About Us

Our Mission & Vision
Embrace Her Legacy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit personal development organization dedicated to equipping millennial women and Gen Z girls with the tools needed to overcome internal and external challenges in fulfilling a purpose-driven legacy. Our vision is that every girl and every woman defeats her inner saboteur, masters her relationship with self and lives out her legacy…unapologetically.

We offer an extensive range of transformative personal, leadership and social-emotional development programs, workshops and coaching for women and girls worldwide, with am emphasis on serving millennial women and Gen Z girls.

Since inception, we’ve impacted 15,000+ women and girls worldwide in over 35 countries through our programs, workshops, social media and podcast.

Check out our “Impact Over the Years” report here. 

Video shot, directed and edited by: Sontenish Myers 

Meet Our Founder & Chief Executive Officer: Maria I. Melendez 

As the founder & CEO of Embrace Her Legacy, mentor, social entrepreneur, motivational speaker, author of Take the Limits Off Your Legacy, producer, and women and girls 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 (who has been deemed by clients and peers as your personal “Goals Girlfriend”) 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. Her contemporary style of transparency, authenticity, wit, humor and positivity are key in her message of transformation. She received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Hofstra University and her Executive Master’s of Public Administration at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

For booking us for speaking engagements, keynote speeches or empowerment workshops, please fill out our speaker request form here.