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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. 

Spotlight Series: LGBTQ Advocate Antonio Elizondo

It’s hard to believe that same sex marriage has only been legalized in the US since June of 2015. Surely this ruling is a major victory for the LGBTQ community but as I learned while talking to Antonio Elizondo, there is still a long way to go. Antonio is a Chicago-based LGBTQ nationally recognized advocate working in the HIV / AIDS prevention field, with a focus on youth programming.  I sat down with him to learn more about this topic, his background and why his work matters.