ÁmateAhora Thanks you. Gracias, a nuestros generosos patrocinadores! To God Be the Glory.

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Nutrimedicos, Estella Hernandez y Carlos Martinez. http://www.nutrimedicos.com/ Conozcan a la Dra. Estella Hernandez MD especialista en Metabolismo y Control de Peso en 1743 W. 18th Street Nutrimedicos. 


Fuerte abrazo por todo el apoyo que nos dan año tras año, nuestro agente fiscal 501c3,  Eighteenth Street Development Corporation, Alejandra Alvarado y Gerry Alvarado- Geralex, Alexis Esparza- ED at ESDC, y la Directiva Ejecutiva. Alex Cabrera- Lalo’s on Maxwell & La Taberna Tapas on Halsted, Rey Rivera- CSI3000, Antonio R. Guillen- Wintrust, y mas. 

Gracias a nuestro generoso patrocinador de imprenteria, dotpress.us con Mario Galindo, http://www.dotpress.us

Gracias a Apple Cargo Express Midwest / El Medio Oeste por patrocinar equipo de sonido, música, y entretenimento.

Gracias Benjamin Modragon y el Chef Enrique Cortes por todo su apoyo invaluable.

Gracias a nuestros panelistas’ desde 2012, 2013, 2014!! Dra. Mercedes Martinez MD, Dr. Steven Rothschild MD, Dr, Gabriela Ziccarelli, PHARMD, Sergio Rojas, Heidi Pagonis #ENDALZ, Carmen Velasquez, y mas

Y mi inspiración Momma Madrigal, Toda Mi Familia Madrigal, Denice L Trevino, Elisa Trevino, Estela Torres, Kimberly Dominguez Erik Trevino, Hero Juster, Josias Torres, Araceli Torres, Karin Trevino, Erik Trevino, Omar Espinoza, Familia Espinoza, Familia Sevilla, Myrtha Sevilla. Familia de WomenHeart The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. Y nuestra Familia de LinkedIn, Facebook y otras redes. 

Gracias a nuestro Coach Oscar Reyes de ZUMBA. Nancy Gonzalez Movement, Mind, Wellness at Women Empowerment, Jeremiah D. Jones, Hillary Johnson Calm Chicago: Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Gail Garza, LA More.

Mil gracias a Meztisoy Pilsen, Sonia Yanez, Victor Perez, Ricardo Concha por su espacio fabuloso donde hospedan nuestros entrenamiento, exámenes y ejercicio!

Thanks to our ÁmateAhora Network- (Si no te encuentras, por favor perdónanos y inclúyete en el comentario)

Un million de gracias a nuestro equipo ejecutivo y embajadores de salud:

Antonia Hernandez, Maria Ojeda de Yada’s Flowers/Food, Olaya Espinoza, Jose Del Carmen Espinoza, Denise Mellado, Teresa Marie Zeman, Singer Fantasia, Nikoleta Morales, Jaime Garza Rodriguez, Hector Saldana, Tony Calcagno, Luis Calcagno, Luis Tubens, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Argenis Tiburcio

Thank you Bill G Vlahos, JR Rojas, Radio Vive 750PM, Abogado Mateo Katz, Gerardo Torres, Marta Medina, Sin Censura Vicente Serrano, Lourdes Duarte, Juan Orta, Christina Gutierrez, Carlos Olea, Zoraida Sambolin, Tsitsiki Félix, Stacey Baca ABC7, Alfonso Gutiérrez, Alfonso Barrera, Hispanic Pro, Azul Holistic Spa, Naturally Chic Nails, Chocolate For Your Body Chicago inc, National Museum of Mexican Art, Benito Juarez Academy High School, West Side Technical Institute, West Loop Athletic Club.

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4 Days Left, Meet Featured Non-Profit Professionals at Vertigo Sky Lounge, Wednesday October 22nd

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Lourdes Duarte, Co-Anchor,  WGN TV Morning News Chicago

Lourdes Duarte is co-anchor of WGN Morning News from 4-6am. Prior to the early shift, Lourdes was co-anchor of WGN Evening News and a reporter for WGN News at Nine. Lourdes came to WGN-TV in September 2007 as a general assignment reporter for WGN Midday News, WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine.

Prior to joining WGN-TV, Lourdes worked for three years as a reporter and fill-in anchor for WJBK-TV, the Fox affiliate in Detroit, Michigan. She also worked for two years as a reporter for WXIN-TV in Indianapolis. While there, she launched and hosted the station’s public affairs program, “Hoy en Dia,” and anchored daily news cut-ins for radio station WEDJ-FM. Lourdes was a reporter in Peoria at WHOI-TV and at Metro Networks in Miami, Florida for radio stations WLRN-FM and WTMI-FM. She got her start here in Chicago, working as a freelance reporter for Telemundo.

Lourdes has won several awards including an Emmy award for her work on “Hoy en Dia” and Society of Professional Journalists awards for Minority Issues Reporting. Most recently, she won an Emmy award for her story titled “Unlicensed and Serving.” She also received an Emmy nomination for a story on deportation. Lourdes and a WGN photographer where aboard the plane that transported undocumented immigrants to their home country.

Currently, Lourdes hosts “Adelante Chicago” on WGN and sits on the board of Arden Shore Child and Family Services. In the winter of 2010, Lourdes began contributing video pieces to Hoy, Chicago’s largest Hispanic newspaper. Last year, she was picked as one of DePaul University’s 14 Under 40.

Lourdes received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from DePaul University.


Elba Aranda-Suh, Executive Director, National Latino Education Institute (NLEI)

unnamed-3Elba Aranda-Suh leads the National Latino Education Institute (formerly Spanish Coalition for Jobs, Inc.) as its Executive Director. The National Latino Education Institute (NLEI) is a nationally accredited nonprofit organization founded in Chicago forty two years ago. NLEI has served generations of Latino families enabling economic empowerment through comprehensive industry-driven job training, career placement and supportive services that include capacity building in technology, financial literacy and worker health and wellness. NLEI’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for Latinos through educational, vocational and employment services and through advocacy, thus enabling the achievement of economic independence.

Ms. Aranda-Suh is a transformational leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and pragmatic approach to community development and works tirelessly in forging opportunities that develop, strengthen and afford meaningful systemic change for the Latino community. She is an accomplished Workforce Development professional with more than 17 years in leadership roles. Since 1999, she has led NLEI in creating and delivering award winning and nationally recognized career education programs for the Latino community.

She has served on boards of directors and executive committees for several community-based organizations including: The Latino Council on the Media (LCOM), Illinois League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), National LULAC Educational Center, Maria High School, and People’s Music School and was a founding board member of the Pilsen/Little Village Information Center and served on the Michael Reese Hospital Advisory Council. She has been recognized by corporations such as Citibank, Pepsi-Cola, Lucent Technologies and the National Diversity Council for her community leadership.

Luis Gutierrez, Founder & Executive Director, Latinos Progresando

Luis founded Latinos Progresando in 1998 to serve Chicago’s Pilsen and Little Village communities, where he was born and raised and continues to live today. Beginning in a small office on 18th Street, with just $200 in the bank, Luis has built unnamed-2a nearly 17-year-old organization that has served more than 25,000 families.

Luis was also responsible for founding the Marshall Square Resource Network (MSRN), a coalition of 20 organizations on Chicago’s southwest side that meets monthly for capacity building and developing collective impact strategies.

In addition to serving on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Advisory Committee to the Office of New Americans, Luis also participated in the Donors Forum’s “Communities of Practice,” a year-long program bringing together leaders from both the nonprofit and funding communities to discuss true costs of running nonprofit organizations.

Luis currently serves on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Illinois, and the Latino Policy Forum. Luis received the Excellence in Community Service Award from MALDEF, the Community Partner Award from the University of Chicago, a “35 Under 35” Leadership Award from the Community Renewal Society, and a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Chicago.

Tricia Martinez, Founder & CEO, Basic Transfer


Tricia Martinez is the Founder and CEO of Basic Transfer, Fintech social venture focusing on underbanked women in developing countries. Through their peer-to-peer platform, you select different communities to support and send money directly to the women who need it most. Once you invest in a community, you will receive updates on the groups progress and learn more about their lives through feature stories, videos, and impact reports.

Prior to Basic Transfer, Tricia founded two impact companies and worked with technology- driven startups based in Chicago. Tricia completed her Master of Public Policy at the University of Chicago’s Harris School. With a background in development economics and poverty. Tricia is a strong believer that technology can scale social innovation and achieve immense impact.

Victor Herrera, President, NSHMBA Chicago

unnamedVictor Herrera joined the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) Chicago Chapter in 2009, where he has served as Education Officer, Executive Vice President, and currently as President. With more than 17 plus years broad-based general management experience gained working with Chicago Public Schools, he understands how each part of an operation functions on a deep level. Victor also knows that it is imperative for organizations to continuously review their strategic plans to further their goals. Another lesson learned is that, above mentoring and leading, being capable of motivating staff must be every organization’s primary goal.

Throughout his leadership with NSHMBA Chicago, Victor has contributed not only to increasing membership by more than 100%, but also providing their constituents with the highest quality events, programs, and activities they expect from the premier organization for Hispanic professionals. Victor takes pride in professional development and dedicates substantial resources to developing new and better ways to enhance member, sponsor, and partner experience.

Victor is extremely generous in sharing his talents, time, and success with his community and numerous organizations. He genuinely cares about giving back to the community and his country through his activism. His passions away from work include serving on the Board of the Illinois Technology Foundation, Lead for Organizing for Action Chicago North Chapter, and Advisory Board Co-Chair for Organizing for Action.

Most recently, Victor was awarded an Honorary Ph.D. Degree from Robert Morris University and recognized as one of 25 young rising Latinos of Chicago by Latino Leaders Magazine. These are Latinos who are in the forefront of the next generation of Powerful Leaders. His recognition is featured in the “Club Leaders of the Future” section of the magazine.

Victor received a Masters degree from Morris Graduate School of Management in Chicago.

HispanicPro is The Hispanic Professional Network and was established in 2001. Now in its thirteenth year, HispanicPro is the largest network of Hispanic professionals in the state of Illinois and is dedicated to connecting Latino professionals via social media and face-to-face business networking.

Time is running out to secure your registration to the Professionals in Non-Profit Networking Forum. Don’t miss out. Register today!


ÁmateAhora’s 90 Day Free Fall Health Challenge!

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Let’s do this! ÁmateAhora’s 90 Day Free Fall Health Challenge! AUG 28 @630PM. 1719 W. 18th Street (Pilsen, 60608). 2014 Fall 90Day Challenge Social Media BANNER

90 Day Free Fall Health Challenge. Monthly you will get a free body composite analysis, blood pressure screening, hip/waist measured, nutritional coaching with group support, and 1 0n 1 mini-consult with Dra. Estella Hernandez (by appt.). Don’t forget your gym shoes for your 20 Mins Zumba Shot. Let’s do this!

RSVP https://www.facebook.com/events/340838256075272/

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ÁmateAhora Acknowledges Lourdes Duarte WGN9

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Great acknowledgment for our very own Lourdes Duarte (WGN9) at the United Latinos for Empowerment, Education and Development (ULEED) Scholarship Awards Reception.


And on behalf of ÁmateAhora we also thank you for your commitment to empowering our Chicago communities. You rock Lourdes Duarte. You are generous and exemplary. Thank you for being so sweet, graceful, and fun. Your smile sets us at ease.

Lourdes Duarte

United Latinos for Empowerment, Education and Development (ULEED) is a 501(c)3 Illinois non-profit organization established in July 2010 by a small group of individuals who envisioned brighter avenues for the young adult community, ages 18 and over. Members of ULEED have worked within the community in Chicago and have found a continuous pattern of unsupported behaviors amongst fellow peers. ULEED recognizes the opportunities available to young adults today and are eager to become the voice that will lead them to successful and reputable lives. http://www.uleed.org


Watch us on Adelante Chicago WGN-TV Channel 9 with Lourdes Duarte!

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Watch us on Adelante Chicago WGN-TV Channel 9 with Lourdes Duarte!

Acknowledging the continued support for Healthy Living, VIVA SALUDABLE! with Ámate Ahora Health Expo and AmateAhora Campeones De Salud. Special thanks to Lourdes Duarte WGN-TV Studios, watch us on Adelante Chicago on WGN-TV Channel 9. Promoting out monthly event every 3rd Thursday of the month Oct 24th 2013 at 630pm at 1719 W. 18th Street.