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The Leadership Lectures: Mariana Atencio

The Leadership Lectures feature world-class, accomplished and influential leaders with expertise ranging from business and philanthropy to public service and academic research. Through the Lectures, we hope to inspire thought-provoking dialogue within the community by providing access to the expertise, advice and best practices of some of the world’s foremost leadership minds. As such, the attendance to the lectures are free and open to the public. 


  • About the lecture

    Perfectly You: Reclaim Control of Your Life

    Have you recently asked yourself: “What do I want for MY life?”, not your family, not your friends, not your colleagues, but for you. Whether you're a recent graduate, a new mom, or a fifty-year-old trying to make a pivot, we all want to find our purpose and be happy... yet oftentimes feel like our future is being decided for us. 

    Coming off the success of her viral TEDx Talk and Amazon best-selling book, Perfectly You: Embracing the Power of Being Real, Peabody award-winning journalist, speaker, author, and entrepreneur Mariana Atencio will help you uncover the ingredients to your secret sauce to reclaim control of your life and carve your own path. Attendees will be given the tools to discover what makes them special and tap into the limitless power of their authenticity. 

  • Date
    Thursday, February 13, 2020


  • Mariana Atencio

    Mariana Atencio is a Peabody award-winning news personality, author and public speaker, included in AdWeek’s “Young Influentials”, as well as the co-founder of "Go Like", her multimedia production company. 

    She has covered domestic and international issues as an anchor and national correspondent on television for over a decade, from breaking news to special reports in English and Spanish. Mariana’s TEDx Talk on authenticity, “What Makes You Special?” has been viewed more than 11 million times and translated into 11 languages. Her first book, Perfectly You: Embracing the Power of Being Real, was an Amazon #1 Best Seller for Hispanic & Latino Biographies; its audio counterpart was also selected by Audible and Apple as a “Must Listen.” 

    As one of the few Latina storytellers currently on mainstream network news, she has become one of the most important voices in the Latinx community.

    Mariana came to the United States after losing the hope of becoming a journalist in her home country of Venezuela. Suddenly, as an immigrant and the new girl on television, she was faced with a choice: be what everybody else expected or find her own voice and purpose. She realized that re-defining herself beyond labels was the only way forward. She has reported from the trenches of the Venezuelan pro-democracy movement to the forefront of the immigration debate in the United States. 

    Her work has been honored with a Peabody, a Gracie, and an IRE award. She won Columbia University Journalism School’s First Decade Award, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists President's Award and was nominated for a National Emmy.

  • Read The Center’s interview
    Read The Center’s interview with Mariana Atencio.

The Leadership Lectures are presented with the generous support of Amerant Bank.


We would also like to thank our university partner, FIU Honors College for their support.

FIU Honors College

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