Maria

Global Speaker, Author & Empowerment Coach

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

$ 1500/hr

  • Personal Development
  • Leadership
  • Inspirational Speakers
  • Women Empowerment
  • Education
  • Future
  • Performance
  • English

Maria is an Global Professional Speaker, Entrepreneur, YouTube Host, Careers Coach, Teacher, Author, Mentor and Storyteller who is always striving to empower individuals on both personal & professional platforms. She has contributed to the growth and success of individuals, adolescents, and teams over the past ten years. She continues to strive for her personal best in all elements of her career and her life. Her greatest strength is ‘moving things forward’ while demonstrating commitment to her own professional development, as well as the professional development of her team, her students, and her clients.

When she is not interviewing individuals for #STRONG, she is leading a Careers Coaching Program with high school students in the United Arab Emirates while also supporting individuals around the world with their own personal & professional development. Through her work with teenagers and adults, she is significantly impacting the capacity to influence and manage change within the community. She is passionate about securing the best outcomes for the individuals in her care and she is determined to energize and empower the individuals that she works with.

Maria is not only experienced in her field of coaching and one of the pioneers in her industry, she is also very passionate about the work that she does. Her enthusiasm and keen drive to inspire shows in the time that clients spend with her. Maria is always ready to develop and design Personal & Professional Coaching programs that are bespoke for the individual and/or team.

After losing her 21-year old daughter in 2019, Maria decided to channel her grief and sadness into helping others. She is the owner and founder of the social project called #STRONG. The vision for this project is to create a global community of strong role-models for the youth.
She wants everyday people to become the superheroes for our youth. Realising that communication is the key between an elder and the youth, Maria created the YouTube channel #STRONG. She brings together everyday people who want to share their life stories and life experiences so that they can support and motivate a viewer who may be experiencing similar challenges in life. Moving on from the weekly episodes of #STRONG, Maria has now begun the Instagram movement #STRONGONTHEROAD which allows the global community of all ages to share their top tips for confidence. It is Maria's vision that she will share the tips and stories of 5000 women around the globe by the end of 2020.

It is not uncommon for Maria to want to offer the youth a platform for their voices to be heard. 2012 saw the only youth empowerment program in Middle East called ' Teens Talk Middle East (TTME)' . Maria brought teenagers from across the United Arab Emirates together and supported them with mentoring, internships and a YouTube Channel that hosted teens who would offer their viewers tips and strategies for common teenage issues. TTME was the platform that gave our youth not only work experience and professional skills but also the opportunity to co-create experiences for their peers around the United Arab Emirates that are were not available to them in their academic surroundings at that time in the region.

Presently, when Maria is not hosting #STRONG, or interviewing men and women for her YouTube channel, she is Careers Coaching & Mentoring students at Dubai English Speaking College as the founder and leader of DESCareers; the only college in the region that offers a bespoke employability discovery programme to the youth from 12 years to 19 years of age. She helps the youth begin to discover their career ambitions and better understand what they want to be doing when they graduate from their high-school academic journey. She has created opportunities for professionals to meet and share their wisdom with the students, she has created the first ever DESCpowerment Day where over 115 professionals came under the DESC roof to create workshops, activities and give professional mentoring tips to the students. She is most excited about the new program for work experience that is launching in June for the DESC Year 12 students. Connecting the world of work and the academic world is exactly the big vision for education that drives Maria to keep excelling in her work with the youth.

Continuing on her strive to empower teenagers, Maria's first published book 'Empowerment for Teens' is available on Amazon and in Barns & Noble bookstores across the globe. With her second book 'Strong - a Mother's Journey' in the making, Maria is ready to support people both young and young at heart. Not only does Maria have the knowledge, the skills and the training, she is genuine, authentic and deeply passionate about her work and her life journey as an platform to support others.

Personal Details

Maria

Female

Canada

28/06/1973

$ 1500/hr

Experience Details

Work Experience 1

Executive Coach & Entrepreneur

Career Education

2008

2020

Launching her first self-employed journey, Maria decided to take her Coaching, Mentoring & Educator skills and merge them into a bespoke programme for both executives and the youth. With 1-1 coaching, mentoring and team, couple and family coaching, Maria was able to support individuals, couple and teams how to thrive in their personal and professional relationships. As a qualified and certified in both Organisational Coaching & Mentoring AND Organisational Systems Coaching, she has helped individuals as young as 6 years old and CEOs of some of the most prestigious organisations in both the private and public sector in the UAE.


Work Experience 2

#STRONG

YouTube Channel

2019

2020

She is the owner and founder of the social project called #STRONG. The vision for this project is to create a global community of strong role-models for the youth.
She wants everyday people to become the super-heroes of our youth. Deciding that communication was key between an elder and the youth, Maria created the YouTube channel #STRONG. She brings together everyday people who want to share their life stories and life experiences so that they can support and motivate a viewer who may be experiencing similar challenges in life. Moving on from the weekly episodes of #STRONG, Maria has now begun the Instagram movement #STRONGONTHEROAD which allows the global community of all ages to share their top tips for confidence. It is Maria's vision that she will share the tips and stories of 5000 women around the globe by the end of 2020.


Work Experience 3

Empowerment for Teens - A Guide to Helping Young Adults Prepare for Their Future

Youth Empowerment - Author

2018

2020

Author


Work Experience 4

Careers Coach & Founder, Leader of DESCareers at Dubai English Speaking College

Youth Empowerment

2015

2020

Careers Coaching & Mentoring students at Dubai English Speaking College as the founder and leader of DESCareers; the only college in the region that offers a bestoke employability discovery programme to the youth from 12 years to 19 years of age. She helps the youth begin to discover their career ambitions and better understand what they want to be doing when they graduate from their highschool academic journey. She has created opportunities for professionals to meet and share their wisdom with the students, she has created the first ever DESCpowerment Day where over 115 professionals came under the DESC roof to create workshops, activities and give professional mentoring tips to the students. She is most excited about the new program for work experience that is launching in June for the DESC Year 12 students. Connecting the world of work and the academic world is exactly the big vision for education that drives Maria to keep excelling in her work with the youth.


Work Experience 5

Teacher

Education

1996

2016

Various roles as a primary & secondary teacher with children as young as 4 years old to 19 years old in both Canada and in the United Arab Emirates.

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