From South America to America
Annette’s father, Anthony, was an American World War II and Korean War fighter pilot. He met her mother, Elizabeth, when he was asked to establish the first helicopter school in South America. As a child in Colombia, Annette grew up volunteering and helping others in her community. They ultimately fled an unstable Colombia when Annette was 18, and moved to Miami to build a better life for their family.
Putting Herself Through College
Annette learned English, persevered to improve her language skills, earned herself admission to college, paid for school through Pell grants and waiting tables and ultimately graduated from the University of North Alabama in 1992 with a degree in commercial Spanish and a minor in business administration.
Building a Business and a Family
After helping her parents re-build in the wake of Hurricane Andrew, Annette set out to build her own business, providing translation services. Today, LanguageSpeak provides translations in more than 240 languages and has been named one of the top 100 small businesses in Florida and one of the top 500 small businesses in the United States. As she built her company, Annette worked hard, pressed on through setbacks, and never gave up. She became the proud wife of Dr. Eric Goldstein and the proudest mom of their 8-year-old daughter, Sofia.
Annette for Congress
Annette Taddeo is a small business owner, a working mom and a community leader who has lived the American Dream, and believes everyone deserves a fair shot at success. But Annette worries that the very American Dream that helped her graduate from college and start her own small business is not accessible to all today. Washington isn’t working to help South Floridians succeed. Annette will fight for good paying jobs, equal pay, affordable childcare, paid sick days, college affordability, K-12 education and tools to help more small businesses succeed.