Latino Giant of the Week: Elizabeth A. Garcia

Education. That is what has been my passion and focus for the last ten years. Ensuring that I work to provide access, resources and opportunities to people to educate their worlds, empower their thoughts and actions, and act with a purpose. Today that education comes in the form of coaching Latina women to love and own who they are, live the life they want, and serve as brilliant, beautiful, powerful leaders. As I build my coaching, training and speaking business I am reminded daily of those qualities, habits and strategies that are needed to achieve your goals and dreams. I will share a few:

Do what you love. Not what you think you should be doing. Not what you think is the “right” thing to do. Not what others want. But what YOU want. Think openly and courageously about what makes you smile, what excites you, what inspires you to act. Sometimes that means going against the grain. Sometimes it means going in a different direction or starting over in your career.

Learn to get comfortable with those things uncomfortable. The best leaders will learn to get comfortable with silence, the unknown, fear, and doing that which stretches their comfort zone. I know from personal experience that this can be hard. I let fear lead me for so long, that I have to remind myself regularly that when we let go of the fear is really when we open ourselves up for opportunity. And I always hear people mention “that awkward silence.” How about we expect a comfortable silence instead, with thoughtful, meaningful responses? One of my favorite quotes is “the magic happens outside of your comfort zones.” Stretch yourselves and do those things that are new and different for you. These notions go against what many of us learn growing up. But when we can achieve these things, we indeed can make magic happen!

Be compassionate towards yourself and towards others. Great leaders will make great mistakes. Allow yourself the space to make mistakes. That is when the learning and the growing will happen. Create a plan for yourself for when things don’t go as planned: Assess what went wrong. Think about what you would do differently. Decide what you can do proactively next time to ensure you have a better outcome. Then decide how you will celebrate when you are successful the next time. Be compassionate in your interactions with others as well. I believe wholeheartedly that people are inherently good. However, too many folks don’t learn how to communicate positively and proactively. Many folks also don’t take the time to self-reflect and make conscious decisions about their actions. When you interact with someone in this category, do so with compassion and don’t let them ruin your day. Remember that everything in life is a choice – you can choose to react compassionately. You can also choose whose company you keep, and whether you will keep negative energy around you.

Friends, Live Big, Love Big, Laugh Big and Risk Big. This life is too short not too 😉

As a Success Coach, Elizabeth’s mission is to provide leadership development to powerful, rising Latina Leaders. Elizabeth takes a holistic approach to leadership development – she guides you through the exploration of the gifts and skills you can develop as a leader while capitalizing on those gifts and talents you already possess.  Elizabeth has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from San Jose State University, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University. In her professional experience Elizabeth has had the pleasure of overseeing the guidance and supervision of more than 1,000 leaders. You can find more about Elizabeth at or via FB at and on Twitter at: @mycoachliz




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