Mariana Atencio took the world by storm in 2017 when her TEDx talk “What Makes You Special?” went viral. To date, it has over 17 million views and has been translated into 13 languages, making it one of the top 10 most watched on YouTube. 

As a result, the young bilingual journalist was approached by publishers to write about her experiences as an immigrant who escaped an oppressive regime in her native Venezuela to become the only Latina correspondent at the time on MSNBC in less than a decade. 

Her book Perfectly You was an Amazon Best Seller and selected by Audible and AppleBooks. 

Mariana then co-founded “GoLike”, a media company specialized in motivational storytelling for all platforms, named among the 100 most powerful Latina businesses in the U.S. 

She quickly became one of the most sought-after virtual speakers and secured global events, keynotes and partnerships with Microsoft, the World Health Organization and the United Nations among others.

Mariana is featured in the award-winning HBO series HBO series “Habla Now” as one of the leaders defining the Latin Experience in the U.S. Her work has been honored with a Peabody, a Columbia University’s “First Decade Award” and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Presidential Award. 

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Speech Topics & Descriptions

Harness Resilience and Take Control to Engage, Lead & Succeed (VIRTUAL OPTION)

We are all dealing with uncertainty. Being nimble, adapting and reinventing ourselves have become crucial strategies for survival. After studying resilience for over a decade as a journalist, Mariana developed a winning formula and turned it into a proven structure to overcome any challenge.

Using “The Control Framework”, which she has already taken to Microsoft, UBS, Columbia University and the Kellogg School of Management, your attendees will learn ‘action items’ to reclaim their power, lessen the fear of failure and become more productive & motivated.

Develop True Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging (VIRTUAL OPTION)

Being the only Latina in many corporate rooms, Mariana realized what was needed to create a more diverse and inclusive culture in those environments. She combined her insights with scientific research to design a thoughtful way to promote mentorship, empathy, allyship and intersectionality at any workplace. The results have been impressive, prompting companies like Microsoft, LinkedIn and Clorox to bring her onboard to lead multiple diversity trainings.

Tool Box:

The Control Framework:

  • Clarity. Acknowledgement of what/who gives you control. What/who takes control from you (bad habits, people, social media accounts).
  • Outlook. What is your vision for yourself? What factors do you give importance to? Internal or external?
  • Network. Are you surrounding yourself with people who are negative or positive? Cancel your subscription to other people’s drama and negativity.
  • Time. The most valuable non-renewable resource we have. Use it wisely.
  • Ritual. A routine and steady habits that allow you to be in control.
  • Order. The power of organizing your space and your priorities: what do you want more than anything? What are you willing to sacrifice for that?
  • Love. How to love yourself, and your journey. Develop gratitude. Be in tune with your body, your true feelings and what happens around you.

The Perfectly You Method – Mariana prompts attendees to discover and recognize their strengths and challenges and guides them to flip the ‘cons’ into competitive advantages. This is done using the “Perfectly You” cards. After this exercise, employees will gain more clarity on their individual value and potential. They will be encouraged to share it with others towards the end of the exercise. It is a dynamic and fresh way to make the audience discover new things about themselves to apply in their professional and personal lives.

Daily Rituals: from the strength of affirmations to power poses, Mariana will leave viewers with easy and effective tips to achieve a positive and permanent transformation.

The Impostor Syndrome Test: Eight questions to help determine whether you suffer from the impostor syndrome, and how to beat it.

Audience Takeaways:

  • Master the C.O.N.T.R.O.L. framework: the secret to your most productive self, to reclaim control of your life.
  • Develop allyship and mentorship.
  • Use the “Perfectly You Method” to tap into the power of being real and increase happiness.
  • Implement daily rituals to create positive, permanent habits.
  • Authenticity as a way to improve belonging and performance.

Mariana develops and crafts every speech to create transformational experiences for each client. Some examples of past events/speeches:

  • Bespoke virtual experiences for Microsoft (2-day events, booked over 4 times in the last 12 months); Nasdaq motivational keynote, UBS recruitment program and Airbnb Q&A.
  • 10-city book tour implementing the Perfectly You Method around the world.
  • 3-day global forum for Citi Private Bank’s top tier clients – Audience: High-level executives, multinational CEO’s, innovators and entrepreneurs.
  • 3-speech session for the LinkedIn annual conference – Audience: Audience of 5,000 attendees, LinkedIn Female executives and diversity teams. – Topic: Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.

If you are interested in customized keynotes, bootcamps or multi-date series on the topics of Resilience, Diversity & inclusion, Productivity, Happiness and Women’s empowerment, Mariana and her GoLike team will motivate, engage and empower your community.

What people are saying

“Mariana provided some wonderful lessons and insights into her journey and how each of us can celebrate and share what makes us different. It was a fantastic opportunity for our employees to be inspired and to learn more.”

Director, Global Executive & Employee Communications, Microsoft

“Mariana was powerful on stage, engaging, thought provoking and the perfect speaker for our flagship global annual conference held in Miami. She was such a pleasure to work with that she ended up interviewing and moderating two very critical panels for the agenda. Mariana’s experience and professionalism will make any company that chooses to work with her look great.”

Director, Marketing & Communications Head, Citi Private Bank

“It was a pleasure working with Mrs. Mariana Atencio and her Team during Bacardi’s Spirit Forward event. Not only was she highly engaged and accessible from the very beginning of the planning process, but flexible and open to ensure that her speech flowed well with the Summit’s overarching theme. She was inspirational, motivational and real, and we received wonderful feedback from the attendees. We would be happy to work with her again.”

Sr. Brand Manager, Bacardi USA, Inc.

“Mariana inspires the next generation of women to carve their own path and dare to be themselves.”

Eva Longoria Bastón, Actress, Philanthropist & Business Woman

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