McGyver for the Marginalized

In a digitally disruptive world, it’s not just about the survival of the fittest, it’s about survival of the fastest. The World Economic Forum estimates that closing the gender gap with economic parity for women will take 202 years. For women, this massive gap represents loss of opportunity, not just loss of income. Monica believes that the most effective way to close the gender gap is to help more women gain momentum with adaptive strategies, leadership skills and access to resources. That’s why Monica is on a mission to unleash future-ready female leaders who will dominate in the digital age. If you are interested in having Monica speak at your event, please complete this form.

Monica’s Most Popular Media Topics

Paper Clips To Personal Power | How To Overcome Imposter Syndrome
Research indicates that 70-80% of highly successful people feel like frauds and experience intense feelings of unworthiness. People of every demographic suffer with these feelings. However, minorities and women are the hardest hit, affecting their ability to thrive professionally. In this keynote, Monica shares a framework to help diverse professionals turn their barriers into breakthroughs and rise up in their careers.

Queen of the Concrete Jungle | How To Turn Your Barriers Into Breakthroughs Whether you are just getting started or hungry to get ahead, simply working hard is no longer enough to advance your career. You must keep learning new skills and adapt to a rapidly changing workplace. In this keynote, Monica shares inspiring stories and cutting-edge strategies to help women professionals turn their barriers into breakthroughs.

Duct Tape Won’t Fix It | How To Deal With Micro-Aggressions
From toxic managers to toxic cultures, micro-aggressions are rampant in the workplace. Often described as death by a thousand paper cuts, micro-aggressions can slowly destroy self-worth, leading to missed opportunities and stalled careers. In this keynote, Monica shares case studies and actionable strategies to help women and diverse professionals navigate challenges in the workplace, and level up with confidence.

Speaking Engagements



SEPT 16, 2021 Adtalem Global Education: Navigating Change and the Imposter Phenomenon Keynote Speaker
SEPT 17, 2021 Church & Dwight Co., Inc.: Cultural Insights: Hispanic Heritage and Latino Culture Keynote Speaker
SEPT 29, 2021 The RealReal, Inc.: Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote Speaker
SEPT 30, 2021 CaaStle, Inc.: The Imposter: How Cultural Nuances Can Increase The Imposter Phenomenon Keynote Speaker
DEC 9, 2020 Effective Strategies for Launching a Diversity and Inclusion Program Virtual Panel
OCT 29, 2020 Latina Equal Pay Day 2020 hosted by Ladies Get Paid Virtual Panel
OCT 27, 2020 National Diversity Council – Racial Justice Institute, 2020 National Conference DEI Strategy Session
OCT 12, 2020 Communicate to Captivate Virtual
SEPT 29, 2020 NFP Virtual Seminar: Protecting the Employer and Employee Partnership Virtual Seminar
SEPT 16, 2020 Charles Schwab ERG Leader Summit: ERG Best Practices in the COVID Environment Virtual Seminar
SEPT 9, 2020 Texas Tech University Career Center – DEI Best Practices Virtual Seminar
NOV 5, 2019 A WBEC-Pacific Event – BOLD Success San Jose, CA
OCT 8, 2019 WBEC-Pacific Presents – The New Method Conference – Level Up Seattle, WA
SEPT 19, 2019 CCW Austin 2019 Conference Austin, TX
AUG 3-4, 2019 Beyond Barriers 2-Day Accelerator Dallas, TX
APR 5, 2019 Power of Heels Conference – Keynote Speaker Burleson, TX
JUNE 22, 2018 Digital Diversity Network: Leveraging Technology & Innovation Los Angeles, CA
JUNE 6, 2018 The Glow Effect: Give Growth Event – SF San Francisco, CA
MAY 17, 2018 BEVISIBLE: #BeWokeSF Conference San Francisco, CA
MAY 1, 2018 iRelaunch Return to Work Conference with Stanford Alumni Association Stanford University
FEB 8, 2018 The Glow Effect: Give Growth Event – LA Los Angeles, CA
NOV 3, 2017 Lean StartUp Week: 2017 Conference San Francisco, CA
NOV 4, 2016 Worthy Women 2016 Annual Conference: Opening Keynote Los Angeles, CA
AUG 19, 2014 ALPFA National Convention – Session Keynote Orlando, FL
AUG 11, 2013 ALPFA National Convention – Session Keynote Las Vegas, NV

Praise & Testimonials

“Monica is a fierce advocate for diversity who fuels debate on hot button issues that most leaders avoid. She is a dynamic speaker who moves the audience with her inspiring stories and actionable advice on success in life and business. She is innovative, creative and most of all an amazing role model for the next generation of female leaders.”

Saren Stiegel, The Glow Effect

“Monica sheds light on marginalized communities that remain hidden in the shadows and is fearless in fighting for equity and inclusion. She earns rave reviews for her bold speeches and memorable stories.”

Audrey Bellis, Worthy Women

“Monica is an inspirational leader. She’s a pioneer and an incredible influencer. She sees people for who they are, believes in them and brings out the best in them!”

Jenny Cringle, CPC
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