The Power of Being Perfectly You

Live confidently, thrive amid change, and achieve the success you deserve.

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Keynote Speech: The Power of Being Perfectly You

It’s a fact: People are at their best – at work and in life – when they feel like they can be themselves. They’re more confident in the face of change and uncertainty, more engaged and resilient, and have a greater sense of purpose and well-being. But fear can sometimes keep us from being real. In this presentation, Mariana Atencio brings her energy, humor, and skillful storytelling to inspire people to embrace their authenticity and unleash the power that comes with being themselves. Being “Perfectly You” builds trust and connection – it attracts people like a magnet because authenticity stands out in a world of algorithms and A.I. content. Mariana’s unique personal story and infectious optimism energizes people with the courage to fully engage, adapt to constant change, and reach new levels of fulfillment at work and in life.

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Sample takeaways:

  • Unlock the secret of being our real selves, especially at work.
  • How to discover and harness the traits that make you “Perfectly You.”
  • Navigate change confidently. Increase your personal fulfillment and sense of purpose.
  • Why being vulnerable and leading with empathy inspires others, builds trust, and creates more meaningful relationships.
  • 5 steps authentic leaders use to cultivate transformation and innovation and enhance resilience in the face of change.
  • Help leaders create a culture of authenticity that spurs engagement, connection, collaboration, and performance.
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Communicating Confidently—Cut Through The Noise and Get Heard (Breakout or Separate Keynote)

For everyone in business, delivering a message efficiently – internally and in different media – has gotten infinitely more complex in the age of AI. This interactive presentation will help attendees sharpen their communication skills. Mariana equips leaders – from entry level to the C-Suite – with practical tools and tested principles to speak confidently, authentically, and effectively, whether it’s for client meetings, internal communications, Zoom, an important presentation, a traditional media interview, a digital clip and/or a conference stage. Mariana will share tips that took her more than a decade of television and social media experience to learn, working at two of the world’s biggest news networks, in Spanish and English.

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Sample takeaways:

  • Learn to distill your main message so it resonates across all platforms.
  • Practical tips and pro tricks for in-person and virtual presentations.
  • Master the power of persuasion in an era of fleeting attention spans.
  • Better storytelling to create connection and leave a lasting impact.
  • Establish credibility and build trust in an era of misinformation.
  • How to navigate real-time interview scenarios with confidence.
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“Top 10 TEDx Talks seen around the world”

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Mariana’s experience as a news anchor and national correspondent, coupled with her talent for storytelling, makes her the ideal host and moderator for corporate events, fundraisers, and galas. She is equally able to MC, conduct interviews and provide takeaways. Mariana leverages her journalistic experience to facilitate insightful and well-informed discussions, entertaining the audience and providing balanced perspectives. She has become a household name hosting at top companies and institutions around the world, like JP Morgan, Citi Private Bank, Pepsico, the U.S. Congress, among others.

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Best Selling Book

Mariana’s book “Perfectly You: Embracing the Power of Being Real” is a call to action to unlock the magic of both our personal and professional authenticity. She also wrote the Spanish version titled: “Perfectamente Tú: El Poder de lo Auténtico”. The memoir was announced exclusively on Refinery29 and became an instant Amazon Best Seller. Mariana was invited to present the book at The New York Times, Book Expo America and the American Library Association.

Its audio version, which she recorded in both English and Spanish, was selected by AppleBooks as a “must listen” and Audible’s Editor Picks. The Today Show did a profile on the book’s success  at the United Nations’ Girl Up Summit, and Forbes called it a book to “challenge you to live your full potential”. People Magazine wrote “Mariana tells her readers not to get discouraged and to keep pursuing their dreams— without forgetting who they are in the process.” The “Perfectly You” book tour included sold-out stops in Miami, New York, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles, Seattle and Barcelona, Spain.

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About Mariana

Mariana Atencio is a Peabody award-winning journalist, a former anchor and reporter for NBC and Univision, who has appeared on the Today Show, The Talk and HBO.

Her best-selling book “Perfectly You” was selected by Audible and AppleBooks. And her TEDx talk on authenticity, titled “What makes YOU special?”, has gone viral. To date, it has over 22 million views and has been translated into 13 languages.

Mariana has quickly become one of the most sought-after keynote speakers, founding her own media company, GoLike, and sharing her message at Microsoft, JP Morgan, LinkedIn, Pepsico, Spotify, and the United Nations, among others.

If you are into true crime, her latest project is an investigative podcast about two women who go missing on a trail. It’s called “Lost in Panama” and it was among Apple’s top 10 podcasts on its week of release.

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“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.”

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.”

Marketing & Communications Head, Citi Private Bank


“I am thrilled to share my highest praise for Mariana, who hosted our company's Convention. Mariana's performance as the event's host exceeded all expectations, and her contributions were invaluable. Throughout the event, Mariana showcased her exceptional talent for engaging and captivating our audience. Her energy and enthusiasm were boundless, creating an electric atmosphere that resonated with everyone in attendance. Most importantly, she was able to think on her feet, listen, and absorb the right takeaways to weave one keynote with the next, creating the perfect throughline for our summit.”



“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.”

Bacardi USA, Inc.

Sr. Brand Manager

“Absolutely blown away by Mariana’s captivating energy and unparalleled ability to engage the audience. Her speech not only hit the mark but soared beyond expectations, leaving everyone inspired and eager for more! She is a force to be reckoned with.”

Ford Motor Company


“Mariana is an energetic and full-of-life keynote speaker. With her extensive experience in journalism and public speaking, she brings a captivating and informative perspective to a wide range of subjects that are relevant in today's society and business world. Her delivery is heartfelt, ensuring there is never a dull moment during her presentations. It's clear that Mariana is a speaking powerhouse with a bright future ahead of her. My advice would be to book her while you can, as her popularity is only going to increase. We are certainly looking forward to booking her again in the future.”

CRH Mosaic ERG

Production Coordinator

“Mariana's authentic, relatable, engaging style enabled her to immediately connect with our audience. Through a series of stories, she shared uplifting, relevant, and empowering learnings that all of us can embrace as leaders.”

Google Cloud Consulting


“Not many speakers can connect and engage with an audience like Mariana Atencio can. Her keynote, 'The Power of Authenticity' impacted our members on a very personal level and left them feeling empowered! Ms. Atencio's message set the tone for the rest of the conference and left our attendees wanting more. For example, during our closing celebration two of our volunteer leaders referenced their 'What makes you perfectly you?' cards during their onstage remarks. Book Mariana - it will be the smartest decision you make for your conference or event.”

Florida Apartment Association

Executive Vice President

“Mariana's keynote was a profound journey into the essence of authenticity. One of the most powerful takeaways from Mariana's talk was the idea that our differences are our strengths and they can help us shine in every aspect of our lives. Thank you, Mariana, for your inspiring vulnerability and for guiding each of us to better embrace our roots. Your words have resonated deeply with our colleagues, sparking conversations about authenticity, identity and cultural heritage.”

Wealth Planning Analytics, Edelman Financial Engines