Acclaimed journalist Mariana Atencio presents the keynote speech at East Texas Leadership Summit 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 20. Leadership Summit is the third annual conference of Hispanic Professionals Alliance of Tyler, held at Rogers Nursing & Health Science Center at Tyler Junior College.

Atencio is an award-winning journalist, news personality, author, and public speaker who champions diversity, inclusion, and authenticity in storytelling.

A co-founder of Go Like, Atencio has traveled the world to discover what makes people unique and interesting. She is perhaps best known for her TEDx Talk, “What Makes You Special?” which has 10 million views, with translations in 10 languages.

As keynote speaker at the United Nations “Girl Up” Leadership Summit, Atencio inspired people worldwide to become leaders in their communities. She recently gained US citizenship.

“In a time when our nation seems more divided than ever, I hope to inspire the next generation of leaders to lead with authenticity, heart, and pride in our community and values,” Atencio said.

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