Mariana Atencio is a Peabody award-winning journalist, speaker, and author who has traveled around the world to help us discover and celebrate what makes each of us unique. As the only Latina national correspondent on NBC News, she’s become a champion for diversity, inclusion and authentic storytelling both on and off screen. Mariana’s TEDx Talk – What makes you special? – is one of the most viewed TEDx Talks online with more than 10 million views translated into 10 languages thus far.

After fleeing violence and oppression in her native Venezuela, Mariana came to the United States as an immigrant on a scholarship to study journalism at Columbia University. Since then, she’s honored her immigrant roots by seeking to build bridges of understanding among people from all walks of life.

For a decade, Mariana worked as a TV anchor/reporter on national networks like NBC and Univision covering some of the most important stories of our time in both Spanish and English. Her work has been honored with a Peabody, multiple Emmy Nominations, a Gracie Award, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Presidential Award and Columbia University’s First Decade Award.

Mariana has been named a “breaking news sensation”, top 15 young Latinas in American newsrooms and 40 under 40 Latinos in American Politics and Adweek’s 2019 Young Influentials. She’s interviewed people like Pope Francis, Deepak Chopra, Joe Biden, Tyler Perry and Eva Longoria.

Pursuing her mission for more diverse storytelling, in 2018, she co-founded GoLike, a multimedia production company dedicated to creating inspirational content.

In 2019, Harper Collins published Mariana’s first book Perfectly You: Embracing the Power of Being Real, in English and Spanish. Part self-help and part autobiography, it’s a roadmap into what makes each of us special and the ways in which we can become a force for good in a broken world. On the week of its release her book was #1 on Amazon’s Best Seller list for Hispanic & Latino Biographies and Christian Social Issues; and was listed on Apple Books June “must listens” list and Audible’s editors pick.

These days, Mariana continues to create viral content to inspire her community of almost 400,000 on Instagram, Facebook and twitter. She’s partnered with Spotify, Microsoft, Bacardi, LinkedIn and the American Library Association. Mariana recently hosted the Citi Private Bank annual event and keynoted the United Nation’s “Girl Up” Leadership Summit, inspiring everyday people to find their spark. Her mission is to travel around the world taking her message of inclusiveness and celebrating what makes everyone special.

Mariana, The Speaker:

Mariana has established herself as the next generation top motivational speaker, a trailblazer with a fresh, global perspective on how to get what you want in life through resilience, innovation, authenticity and a proven formula to increase productivity, well-being and success in your own terms. She spent the last decade studying the key questions on what it means to achieve balance, happiness and true D&I in the 21st century.

She develops and crafts every keynote to create a transformational experience for each client, whether it’s virtually or live. Her services include one-on-one coaching, consulting, Master of Ceremonies, and bootcamp style sessions.

Some of the world’s leading companies and institutions have hired Mariana to share her transformative message with their workforce, such as: Deloitte, YouTube, Pepsico, P&G, Nasdaq, Airbnb, UBS, Spotify, Citi Private Bank, LinkedIn, the World Health Organization and The United Nations.

As our world has changed, in 2021 Mariana launched a digital series with Microsoft interviewing though leaders from business, technology, entertainment and sports to explore today’s critical business and technology topics and help a diverse worldwide audience make everyday decisions.





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
The next-gen voice - breaking all barriers.
– Jorge Ramos - Award-Winning Journalist


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