Lorena Mora Mowry

Jul 27, 11 Lorena Mora Mowry

City you live in:
I live in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Occupation and why?
I’m following my childhood dream of being a reporter and an author. Five years ago, I started Mujer Latina Blog with the purpose of creating a place for Latinas to share their views, concerns and success stories. I have interviewed Latino executives, civil rights activists, performing artists, elected officials, community leaders, nonprofit organizations and everyday people.

A regular day consists of?
Taking my daughter to school, walking my dog, Marco Polo, in the park, amongst many other things. My mornings go very fast with scheduling interviews, doing presentations, editing articles, videos and audio interviews, and updating my website. Late in the afternoons, I play the role of mom again by going to soccer practices or the library. I enjoy going to the gym with my husband and daughter. I also enjoy the opera and theater.

How do you define success?
Working in the Midwest where there is not a Hispanic/Latino mass media, I understand that perseverance is a key ingredient for success, and being connected to the people and helping one another is the best way to succeed.

What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge is to help the general public view Latinas as a diverse and rich group and to get beyond the typical stereotypes. Latinas come from a great variety of countries with unique cultures and each of them has their own story and background, from lawyers, doctors and other professionals to mothers and blue collar workers.

What advice would you give a Latina who wants to follow in your footsteps?
My favorite piece of advice for Latinas who want to follow in my footsteps came from one I received at the time I interviewed Latina leaders Dolores Huerta, Sylvia Mendez and Juana Bordas. ¨The power of leadership and inner strength is working within the communities.”

What’s on your bucket list?
1) Publishing a book. 2) Getting a makeover with a famous fashion designer (Narciso Rodriguez) 3) Travelling all over the world to interview women and get different perspectives.

I am proud to be Latina because:
I strive to bring together and connect Latinas facing similar challenges and help to organize local/regional groups to support each other in their individual obstacles. This work extends through my website to a national and international audience. I am very proud of being Latina because I have been able to create a community that shares ideas and talents and helps each other – essentially becoming an extended family.

How do you get your Latin fix?
Just by being myself. I’m amused when people think that I am from Minnesota instead of Venezuela and that my accent is from Kentucky.

Spanglish, English, Spanish?
My articles are mostly in Spanish, but I interview in English and Spanish to show how rich, diverse and talented today’s Latinas are. In my everyday life I speak SPANGLISH.

My favorite Latina stereotype is:
I face Hispanic related cliches everyday, but my favorite is that Latinas are all dumb, that we think with our accents, that we are impaired by our language.

Best advice from mami and/or abuelita:
Don’t let anyone patronize you. Respect others to get respect back.

Favorite home remedy:
“Una sopita buena” and for everything else, a long walk. The soup is to help you think and cook up your ideas, and the walk is to give you a fresh perspective and move them forward.

Favorite Quote:
“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.”

Career Highlights
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I received the 2010 Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award for leadership and tenacious work to help ensure Ohio’s communities become better places to live and work, not only for Hispanics, but for everyone. I was inducted in the 2010 LULAC Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame, in recognition for outstanding leadership in working toward a better future for the Latino community.

[fun]♦My family owns a twenty year old parrot called Lucretia, who terrorizes the whole household. I still miss his ever-present talking voice![/fun]

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♦I received the 2010 Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award for leadership and tenacious work to help ensure Ohio’s communities become better places to live and work, not only for Hispanics, but for everyone. I was inducted in the 2010 LULAC Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame, in recognition for outstanding leadership in working toward a better future for the Latino community.[/career]

[description]“Don’t let anyone patronize you. Respect others to get respect back.”[/description]