Latinitas Magazine - Founder/ CEO
Laura Donnelly was a book publicist for 8 years in New York City until she realized she wanted to generate her own media. A “big sister” in Big Brothers/Big Sisters for ten years, she had long been inspired to create a forum for “girl speak.” She received her undergraduate degree in English at Fairleigh Dickinson University and a masters in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where she co-founded Latinitas Magazine and Outreach. As Chief Operating Officer, Laura is strongly dedicated to empowering Latina youth by managing the production of Latinitas magazine, program outreach, and resource development for Latinitas. She is also a documentary filmmaker producing a short work titled “Capirotada,” which was featured in the South by Southwest Film Festival. Laura was named a YWCA of Austin Woman of the Year, “Leader of Promise,” and was awarded the Young Women’s Alliance “40 Under 40” Award for her work empowering Hispanic girls and teens.