About Our Founder: Maria I. Melendez
About Maria I. Melendez
As “the midwife to your legacy,” social entrepreneur, motivational speaker, author of Take the Limits Off Your Legacy, executive producer, and women’s leadership advocate– Maria I. Melendez has embraced her mission of empowering others to live a life that embraces a limitless legacy. After leaving her high-profile career in the music business to pursue her purpose of empowering others to live life in purpose, give birth to their dreams and define their legacy, Maria has proven that she is the essence of living a purpose and legacy driven life in order to inspire others to follow suit. Featured in the ESSENCE magazine, Latina,com, Heartandsoul.com, and recipient of several notable accolades, she is an influential leader whose faith, zealous drive, experience, framework, story and impact are key to the leadership development in women and girls around the world.
Maria launched Embrace Her Legacy in 2012. Since then Maria has transformed the brand from a women’s network to an empowerment organization the offers co-curricular programs, empowerment programs & workshops, tailored events, and personal development resources to inspire women and girls to give become legendary in their lives, vision and spirit while embracing a purpose-driven legacy. She is the creator of Embrace Her Legacy’s franchise co-curricular & empowerment program for young women, the Made to Succeed Academy. Also the creator of Embrace Her Legacy’s keynote annual event, the Day of the Girl Summit and the executive producer of the riveting web-series, The UnMasked Effect – Maria is a visionary who continues to cultivate brand partnerships to further cultivate her mission. Maria diligently leads the company to become a leading organization to empower women and girls to be legendary under her unique framework. “Embrace Her Legacy is about helping give birth to the gift’s that have already been placed inside of us so we can become the women we have been created to be so we can honor what we have been called to do. I use my personal story of overcoming challenge to now live my purpose to help others birth their own gifts, vision and legacy. I do that by coaching, motivating and educating my audience through my distinct Embracing Her Legacy framework.” she says.
Raised in Brooklyn, Maria successfully achieved her goals while going against the odds. After landing a scholarship to Hofstra University, she excelled as a scholar and graduated Cum Laude with a marketing degree. It was during her time at Hofstra University where Maria grew an infinite passion of empowering others, especially women. She had already overcome her own struggles as an “Afro-Latina” growing up in the inner city. She realized that had it not been for her faith, mentors and education that she would not have been privileged with all the opportunities that came her way. Maria set out on a mission of leading other young women to victoriously do as she did. During her senior year of college, Maria landed a marketing internship at Warner Music Group. Excelling at her internship lead to a full-time position just a few months later. In her position she created and managed ground-breaking promotional campaigns for artists including Jay-Z, Toni Braxton, T.I., Trey Songz, and others. Maria’s marketing and promotion prowess only flourished and essentially fueled her life-long passion of starting her own company. After facing her own fears, she resigned from Warner Music Group to launch Embrace Her Legacy so she could live in her purpose.
In addition, Embrace Her Legacy continues to partner with several non-profit organizations and corporate brands to create programs that will educate women on how to achieve their legacy and empower them with the knowledge needed to develop self-worth, awareness, value and esteem. With her upcoming book release, Take the Limits Off Your Legacy: A Woman’s Guide to Unlock Purpose and Vision, Maria continues to soar as a leader and advocate for empowering women and girls to realize their dreams.
Maria understands that she “stands on the shoulders of giants” who have blazed the trail for her by leaving their own legacies behind. She not only embraces those legacies but she is devoted to continuing her own legacy – one endeavor at a time.
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