Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz A. Garcia.
Liz, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a Transformational Coach & Leadership Trainer. Entry into this world started for me when I began playing water polo at age 12. I was around domestic violence, gang violence, and alcohol and drug abuse as a child and water polo ended up being the vehicle to help me channel emotions I didn’t quite know what to do with. I ended up playing for 15 years, and through college on scholarship at San Jose State Univ.
Many of the principals I use when discussing leadership today I learned as a teenager in the water. In my first two years of working after college a professor with whom I was working planted the graduate school seed and before I knew it I had my Masters in Education from Harvard. It’s funny to think that after college I was convinced I was done with school because I was done playing ball, but what a powerful gift it is to plant the seed of possibility for others.
Post-college I ended up working in educational non-profit for twelve years. It was important for me to give back to the communities that had raised me. Along with other work in the field, I spent seven years managing a region of after-school programming that served 9,000 children at 58 sites, with 600 staff. It was nuts! But what a blessing it was to have the experience that would teach me so much about people, and what makes us tick, what holds us back, and why we do the things we do. That position was the catalyst to me understanding that coaching people to live in their highest potential was what I was meant to do.
Today my company focuses on bringing all of these aspects together to build powerful leaders. My focus as both a Coach and Trainer is that people learn and honor who they truly are, what they want from life, and identify what it is they need to do to get it. I believe in having real and raw conversations that we are socialized to stay away from. I want to crack the eggs open so people can see that they are not the only high achievers with trauma to heal, the anxiety they don’t know how to manage, or insecurity about how they show up in their workspace or relationships. For some people, this is best done on an individual basis, and for others in a group setting.
Besides building Stay Limitless I sit on the Bell Gardens Intermediate Leadership Camp Committee, where we work to take a group of middle schoolers to Big Bear for a weekend every year and create leaders. I also, along with three other amazing women, took inspiration from the Me Too movement to launch Yo Tambien Healing Movement, to help the Latino community heal from sexual trauma.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I’ve had two significant experiences that have helped shape me. I was challenged greatly when I was at Harvard. The academics were of course challenging, but the Imposter Syndrome and insecurity I carried while there were daunting. It was a struggle for me mentally and emotionally, and I didn’t have people in my world who had had the experience of being in that type of environment, so I felt like I was going through it alone.
The second significant experience was having a miscarriage, going through a break-up, and trying to move forward with a business that was just about dead, and ending up living on my uncle’s couch. This experience turned my life as I knew it upside down. I could not have ever anticipated the impact these events would have on me.
Both of these moments were incredibly challenging, and yet today I am grateful for them. They were a decade apart, and as I look back I can see that each of these events occurred to help me peel away layers so that I can hit my next level of potential. Sometimes it’s easier to see the pain that events have caused us, but if we’re willing to look closely, there are always gifts in our most challenging moments.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Stay Limitless – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I teach people how to love themselves, be inspired leaders, and achieve things they once thought impossible. Via private coaching sessions, workshops, trainings and retreats, I help people get out of their own way and embrace who they are so they can live an inspired, fulfilled life. I specialize in working with Latina professionals (however, I have women and men as clients, Latinx and not).
I am known for being willing to have tough conversations, being willing to ask potentially uncomfortable questions that lead to growth, and for creating a safe space where people feel inspired to explore and dig into the past experiences they’ve previously avoided. In the coaching work, we tackle everything from career decisions, to relationships, to reframing and healing past experiences, to feeling stuck and unhappy, to high achievers in abusive relationships.
On the training side, I specialize in teaching non-profit middle managers and directors to show up as powerful, influential leaders who create cohesive and efficient teams.
Supervising others is a tough job, and I particularly enjoy working with those who manage others. On a separate arm of the business, I was recently on retainer for a multi-million dollar manufacturing business to train and coach their employees who were transitioning out after a major acquisition. Leadership comes in all forms and is needed in all different types of scenarios.
I am most inspired by all of the individuals with whom I am have worked who had never done any coaching before. It takes courage to ask for help, to share private challenges, and to be willing to look and think about things differently. And it takes commitment to “unlearn” behaviors and establish new ones. What a beautiful gift to be able to watch individuals go through that process.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My one-day “Luv Me Retreat” will become a two-day retreat of deep healing and growth. I look forward to doing more panel talks and Keynote talks, both locally and out of state.
And when the time is right, my book will be published, along with my contribution in the Yo Tambien book Cynthia Ruiz (also a VoyageLA influencer) is working on. It is a beautiful time in the Stay Limitless world with lots of growth, and I welcome all the adventures awaiting me.
- Coaching package – $1,200 for 7 hours (hours split up into different sessions)
- Website: www.staylimitless.com
- Phone: (323) 444-6549
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: staylimitless1
- Facebook: staylimitless1
Dee Monique Libertine, National Latina Business Women Association