About Us

Our Mission & Vision
Embrace Her Legacy is a personal development organization dedicated to equipping women and girls with the tools needed to overcome internal and external challenges in fulfilling a purpose-driven legacy. Our vision is that every girl, every woman defeats her inner saboteur and lives out her legacy…unapologetically. 

Since inception, we’ve impacted 15,000+ women and girls worldwide in over 33 countries through our programs, workshops, social media and podcast . 

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, “the OG Mentor”, social entrepreneur, motivational speaker, author of Take the Limits Off Your Legacy, 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 (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 to in her message of transformation. 

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

OUR PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS INCLUDE:
Hire Learners
The Young Women’s Leadership School – Brooklyn  
Cedarmoore GirlzTalk 
Camarena Adelente Foundation
Rise Up for Youth
Hofstra University
Fordham University
The Opportunity Network – Career and College Readiness Program
Kingsborough Community College
Stony Brook University
High School of Fashion Industries
Millennium High School
Smart Girls Group – Smart Girl Conference
Spire & Co.
Finding the Fabulous “The Revolution” Conference
Young Enterprising Sisters Conference
Activate Your Beauty Conference
Crotona International High School
Building Young Minds Inc.
Grace Institute

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