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This is your platform. These are your transformative conversations; your new and inspiring ideas that will progress the borderland region and beyond. 


Come ready to feed your curiosity, there is so much to discover.

This is BBI.


About Us

Borderland Big Ideas is an accessible ideas platform that aims to inspire curiosity and innovation by amplifying the big ideas already progressing the borderland region, and introducing big ideas from around the world.

This platform provides an opportunity to learn from leading subject experts and engage with big ideas through hands-on experiences.

It is a platform to expand the mind through connective and transformative conversation on all topics important to the borderland region and beyond.


A big idea brings together like-minded people from a multitude of backgrounds.


A big idea challenges your current understanding.


A big idea inspires you to follow your passions.


A big idea has the power to transform your city, your country, and the world.

What is a "Big Idea"?


International Women's Day 2024 Celebration:

Pursuing Big Ideas

Friday, March 8, 2024

6:00 - 8:30 PM

What does it take to pursue big ideas? How do you overcome the doubt that accompanies putting yourself out there? Join us as we learn from women from different industries who are pursuing their own big ideas and the tools they have used to find success.

Learn more about our amazing speakers below. Tickets are now available but are limited, get yours now!

Interested in partnering with us?



Meet the Speakers

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Gina Moreno

Gina Moreno is an accomplished speaker, entrepreneur, and a passionate advocate for mental health. Coming from an engineering background at Microsoft, Gina transitioned to becoming a social entrepreneur to advance in her mission to inspire, motivate and educate first-generation Latinos in the topics of STEM, creating financial wealth as a trailblazer, and mental health. Gina is working on starting her non-profit: Herencia Latina, a foundation dedicated to providing mental health

resources and grants for the Hispanic community. Her impactful dedication to vocalize these topics on social media has landed her prominent partnerships with MTV related to mental health, the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, SAMHSA and featured in media outlets including Business Insider, Univision, and NBC along with 90,000 social media followers.

Chelsie Evaldi

Chelsie Evaldi embodies the spirit of the Fronteriza, born in El Paso, TX, and raised in Cd. Juarez, Chih, MX, her journey began with a unique blend of cultures. After graduating high school in El Paso, her educational journey led her to McMurry University, where her passion for soccer and Business 

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Marketing converged. While at McMurry, Chelsie was the first female from the university to receive the All-West Division Award in soccer. 

Chelsie's journey took her far and wide, from the vibrant streets of Austin, Texas, to the captivating landscapes of Spain and Ireland. But after a decade of adventures, she returned to her roots with a mission to highlight the beauty of the Frontera region.


In 2014, Chelsie seized the reins of Chuco Relic, transforming it into a haven for local artists to unleash their creativity, crafting one-of-a-kind El Paso-themed treasures. Her unwavering commitment and vision ignited the spectacular growth of her souvenir shop, which has now flourished into three thriving stores scattered across the city. Under Chelsie's leadership, Chuco Relic was honored with the 2023 BBB Business Ethics Award, highlighting her dedication to ethical business practices. Her experiences as a fronteriza have been featured in NBC Latino, offering a unique perspective and inspiring others to discover the beauty of the El Paso-Juarez region. When not working, she enjoys family time with her husband and two kids, playing soccer or basketball, and exploring the world through travel.

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Nayeli Meza

Nayeli is a skilled and innovative interior designer and remodeler. She has an eye for detail that translates to her work in business, as she can create homes that are functional, stylish, and elegant from start to finish. Her knack for creative problem-solving also extends into the construction sector where she can turn raw building materials into beautiful spaces with a focus on durability and sustainability. She obtained her BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Iris Lopez

Iris began her broadcasting career in radio as ‘Lily Lopez’ on 104.3 Hitfm in El Paso,
Texas. She then made the move to TV news where she was a reporter and weekend
evening weather anchor for KVIA-TV, and the proud creator of the on-air franchise ‘KVIA Sunday Funday Moments’ which still airs every Sunday morning.

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Iris currently works as a digital content creator and Morning show radio host for
“Mornings with Iris” on 93.1 KISS-FM radio.
Iris was a proud board member of NAMI of El Paso and she was named the 2022 recipient of the NAMI Texas Betty Fulenwider Media Award. This award is given annually to an individual for accurately covering stories on mental health, reporting the injustices those with mental illnesses face, and sharing the successes in the mental health field. 


Iris is also the founder and Executive Director of the organization, “Mija, Yes you Can,” a local non-profit organization that empowers women in our community. Iris’ passion to inspire and motivate others is due in large part to her teenage son. For Iris, being a mom is one of the greatest accomplishments she has achieved and it is what continues to motivate her to inspire our youth.

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