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  • Shine Latina sat with two professionally accomplished Latin women to uncover the secrets behind

    A Latina's map to climbing the corporate ladder

    A Latina's map to climbing the corporate ladder

    overcoming the gender and cultural barriers of corporate success.

    When Puerto-Rican native Ingrid Schmidt began working as the administrative assistant of a mortgage bank's president in San Juan, little did she know that one day she would become Sr. Vice President of an even larger bank conglomerate.

    She understood from the start that even at the lower levels of the corporate ladder, it's important to envision the professional career ahead. "You must look beyond at opportunities beyond [your present situation]. You have to have the vision," says Schmidt, who decided to be indispensable to her boss. "I became knowledgeable of all the numbers she needed to follow. I was aware of the mortgage industry's [monthly] ups and downs, and kept the president abreast of the latest data," recalls Schmidt of her first bank job, where she saw an opportunity beyond her pay grade, and worked hard t

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  • We sat with celebrity chef Richard Ingraham to find out how his Latin culinary influences are delighting stars like NBA champion Dwayne Wade and inspiring his Thanksgiving this year.

    Adobo Roasted Cornish Hens

    Adobo Roasted Cornish Hens

    Raised in Miami, Chef Richard Ingraham grew up enjoying the Latino influences of the community that surrounded him. From the language and music heard on the streets, to the flavors coming out of many a Cuban restaurant, there is no denying the impact Hispanic culture has had on his preferences.It is precisely the Latin cuisine he became so familiar with that now permeates the dishes he prepares for his famous celebrity clients, including Miami Heat basketball player Dwayne Wade, actress Gabrielle Union and Sanaa Lathan. "Latino cooking definitely influenced my cuisine," says Chef Ingraham, whose many recipes usually include ingredients like cumin, cilantro, garlic and lime-staple seasonings of the Hispanic kitchen.

    When it comes to preparing traditional Latin dishes, Chef Ingraham likes to incl

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  • The Cuban-American model and TV host talks about her dedication to Pilates, her love for pizza and her new reality show focused on raising health awareness in the Hispanic community.

    Daisy Fuentes

    Daisy Fuentes


    By: Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Daisy Fuentes has been a longtime symbol of health and fitness. At 46, this Latina looks stunning and more in shape than ever. It's no surprise, then, that her new show, Empuj3, serves as a vehicle to spread the fitness gospel among young Hispanics suffering from obesity and health problems. The program pairs young men with FC Barcelona player Gerard Piqué, Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo and celeb personal trainer Ary Nuñez to help them achieve personal fitness goals and ultimately a healthier lifestyle.

    Yahoo: On Empuj3 we will see you hosting a very emotional show dealing with a delicate and sensitive subject. Tell us about this new project.

    Daisy: Being healthy means everything. The show Empuj3 joins together a group of young adults with t

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  • By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

    Pastelón or Torta de Plátano

    Pastelón or Torta de Plátano

    My Venezuelan friends are constantly bragging about their traditional food and how it's better than that of my hometown.Venezuela and Colombia share a number of similar dishes but with different names. For instance, they call passion fruit juice jugo de parchita, and we call it jugo de maracuyá. A beef stew with the same ingredients is called asado negro in Venezuela, and in Colombia we call it carne en posta. But the ultimate name change is what happened to a recipe featuring baked plantain and ground beef: we call it torta de plátano, and they call it pastelón.

    Pastelón or Torta de Plátano

    Pastelón or Torta de Plátano

    While Venezuelans claim their plantain dish is better, I had to prove them wrong by making a Colombian version. Hey, nothing like a little sibling rivalry, right? Whether you decide to go the Venezuelan or Colombian route, it's a must try dish, especially during the holidays.

    Espero que les guste...

    Ingredients
    (4 servings)
    8 tbsp. canola oil
    ½ onion, chopped
    ½ lb.

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  • Get to know Mary Jane Montoya, the Latin baby who recently became the new star of the Gerber

    The new face of Gerber: Mary Jane Montoya

    The new face of Gerber: Mary Jane Montoya

    Generation campaign.

    Entering their daughter, Mary Jane, into the 2012 Gerber Generation Photo Search was almost an afterthought for Latino parents Sara and Billy Montoya of Fresno, California. Thinking that their 8-month old daughter looked just like the baby in the Gerber logo, they went ahead and submitted her picture on the company's Facebook page just as the deadline was ending. To the Montoyas' great surprise, their beautiful baby was chosen as the new face of iconic Gerber last November, beating out over 308,000 photo entries.

    "Like parents everywhere, we think our baby is cute, but to have this honor is something we'll cherish for forever," says Sara, who has also won $50,000 for her family in addition to having her daughter become a nationwide recognized baby. And despite the excitement of the moment, Mary Jane's parents are already thinking ahead. "It's going straight to he

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