Nely Galan, Statement & Bio
Twenty years ago I was working tirelessly to try to carve out a career in television, when suddenly the station that I ran for someone else was sold—and just like that, I was out. Then my employer said ten words to me that forever changed the course of my life—"You need to get your own chips, these are mine.”
Out of my anger, I started a new business, so that I could “get my own chips.” For four years, I didn't make a penny, but I had always heard my boss say that it had taken him ten years to make money in his business. So, like him, I never gave up.
Latina media dynamo and women’s empowerment advocate Nely Galan, dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine, is one of the entertainment industry’s savviest firebrand talents. A first-generation immigrant and self-made media mogul, Galan was the first Latina president of a U.S. television network (Telemundo). She is an Emmy Award-winning producer of over 600 episodes of television in Spanish and English, including the Fox reality hit series The Swan, and the first Latina to appear on The Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump on NBC. She regularly electrifies audiences with her experiences as one of the first Latina producers in Hollywood and her rise to become a successful media and real estate entrepreneur as well as an inspirational speaker and passionate advocate for the empowerment of Latina’s everywhere.
Galan has owned and operated her own media company, Galan Entertainment, since 1994, launching 10 groundbreaking television channels in Latin America, and producing a staggering 600 episodes of programming spanning all genres—from reality to sitcoms, telenovelas to talk shows, in both English and Spanish.