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The Quinceañera: a Latino celebration of womanhood, family & community

The Quinceañera is a Latino rite of passage celebration steeped with rich history, cultural ties and meaning. Families celebrate young girls turning fifteen or “quince” as a symbolic way to escort them into womanhood. Comparable in production and price to weddings, these coming-of-age soirees wouldn’t be possible without the sponsorship of relatives and close family friends. Quinceañeras might have roots in Latin America but Hispanic families keep the tradition alive across the U.S., with an American touch. 

Nicole Vasquez: Entrepreneur & Community Connector

Nicole Vasquez is a Chicago-based entrepreneur with a knack and passion for bringing people together to share ideas, exchange information and establish mixed-industry collaborations. She facilitates this process every day at The Shift, the co-working and community space she founded, by connecting fellow entrepreneurs to opportunities and resources. She frequently hosts and leads events, panels and workshops to discuss entrepreneurship, building collaborative communities, and managing co-working spaces. In 2015, Nicole was named one of the “35 Under 35 Making an Impact in Chicago,” and won the Community Award at the RedEye Chicago Big Idea Awards. 

McKensie Mack: Creative / Entrepreneur / Communication Strategist

McKensie Mack is a creative, entrepreneur and communication strategist who hails from the South Side of Chicago. Her work today ranges from satirical campaigns, to language learning, to community building for women and people of color. Her interests also lie in empowering young women as she works to foster a community of strong, diverse, badass women for future generations to come. A self-proclaimed night owl with a Southern soul and a ‘bad’ attitude, she is a force to be reckoned with. 

Why remittances are “dollars wrapped with care”

When I was growing up in Mexico, my mother made it very clear to my siblings and I that we couldn’t afford everything we asked for. My father lived and worked very hard in the US for half of the year to support our family of 5. Each time my father sent money from the US, my mom used it to pay bills, buy food, clothing, fund our education and so on. Because my mother was good at budgeting and tried to stretch each dollar as much as possible, she had no problem saying ‘No’ to our pleas for toys or gadgets. This situation is a common experience for millions of families all over the world. When an individual from an immigrant community sends money to his or her home country, this transaction can be defined as a remittance. Millions of families’ economic livelihoods depend entirely on remittances.