist Group

Danny's Bio
Danny Guerrero, founder of The Culturist Group is a 20+ year travel industry veteran is a trailblazer and force for good in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries. Danny is a frequent guest speaker at travel and tourism industry conferences where he advocates for underrepresented travelers and illuminates how shifting demographics, travel sentiment, and culture represents opportunities for the travel industry.

Milka Rodriguez

Milka Rodriguez

CEO & Founder, Globetrotting Dominicana LLC

Milka Rodriguez is professionally trained in Environmental Policy and Law and an avid sustainable traveler having traveled to 23+ countries and many more cities. She is the founder of Globetrotting Dominicana, a social venture that aims to raise awareness of sustainable tourism and decolonized climate education via tours, service learning, and leadership programming in the Dominican Republic. This work has been featured by the Nomadic Network, Nomadness Fest, NYU Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education, Latin American Coalition of Environmental Educators, and the Institute of Dominicans in the Exterior. She is also an enthusiast for salsa dancing, cycling, and hiking.

Mariza Elizarraraz

Founder of Amigas On Tour

Mariza is a first-generation Latina who took her passion for travel and turned it into her full-time career by creating Amigas On Tour. Mariza and her team curate unforgettable group trips to destinations around the world, from the iconic landmarks of Egypt to the stunning beauty of Greece and Mexico. Through Amigas On Tour, Mariza is not just providing travel opportunities; she’s fostering connections, empowering women to step out of their comfort zones, and creating memories that last a lifetime.

Bernadette Carter

Founder and Content Creator of Our Food Visas

Meet Bernadette of Our Food Visas, a Brooklyn-born Afro-Latinx foodie who’s traded the Big Apple for the Nation’s Capital. With a passion for exploring flavors and cultures, Bernadette has spent years traversing the globe, sampling street food delights and high-end culinary experiences. From the spicy heat of Caribbean jerk to the rich flavors of Latin American cuisine, Bernadette’s taste buds know no borders. Now calling Washington, DC home, she’s on a mission to share her love of food and culture with the world, one delicious bite at a time. Follow Bernadette’s culinary adventures as she discovers hidden gems, meets the people behind the plates, and celebrates the diversity that makes our world a tastier place.

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