Women of Worth: Meet Renata Soto

October 30, 2015 | By | Comments (1)
Photo: Robbie Caponetto

Photo: Robbie Caponetto

Editor-at-Large Jenna Bush Hager knows that real beauty comes from within. This month, she’s highlighting four women dedicated to improving the lives of Southerners in need. 

Renata Soto, The Cultural Champion
Executive director, Conexión Américas

Her Mission
“As a Costa Rica native, it took me 13 years to fully claim my dual-citizenship status and declare myself a Nashvillian. It’s not easy to grow roots in a new place. One of the highest human needs is the sense of belonging. People have a greater chance to thrive when they feel connected to a community.”

The Need 
“Tennessee has one of the fastest-growing Hispanic populations in the nation. Many challenges are tied to that. One organization alone cannot create the level of social change we envision, which is why we formed a nonprofit collaborative called Casa Azafrán, which brings 10 like-minded organizations together under one roof. You can come to this community center and get help with your taxes or your child’s college application, learn English, receive counseling, or take a Zumba class.”

The Reward
“I have two rituals that keep me grounded at work. Around 10 a.m., I always peek into the dance studio to watch children learning world percussion and capoeira. And I also come and go through our commercial kitchen, Mesa Komal, which is always filled with food-truck owners, caterers, and budding cooks. There’s nothing like starting and ending the day with empanadas and fried plantains!”

See More:
Meet Woman of Worth Andrea Chen

Meet Woman of Worth Justinn Overton


  1. Steven Lowell Bennett

    As a 63yo Southern Gentleman having been raised in the South most of my life-I have always had an affinity for STRONG women who were independent and had a social conscious and passion for serving their family, local community, state and country.
    The incredible women in this article bring all of us hope that there is still GOOD in the world amongst all the trials and tribulations we are forced to hear each night in the news.
    I was thrilled to see that another business Lancôme Paris has incorporated this same line of marketing into their advertising. I know that Dove beauty products have also been doing remarkable advertising depicting the REAL inner beauty of women.
    It is refreshing for me to see this kind of movement and change in our society and in the world were cyber bullying and other forms of persecusion against women is being brought to light so that the evil that has been so pervasive for so long can be shown in the light of TRUTH and LOVE that women are divine creatures worthy of our praise and acclaimations every day we awake to see their radiant beautiful faces beaming with love and their tender outstretched embracing arms waiting for us to run into them only to be reassured that WE are loved anew today and forever.

    November 3, 2015 at 7:26 pm

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