2018 Latina of Influence | Miriam Marsh Sifuentes

Hispanic Lifestyle is pleased to recognize Corporate Executive and Entrepreneur Miriam Marsh Sifuentes as a 2018 Latina of Influence. Ms. Marsh Sifuentes along with our entire list of 2018 Latinas of Influence are invited to participate in Hispanic Lifestyle’s 2018 Latina Conference taking place April 4 and 5, 2018 in Ontario, California.

Miriam Marsh Sifuentes was born in the great state of Chihuahua, Mexico. Chihuahua is the largest state in the country of Mexico and is home to Las Barrancas del Cobre, Copper Canyon, a canyon system larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon. Born to a mother of Mexican descent and a retired military African American soldier from North Carolina, the family of Ms. Marsh Sifuentes came to live in the U.S. in 1978 when she was 5 years old. As a first generation Mexican-American, Miriam overcame social, language, and economic barriers to become who she is today.

Education has always been a priority for Miriam though it has not been easy. Her father always told her that there was nothing more important than education because it is the one thing that no one can take away from you. In spite of many hurdles which included language, being a single parent, and having no access to funding, Miriam eventually overcame these obstacles to become a Harvard trained professional who has a Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Homeland Security. She is also a certified Crisis Response Coordinator (CRC), Certified Homeland Security Level V (CHSV), and Six Sigma Green Belt. In addition, she holds certifications in U.S. FEMA’s National Incident Management System (NIMS) and National Response Framework (NRF).

With an MSM and MBA in hand, Ms. Marsh Sifuentes has over 20 years of experience in international trade and managing anti-terrorism programs for major corporations. She ensures that companies involved in international trade are compliant with federal anti-terrorism programs. Miriam has certified companies such as General Electric, Sanmina, Sanyo, Raytheon and others. She is a subject matter expert for various media outlets and has authored various articles in publications such as Homeland Security edition of USA Today, CNN, and has made guest appearances on local radio shows.

In addition, Miriam is the founder of M. Power and Associates. As an entrepreneur, she started this coaching organization to teach others how to start their own businesses. Through this organization Ms. Marsh Sifuentes hopes to be able to create other businesses that bring forward empowered leaders, job opportunities, and thriving communities.

Miriam has a passion for helping small businesses and start-ups. She currently serves on two boards. The first is 83Kids Foundation where she is the Chairwoman. This non-profit was formed to provide resources and access to education for foster children and foster children that are aging out. The second is the Kevin Payne Foundation where she serves as an advisory board member. The Kevin Payne Foundation develops meaningful community based programs to build and improve intellectual, physical, and emotional outcomes for youth.

Miriam Marsh Sifuentes nomination was submitted by Rikki Rincón 

I have known Ms. Miriam Marsh Sifuentes for going on 6 years and just watching her interact with her peers, always lifting them up and the most winning personality I have come to experience from someone such as her in a very long time. Miriam has faced many battles, to which she does not use as a crutch, never making excuses, as a matter of fact most do not even know she is a 3 time Cancer survivor, a recent new grandmother and works full time at the Toyota Corporate Headquarters as an Analyst allthewhile working to launch her own new hair industry company.

What strikes me the most is her desire to want other Latinos to grow, to empower them with whatever tools they need to succeed. I nominate Miriam Marsh Sifuentes for this prestigious award.

Author: Richard Sandoval

Richard Sandoval is an award winning journalist who produces Hispanic Lifestyle a television program broadcasting on several PBS stations throughout the United States. editorial@Hispaniclifestyle.com

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