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Monica M. Rivera    


Monica M. Rivera (she/her) is an captivating speaker, a reformed self-doubter, and a data-driven marketer with a passion for creating authentic communities. As a first-generation Latina from the Bronx, New York, Monica's personal journey of overcoming adversity fuels her commitment to empowering people to master their mindsets and own their values.

With over two decades of experience at renowned companies like Citi, Deloitte, Verizon, and SAP, Rivera's resilience and resourcefulness have been instrumental in her success. Drawing from her own challenging experiences, she founded YOU WANNA DO WHAT?!, a coaching consultancy dedicated to helping business professionals becoming thought leaders.

Rivera's superpower lies in her ability to guide clients from feeling stuck to taking transformative action through mindset shifts, strategic thinking, and meaningful steps forward.

A sought-after speaker, Rivera has spoken at TEDx, The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Podcast Movement, and numerous national events for over a decade. Her thought-provoking TEDx Talk, "The Flipside of Loneliness", captivates audiences with its unique perspective. Recognized for her expertise, Rivera has been featured in notable publications including Nasdaq, The Morning Brew, Business Insider, O Magazine, NPR, Ladies Get Paid, Thrive, and more.

With warmth, authenticity, and a profound understanding of the human experience, Monica Rivera inspires individuals and organizations to embrace their true potential, fostering personal growth, empowerment, and success.

Speech Topics

THE POWER OF INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP: Simple Micro-strategies for Managers to Build Thriving Teams

Cracking the code of a thriving workplace isn’t just good for morale, it’s good for business. The culture of work has changed, and studies show that the leading driver of employee dissatisfaction isn’t salary (16th), it’s a toxic workplace. This includes failure to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, workers feeling disrespected, and unethical behavior. Toxic work cultures are the root of quiet quitting, the Great Resignation, and people devaluing workplace relationships. This 60-minute workshop will teach you the missing link to creating an inclusive workplace. You will walk away with doable, yet powerful micro-strategies for managers to cultivate belonging and foster deeper connections across teams.

Key Takeaways:

  • Identify the levers that drive change.
  • Breakout Reflection exercises focused on belonging and othering.
  • 3-step framework with micro-strategies managers can easily implement to build more cohesive teams.

Mastering Self-Belief for Empowered Leadership

In the corporate realm, self-doubt can act as a significant barrier to professional progress. This keynote, "Mastering Self-Belief for Empowered Leadership," delves into the challenges hindering individuals within corporations and offers practical solutions to foster confidence and personal empowerment.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand Your Unique Challenges:
  • Identify the specific hurdles hindering your self-belief. By understanding the root causes, participants can develop targeted strategies, tailored to their individual challenges, fostering a more resilient mindset.

  • Recognize Subtle Patterns in Your Behavior:

  • Self-doubt often manifests in subtle behaviors that can hinder personal growth. Participants learn to spot these patterns, enabling them to address self-doubt early on and create a workplace atmosphere conducive to confidence and collaboration.

  • Apply a Proven 3-Step Framework for Lasting Confidence:

  • Explore a practical 3-step framework designed for immediate implementation. By mastering these steps, attendees gain the skills needed to navigate self-doubt effectively, leading to increased self-confidence and a more fulfilling career journey.

This engaging presentation, enriched with real-life examples, equips participants with the tools to not only recognize their unique challenges but also to overcome them. By mastering the art of self-belief, individuals can transform their professional lives, becoming more confident, empowered leaders within their corporate environments.

CULTIVATING CURIOSITY: Techniques to Enhance Creativity and Problem-Solving Skills

In the heart of every breakthrough lies curiosity—a force that propels us beyond boundaries and transforms challenges into opportunities. Imagine if your organization could harness this potent fuel to drive innovation and solve even the most complex problems. This talk will demonstrate ways to infuse your teams with curiosity, spark their creativity, and instigate a culture of relentless innovation.

Key Takeaways:

  • Discover how cultivating curiosity can fuel innovation, drive employee engagement, and spark a culture of continuous learning
  • Explore methods for approaching challenges with a fresh perspective to encourage brainstorming.
  • Create a safe space for experimentation, where failures are valued as valuable learning experiences.

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