We had the good fortune of connecting with Dinorah Pena and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dinorah, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I believe that having faith in what I was called to do, and actively and proactively praying about it, as well as having an intentional self-love and self-care practice has helped me, and thus Bodega7, succeed. When you pour into yourself and nourish yourself mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically, your output is so much more powerful and impactful.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Bodega7 is a talent management agency representing entertainment and digital multicultural talent of color. We put legacy before fame and purpose before checks. From employee to client, we understand (and live out!) that our calling is to use the talent and gifts that we have been blessed with to serve and impact our community. This foundation is what will always set us apart! We are proud of the careers we have been able to help build and the goals we have been able to help cross in partnership with all of the incredible talent we have the privilege to represent. We all got to where we are today with faith and obedience to our calling to serve. One of the greatest lessons that I have learned is the need to stay true to the call. Social media, social conditioning and even family pressures may often make you believe that you should be doing more or less, or that you are not doing enough or doing too much. Staying true and authentic to what you were called to do will guarantee your growth and success — as it was divinely outlined and determined to be for YOU!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend were in town, I would absolutely invite her to hike Brush Canyon Trail for a exercise and a beautiful view of the Hollywood sign, go to Blu Jam Cafe for a mean, heavy breakfast, lunch at Kreations, and dinner at Toca Madera. For a Sunday brunch, Harriet’s is a must for a dope vibe (but before 330PM, IYKYK), but if you’re looking for great dialogue and a cute spot, Ysabel is the way to go!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
All glory, honor and praise for the success of this business belongs to Jesus Christ. This business is an assignment and I have simply been chosen and trusted to bring it forth. Serial entrepreneur Richelieu Dennis is someone who I often thank for the inspiration to build an intentional, purpose driven business. Having worked for Richelieu while I was head of influencer marketing and brand partnerships for the Sundial portfolio of brands, I had front row access and visibility to a person who was building a business for us, by us, with the intent to continue to pour into us. I was moved and empowered by his dedication to invest in the next generation of women of color entrepreneurs and to build a lasting legacy that would impact Black and Brown lives globally.

Website: www.Bodega7.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamdinorah/?hl=en

Image Credits
Claudio de la Rosa, Joshua Dwain

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