My name is
Vanessa Ponce

I was born and raised in Peru and on December 31st, 2008, I decided to embark on a life changing journey to the greatest city in the world, New York City.

My name is Vanessa Ponce

I was born and raised in Peru and on December 31st, 2008, I decided to embark on a life changing journey to the greatest city in the world, New York City.

About me

About me

I was born and raised in Lima, Peru. I’m the youngest daughter of an entrepreneurial household, my parents left their jobs when they were in their 20s and founded their hospitality and tourism businesses. I lived my life filled with love and wonderful family memories alongside my mom, dad and siblings, and of course, surrounded by my abuelos, tios, primos and amigos, eating delicious comida de la casa, listening to huayno and musica criolla on sundays, and learning all about our ancient history and heritage.

In 2008, after having spent 3 months studying English in NYC, I decided I was going to make this city my new home. I went back to Peru and started the college application process. A couple of months later, I was accepted at FIT, and in December 31st, 2008 I migrated to this concrete jungle. I studied non stop, and a transfer student I was able to receive my bachelors in Marketing & Advertising Communications in less than 3 years.

I lived in the dorms of school in Manhattan upon arrival. After my 1st semester I got my own apartment in Forest Hills, Queens. Commuting to the city made me realize that the city is always in constant change and that there are amazing things a regular traveler (or even locals) do not see or know about when visiting (or even living) in the big apple.

After graduation, I was hired as an account executive at the Hispanic ad agency I was interning for. Months after, I switched industries and decided to take the lead of my family’s tourism & hospitality businesses, and I became the Director of Marketing & Business development, and a travel expert on several Latin-American destinations. Through this role, I grew passion for traveling, gained respect and admiration for entrepreneurs, especially women lead initiatives, and most importantly developed a sense of pride and appreciation of my roots and my dear country, Peru.

I also grew a desire to help others, who like me, came to this city to make their dreams come true. I started doing volunteer work and advising people on how to do their college application or transfer their college credits from their countries, so they can pursuit a career here. I realized that there was so much lack of orientation and guidance,

from the small to the big and important things someone should know in order to get acquainted with this city. I realized as communicator/marketer and my job as an story teller of destinations, I had so much to share with others, from places I’m static about, personal experiences that could serve as guidance for those who are new to the city, to stories of amazing NYers that would inspire many.

It’s been 11 years since I migrated to NYC. I’ve accomplished many things that I probably didn’t expect to when I first arrived, like graduating from my Masters in Tourism Management from NYU, or become a business owner. I feel blessed and thankful to God and the universe for being able to create a thriving career and for having this thirst to make my goals happen as a Latina entrepreneur. I have a wonderful family (my husband and fur baby Tiki).

I now remotely manage my companies in Peru and lead my local Marketing & Tourism consulting company, while I co-run the Peruana Collective, an online community for Peruanas in the NYC/NJ area. I share with you all about my busy, dynamic and adventurous life from my Manhattan apartment, and sometimes from other cities accross the globe.

THIS BLOG HAS BEEN CREATED WITH THE PURPOSE OF UPLIFT, SUPPORT AND INFORM THOSE WHO VISIT THIS SPACE, ONE POST AT A TIME.
THIS BLOG HAS BEEN CREATED WITH THE PURPOSE OF UPLIFT, SUPPORT AND INFORM THOSE WHO VISIT THIS SPACE, ONE POST AT A TIME.

Speak about the blog

Speak about the blog

On December 2012, I started this blog full of desire to share with all of you what’s NYC like through my eyes. The eyes of a Peruana immigrant who shares the unique and diverse things that this vibrant city offers, as well as, my life experiences that may serve as guidance or motivation for those who may feel that my stories resonate with them.

In this space I also want to show support to my fellow Peruanxs, Latinxs, and immigrants, by giving them an outlet to showcase their initiatives, stories, and meaningful actions that are impacting our community positively

Work with me

Work with me

Founded by a Peruana, Gianina Enriquez, I serve as a volunteer in her initiative that assists, educates,
guides and supports undocumented and low-income immigrants.

Coalition for the homeless

Coalition for the homeless

Along with my team of Quatum Leaders, we partnered with this organization to host an event for the homeless of NYC. Through this initiative, we provided meals, jackets and essential products to over 100 people.

Familias Unidas

Familias Unidas

Founded by a Peruana, Gianina Enriquez, I serve as a volunteer in her initiative that assists, educates, guides and supports undocumented and low-income immigrants.

Dilley Pro Bono Project

Dilley Pro Bono Project

A partner of the Cara Family Detention Center, where I volunteered as a Spanish speaking translator for lawyers who were assisting families at the border.

Graduate student spotlight: Vanessa Gonzalez-Hernandez

Graduate student spotlight: Vanessa Gonzalez-Hernandez

Vanessa Gonzalez-Hernandez is a student in the MS Tourism Management program, and an SPS Dean’s Scholar. In this post, she shares her experiences in the program and future ambitions.