Stories from the Ground: Tales of Courage
October 9, 2018 vuelo6

During the 2016 Animus Summit, Giselle Blondet interviews two honorees of L’Oreal’s “Women of Worth” program, Kenelma Figueroa and Anitza Urquía. “Women of Worth” (Mujeres de Valor in Spanish) is L’Oréal Paris’ signature philanthropic program, honoring those who go above and beyond, selflessly volunteering their time to empower others. Each year, 10 extraordinary women are chosen from thousands of nominations and honored for the impact they’ve made across a variety of charitable causes.

Anitza Urquía is the Founder of The Teras Autism Center, which offers brain re-training therapies for children with autism and ADD. It also works with adult patients with conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, creating new neural reactions and leading them to recover lost skills. The Center was founded in 2009, inspired by her own experience of being the mother of a girl with autism and in response to the scarcity of existing services for this population.

Kenelma Figueroa is Current leader of the project “Models for Society Inc.”, which is dedicated to provide tools for the development of self-esteem and how to better project oneself. Through free refinement and modeling workshops that benefit girls and boys between the ages of 6 and 12. In 2015, she was recognized as a distinguished philanthropic citizen and was nominated as a woman of impact by the JCI (for its acronym in English).

Giselle Blondet is one of the most treasured Puerto Ricans on the island, with 35 years of experience in the entertainment industry. As an actress, host, philanthropist and businesswoman, she has become one of the most recognized Hispanic leaders in Latin America. Giselle is the face of L’Oreal Paris in Puerto Rico and of the company’s “Women of Worth” campaign on the island. Her success in an industry usually led by men has positioned her as one of the most influential women on television. She’s also the CEO of Blondet Productions, Inc.

Animus is an innovation summit designed to inspire women to reach their highest level of personal and professional development.

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