hibiscus speaker on Personal Branding, Women in Leadership, military service, green economy

I speak on a variety of topics to diverse audiences ranging from 6th grade students, to MBA classes, corporate professionals to association event attendees. You can see many clips of my prior KEYNOTE speaking engagements on YouTube

Below are the titles and detailed speaker sheets for just some of the popular topics I'm invited to present, in person and virtually.

Invite me to serve your community by calling (510) 542-9449 or use the contact form here. Please be ready to provide details on event date, expected audience type/number of attendees and your budget for speaker fees and/or sponsored books.  

Audience testimonials are here.  

7 Military Leadership Lessons Professional Women Can Use Daily

Keynote: "Wisdom of my Sisters" - 3 Key Takeaways From Women With Whom I Served"

To celebrate #International Women's Day at Las Positas College in Livermore, California, this was the Luncheon Keynote presentation I created for the annual event titled "HONORING WOMEN VETERANS." I shared the powerful voices of women who inspired and empowered me as I served on active duty, GIVING  audience members something to take home and use right away from each story. This topic is suitable for ALL events where the stories of women are being celebrated and showcased, all year long, wherever women gather. See video recap of event here and news story here.  #InternationalWomensDay #VeteransDay #MothersDay #HispanicHeritageMonth


AUTHENTIC Personal Branding for Military Veterans - Professional Development Training for Student Veterans, Military Spouses and Veterans in Career Transition...again

Highly interactive workshop & 3-module online course- for active duty service members, students veterans at universities, veterans in corporate settings -learn to draw from your life and service experiences to communicate in a compelling, memorable and differentiated way to influence your intended audience. Create powerful, written, story-like introductions for yourself to put into action immediately to convey your best,most valuable skills to the people you wish to persuade. In-person workshops are typically scheduled for 90 minutes, to allow time for 1:1 consultations with everyone in the room so that ALL attendees leave with powerful personal branding by workshop's end. Workshops delivered virtually can be between 45 to 60 minutes in length; each attendee schedules a 15-minute, 1:1 post-workshop coaching session with Graciela before attending the workshop. This private session ensures each attendee WILL complete their personal branding with Graciela's assistance, as would happen during the live workshop. 

Speaker sheet describing the live and virtual  workshop and online course is here. Graciela partnered with CalVet to bring this workforce development skill set content to veterans in seven California cities as seen HERE.  Get the self-study 3-module online course with coaching session HERE.

Personal Branding for College Students (or Entrepreneurs)

Highly-interactive workshop - Similar to the workshop described above, but tailored to college students (or to aspiring Entrepreneurs). See the slides used in the workshop here, then invite Graciela to speak on your campus in person or virtually. Workshop is 60 minutes with an additional block of time for 1:1 consultations and to access Graciela's professional networks with contacts you can call to set up informational interviews. Student feedback scores from a recent workshop with 250 students at Cal State University - East Bay were 28.5 points out of 30!

KEYNOTE: Managing Chaos to Achieve Results in a Dynamic Work Environment: Lessons from the High-Performance Military Flight Deck Your Teams Can Use Daily


Description: Do you ever wonder how military aircrews seem to continuously learn from their mistakes despite the chaotic workplace in which they operate? 

Whether working onboard a tanker airplane refueling fighter jets on transoceanic flights or in a tactical theater of combat operations, working in a global industry undergoing massive shrinkage during a recession, introducing a transnational startup expanding into new markets, birthing a one pound baby or starting and growing a small business, Graciela has experienced (and some would say) thrived on constant change and chaos on a global scale, in a variety of industries.

In this fast-paced, inspirational keynote address, Graciela will share five lessons she learned while flying for the U.S. Air Force that have direct applicability in 21st century workplaces where global forces create constant change and organizational leaders must prepare to manage teams through turbulent chaos. 


Globalization and Future Work


Entrepreneurial Successes in the Green Economy: Role Models and Innovations from the Latino Community

Grabbing Opportunity in the Green Economy - a variation on the topic above. See the video at the Latinnovating channel here.

Join the Women Leading the Green Economy - a variation on the topic above, featuring the 5 entrepreneurial women profiled in Latinnovating


The STEM of Aviation 

Designed for middle and high school students, this talk encourages young people to pursue STEM careers while sharing highlights from Graciela's military career as an Air Force officer, aviator, instructor navigator and leader in multicultural settings.