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Total loan: $6,000


Hayward, CA, United States / Education

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A loan helped to hire marketing specialist to expand our reach into our target markets (K-12 schools and libraries) in THREE more states.

Graciela's story

When I was recognized as a White House Champion of Change, Woman Veteran Leader, this is the bio I submitted. It's my best origin + military service + family + entrepreneurship story. It's posted here. ------------ Daughter of Mexican immigrants, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato is CEO and Founder of Gracefully Global Group, LLC, which publishes award-winning, multicultural books and eBooks for K-college readers, showcasing positive contributions of highly-educated Latinos. She’s won four international book awards for "Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them"; "Good Night Captain Mama/Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá," the first bilingual children’s book about women serving in the military, was inspired by Graciela’s service as an Air Force KC-135 navigator and instructor. She received an Air Medal for combat air operations over Iraq. Graciela is a bilingual STEM consultant for K-college educators serving diverse student populations. She is a sought-after keynote speaker for audiences seeking differentiated, motivational leadership content. She amplifies the voices of her fellow published women veterans whose literature reminds the nation that “Mommies (and Latinas) are veterans too!”. Graciela and her husband were blessed with three children, including a Braille-literate daughter with dual-sensory impairments. As such, Graciela is a forceful education advocate for children with special needs and other children who face low expectations. Graciela leads students, especially children of immigrants like herself, to aspire far beyond their current circumstances. Her aspirational literature sparks imaginations and presents educated minority role models in 21st century professions. As founder of a Latina/veteran-owned publishing company, she’s redefining who supplies our schools and libraries with much-needed multicultural literature representing success stories from the nation’s fastest-growing ethnic group. Graciela completed both AFROTC Aerospace Studies and her bachelor degree in Environmental Design and Architecture from U.C. Berkeley; she earned her master's degree in international business management at Whitworth University while stationed in Spokane, Washington. --------------- My dream as a multicultural publisher is to see bilingual children's literature begin to INSPIRE with the stories of other military veteran women and Latinos. Today bilingual (Spanish/English) literature is mostly old-country tales, food, animals and historical figures.