Mariana Atencio is a motivational speaker, Peabody award–winning journalist, author and influencer, included in AdWeek’s “Young Influentials”, as well as the co-founder of “Go Like”, a multimedia production company.

Mariana’s TEDx Talk “What Makes You Special?”, is one of the top 10 most watched on YouTube and translated into 13 languages. Her first book, Perfectly You, was an Amazon Best Seller and selected as an Audible Editor’s Pick and AppleBooks “Must Listen.”

As a former news anchor at Univision and national correspondent at NBC News, she has traveled the world to discover the essence of resilience and the key questions that define how to get what you want in life, in your own terms. Over the last decade, she has developed a proven formula to increase productivity, well-being and accountability.

Her first book, Perfectly You: Embracing the Power of Being Real, is a call to action to unlock the magic of both our personal an3d professional potential. Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Citi Private Bank, LinkedIn, UBS, Nasdaq and Spotify, among others, have hired Mariana to share this transformative message with their workforce.

In 2018, she co-founded Go Like, a production company that has secured successful deals with Wells Fargo, McDonalds, the U.S. Census Bureau and was named among Hello Magazine’s 100 most powerful Latina businesses.

Her story, unique takeaways and motivational skills have been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America and the United Nations “Girl Up” Summit and is currently a part of the award-winning HBO series “Habla Now” as one of the Latin leaders defining this decade in America.

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Speech Topics & Descriptions

How to Harness Resilience to Empower Your Team and Achieve Your Goals (VIRTUAL OPTION)

We have all been thrust into a transformation. Being nimble, adapting, reinventing ourselves have become crucial strategies to our survival. After studying resilience for over a decade as a journalist, Mariana developed a secret formula and turned it into premium sessions to teach how to overcome any challenge.

Using the Perfectly You Method, which she has already taken to Microsoft, Spotify, LinkedIn and even the United Nations, and the 5 W’s of investigative journalism, your attendees will learn practical tools and takeaways to reclaim their power, lessen the fear of uncertainty and become more productive & motivated.

Tool Box:

The Perfectly You Method  – Mariana asks attendees to write the top three pros and cons in any given situation they’re in, to recognize their strengths and shortcomings and prompts them to flip the cons into competitive advantages. This will be done using the “Perfectly You” cards. After this exercise, attendees will achieve more clarity on their individual value and potential.They will be encouraged to share it with others towards the end of the exercise. It is a very dynamic and fresh way to make attendees discover new things about themselves to apply in the workplace and in their personal lives.

Daily Rituals: from the power of prayer, to affirmations and power poses, Mariana will leave attendees with easy and effective tips to achieve a positive and permanent transformation.

The 5 W’s to understand life and overcome any obstacle. The most important questions in life require identifying the following factors:

  • Who?
  • What?
  • When?
  • Where?
  • Why?

As a journalist with a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Journalism School, Mariana has studied the 5 W’s of news and storytelling in depth, to create a system that helps attendees to understand and control the specifics of any situation.

The Impostor Syndrome Tests: Eight questions to help determine whether you suffer from the impostor syndrome, and how to beat it – with flashcard PDF for client distribution to attendees.

The Control Formula: Mariana will teach your attendees to take control of their roles/lives with her tested CONTROL Formula.

  • Clarity. Acknowledgement of what/who gives you control…. What/who takes control from you (bad habits, people, social media accounts).
  • Outlook. What is your vision for yourself? What factors do you give importance to? Internal, external?
  • Network. Are you surrounding yourself with people who are negative or positive? Cancel your subscription to other people’s drama and negativity.
  • Surround yourself with grateful, inspirational and proactive people.
  • Time. The most valuable resource we have. Use it wisely.
  • Ritual. Have a routine that allows you to be in control. We will talk about that more later on.
  • Order. Organize your closet, your ideas, prioritize: what do you want more than anything? What are you willing to sacrifice for that?
  • Love, love yourself, and the world. Be in tune with your body, your true feelings and what happens around you. Be grateful for everything you have and everything that you’ve gone through. Good or bad. It made you who you are today and that’s the person that will move forward, not the one that you fantasize about, or post about for others to see, but the real you.


  • Master the Perfectly You Method
  • Tap into the power of being real and increase happiness.
  • Discover the secret to your most productive self and reclaiming control of your life.
  • Implement daily rituals to create positive permanent habits.
  • Practice the investigative tool known as the 5 W’s to face and overcome any challenge.
  • Authenticity as a way to increase performance.

Mariana develops and crafts every speech to create transformational experiences for each client. Some examples of past events/speeches:

  • Tailor made virtual experiences for a Microsoft (2-day event); Nasdaq employee motivational keynote and Airbnb Q&A.
  • 10 city book tour implementing the Perfectly You Method around the world.
  • 3-day Global forum for Citi Private Bank’s top tier clients – Audience: High-level executives, multinational CEO’s, innovators and entrepreneurs.
  • 3 speech session for the LinkedIn annual conference – Audience: Audience of 5,000 attendees, LinkedIn Female executives and diversity teams. – Topic: Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

If you are interested in customized keynotes or multi-date series on the topics of Resilience, Women’s empowerment, Diversity, Productivity and Happiness.

What people are saying

“Mariana provided some wonderful lessons and insights into her journey and how each of us can celebrate and share what makes us different. It was a fantastic opportunity for our employees to be inspired and to learn more.”

Director, Global Executive & Employee Communications, Microsoft

“Mariana was powerful on stage, engaging, thought provoking and the perfect speaker for our flagship global annual conference held in Miami. She was such a pleasure to work with that she ended up interviewing and moderating two very critical panels for the agenda. Mariana’s experience and professionalism will make any company that chooses to work with her look great.”

Director, Marketing & Communications Head, Citi Private Bank

“It was a pleasure working with Mrs. Mariana Atencio and her Team during Bacardi’s Spirit Forward event. Not only was she highly engaged and accessible from the very beginning of the planning process, but flexible and open to ensure that her speech flowed well with the Summit’s overarching theme. She was inspirational, motivational and real, and we received wonderful feedback from the attendees. We would be happy to work with her again.”

Sr. Brand Manager, Bacardi USA, Inc.

“Mariana inspires the next generation of women to carve their own path and dare to be themselves.”

Eva Longoria Bastón, Actress, Philanthropist & Business Woman

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