Multicultural speaker and publisher marries award-winning literature on entrepreneurship, leadership and military service with corporate brand’s need to recruit and retain a diverse workforce
- Best-Selling Author
- Veterans Youth
Graciela’s diverse set of speaking expertise include presentations on:
- Writing & Publishing
Graciela (Grace) is a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran, educational publisher, bilingual STEM Consultant to K-12 school districts and a sought-after speaker on entrepreneurship, STEM leadership, innovation and the Latino educational crisis and solutions. She’s the author of 5-time award-winning Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them, the first book showcasing Latino-led innovation and entrepreneurship in the green economy. She authored the award winning Good Night Captain Mama/Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá, the first bilingual children’s picture book about military women, inspired by Graciela’s military aviation service. Graciela’s second book in the series “Captain’s Mama Surprise/ La Sorpresa de Capitan Mama” was recently published and is a wonderful sequel that blends military aviation, engineering, and career opportunities that inspire children to believe they can accomplish anything they set their minds to.
Graciela is the founder and CEO of multicultural marketing and educational publishing firm, Gracefully Global Group LLC, an SBA-certified woman-owned small business. Graciela was honored by The White House as a Woman Military Veteran Leader, Champion of Change in March 2014 for her social entrepreneurship.
Graciela completed the Aerospace Studies program as an Air Force ROTC scholarship cadet at the University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated with a degree from the School of Environmental Design & Architecture. While on active duty, she completed her master degree in international management at Whitworth University, a program that required dual language skills for admission.
After returning to civilian life, Graciela worked in marketing management roles utilizing her bilingual skills, in both the global telecommunications industry and the solar photovoltaic industry, before creating her own firm.
PERSONAL BRANDING FOR BUSINESS OWNERS
Highly interactive workshop – learn to draw from your expertise and experiences to communicate in a compelling, memorable and differentiated way to influence your intended audience.
PERSONAL BRANDING FOR MILITARY VETERANS
Highly interactive workshop – for active duty service members, students veterans at universities, veterans in corporate settings -learn to draw from your 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. Workshop can be 45 or 90 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.
Graciela is a Personal Branding content instructor with the Syracuse University V-WISE (Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship) program.
PERSONAL BRANDING FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
Highly interactive workshop – Similar to the workshop described above, but tailored to university and community college students. Workshop can be 45 or 90 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!
YOUTH AUTHOR WORKSHOPS
Graciela conducts writing and peer editing workshops and assembly services with an aviation and STEM focus for elementary, middle and high school students. These services encourage college-going actions, planning and the emulating of proven successful educational, work and entrepreneurship journeys. These presentations can be included in your district’s STEM programs to enrich the content and encourage active participation from students.
7 MILITARY LEADERSHIP LESSONS PROFESSIONAL WOMEN CAN USE DAILY
Nuggets of wisdom from Graciela’s active duty service, for use in professional settings, entrepreneurial ventures and motherhood.
Can be tailored to various audiences: for both genders in corporate settings or conferences or for university students.
NAVIGATING THE JOURNEY FROM COCKPIT TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Google Hangout hosted by VetNet, part of Syracuse University’s Institute for Military Veterans and Families. 45 minute that describes my post-military career track through various corporate roles and ultimately to establishing my multicultural publishing and marketing firm.
MODERN MILITARY WOMEN: HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Today’s military women are achieving tremendous heights. Women now wear the ranks of two, three and four-star generals in the Air Force, Army and Marines. Audiences will be treated to images and video of modern military women flying combat jets, refueling tankers and the first Thunderbird pilot who was born a woman, and so much more. This presentation is a tribute to the heights women are achieving now that combat exclusion has finally been officially lifted and women are serving everywhere.
THE UNLIKELY MILITARY AVIATOR
Presentation for adults and students alike features Graciela’s personal journey from oldest daughter of Mexican immigrants to scholarship AFROTC cadet at the #1 public university in America to military officer and aviator.
ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESSES IN THE GREEN ECONOMY
Role Models and Innovations from the Latino Community
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.