Latina media dynamo and women’s empowerment advocate Nely Galán, dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine, is one of the entertainment industry’s savviest firebrand talents. An immigrant and self-made media mogul, Galán was the first Latina President of Entertainment for a U.S. television network (Telemundo). She is an Emmy Award-winning producer of over 600 episodes of television in Spanish and English, including the FOX hit reality series “The Swan”.
After becoming self-made on her own terms, Galán has made it her mission to teach women—regardless of age or background—how they too can become entrepreneurs. Her forthcoming book, SELF MADE: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way, will be published by Spiegel & Grau/Random House in 2016. Inspired by the new revolution in women’s entrepreneurship led by multicultural women, Galán wrote the book as a manifesto to ignite the SELF MADE movement, uniting all women on a quest for an economic future they control.
She is an MIT-trained engineer, entrepreneur and adventurer whose passion is identifying undiscovered ideas and talent and helping them make impact. She's probably best known for curating and hosting the first ever TEDx and founding two innovation centers at MIT and USC that helped spin-out dozens of startups based on university research. She is currently host of The Art of Manufacturing podcast and Founder & Chief Instigator of MAKE IT IN LA, an initiative of LA Mayor Garcetti that connects and celebrates the largest community of makers and manufacturers in the U.S. She started her career as a manufacturing engineer on the Space Shuttle, then became a tech entrepreneur, playing key roles at startups such as Stylus innovation (acquired by Artisoft), Direct Hit Technologies (acquired by Ask Jeeves) and Jeeves Solutions (acquired by Kanisa). She has been an advisor to nearly two dozen companies and organizations, including the Obama administration and the World Economic Forum. She lives and plays in Los Angeles, and in her spare time she is an avid traveler, backcountry skier, shark diver, mountain biker and authentic food aficionado.
Changing the World… One Perfect Sports Bra at a Time
Sara Moylan is America’s newest superwoman. In addition to being a mother of four daughters ranging from ages 4 to 13, working a day job as a sales rep, and being a fitness junkie on the side, she has now managed to solve a problem of so many women. Finally, there is a custom fit and custom adjustable sports bra!
After having her first daughter and noticing a significant difference in her chest size (a fact I’m sure at least some of the women reading this can relate to), Moylan found herself doubling up on 2-3 bras at a time. She was walking away from workouts because she was in so much pain; also dealing with becoming very depressed and self conscious. She was competing and modeling, but even with access to all of the the materials that come with the job, nothing was fitting correctly. That lead to one day cutting all of her bras apart and making a prototype that was doing a better job than wearing multiple bras at a time. Moylan wasn’t looking to start a business at first, she just wanted something comfortable to wear. Eventually she found a seamstress to better make her prototype and loved it so much, that she had the seamstress make her another five!
Thus, SheFit was born.