Emiliana has won numerous awards for her dedicated service to equality and empowerment, in 2019 she was awarded the National Women’s Political Caucus: Women of Courage Award, in 2018 she was awarded the LA County: Pioneer Women of 2018 along with the Pat Brown Institute: Civic Engagement Award, and in 2017 she received the State of California: Pioneer Women of 2017 Award including the HOPE: Latina of the Year Award. Rosa Parks award 2019. Business thought leader 2020 Inc 5000
In this exclusive interview with Emiliana, she shares about her background and involvements in the women’s march, as well what she is passionate about, what inspires her, and other valuable insights.
Emiliana Guereca: Changing the World and Learning to Fly
1. Would you share more about your background, where it all began for you?
‘I’m the daughter of immigrants, brought to the United states from Mexico as a kid. I grew up in Chicago in dire poverty as an undocumented family we had very few choices. I’m the first in my family to attend University, one of thirteen kids. I started my first business at eighteen years old and moved to California to finish school. I waited tables at a restaurant to pay for school and would later purchase the restaurant and start a restaurant group. I own a film and event production company in Los Angeles chich I started back in College.
2. Tell us more about your political career and your experience as a business woman.
‘I’m an entrepreneur and had no idea how to run a non profit or a political organization. I knew how to run a business and so it’s been a journey for sure. I own a successful event and film production company and my start was in the restaurant business so running a political organization didn’t come natural for me. I had to roll up my sleeves and learn to fly as I build the plane so to speak. I come from a long line of strong women and now we are politically empowered. Women that look like me should have a seat at the table and for me I had to BUILD my table and pull up a chair.
3. As the founder of the Women’s March Foundation, tell us more about organizing it.
‘I started to organize Women’s March Los Angeles the day AFTER the election. My goal was to get women to the streets as a women it was personal, the BEST person for the job was not elected on the basis of sex. We were needed to be seen and heard, we weren’t alone in feeling like the country let us down. Organizing for me was personal. I wanted to make sure Latinas weren’t left out of the Women’s Movement AGAIN’.
4. Is there anyone in your life who inspires you and who you look up to?
‘My mom and oldest sister, they both had very few choices in life and yet they did extraordinary things. I never underestimate women I have personally seen women do and be extraordinary.
5. What are you passionate about?
Family, Women’s Rights and all that pertains to EQUITY in this world.
6. If there is one thing you could change in the world, what would you change?
‘Equity. Equality is not enough, we need an equitable future’.
7. What can you share with other aspiring women, or activists for women’s rights and feminism?
‘The feminism that has been taught has missed the women of color. Feminism isn’t black and white there are shades in between and we ALL struggle when we don’t recognize that the fight is harder for those of us with melanin in our skin’.
Emiliana Guereca is a continual catalyst for change and a voice for the rights and equality of other women. With her ever-expanding passion and drive to be the changemaker for women’s rights it’s no argue that she will fly high, beyond the stars and be a leader for others to speak up and act in accordance with what is right for them.