Originally from Bogotá, Colombia. Nia Lyte (Carolina Manrique) is a motivational speaker, peace advocate, television host and producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
As a public speaker, Lyte is a TEDx Talk Speaker and has spoken to thousands of global women leaders about women's empowerment and gender equality for numerous international NGOs as well as to hundreds of high school and undergrad students about cultivating global mindsets and pursing their dreams in different schools across the United States, Japan, Colombia and other countries.
At the Asia’s largest TEDx Kyoto in Japan, Nia has spoken about the importance of cultivating the global mindset before over 1,000 Japanese live audience. The recorded video of her talk was viewed by tens of thousands of people across the globe.
At the United Nations Headquarters in New York, she was invited by the Colombian Ambassador to the United Nations to speak for U.N. Women before selected women leaders from around the world in 2016. Additionally, she was also invited by one of the leading U.N. NGOs to provide a closing keynote speech at one of the big conference rooms inside the U.N. Headquarters in New York in 2018.
In 2012 and 2013, Lyte landed a national television host position for the world’s premier television show called Best of Art Basel Miami, aired by Comcast, Ovation TV and Xfinity TV in the United States.
As a businesswomen, Lyte is a founding President & COO of Shinca Group managing its global operations for over 15 years in the entertainment & media and international consulting. In the entertainment & media arm, Nia has been responsible of overseeing day-to-day operation of its subsidiary company Shinca Entertainment to develop and produce exciting contents for feature films, shows, video games, animations, comic books and digital stickers as well as an international consulting firm Shinca Enterprise with its clients that vary from a global fortune company 100 to a startup company in various industries from retail to tech, agriculture, developer, entertainment.
As a humanitarian, Lyte is a founding Co-Chair and President of Koyamada International Foundation (KIF), a United States-based international nonprofit organization, with its mission to improve quality of people’s life by empowering global youth and women to reach their full potential and by providing humanitarian aid to promote global peace and sustainable development. KIF has affiliated national chapter organizations in 7 countries.
Another one is a children's book that she wrote as a college student called “The Power of Creativity”, endorsed and published by the the State of Alabama's Board of Education and the City of Gadsden in Alabama. To promote her book, she has lectured to inspire American students at over 30 different elementary, junior and high schools and donated over 20,000 books in English and Spanish.
During her college year in Alabama, Nia has worked under a senior U.S. Congressman in Washington D.C. and Alabama as a paid-intern and got promoted as a Hispanic director for about a year. Nia attended at the Gadsden State Community College and Auburn University in Alabama and graduated with honors as an outstanding international student with a degree in marketing.
Additionally, Lyte was crowned “Miss Hispania”, an international beauty pageant held in Birmingham, Alabama. She landed a starring role in the independent feature film called “Under The Influence” and has appeared in many national television commercials in Alabama. She has also worked for FOX News as an instant Spanish translator, co-hosted a music show for UPN.
Prior to moving to the United States in 1997, Nia graduated from The English School, a Colombia’s top international British private school with International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and then attended the Politécnico Grancolombiano University in marketing and advertising in Bogotá, Colombia.
Nia has served on the board of several well-established nonprofit organizations such as Sister Cities International (SCI) Southern California, Women in Cable & Telecommunication (WICT) Southern California, Japan-America Society (JAS) Southern California as well as Sister Cities International's Special Representative for Women’s Leadership. Nia is married to Shin Koyamada, a leading actor from The Last Samurai.