Nely Galan: “Tropical Tycoon” discusses leading Telemundo, The Apprentice and Donald Trump, and Being Self-Made

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In today’s podcast, listen to the “Tropical Tycoon” Nely Galan as she shares her experiences of starting out as a first-generation immigrant from Cuba to becoming an award-winning producer, entrepreneur, and one of the most influential Latinas in the world.

Nely shares her story of how she started from the bottom of the heap to becoming the president of Telemundo, an American Spanish-language television network. She also talks about how she eventually delved in entrepreneurship, and how her success propelled her to establish the nonprofit Adelante Movement and to write a book titled “Self Made: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way”. She then discusses her thoughts about entrepreneurship and how it relates to multicultural men and women.

With Nely, learn the importance of exercising your entrepreneurial gene while finding empowerment in your passion and obtaining the freedom to accomplish anything and everything.


In this episode, you’ll learn:

• What is in the mindset of a self-made person.
• How entrepreneurship is the way to empowerment.
• The authentic women movement led by multicultural women.
• What it was like working with Donald Trump in the reality show The Apprentice.


• It’s really not about the money. It’s about the freedom to finally do the things that you want to do.
• The truth is that what we aspire to is a life where we can be abundant.
• Choose yourself first. Before you can be chosen by other people, you have to choose yourself first.
• You never disappoint yourself. If you really want something and you pursue it and you go get it, you don’t get disappointed.

Big Takeaways:

• It may be difficult to rise from challenging situations, but by working hard and exercising that entrepreneurial gene at least once a week, you can open yourself up to many opportunities.
• Being self-made is not just about having a lot of money. It is about having the freedom to do the things you want to do, and having the choices available to you.
• Many women have succeeded in entrepreneurship by taking their painful experiences and using those as foundation for their businesses.

Related Links & References:

• Nely’s website:
• Becoming Self-Made:
• The Adelante Movement:

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