Gloria is a constant advocate for living a healthier lifestyle. She was honored by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Science for her contribution to the Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Achievement on Informational Programming: Diabetes, Guia para Hispano-Americanos.
This honor was presented to her again on a consecutive year for her contribution to the Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Achievement on Informational Programming: Salud Emocional, Guia para los Hispano-Americanos.
Her mission is to inspire people to live fully. Using dance and music as her tools for inspiration Gloria has traveled the world, sharing her unique style of dance and fitness moves that emphasize the importance of emoting through movement, to get connected with your body and senses, maintaining a nurturing inner life and promoting an active lifestyle. Nominated for Best Presenter in Switzerland, she has taught in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and she has also been recognized in her hometown as Best of Chicago by Chicago Magazine.
Gloria also understands the health disparities women of different ethnic backgrounds face today; she has toured the United States throughout programs such as “Latina Tour”, sponsored by Procter & Gamble, reaching out to thousands of women across the country.
Her inspirational presentations have made her a sought-out keynote speaker at women’s conferences such as “Fun, Fit and Fabulous” in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She has also served as Spokesperson for Nestlé, touring the country with “Más de Nestlé’s Family Fitness Fiesta”, a family event designed to help motivate and engage children and parents in understanding how good nutrition and physical activity contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
She has served as spokesperson for the American Heart Association, to bring awareness to the Latin Community on the importance of cultivating good eating habits to maintain good health and overall well being. This relationship led her to Latina Magazine where she served as a contributor, and expert panelist for the magazine as well as a contributor to the informational programming “The Guide for Healthy Living for Latinos”, which featured Gloria’s work along with Sofia Vergara, Lili Estefan, and Mirka Dellanos.
One of Gloria’s trademarks is her ability to fuse entertainment, health and fitness. She received The Woman of the Year Award by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for her efforts to raise funds to benefit a child battling this disease. She organized “Arts for Life”, a variety benefit concert which gave local artist of the Chicago area the opportunity to contribute to the community by sharing their talents.
For two consecutive years, Gloria has been guess artist for “ Latino Read”, a program of Art & Literature that benefits “Mi Escuelita Pre-School” in Dallas, Texas. www.miescuelita.org and guest presenter at Zapata Academy in Chicago. She has also worked with Latino Girls Scout of Chicago implementing her self-esteem program C.R.E.A.R. for Teens as well as with "Mujeres Latinas en Acciòn", supporting women in transition through health and fitness education as well as personal transformational workshops.
Gloria is no stranger to work in front of the camera. She has appeared as co-host instructor on “CRUNCH Fitness Show” on ESPN2, and co-host of Jenny Craig’s “Jenny’s Fit in 15” TV Show. She also co-hosted and served as technical advisor of “Totalmente Latina”, a Spanish speaking fitness show which aired on ESPN International, reaching more than 40 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition to TV, she also boasts a well rounded list of dance/fitness videos.
Closer to her heart is the volunteer work she has done for children. She has worked as Artistic Director of Choreography for “The Happiness Club”, a multicultural children’s group where members write, sing and perform their own material. The Happiness Club has been a featured performer for former President Bill Clinton, General Collin Powell, Bill Cosby and Tiger Woods among many others. This not-for-profit organization also created the EMMY AWARD WINNER program,“Ethics for Kids”, a character building educational program supported by the administrators of the Chicago Public Schools. In this program, Gloria served as a teacher and trainer inspiring Chicago area teachers to understand how they could use movement and dance to foster creativity and learning. This program has been successfully implemented in 30 public schools in the Chicago area.
Gloria has appeared on KTLA Morning News, Los Angeles; the “Later Today” show, ABC New York; “Primer Impàcto”, Univisiòn Miami; “Despierta América”, Univisiòn, Miami; “Noticias 66” feature story, “Cuando yo llegué”, Univisiòn, Chicago; “Nuestros Niños”, Telemundo; “Travelers”, Discovery Channel, The Cheap show, PBS; ESPN2; ESPN International; Comcast and FOX network affiliate. She is also a member of SAG and AFTRA.