Guest Blogger – Imali Bandara served as a Girl Up intern from 2012-2013.
As one of Mexico’s most powerful business leaders, Angelica Fuentes-Tellez is an incredibly successful Latin American woman who is breaking the glass ceiling. Angelica is currently CEO of Omnilife/Angelissima/Chivas Group. Omnilife is a leading Mexican company with affiliates in more than 20 countries. With her 30+ years of leadership experience in the corporate world and as co-owner of Major League Soccer team Chivas USA, Angelica’s business expertise is apparent—and her influence and commitment to social causes make her one fabulous female!
In her position as a female leader in Latin America, Angelica makes sure to help other Latin American women. Angelica launched Angelíssima, a line of beauty-products centered on her personal philosophy of women’s self-empowerment. Beyond her beauty line, Angelica contributes to programs supporting the women and the cultural image of her hometown of Ciudad Juarez. In 2012, Angelica also helped launch Closing Mexico’s Gender Gap (CMGG), an ongoing World Economic Forum initiative she champions to promote women’s leadership in business in Mexico.
So how has Angelica been so successful? She explains, “I compete against myself. Not against other women or men. I just try to be better today than I was yesterday by challenging assumptions, developing the ability to be self-critical and adopting the attitude of perpetual learning.” Now that’s some great advice for any girl determined to make it big!
Next week, Angelica will join Girl Up on a trip to Guatemala, where we will be visiting UN programs that help adolescent girls stay healthy and safe. Stay tuned on our blog, Facebook and Twitter for all the updates from Angelica and the rest of the group as we meet some of the girls our campaign supports!