Vanessa Santos Interviewed by VoyageMIA on Pursuing Your Side Hustle with Grace & Confidence
Vanessa Santos, Digital & Innovation Executive at Mastercard during the day and Founder of Bodega Records & La Vida Glamour, was interviewed by VoyageMIA.
Vanessa, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born & raised in Nueva York and currently reside in Miami, FL. I lead business development for Latin America focusing on innovation & digital products at Mastercard, I am chief blogger of a women’s empowerment & lifestyle platform called La Vida Glamour (www.lavidaglamour.com), and I also co-founded Bodega Records, an independent record label based here in Miami.
Growing up I did two things: Play make-believe (a lot!) and created hugely successful imaginary businesses using monopoly money as currency. Being the first born in the US to immigrant parents (my father is from the Dominican Republic & my mom from Ecuador), I saw first hand all of the challenges my parents faced to make ends meet. That instilled in me an insane work ethic and I felt that the only way to get out of the hood AKA “make it” was to be a businesswoman. Yet, growing up, I didn’t really know what being a businesswoman meant per se, but I understood the opportunities it could open up for me and thus my family.
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Business Leader, VP Business Development, Commerce Platform Group & Digital Payments, Latin America
Storyteller, Creative & Digital Strategist, Music Aficionado, Gender Equality Public Advocate. Strategic leader working cross-functionally with product managers, market development, engineering, marketing, and finance in helping define and influence product strategy. Vanessa is an award-winning business development and innovation leader with success in driving digital innovation and commercialization. At Mastercard Labs, Vanessa led the evaluation, incubation and launch of new business development opportunities. Vanessa delivered a first-to-market IoT and VR Commerce device in the US and... Continue Reading
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