Latina media dynamo and women’s empowerment advocate Nely Galán, dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine, is one of the entertainment industry’s savviest firebrand talents. A first generation immigrant and self-made media mogul, Galán was the first Latina president of a U.S. television network (Telemundo). She is an Emmy Award-winning producer of over 600 episodes of television in Spanish and English, including the FOX hit reality series The Swan and is the first Latina to appear on Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump on NBC. She regularly electrifies audiences with her experiences as one of the first Latina producers in Hollywood and her rise to become a successful media and real estate entrepreneur as well as an inspirational speaker and passionate advocate for the empowerment of Latinas everywhere.
The Adelante Movement (Move Forward!) founded by Nely Galan, is a grassroots movement that unites and empowers Latinas socially, economically and politically in the U.S. It encourages Latinas to play a leading role in American society, economics and politics and become an integral part of the national conversation, in order to provide their children with the future they deserve, as a rightful part of this country. The Adelante Movement: Tour is a series of national empowerment conferences, supported by a digital community, presented by the Coca Cola Company, that inform, mentor and inspire Latinas to take action!
Galan is also the former President of the powerhouse Telemundo television network, making her the first Latina network president. She has also owned and operated her own media company since 1994. Galan Entertainment has launched 10 groundbreaking television channels in Latin America, and has also produced a staggering 600 episodes of programming that cross all genres from reality series to sitcoms, telenovelas to talk shows, in both English and Spanish.
Galán Entertainment was also responsible for creating and executive producing the smash FOX reality hit The Swan, and as its in-house life coach, Galan wrote the bestselling companion book The Swan Curriculum. The Swan has aired in over 70 countries around the world, and was famously spoofed by Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live.
In addition, she has owned her own real estate development and investment company, Santa Clara for fifteen years, which has commercial and residential real estate holdings in multiple states.
Galán appeared on the NBC hit The Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump, joining an all-star cast including Gene Simmons, Nadia Comaneci, Marilu Henner and the infamous Omarosa. Galán’s appearance on the show, where she raised $250,000 for her charity COUNT ME IN, furthered her reputation as one of the nation’s top female moguls. In her role as public speaker, Galán routinely draws rave reviews for her mesmerizing presentations on the Latino market, entrepreneurship and female empowerment.
Galan is also frequently cited for her influential work outside the industry as a board member for COUNT ME IN (the leading national non-profit provider for women entrepreneurs), the Coca Cola Company Advisory Board, and the she is an Emeritus member of The Smithsonian Board. She was recently featured in HBO’s The Latino List documentary and national museum show as one of the most influential voices in the Latino community.
As a part of her multi-platform business, Galán has recently launched two websites targeting women: msmogul.com - a forum for female entrepreneurs aimed at providing support and sharing resources, and thenewyoutv.com - dedicated to the health, wellness, and beauty issues of women. She has appeared as a guest expert on The Today Show and The Big Idea With Donny Deutsch.
Galán, the original "Ms. Mogul”, is also a devoted mom to her 11 year old son and is based in Venice, California. She recently went back to school, where she is completing her Masters/ Doctorate in Clinical and Cultural Psychology.