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Although hers isn’t a household name, yet, Nely Galán has accomplished an amazing amount in a variety of media-based positions. Throughout her career, she has endeavored to further the success of Latina women, and takes pride in having helped to launch television programs and movements for their benefit.
Early Years: Getting Started in Publishing
Born Arnely Alvarez in 1963 in Santa Clara, Cuba, she moved with her parents to Teaneck, New Jersey when she was two years old. By her high school days, Nely submitted an article to Seventeen magazine, was asked to be a guest editor, and from that got a permanent position with the magazine.
Launching a Career in TV
At 22, Nely became the youngest station manager in the nation for WNJU TV in New York, which became the launch pad for the Telemundo Network. In 1992, she formed Tropix, a joint venture with HBO, and originated Latino content for cable. She also served as a consultant to HBO and Time Warner on its Latin strategy and created numerous shows including helping with the launch of the Latin American HBO Ole. She also helped the Fox network launch numerous Latin American channels and pioneered the first telenovela produced in both English and Spanish for Fox and for Televisa, Mexico’s television network.
In 1994, Nely founded Galan Entertainment, a marketing and production firm focusing on crossover Latino programming and launched networks for ESPN, MGM, and Sony.
Sony named her President of Entertainment for Telemundo in 1998. After three years, she returned to her own company with a development deal from Telemundo and created hit Latino sitcoms and also produced over 300 episodes of Father Albert, a popular daytime talk show.
Other interesting facts about this awesome Hip Latina include:
- She was the creator and producer of reality television program La Cenicienta (Cinderella), one of Telemundo’s highest rated programs in its 50-year history.
- She developed The New You on NBC in 2008, a daytime series touting health, beauty and wellness for women.
- She created and executive produced the FOX reality series The Swan and wrote the bestselling companion book The Swan Curriculum.
- She was a contestant on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice in 2008 with her charity Count Me In, which helps women gain economic independence. Trump fired her in the nicest way possible.
- Most importantly, in 2016 Nely launched The Adelante Movement as part of the Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 initiative to advance women’s economic empowerment around the globe. The organization aims to empower 5 million female entrepreneurs across the company’s value chain by 2020.
Although Nely worked most of her life in television, she made most of her money in real estate. She always tells women: “Follow your bliss with a back-up position.” Her mission is to empower Latinas, the country’s fastest growing entrepreneurs. Therefore, she started the “Adelante Movement” to teach Latinas the smarter way to run a business. She begins by advising that many government contracts and small business loans are earmarked for Latinas and to encourage the women to apply. Then she recommends that they go after emerging businesses and sell to emerging markets and even sell to each other!