We are living in a world of incredible change, and there are people who are thrust upon the center stage to be change agents. I do believe that people who have the best intentions for a greater good do not have the purpose of being “on stage”. They just happen to be there because of a mission they have to serve in some way.
Elianne Ramos is one of these change agents. I met Elianne online through the #Latism Twitter parties in October, 2009, three short years ago, critical years that have been integral to many changes in my life. Besides the amazing local social media community in South Florida, the #Latism Twitter parties made an impact on me because I experienced first hand and organically, the power of an online community, developing those relationships offline and continuing to nurture them online. Besides her service for Latism, Elianne has been a professional Public Relations and Marketing Strategist for the Hispanic market for many years, plus a mom and wife to a supportive husband and a true friend to many.
Elianne endured long hours each and every week for the past four and a half years without fail to support others, listen to them and share their stories so their voices could make a difference. Who cannot forget her directing the #Latism Twitter party in the lobby of the hotel at Blogher in New York a few years ago? I couldn’t believe the dedication!
I was one of those voices and because of Elianne’s leadership, I have been motivated to make a difference and I know many others feel the same way. It takes someone with not only a motivation to serve, but one who has that persistence and unwavering dedication to show up week after week all through volunteer time and without asking anything in return. That is a real public servant! Don’t you think?
I am blessed to consider Elianne a true friend and look forward to many other conversations that may include “What else can we do to create change in this world?”
For this reason, I nominate Elianne in the Yahoo Shine contest in the category of Public Servant because her light shines super bright. Yahoo Shines is a program that will give a grand prize of $10,000 to the most votes by the community for women who are blazing new trails, changing lives, and doing extraordinary things. So please, pretty please with a virtual hug sent your way….vote for Elianne!
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