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María Cristina "Cristy" Marrero habla español. She is obsessed with applying emotional intelligence to leadership, and with creating content with substance that connects diverse audiences. Translating complicated concepts into tangible ways to build trust and a strong brand reputation is a must for Cristy. Developing platform-first-focused strategies while helping brands engage "the right way" is her calling. This avid "conversationalist" as she prefers to be identified, left Puerto Rico when she was in her early 20s to pursue a Master's Degree in Digital Journalism at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Only a few years later, Cristy would become Editor-in-Chief of Siempre Mujer magazine, published by Meredith Corp, the first Latina to ever win a Women in Communications, Inc. Rising Star Award (2013), as well as a Julia de Burgos Award honoree (2014) from National Puerto Rican Day Parade, a MIN Most Intriguing People in Media honoree (2015) and a Folio Awards Top Women in Media 2015 honoree. Most recently, NYC Comptroller, Scott Stringer honored Cristy with the prestigious Hispanic Heritage Month Award (2015), along with other two Hispanics making a difference. At age 30, Cristy suddenly became the youngest Latina in the U.S. to assume that position. Under her leadership, Siempre Mujer was named “Best Women’s Magazine” on Adweek's Hot List in 2011. In 2014, she was promoted to Group Content Chief for all Meredith Hispanic Media titles, becoming once again, the youngest Latina to assume this role. In 2015, Cristy became the Editorial Vice President for Hola and Hello Media and founding Editor-In-Chief of Hola! USA Spanish and English editions, putting the brand on the American map. Within a year, the magazine reached more than 400,000 readers on a monthly basis and 1.5MM MPV's on the website. A nationally recognized editor and lifestyle expert frequently quoted in media, Cristy appears frequently on Extra!, Primer Impacto, Un Nuevo Día, and Al Rojo Vivo (Telemundo), The Today Show, and 4 New York NBC News (NBC), among others. You can see her every week on CNN en Español’s Showbiz as its New York contributor and on Despierta América (Univision) as a lifestyle expert. Her expertise on the Latino(a) community in the U.S. has secured her important speaking engagements as a moderator, judge, panelist, and emcee, such as Celebrando (San Diego), San Antonio Book Fair, Hispanicize (Miami), PRSA Travel and Tourism Conference (San Antonio), FIT Future of Fashion Judge (New York), among others. Throughout her career, Cristy has interviewed many world-renowned personalities including Sofía Vergara, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú. But before she "made it" in New York City, she also worked and lived in Buenos Aires and Miami; Cristy began her career as a reporter for Caras Puerto Rico before becoming fashion and beauty editor for Vanidades, both owned by Televisa Publishing. She has also proudly served as Board Member at the National Puerto Rican Day Parade and has volunteered at March of Dimes and A.S.M.E. She is a global citizen who has lived in three different continents and has certified as a Kundalini Yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner. Challenge has always been a constant in Cristy's life. Change is her passion. For instance, she successfully published her first novel Las Imperfectas (Penguin Random House) which became an Amazon bestseller within the first 30 days of its release. She is now working on her second book. In her most recent endeavors, Cristy started her own consulting firm (Cristy Marrero, LLC) in 2018 and has successfully launched social-first newsrooms The Americano and Floricua, as well as created and developed communication and content strategies for national and global brands to engage with diverse audiences for clients such as Courier Newsroom, AARP, among others. She lives in New York and works remotely. But most importantly, Cristy is a "boricua hasta en la luna" (AKA Puerto Rican even on the moon).