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Nely Galán

2016 Speaker

NELY GALÁN is a Latina media dynamo and women’s empowerment advocate, dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine. She is one of the entertainment industry’s savviest firebrand talents.  An immigrant and self-made media mogul, Galán was the first Latina president of a U.S. television network (Telemundo). She has owned and operated Galán Entertainment since 1994, helping to launch 10 groundbreaking television channels in Latin America, and has producing 700 episodes of programming across all genres, from reality series to sitcoms, telenovelas to talk shows, in both English and Spanish. In addition, Galán is the founder and president of Santa Clara LLC, a real estate development and investment company that has commercial and residential real estate holdings in multiple states. In 2008, Galán appeared on the first season of the NBC hit “The Celebrity Apprentice” with Donald Trump, where she raised $250,000 for her charity Count Me In for women entrepreneurship. 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. @nely_galan