Lindsey Giselle Navarro

Lindsey Giselle Navarro / Executive Director El Centro

By AnaMaria Bech

Click aqui para español- >Lindsey Giselle Navarro

Where are you from?

Houma, Louisiana, with Panamenian blood (my parents are both from David, Chiriqui)

Where do you reside?

Uptown, New Orleans.

What is your favorite place in New Orleans? The Fly.

What kind of hobbies or activities do you enjoy?

Sailing, running, playing soccer, dancing, karaoke, traveling, eating at "La Pulga" and volunteering.

What schools have you attended?

Vanderbilt Catholic High School, Loyola University and St. Peter University for undergraduate BS Criminal Justice (2006), Loyola University for MBA (2014).

What does your job entail?

As the Executive Director of a newly founded organization, I do everything from community canvassing to creating the presentation materials to executing the workshops. I also facilitate individual meeting consultations, create the strategy for program development and do fundraising to strengthen the organization.

Why did you get into this business?

I launched El Centro because I noticed there were many small business resources and technical assistance providers working within the English-speaking community but not with the Latino community.

What services does El Centro provide?

Informative Sessions. 2-hour informative workshops, networking, and presentation on topics relevant to starting and managing a business.

Individual Consultations: Personalized time to guide individuals whether launching a new business or building and establishing credit. We also provide strategic consulting for established business owners to help them grow and scale their business.

What do you enjoy most about your job? My passion has always been small business consulting. By devoting my time fully to it, I get to empower and encourage others to follow their dreams. My favorite part is seeing entrepreneurs light up after meeting with us when they realize they are no longer alone.

Why should someone choose El Centro?

We have experience, we are connected to the entrepreneurial ecosystem and will leverage our connections to help you and your business grow.

What makes you proud about being in New Orleans?

I am proud to support the growth of the entrepreneurial community in our city. The diversity of businesses and people make this place special and fun.

What else should people know about El Centro?

El Centro is looking for partners, leaders, and volunteers in the community who want to help empower others. We need people in marketing, legal, accounting, and tech fields, sales professionals, community leader, and entrepreneurs, who can help us by sharing their knowledge and expertise hosting workshops or sharing their story. We want to build a supportive and inclusive ecosystem that will ensure the success of our Latino community through amazing volunteers like you.

El Centro is a not for profit 501(c)(3) that seeks to strengthen the financial wellbeing of the Latino community through financial literacy in the form of group trainings and individual coaching and mentoring.

AnaMaria Bech

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Publisher's Note

Mixing Traditions

It is no cliché. New Orleans has a wonderful mix of traditions that add to the charm of this amazing city. With the holidays in full-swing, we can enjoy holiday-centered, free events like simple walks around traditional neighborhoods to see the elaborate Christmas decorations, Caroling in Jackson Square, attending the gospel and jazz concerts at St. Louis Cathedral and St. Augustine Church, watching the technological light display during Luna Fête, and visiting the beautifully decorated hotel lobbies in town, among others.

 There is one tradition in Louisiana that is so unique and that I hope to experience this year: The Bonfires on the Levee. Just thinking about seeing the pyres, the fireworks display and its reflection on the river during a cold night and having a warm drink while learning about this tradition from our River Parishes' neighbors sounds like an amazing way to soak in some of the culture around us.

Though the original purpose of the bonfires is unconfirmed, fitting the storyline of Papa Noel following the lights on a pirogue being pulled down river by alligators to deliver presents is such a tale. It involves a mix of many elements that are unique to the culture that has shaped the city of New Orleans.

I just love being able to experience different traditions and learning about the ways diverse groups of people who have made New Orleans their home, celebrate the holidays

Happy Holidays!