We had the good fortune of connecting with Ana Cruz Hollingsworth and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ana Cruz, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks has been a part of my entire life since childhood. I grew up in a home with domestic violence and extreme poverty in Guanajuato, Mexico. I took the risk of leaving that home looking for my own emotional and physical well-being, as soon as I had the opportunity, and focus on been able to help my mother and brothers. From there I learned that taking risks would be the way I was going to be able to achieve my personal and professional dreams, challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone, learn about my abilities and be a better person every day.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an award-winning TV reporter, radio personality and blogger. My accomplishments include receiving two Marconi awards, one Lone Star Emmy, and my blog, RollosDeMujeres, received a 2016 Tecla Award for best lifestyle blog.

My journey has not been easy but every step in the way has helped me to become a better person. Something I feel very proud of is to find the ways to give back to my community with the projects I create, from campaigns against Domestic Violence, Breast Cancer awareness, speaking engagements in highs schools sharing how education changed my life and empowering women trough my blog and podcast.

My main goal is to share through my platforms and projects my own experiences, challenges, achievements and tips with my followers; allowing us to grow together and to improve, both personally and professionally, day by day.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some of my favorite places are Space Center Houston, Livestock Show and Rodeo to get a taste of Texas. We can enjoy shopping at Galleria Houston, and I love outdoor activities so for sure I will take my best friend to ride our bicycles at Buffalo Bayou.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Definitely, throughout my life and personal and professional achievements, my family has been my motor and unconditional support, from my parents and brothers, to my husband Dustin and my two children Caleb and Zane. There have also been important people who have served as mentors and helped me during different stages in my life. Marta Aguilar, who was the director of the Communication Sciences career and helped me obtain a scholarship when I was about to quit my studies due to lack of money, Bertha Camacho, who mentored me in my first job in the USA and Adriana Amaya and Monica Alonzo who hired me for my first radio job in the US and the list keeps going.

Website: www.rollosdemujeres.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/byanitacruz

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/analiliacruz/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/byanitacruz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/byanitacruz

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-GYU_e-BWjMC_Exj0qKTeA

Other: Podcast: https://byanitacruz.buzzsprout.com

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