Nely Galán

Latina Media Mogul, Entrepreneur, Emmy Award-winning Producer

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Nely Galán is a quintessential maker: She is a Latina media mogul, an entrepreneur, a teacher, a speaker, an Emmy Award winning producer, and an advocate for gender parity. Above all, she is SELF MADE.

Dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine, Nely is one of the entertainment industry’s savviest influencers. Nely, a Cuban immigrant, worked her way up to become the first female president of a U.S. television network (Telemundo). Throughout her career Nely produced over 700 episodes of television in English and Spanish. She was also the first Latina ever to appear on “Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump” on NBC—showing on national television that a multicultural woman’s place is in the boardroom. After becoming self-made on her own terms, Nely 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 April 2016. Inspired by the new revolution in women’s entrepreneurship led by multicultural women, Nely wrote the book as a manifesto to ignite the SELF MADE movement, uniting all women on a quest for an economic future they control. SELF MADE is a blueprint and a mindset, but most of all it is a call to rise up and take ownership in ways big and small.

Nely is also the founder of the nonprofit The Adelante Movement (“Move it forward!” in Spanish), which kicked off in 2012 and seeks to train and empower Latinas to become entrepreneurs. Soon, not just Latinas, but women of all backgrounds began showing up to her events, a clear signal to her that all women, and particularly multicultural women, were leading a new economic women’s movement. The revolution around financial self-reliance had already begun. The SELF MADE book is the culmination of nearly four years on the road meeting and training women, who have collectively become the largest growth engine in the country.

Rosenbaum won an Emmy Award for BROADCAST: New York and then created the series MTV News UNfiltered for MTV, an early example of viewer-generated content in broadcast. “News Unfiltered” encouraged people film their own stories.

Steve directed the documentary feature 7 Days in September, a look at 9/11 and the week after. Rosenbaum also created the CameraPlanet 9/11 Archive, an archive of footage from September 11 and its aftermath. He donated the 9/11 Archive to the National 9/11 Memorial Museum in 2009. Rosenbaum has received 2 Emmy Awards, 6 New York Festival’s World Medals, 4 CINE Golden Eagles, and 6 Telly Awards. CameraPlanet holds a large archive of videos from 9/11, mainly consisting of home videos taken by professionals and amateurs in September 2001. The film has a 100% Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Other producer credits include the Animal Planet series Dog Days. VH1’s A Night With. CameraPlanet Chief Correspondent Peter Arnett reported from Afghanistan and Pre-War Iraq, and Journalists Killed In Line Of Duty, Bravo.

In 1998, Steve created and funded a video journalism program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and founded the BNN Scholarship for Columbia University journalism students. Steve also serves as a member of Board of Advisors for a nonprofit organization, ClassWish.

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