Speaking & Media

Valuable life lessons on leadership, team-building, emotional intelligence, connecting-style communication and much more, delivered in a way that engages, entertains and educates.

The three value bombs I shared with JLD – John Lee Dumas – for EOFire


1) Most people perceive success as having a balanced life, freedom, financial stability, and a fulfilling family life.

2) A defined destination, discipline, and good habits will get you where you want to be.

3) Do not be afraid to lead. Lead with a heart for people and integrity. Pour out everything you built inside of you into creating something that adds value to everyone around you.


Maria’s goal as a speaker is to reach as many leaders as possible to share with them all the lessons she’s learned from over two decades of building and leading successful, high-performance  teams, while navigating challenging world of corporate.

Maria uses mainly a story-telling style that provides audiences with real life examples and situations and walks them through the problem-solving process, outcome, and lessons learned.

She truly engages audiences with her candor and openness about her views on leadership and team-building and as a certified coach, offers perspective that not only engages her audience, but leaves Tham with those priceless AHA! moments.

Signature Talks

Empathic Listening

Understanding the realm of emotions and how to deal with each, makes empathic listening so much easier, as it allows us to communicate with others in an empathic way, as empathy is first and foremost an emotional skill that develops through interactions. Let’s break down each one of the emotions and learn about the best course of action we can offer our speaker.

Fear of Failure and the Success Cycle

My game changer was learning how to approach failure with open arms. And right now you are probably thinking “what, she’s crazy!” but the truth is, there is no success without failure, Failure is part of the success cycle. In any endeavor we wish to embark on, the success cycle will be present. At the beginning we enter the success cycle, along with our brand new idea, opportunity, class, and soon after challenges will appear, we may be able to handle them or we may fail, regardless, we fine-tune our approach, and re-enter the cycle and the loop is ongoing, or else we stay stagnant, because learning new things and growing, involves certain degree of growing pains and struggle.

Entrepreneurship demands creativity, willingness to take risks, originality and therefore, tons of vulnerability. Is it scary? Heck yeah it’s terrifying, but creating something and making our vision a reality is a truly priceless experience.

Perfectionist in Recovery

Society paints perfectionism as the stoic attempt to make everything we do in the most perfect way, but perfectionism truly is the attempt to perfect our own imperfect self, creating unnecessary anxiety and stress and leaving us feeling like no matter what we do, we will always fall short.

Perfectionism can become a roadblock getting in our way of achieving greatness.

My whole life I’ve strived to reach the highest levels of excellence.

As a student, my grades drove my entire academic experience, to the point that going out and having fun with my classmates was not an option as an A- was not an option either.

Professionally, I work harder and longer than the rest of my colleagues, in a constant state of competition. And don’t get me wrong, my career flourished, and my grades were second to none but I paid a high price

Despite my accomplishments, nothing felt like it was good enough, as perfectionism claims our worth and pegs it to what we do and not to who we are.

Perfectionism tells us that we ought to be flawless, yet perfectionism is an illusion. 

the formal bio

Meet Maria


An accomplished Aviation Management Professional with over 26 years of experience working with and leading high performing teams in the areas of maintenance and manufacturing.

She received her undergraduate degree in. Business Administration with majors in International Business and Business Management from Florida International university (FIU) and her MBA in Aviation with a concentration in Finance from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical university (ERAU).

Maria is  a certified Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt (L6σBB) and is an expert in the process of obtaining continuous improvement through the Six Sigma methodology. She also holds a Project Management Professional PMP® License.

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the reviews

The ultimate guide to leadership
If you consider yourself a leader or aspire to become one — you must read this book. Maria somehow manages to combine her pure expertise (27 years leading teams in Aerospace Operations) with the empathy of a likeminded friend, speaking from the heart. By reading her book, you’ll receive a masterclass in leadership while also feeling the support of a trusted friend. Her approach is wildly different than your run-of-the-mill business book — and far more impactful and enjoyable to read.
- matt Rudd author & entrepreneur


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