We had the good fortune of connecting with Jully-Alma Taveras and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jully-Alma, how do you think about risk?
I’ve always been a risk-taker. I’m naturally very curious and inquisitive which has led me to taking chances on many things throughout my life. My very first internship as a teen I got by walking into a sample sale in the garment district of NYC. Aside from the fact that I was underage, and didn’t have any work experience – I had this desire to learn and I had the courage to ask. I got the job, went on to pursue a degree in fashion, which led to countless wonderful experiences in the industry. It was one of the most powerful lessons for me because it taught me that the worst anyone can ever say is no – and the best thing that can happen is that your life can change forever. I really love that idea, of how one small move can be so pivotal in life. After a decade and a half in that career, I took another big risk – I started Investing Latina, an online media brand – with no business plan! Yes, I just threw myself into something completed new and unrelated. It was exhilarating. I was meeting new people, I was learning new things, and I was also exploring a lot. Two years into my new career as a solopreneur and founder, no two days are the same and I really love that! I continue to take risks and try new things because it has more often than not led me to success. With every risk I take I look to learn, I push myself to think differently, and I look to grow in order to better serve my community. That’s what I love about taking risks.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am the founder of Investing Latina, and online media company that offers financial and investment education. It’s two years old and it has not been easy, but it’s been wonderful. I came into the financial space where there are very few women and much less, women of color. I named it Investing Latina because it described me. But what I quickly realized was that the name was so much more than just that. It was a brand and it described many women from all over the world and from Latin countries that had a desire to financially prosper. I always think about the woman that reds my content on Instagram or views my videos on youtube where I share money-saving tips and investing strategies. I think about what they like and what they can relate to – and that is how to serve them and help them everyday. I know that growing up, many people particularly women don’t get taught how to manage money and how to establish themselves financially in order to lead and happy life. I want to help those people and those women. I teach The Investing Workshop and I make it easy for them to talk about their goals and aspirations. I help bridge the information gap between them and the stock market. I started investing as a teen without really understanding how the system worked and I learned a lot along the way. But I definitely wish I started sooner. I really love teaching, inspiring, and encouraging my students and. my clients. It truly brings me so much joy.
More about me:
Jully-Alma Taveras also known online as Investing Latina, is a Plutus Award-winning bilingual (spanish) personal finance expert. She writes for publications like CNBC, Time’s Next Advisor, HuffPost, and others on money topics ranging from saving to investing. On her YouTube channel, she tells money stories from the lens of a Dominican Republic-born immigrant living in New York that went from being a shopaholic to a smart spender and diligent investor. Her money philosophies have inspired thousands of women to live minimally & spend intentionally, so that they can invest more.
Jully is a sought-after Fortune 20 speaker and facilitator that has led workshops at Nasdaq, Google, Verizon and at The White House Economic Council (2021) among others. She has taught over 7,000 people how to invest through her program The Investing Workshop since launching just 9 months ago. Although she has a social following of 37k+ on Instagram and collective social impressions of over 22 million, she is extremely approachable and is an educator to the core. She is the eldest of 3 in her own family, so her audience sees her as the older sister that will force you to do better, while also being your cheerleader along the way.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Yonkers which is very close to NYC. I would take my best friend to:
The Met Museum to see art
K-town to get delicious Korean Food
Shopping inn Soho
Central Park for bike riding and strolling
and finally my favorite restaurant: Malatesta in West Village
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My entire being and spirit comes from the upbringing that my parents gave me. They were risk-takers, they were ambitious, they were entrepreneurial and they always pushed me to be better while also giving me freedom to be and explore myself. I am so grateful for them and the lessons that they continue to offer me.
All Photos by Nirvana Dipre