She’s used to overcoming challenges, which is why she’s been so successful. Cuban producer Nely Galán, creator of popular Telemundo reality shows like El príncipe azul and La cenicienta, along with the interview program Padre Alberto, is now stepping up the plate for a new challenge: competing against 13 other celebrities in the hopes of winning the good graces of Donald Trump on The Celebrity Apprentice (NBC).
On the new show, the 43-year-old businessman, who was named the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine, will face off against celebs like KISS vocalist Gene Simmons, supermodel Carol Alt, British boxer Lennox Lewis and actor Vincent Pastore of The Sopranos, among others. The winner will get to donate funds to the non-profit organization of his or her choosing.
Even though the show is a competition, Galán claims not to have differences with the other participants, but rather with Trump. “He’s all about winning no matter what it takes, and I think culturally I wasn’t raised like that,” she says. Still, she admits that the experience was an opportunity to learn from one of the richest, most powerful individuals in the United States: “Sometimes he says things that are hard to hear, but they’re the truth. Maybe because I’m such a know-it-all that I learn from those things.”
As part of the prize, the winner of the seventh season of the The Apprentice will win $250,000 for a non-profit organization. If Galán wins, she’ll donate to Count Me In, a foundation that provides funds for women in business.
The founder and owner of the Galán Entertainment company, the producer views the financial advancement of women as very important. “The biggest gift of my life has been being a businesswoman. I see women with kids who fight to get ahead, and I think it’s a great idea to start your own business from your house,” she explains.
The multifaceted woman is currently finalizing the details for her next project, the TV show The New You for NBC. “I decided that I wanted to create a program about Latinos and women…it’s a show about women’s health, well-being and beauty,” Galán says of her program, which will most likely air in the next few months.
During her more than 20-year career in business and producing – which includes the creation of the program The Swan, collaborating on the launch of various TV channels in Latin America (such Fox and Fox Sports), and the ALMA Awards production – Galán has found inspiration in former First Lady and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, whom she considers a tireless fighter who deserves to be the president of the United States. “I identify with her because I think that us women often fight really hard and still don’t get credit for what we deserve,” she explains. “In general, I admire women who can balance children and a career.”
Galán has a 7-year-old son named Lukas, who’s been “the biggest challenge of my life. Wanting to become someone important and have kids is a serious thing.” And even though she lives a life surrounded by glamour and entertainment stars, she prefers to go home every night to her house and be with her son. “He’s the person I want to spend time with more than anyone else.”