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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Feliz Navidad y prspero ao nuevo

Community News2 December 2012 Minnesota ~ Chicago ~ Iowa ~ Wisconsin

Latinas In BusinessIris Ramos is opening her law practice and is an example of Latinas who are starting their own businesses at record levels in Minnesota and throughout the country. According to Cristina Lopez, President of the Washington D.C. based, National Hispana Leadership Institute, Latinas are starting businesses at a rate six times the national average. Latinas point to the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor, a Puerto Rican from New York, to the U.S. Supreme Court as the most powerful symbol of how far Latinas have come. And California lawyer Vilma Martinez was named ambassador to Argentina. Still, in professions that demand a huge time commitment, the numbers of Latino women are dramatically low. While Latino women make up 7 percent of the U.S. population, they account for only 1.3 percent of the countrys lawyer Iris Ramos had the drive and desire to achieve her dreams and here, in her own words, is how it happened. I was born in Bayamn, Puerto Rico. I moved to Minnesota with my family twenty years ago, knowing only Spanish. It was very difficult for us to learn a new language and culture from one day to the next, but through mutual support, we got through it. With dedication and hard work, I became fluent in English in less than one year while still maintaining my fluency in Spanish. From a young age, my mother would tell me that I would make a great lawyer. According to her, I would consistently pretend to be a judge and skillfully argued my way in and out of things. Following her advice, I participated in a mentorship program while attending Eagan High School to see if I truly wanted to be an attorney. I shadowed and worked with a criminal defense lawyer. I attended court proceedings, met with opposing counsel and had a taste for what my life could be like as an attorney. I loved the complexities and intricacies of the law and the fact that I could use my expertise to assist someone during a very stressful time in their life. I then decided I wanted to practice law. I attended the University of MinnesotaTwin Cities where I earned a Bachelors Degree in Sociology-Law, Criminology and Deviance, which I found to be an excellent foundation for the practice of law. I loved the campus so much that I attended the University of Minnesota Law School, where I received my Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. During school I was President of the Latino Law Student Alliance, externed for Chief Judge Michael J. Davis in the Federal District Court of Minnesota, participated in the schools Asylum Law Project, volunteered, worked and was a pro bono law clerk at a large law firm in Minneapolis. After law school, I worked at a small civil litigation law firm where I obtained great hands on experience. I started my business with the vision of vigorously representing the interests of the Twin Cities Latinos by employing my cultural background, humility and empathy. One wonderful aspect of practicing law is the intellectual challenge combined with knowing you make a direct, tangible and positive impact on a daily basis. This is why I love my job. I also make sure to give back to a community that has helped shape who I am today. I volunteer for the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA), Volunteer Lawyers Network and Good Deeds Society. I am also part of Minnesota Women Lawyers Group, Minnesota State Bar Association and the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association. I have worked from the bottom up to get to where I am today. I credit my mother, Iris Nieves and father, Miguel Ramos, for guiding me and supporting me to be the most diligent, compassionate, and service oriented individual I can be. They are my inspiration.Iris Ramos Nieves, Esq. The Law Office of Iris Ramos LLC 155 South Wabasha Street, Suite 125 St. Paul, MN 55107 (651) 560-5183 (Office) (651) 379-4640 (Fax) Photo by Alejandro Calderon Founded 1999

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Community Minnesota ~ Chicago ~ Iowa ~ Wisconsin December 2012 3

Minnesota Award-Winning author featured at Book Expo America and Recipient of the 2012 International Latino Book AwardsA Perfect Holiday Gift


ummer 2012 is off to a great start for novelist and songwriter Roma Calatayud-Stocks, author of A Song In My Heart, including CD with original musical score.

She signed copies of her novel during Book Expo America on June 6, 2012, at the Moms Choice Award Booth at Javits Convention Center in New York, just a day after her book landed second place in both Best Novel Historical Fiction and First Book by the prestigious International Latino Book Awards in which 14 countries were represented. The award ceremony was held at the Cervantes Institute in New York, NY. Earlier this year, A Song In My Heart won the Midwest Book Award- First Place in the Arts category and a Moms Choice award in multimedia experiences adult books. It is also a finalist in multicultural and cross genre fiction through Next Generation Indie Book Awards and International Book Awards. Later this year, Calatayud-Stocks will present her book at the Womans Club of Minneapolis, 3M Company on October 12, 2012, and at Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures Fall Conference. A Song In My Heart introduces us to Alejandra Stanford, the protagonist born into a bi-cultural family in Minneapolis of 1902. Growing up, she and her artistic family experience the intermingling of American, Latino, and European cultural influences, as well as national events that challenge their lives; yet, Alejandra finds music is the perfect expression of her own artistic inclinations, emotions, and ambitions. As a young pianist and budding composer, Ale is inspired by Minnesotas musical pioneers and legendary composers and resolves to become a symphonic conductor despite the obstacles. Set in the Twin Cities, New York, Mexico and Europe, A Song In My Heart is an in-depth exploration of character, celebration of art and culture, and a musical journey. The Musical Score CD/Soundtrack was composed by Roma Calatayud-Stocks and arranged/ performed by Chan Poling and other musicians of note. CD includes 14 original songs/ instrumental compositions with classical, jazz, and Latin influences. KirKus Reviews: CalatayudStocks debut is a historical Stocks novel set to music. Alejandra Stanford, an upper-class woman Stanfo with progressive ideals. Her life p is privileged and pluralistic, with priv music as the glue that holds d her disparate worlds together. Well Well-written, the story is com compelling that this novel dese deserves to find a larger audi audience. The historical aspect w is well-researched and true to the period. The novels grand amb ambitions are evident in its pac packagingit is both book and musical composition (CD included). The author (C intends this to be the first int in a trilogy, and she has created enough momentum cr to build on. An auspicious debut. d R Reviewer List: An Extraordinary Fusion of Music and Literature. Jim Barnes, Editor, www. IndependentPublisher. com: Reading this book will put a song in your

heart, and take you back to a time when classical music was the pinnacle of popular culture and entertainment. A talented composer herself, author Calatayud-Stocks shares her knowledge and passion for art and music with this compelling historical novel and accompanying original soundtrack CD. How refreshing this is-longing for a world of fine art and music with substance? A Song In My Heart is a great place to start. Chan Poling, Emmy award-winning composer: I have arranged and played many styles of music over the years. Romas music has touched me always. Her new collection of songs for her story, A Song In My Heart, are once again beautiful and lushly romantic, evocative of another time and place. Roma Calatayud-Stocks holds bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Minnesota. After additional studies at MacPhail Center for Music and the University of St. Thomas, and in line with her twenty-year work experience and life passion of honoring world cultures through history, music, and the arts, she turned to a professional career in music composition and historical fiction writing. Ms. Calatayud-Stocks is available for interviews, speaking engagements, and Arts Educational workshops on: Music history, Classical, Popular, Latin Music, Cultures, Art, Traditions from Around the World, and Writing Historical Fiction.

Community News4 December 2012 Minnesota ~ Chicago ~ Iowa ~ Wisconsin

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