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Claudia Espinosa        

Founder & Executive Director of L.O.V.E. Mentoring; Social Entrepreneur; Changemaker

Claudia Espinosa is the Founder and Executive Director of Latinas On the Verge of Excellence – L.O.V.E. Mentoring, a nonprofit organization focused on addressing the specific challenges that adolescent Latinas face nationwide but are more prevalent in NYC. Self-esteem, mental health, and school retention issues adversely affect young Latinas, their development into women, and their larger Hispanic community at disparate rates than other racial or ethnic groups. Her goal has been to support and empower Latina youth and diverse young women to strive for success in school and life to realize their greatest dreams. Through her leadership, The L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program has developed a comprehensive mentoring and health-based curriculum that has increased high school graduation rates, college enrollment, and healthier lifestyles among young women.

In 2000, Espinosa moved to New York City from Cali, Colombia. She became a personal trainer to support herself as a college student. In 2004, she continued her degree in psychology, which she had begun in Colombia. Constantly striving to set new standards of personal, professional, and academic excellence, Espinosa received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Forensic Psychology with magna cum laude honors from the City University of New York. She earned her second M.A. degree in Public Administration from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Espinosa also holds an Ed.M. degree in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education at NYU Steinhardt.

Her personal struggle as an immigrant has informed the way in which she understands and navigates the challenges that must be overcome to succeed in a foreign country. Espinosa knows that resilience, determination, commitment, hard work, and self-confidence are crucial to mastering challenges such as learning a new language, adapting to a new culture, and separating from one's family. Her success in each of these areas gives her the credibility to be a role model to show, guide, and support young Latinas and other young women in attaining their most ambitious goals.

Speech Topics

Leading in Diverse Communities

Claudia strives to make an impact every day, on scales both small and large. She is outspoken about the issues facing the diverse communities in aspects of access, health, and education, for which she is constantly calling for change and inspiring others to take action in the process. On a broader scale, as the Founder and Executive Director of a nonprofit organization, she exemplifies her commitment to her community every day. However, she embodies her mission to empower and uplift diverse communities with intentional actions, serving as a leader and a mentor and adopting the same practices she teaches.

Prioritizing Mental Health in the Latina Community

Mental health is a vital aspect of a person's well-being that is often overlooked and equally tied to life outcomes. After working for a suicide prevention center, Claudia found that Latina women, in particular, were at greater risk than other groups, which prompted her to found a nonprofit organization centered around a health-based curriculum for success. She seeks to end the stigma surrounding mental health in the Latinx community and promote understanding and empathy.

My Immigration Story: Navigating a Foreign World

Claudia is an expert on topics surrounding cultural diversity and race issues. She immigrated alone to the United States from Colombia when she was 19. At an early age, Claudia learned how to navigate a foreign world, becoming financially independent and continuously working on her education.

Addressing Barriers: How Education and Health Resource Gaps Affect Minority Women

Claudia has a strong record of leadership as a female role model empowering other young Latinas and diverse young women to pursue their dreams. She is an accomplished nonprofit business leader, entrepreneur, and academic constantly striving to advocate for women in all spaces. Her work addresses the health and educational resource gaps that pose barriers to overall well-being, especially in minority populations.

Improving Education for the LatinX Community

With her expertise in psychology and education, Claudia serves as a motivational education speaker offering valuable keynote speeches on topics such as childhood development, the powers of culturally-sensitive mentorship, language, learning and cognition, and health-based curricula. Focusing on acquiring a greater understanding of educational outcomes in the Latinx community, Claudia has founded a research-based organization on education outcomes dedicated to improving the educational system for historically underserved populations.

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