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Writer & Content Strategist, Mexican American Woman, Poderosa, Spiritual Warrior

I am an innovative soul with an excitingly eccentric professional experience that led to my creative empowerment. I love to thrive in fun and unique environments, elevate urban culture and contributions, and adapt to challenges with a positive attitude. Learn more about me by visiting the I AM page at veronicamontesportfolio.com and view my resume and online portfolio for recent projects.

I invite you to read the content I wrote with passion and love for justice, women empowerment, urban culture, and inclusion and belonging in American politics and culture.


As a daughter of Mexican immigrants and member of the LGBTQAI community, Cynthia Soto is very familiar with derogatory terms. She has reclaimed power over the common term, pocha or pocho, used to describe Mexican Americans by other Mexicans who felt children of immigrants were too Americanized and not Mexican enough as a way to demean them. …


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Latina women have been leading spiritual revolutions in their communities for quite some time. Many pioneered and preserved our ancestral practices of connecting the mind, spirit, physical body, and planet so we can heal generational trauma with rituals, meditations, and intentions. Those of us with the gift to connect with divine guidance are often told to ignore or suppress it as a result of the common fear of the unknown.

Not everyone will understand that deep dive into the darkest waters of the soul. But, if you’re being called like a warrior to battle, fear no more, armor up, and…


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Mexico offers many pueblos mágicos with unique histories, beauty, and magical experiences. Chicago also offers its Pilsen neighborhood, a once Czech neighborhood that bloomed into The Heart of Chicago with Mexican culture, art, food, and heritage rooted in community politics. In addition, Pilsen has been producing powerful women who thrive in business rooted in spirituality.

Historically, Pilsen has been home to a large number of Christian-based churches and organizations. Prior to the pandemic, however, the Archdiocese of Chicago consolidated their parishioners and closed half of their churches in this neighborhood. Although many generations were saddened and impacted by the change…


The Cucumber Melon Body Spray at Bath and Body Works was the scent of the summer for every late 90’s and early 2000’s teenage girl. I conjured this smell with my best friend a few years ago. I realized I really enjoy the creative strategy of crafting unique cocktails that not only taste and look good but also share a memorable story to connect to guests.

Prior to my first experience behind the bar, I was inspired and informally mentored by a legendary bartender and partner at the Duck Inn, Brandon Phillips. I worked alongside him for a few months…


When you walk out of work with cash money, you feel like a baller and you’re not but the feeling is nice for a bit. I worked at venues that tipped you out in hundred-dollar bills and some that paid you in stacks of one-dollar bills. I remember the nights I would walk out of work so happy I made $500, but then I felt the fear creep in as I held my heavy bag close to my body on my way to my car. I stopped parking in the closest garage after I knew a man had recently died…


Clavada En Un Bar

Dim lighting, from elegant fixtures that dangle looking like long sexy legs with contemporary chandelier heels, invites you to walk into an elegant dining room while you’re guided to your booth by a gorgeously chic hostess. You’re gagged by the hostess’s impeccable bone structure and posh outfit. It’s a leeewk!

Sultry electronic beats vibrate across the room and you quickly Shazam the song so you can listen to it later. After the song is stored, you scan the room and see a diverse crowd of guests but mostly affluent people in suits. …


We are proud to continue to share inspiring voices from Chicago in celebration of Women’s History Month. We hope this short series provided you with new perspectives and insights on the importance and commitment of community work. Read our recent posts for motivation to continue your fight towards inclusive and equitable social justice in your community.

In this blog post, we share an empowering story of a community leader in education, Nurys Uceta, Sustainable Community Schools Program Coordinator at Chicago Public Schools.

Nurys Uceta

Nurys Uceta, an Afro-Latina born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her family was…


As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, we are thrilled to share stories about women from the Chicagoland area who have been committed to empowering and changing their communities for quite some time. Although NIOT Daniel Island is founded to support inclusion, equity, and equality in Daniel Island, South Carolina, we also support and encourage our community to engage and learn from our neighboring American communities across the States. This pandemic has taught us how to connect despite space and time, as well as appreciate the hard work of all healthcare workers. …


The annual DMV Film Summit provides professional development and networking opportunities for actors, writers, producers, creatives, and more. Creatives benefit from the insights of industry professionals and collaborate with fellow members of the film and TV community. This year, the virtual event will be accessible across the world and hosted by its founder, movie producer, author, and entrepreneur, Tressa Azarel Smallwood.

Tressa “Azarel” Smallwood is an award-winning book publisher and film Producer, CEO of Life Changing Books (LCB), and founder of MegaMind Media LLC. Tressa has produced several award-winning films and TV series. …

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