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Adopted by a Tall Blond Family

Adopted by a Tall Blond Family

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Adopted by a family who supported her Latina heritage, Haubegger had such a wonderful childhood she grew up with an extremely positive conception of what it means to be adopted.

Christy's Biography

First Paying Job: Cleaned dental equipment. "What was really great was that once you work in a dentist office, you never skip flossing, ever again."
What Does Lean In Mean to You: "Leaning in is about being ready to fail." 
Success & Failure:"I've learned very little from success. I've learned everything from failure."
Early Bird or Night Owl:All of the above. "Sometimes I'm excited about things and I can't sleep." 

Christy Haubegger is the founder of Latina magazine, the first of its kind. Born to a Mexican-American mother and adopted by a "tall blond family" at a very small age, Haubegger was encouraged to embrace her Mexican heritage. What she saw in the media, however, was another story. It was a rare occasion to see a character on television who looked like her.
 
Haubegger earned a degree in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin and then went to Stanford Law where she enrolled in business classes. Motivated by the lack of Latina faces she saw in the media and making decisions within the media, Haubegger took on a class project to design a business plan for a Hispanic women's magazine inspired by Essence magazine. She made the plan into a reality when she approached Essence's Ed Lewis. The magazine launched in September 1996 and has continued publication since, reaching over 4.5 million readers through its media platforms.
 
In 2005, Haubegger transitioned from publishing to the agency life at the Creative Artists Agency where she continues to "change the complexion" of America working with Latinas in Hollywood.

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