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Inspiring Stories from Coral Gables

The heart of our mission at VoyageMIA is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Miami’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out Boca Raton rising stars below.

Rebekka Mairena

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had a love for food. My parents told me that even as a baby I never wanted baby food but instead wanted grown-up food. I can now understand why grown-up food is so much tastier! You may have heard of the five love languages, well there is a sixth and that is called “food”. Read more>>

Giovanna Garcia-Pons

Once upon a time, I had my dream job, working internationally for a Fortune 100 company. Two years into this new role, the relationship with my female boss grew unhealthy and toxic. She made my life complete hell and I couldn’t do anything about it, nor was HR going to help me. Read more>>

Mary Fente

As a family, we have always sat together for dinner, always talked about owning a large “14 -16” foot live edge dining table. Through our travels to Costa Rica, we fell in love with their “wood” and the art done with their local wood. Costa Rica is a very eco-friendly country that treasures and takes care of its environment. Read more>>

Julie Tarazona

Everything you go through is connected and gearing you towards your journey! Do you know that you are exactly where you need to be and that this is your moment of transformation? Decisions shape the direction and course of our lives. When I was ten years old, my dad; a musician, told us we were moving from Spain to the United States. Read more>>

Angelica Casanas

I have always been athletic and had a passion for staying active. I worked with a personal trainer for many years to keep in good shape, feel good, and lose weight and get my figure back after my pregnancy. I did some modeling, bartended, worked in the corporate world for a few years, and then worked with Eric (my boyfriend) at his business. Read more>>

Ryan Deering

I came to Miami majoring in finance at the University of Miami. However, I soon discovered that I wanted to be an artist, as I became particularly infatuated with painting. It was an extremely cathartic experience for me, which ultimately led me to switch my major to art history and set off towards a career as an artist. Read more>>

Gaston Rossato

My business started as a hobby while I worked full time in the corporate world. A series of transitions and ultimately breaking on my own when I decided to make it a full-time adventure. Six years later and never looked back. Read more>>

Lizzie Toledo

For anyone who has ever watched the 1999 Tarzan and remembers “Trashin’ the Camp” understands what a wonderfully positive song that is, and as a little girl that inspired my love for drums and music alike. I auditioned for chorus in 3rd grade and began drum lessons when I was 11. Read more>>

Chelsea Wilkerson

My path to Girl Scouts was winding, with over 15 years in the nonprofit sector. I began my nonprofit career facilitating after school programs for Spanish speaking children in Minneapolis/St. Paul. I quickly became enamored of the nonprofit sector and the meaningful career opportunities available. From after school programs. Read more>>

Kelsey Walker

I moved to Rhode Island (from NC) for two years right after high school and I attempted to start an event planning business with my boyfriend at the time. It started off pretty good from getting the business registered, getting insurance, and an office, etc. The business came to an abrupt stop when Our personal relationship started to deteriorate. Read more>>

Augusto Hernandez

Loving food since I was a kid, I wasn’t the type of kid that didn’t like to eat. I’m from Maracaibo, Venezuela coming from a beautiful family, my dad was a great cook and he taught me and my sisters the art of cooking! Weekends were the best, me and my family always getting together. Read more>>

Michael Salazar

I’ve been a tax specialist since 2009, this upcoming season will be my 11th tax season practicing. I specialize in personal tax prep, corporate tax prep, and accounting. I first got my start working for another company which I helped launch from the start, two years ago, I decided to quit and open my own company and the majority of my clients happily followed. Read more>>

Yuly Lopez

Growing up in Colombia, cooking with grandma and watching cooking shows on TV inspired my creativity in the kitchen. This eventually led me to graduate from Culinary school in Toronto, Ontario. In 2010, I moved to Miami where I currently reside with my husband. Read more>>

Alejandra Aguirre

I am a latina in my late twenties who grew up in Dallas, Texas by way of Zacatecas, Mexico. I value my culture immensely and live in an in-between world as a first-generation Mexican American. Cadena Collective came to fruition after finding amazing talent in my backyard of south Dallas, Texas, an underserved community. Read more>>

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