My Bio

Don’t you feel sometimes that your life has so many facets that you cannot summarize in a short bio? I do.

I believe in luck and also in hard work. For me, luck is something that happens when you are determined and living in the moment, paying attention to things that surround you, and taking chances and leaps of faith when it’s needed. 

All my life I have made decisions that took me to good places, where I would meet the right people and ask the right questions. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t had bad times, it means that if I am present and authentic, my work will speak for itself. Sometimes I don’t feel like doing something, but I have learned to truly assess how important it is that I do it, delegating it when it’s not, and if I have to, just putting a deadline to make it happen.  As Pablo Picasso says: Inspiration does exist, but it has to find you working.

I have always been a very determined person, with a strong personality and a difficult temper. Like many teenagers, I went through a very long phase of being unhappy and making others’ lives difficult. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life and really wondered if it was worth living it. My grandfather gave me advice and helped me to find a career that I wouldn’t hate (I wanted to be an archaeologist but the only university that offered that was in Mexico City and my family lived in the north of Mexico). We ended up choosing a program in Human Relations that had anthropology and sociology courses. I should say I wasn’t particularly happy about that program, but I didn’t have any better option, so I applied myself to it, knowing that something good would turn out, out of that.

Back in 1995, my Organizational Development teacher asked us to create a Career and Life Plan. It gave me some clarity and I got an internship with him in a Food Laboratory plant, where he was the Organizational Development Manager. When my internship was coming to an end, I knew that I had to find a job to pay my tuition fees and my student loan. Accepting another internship (although I didn’t require it anymore for school credits purposes) took me to a 12-year-long career in one of the largest and most important companies in Mexico, in different areas of HR: compensations, organizational effectiveness, organizational development, and change management. All of this is in parallel with facilitating a spiritual community.

Then in 2000, I got married to an amazing guy, a graphic designer, healer, and change practitioner, and our daughter was born a year after that. I attended an Organizational Development conference and I was introduced to the founders of The World Café community (Juanita Brown and David Isaacs),  a community that promotes conversations about questions that matter.  I fell in love with the methodology and the potential for rich and powerful conversations. At the same time, I started to re-discover my roots. I was raised with traditional beliefs that soon started to incorporate the Mexican Healing Art, curanderismo. I was invited to learn herbology and other folk healing techniques.

Then, major changes came to our lives in a span of a year.  The violence of the drug war took unbearable proportions and we decided that it was time to leave Mexico. The organization where I worked had a major lay-off (I was involved in the process, but my position disappeared, as well), I joined another large organization (Panasonic) and I traveled to San Francisco for a Global Stewardship Dialogue with the World Café Community. This was the first time for me to see the combination of spiritual practices with large group facilitation.  I met many practitioners from all over the world (mostly consultants, facilitators, and community organizers) and one of them guided me toward the field of Process Consultation.  At the time, it seemed like a remote possibility, as the best place where they offered the program was in California.

A couple of months later, our immigration process concluded and we received permanent resident visas for Canada. My husband and I chose Montreal as our new location,  as we had been there on vacation a couple of years before. This was the beginning of a very difficult transition.  Every apartment that we found rejected us because we were not even in Canada yet.  One day, I was talking to my colleagues at lunch and mentioned that I was very disappointed because the moving date was approaching and we couldn’t find an apartment. A friendly colleague offered to contact his sister who lived close to Montreal and ask for her help. And she graciously opened her house to us. And that’s how I confirmed again that being present and authentic will open a lot of doors.

We sold our possessions and gave away what didn’t fit in the 9 bags of luggage we brought with us. The most difficult part was saying goodbye to our friends, families, and pets, as we didn’t have a place of our own. But again, a determination is an important piece of magic. I got my first job within the next month of my arrival.   Some years before our arrival, I had created an online forum for immigrants and asked for help there. Someone told me they were looking for Customer Service agents at Monster, the job board, as they were opening their services in Latin America and I had the right combination of skills: HR background, recruitment experience, Spanish, functional English, and some French. I have never had a Customer Service job before, but I knew I had to start somewhere. My job was interesting but I knew I needed something else. I started facilitating women’s groups again, now following the teachings of Jean Shinoda Bolen.  Then, one of my circle of friends asked me to coach her for a career change, as I had coached executives in the past. I took up the challenge and I have been doing it since 2008.

A client turned into two, and then more people were looking for my support, as they, like me, arrived in a new country and needed to reorient their careers, or reinvent themselves.  My next experience is what inspired me to help other people to design their lives with intention: I was promoted to manage the Customer Service and Learning and Development department, and I had to deal with another set of challenges: a role that was not exactly in my background, dealing with difficult people in my team and in the company, balancing a new career with the issues that come with immigration, and the fact that I was also studying a masters’ degree in Human Systems Intervention. Working through all these issues gave me a different understanding of myself and helped me to learn a new skill: applying Design Thinking to personal change. 

When I finished my master’s degree, I knew I had to leave Monster. My energy was depleted often and I felt I was in the wrong job. I wanted to go back to Organizational Development or Learning and Development, and not a month after I formulated that thought in my mind, I was laid off. I was not ready for that change, but as with many other challenges in life, I just needed to deal with it. I spent 2 years reinventing myself, the first part of it, actually re-learning who I was. My consulting and my coaching practice are what kept me afloat.  I went to several interviews for roles related to OD, Learning and Development, and Change Management as I had experience in those fields, but I had to deal with the challenges of French being my fourth language in a province where the first priority is around that language. I was not willing to go back to an entry-level job, with almost 20 years of experience and a master’s degree in the field. But most importantly, I felt I was called to do something I truly enjoyed.

While I was looking for a job, I started an aromatherapy company, which has been one of my passions, and then, my husband and I started a consulting company; we got clients who needed support in Social Media, Learning, and Change. As putting my language skills before my talent and career experience wasn’t going to work for me, I realized it was time to make another change. I used the design thinking skills I learned from my husband, and decided to re-orient my career again. With renewed clarity and hope, I found the perfect job in Toronto, working as a coach and consultant in one of the largest universities in Canada, while trying to change the world, one project at a time.

WORKSHOPS AND CONSULTING PROJECTS FROM 2013-2016 (RECENT WORK STILL TO BE ADDED)

RECENT TRAINING WORKSHOPS

In 2020 I created Kaironautas (like this page, but in Spanish) to offer my courses, books, and communities that help people achieve their goals. My offerings went from 1 to more than 15. So, all these courses will be soon added to this list. Some of these workshops I have offered more than 10 times.

2015-2021 Several learning sessions on topics of Leadership, VUCA world, Change, Culture, Team Building, and more at York University

May 2016 – (independent) Enneagram for Leaders (webinar in Spanish)

April 2016 – (independent) Enneagram for Entrepreneurs (webinar in Spanish)

February 2016 – (independent) Setting and Achieving Goals

March 2015 – to date – Sessions at York on Building a positive workplace, Collaboration, Enneagram (Enneagram and Teambuilding, Enneagram and Leadership, Enneagram and Resilience and Enneagram and Change), Team Building, True Colors, Setting and Achieving Goals, Thriving in a VUCA World, Excellence in Customer Service, Change Management and Team Development

February 2015 – Conflict management and Inter-team Collaboration

January 2015 – Social Media

December 2014 – Collaboration and Communication

June 2014 – Jungian Archetypes, Personality Types

May 2014 – Personal Development for women  (in French), Johari Window

April 2014 – Johari Window (in French)

March 2014 – Meeting facilitation, Note Taking, Inter-team collaboration

January 2014 – Leadership

December 2013 – Note Taking, Persuasion

June 2013 – Emotional Intelligence, Career Management

January 2013 – The World Cafe (in French)

Education

 

B.A. Human Relations – 1996, Universidad de Monterrey

M.A. Human Systems Intervention – 2012, Concordia University

 

Certificates and training in:

  • Organization Design (2023, On The Mark)
  • Change Leadership Intensive Certificate (2022, Kotter Inc.)
  • Advanced Consulting (2021, Advanced Change, William Pasmore)
  • Change Management (2021, Prosci)
  • Complexity in Human Systems (2019, KMWorld)
  • Leadership (2018, Margaret Wheatley)
  • Human-centered Design (2018, IDEO)
  • Art and Craft of Learning Spaces (2017, Kaospilot)
  • Conflict Resolution (2017, St. Stephen’s Community House) 
  • Activating the Collective Wisdom (2017, weDialogue – Alan Briskin and Amy Lenzo)
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Dynamic Enneagram (2016, Changeworks)
Sustainable Happiness (2014, Dawson College)
Enneagram Instincts (2014, DeepLife)
Art of Hosting (2013, Art of Hosting)
Online Business (2012, Marie Forleo)
Conversational Leadership (2011, The World Cafe)
Helping and Organizational Change (2010, Edgar Schein)
Human Interaction Lab (2010, Concordia University)
Leadership (2006, Sanfora)
Coaching (2003, Sanfora)
Organizational Development (2002, Sanfora)
Leadership (1999, Carlos Mosqueda Consulting)
Train the Trainer (1998, Carlos Mosqueda Consulting)