Josefina Bonilla

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Josefina Bonilla (Fina) is the founder and publisher of Color Media Group.

Color Magazine, the flagship publication, launched in 1997 and the first hard copy edition came out on January 2008.[citation needed] The magazine contains articles on entertainment, wine, fashion, food, and book reviews, in addition to pieces about business leaders, community activists, and noteworthy interviews with individuals of color.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Prior to launching Color Media Group and Color Magazine, Bonilla was Editor-in-Chief of EntreAmigos Magazine, which translates as between friends.[1][unreliable source?] EntreAmigos Magazine was part of the Hispanic News Press (HNP) that includes El Planeta.[citation needed] She was recruited to HNP by Javier Marin,[citation needed] one of the founders of El Planeta, who in 2008 sold his share of the company. Javier Marin is now the CEO/Owner of Massachusetts Spanish TV Network.[citation needed]

Brought on board to Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2005 as the Public Relations Director, Bonilla was in charge of managing the external communications with media outlets and being on call as the go-to person for new president, Dr. Zorica Pantic.[citation needed] Pantic, a native of Serbia (former Yugoslavia), is the first female president of Wentworth.[2][not in citation given]

Bonilla is currently[when?] a board member of The Museum of Fine Arts,[citation needed] Eastern Bank,[citation needed] The Partnership, Inc.,[citation needed] on the corporate advisory board of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting,[citation needed] and is a member of the National Association of Asian American Professionals.[3]

Signature Events[edit]

The Women of Color Leadership & Empowerment Forum, Men of Color Leadership Forum, and the All Inclusive Awards bring together industry leaders while also celebrating diversity.[4] The upcoming December 2013 6th All Inclusive Awards with feature Rita Moreno. Past speakers included, Russell Simmons, hip-hop mogul and founder of Def Jam Records, as the keynote speaker. The magazine’s first annual All Inclusive Awards featured CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien as the guest speaker. Subsequent speakers were Forest Whitaker, the Academy Award winning actor, and Sheila Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET).[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Josefina was born in Hatillo, Puerto Rico to a close knit family and grew up in Massachusetts.[citation needed] Her bi-cultural environment enabled her to retain her Spanish.[citation needed]

After attending Boston Latin High School, she completed her undergraduate education at the State University of New York in Utica with a Computer Science degree.[citation needed] Even at that time, Josefina had a business mind and frequently sold jewelry purchased during her travels to her fellow college students.[citation needed] She has lived in Miami and Spain.[citation needed]

Presently, she is a single mother to two elementary aged boys named Edwin and Xavier and resides in Brookline.[3][citation needed]

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