I’m Melba Tellez, the founder of Mujeres on the Rise. I started this platform in 2019 after realizing how hard it was for me to establish my career as a Latina. Truth be told, I had no idea what I was doing. As a first-gen college student, I was paving my own way, making mistakes, and figuring things out as I went. In a matter of years, I went from being a high-school dropout to a marketer at a top tech company. My first semester of graduate school was the hardest because a) there weren’t many women that looked like me, and b) I had no network and no connections to turn to for support. After multiple rejections, career heartbreak (yes, that’s a thing!), and successfully navigating self-doubt, impostor syndrome, and heavy doses of fear, I decided to launch Mujeres on the Rise. Take this as an opportunity to learn from my mistakes, connect with other amazing mujeres, and discover the strength you didn’t know you had.