Nely Galan

Nely Galan

Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur & Founder

The Adelante Movement

Los Angeles, CA USA

Life is like a video game. You just have to get to the next level, and then the next level. Then it becomes a relay race and you have to pass the baton on to the next person.


By Roadtrip Nation

Nely Galan


My road in life took a while to figure out.
My parents and I immigrated to the United States from Cuba when I was five years old; we settled in New Jersey.
I was a good student and my parents wanted me to be protected, so they sent me to an all-girls Catholic school—however, I would overhear my parents at night, worrying about paying for my schooling.
I sold makeup out of my locker at school to help pay for my tuition—it was my first self-empowerment experience.
After taking advantage of a publicized conflict in high school, I ended up receiving a guest editorship at Seventeen Magazine.
I transitioned into television and eventually worked my way up to running Telemundo—I also used my experience in television to create my own multimedia company.
When NBC bought Telemundo, they gave me a huge deal to produce 700 TV shows.
I wanted to empower other women to take charge of their lives and become entrepreneurs, so I wrote a book called “SELF MADE: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way.”
I then founded The Adelante Movement to empower multicultural women economically and entrepreneurially, and created the Becoming Self Made platform to teach women how to become entrepreneurs.
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Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur & Founder

I empower and teach young women to become entrepreneurs.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
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Helping People

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Start saving money as early as you can. It's important to apply yourself, run side-hustles, and take the money you saved and start investing it, especially when you're young and have the most energy. It's also important to cultivate your voice. I recommend identifying someone (whether famous or in your personal life) who carries themselves and speaks the way you'd like to. Then take an acting class and learn to channel that voice until it sounds like you and becomes the voice you want.


The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"We can't afford to pay for Nely's school."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant