• Noëlle Santos, Owner | Lit Bar

    Ancestry: Puerto Rico
    Residence: Born in and currently resides in Bronx, New York
    What You Should Know:

    Noëlle Santos is owner of The Lit. Bar: the only bookstore (and wine bar) in her native Bronx, New York. Her entrepreneurial journey includes winning the New York Public Library and Citi Foundation’s 2016 business plan competition, operating her 400-member book club, and crowdfunding over $150,000 as a lone campaigner—all while working full-time as a certified Human Resources Professional. Noëlle’s hustle has garnered dozens of profiles by media outlets including Forbes, The Today Show, Essence, Glamour, Ebony, Latina, and The Huffington Post. (1stnoelle.com)

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    Quote: http://www.latina.com/lifestyle/inspiring-latina/noelle-santos-lit-bar-bookstore-bronx
    Photo: https://twitter.com/bossynbookish
    Graphic approval by Noëlle Santos

    The Latinas Equal Pay Day Commemoration Project features women with Hispanic or Latino ancestry who have leadership stories to tell and aims to inspire other women with a mission to close the pay gap.


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