Ana Lydia Ochoa-Monaco
An active blogger since the late 1990s, Ana Lydia Ochoa-Monaco founded the Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective, or #LLBlog as its commonly recognized on Twitter in 2011. The collective is an international community of more than 325 diverse Latina & Latino lifestyle bloggers, is anchored by a private Facebook community, and real-time Twitter conversations. #LLBLOG was created to provide a platform for Hispanic bloggers that write about lifestyle topics, to share accomplishments, resources and tools with other network members.
In 2011, less than six months after its launch, The Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective was nominated by LATISM (Latinos in Social Media), as “Best Lifestyle Blogger.” In 2012, both the Shorty Awards and The Social Revolucion of SxSW nominated the Collective in the Innovator category.
In 2012, the collective was also a finalist in the Chase Mission Small Business, and was nominated for both the Latino Social Network Leader and Lifestyle Blogger Category in the LATISM (Latinos in Social Media) Awards. #LLBLOG currently has a content partnership with the MiTu YouTube Lifestyle Network and Latina Magazine.
Ana Lydia is also founder and president of Padma Media and Marketing, Inc. reached national recognition in 2006 for her visionary approach to multi-cultural consumer outreach. Under her leadership, Padma has developed programs that strategically align social media and PR with public outreach to reach diverse and niche consumers, including Spanish-speaking and bilingual Hispanics.
Industry trade magazines and journals have often relied on Ana Lydia’s expertise for various articles and industry trend reports. She has been quoted in leading publications including Money Magazine, CNN Money, Ad Age and PR Week
After the City of Los Angeles and former Mayor James K. Hahn recognized her public relations career, California Senator Hilda Solis commended the launch of padma media & marketing in 2006. Ana Lydia alo received the YWCA Phenomenal Woman Award in 2003, and was nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal for the 2009 Women Making a Difference Award.
In 2008 Ana Lydia was a finalist for the Idea Café Innovation and Originality Awards, and was nominated by Inc. Magazine as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010. That same year, Ana Lydia was featured in Crave Los Angeles,’ “The Urban Girl’s Manifesto,” as one of 125 “women you need to know” in Los Angeles.