Today’s New Latina Spotlight is on Francesca Escoto, Industrial Engineer and Life Coach!
Country of Origin or Family Heritage: I was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. I first came to the U.S. at the age of 11, and moved back and forth until I was 14. I came from Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, and settled for a long time outside of Boston, MA. Now I live in Tampa, FL.
Career and Professional Information: Degrees held:
Industrial Engineering & Management, Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1997.
Organizational Behavior and Management Courses, Salem State College Graduate School of Business
Information Technology Courses, Bentley College Graduate School
Life Coach, Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching
Lessons on being human, on-going at the school of life
Current occupation and Title:
Owner & Principal Coach at Soul Peace
Life Coach and Leadership Consultant for Social Activists, Writer & Speaker
I am the Life Coach for the people who envision a better world. I want to bring about world peace, one soul at a time. I make a difference in the world by helping people who are in the trenches, making worthy changes happen. My job is to help them increase effectiveness by creating structure, setting SMART goals and plans, and measuring impact, while balancing life and maintaining their soul peace.
10 Things to know about me – in no particular order:
- I am a self-taught web developer, and I’m not very good at it.
- I am a good writer.
- I am a frustrated ballerina.
- I owe my undergraduate studies to the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), because without that network, I would not have stayed in school and finished my engineering degree, nor gained substantial leadership experience.
- I co-owned an aircraft engine management consulting firm with my husband.
- I see myself as the life coach for the Visionary Leaders of Gen X & Millenials.
- I am passionate about world peace (for real!) and social justice, and I’m excited about the way in which technology is increasing the reach of non-profits.
- I am thrilled to know that Jesus loves and accepts me unconditionally.
- I absolutely love being a Life Coach.
- I should be a black belt in Tae Kwon Do by now…but I’ve never taken my promotion test.
Who Has Always Inspired You to Be Your Best? Always? God. Aside from that, different people have cheered me on in different seasons of my life so far. My girls are a consistent source of inspiration for me now. They challenge me to be the woman I want them to be in the future, and to be the mother they need today.
25 Million Latinas and Counting! Your thoughts? Mixed thoughts, mixed feelings. I want to live in a world where I don’t have to be counted in order to count. I am saddened by the need for counting. Yet 25 million “me” sounds pretty darn good, and it feeds my ego, in a good way. I feel happy to know that there is something bigger than myself that I belong to.
Your Favorite Authors/Books/Magazines? Mario Vargas Llosa, Mark Twain, Isabel Allende, Apostle Paul. Favorite books are The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, La Fiesta del Chivo by Mario Vargas Llosa, Ecclessiastes by Solomon King of Judah, and Letter to the Galatians by Apostle Paul. And my grandfather’s unpublished book, a biography of his father. If I must choose a magazine, it would be Inc.
Your Favorite TV show? Psych
Stilettos or Flat shoes? Barefoot, and my doctor tells me I really should reconsider this preference. Sneakers would be my next healthy choice, but I do love a nice pair of platforms. Somehow, however, my closet is full of flats…
Countries You Have Visited (if any) and Your Favorite One: Argentina, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Canada, Morocco, Dominican Republic, U.S.A, Mexico, and my favorite – Spain.
Describe a Perfect Day Off From Work: Wake up really early, and write until I run out of things to say. Go for a walk or a run, or a mix of both. Come home, make breakfast for my girls and I, watch some little girl show on TV. Show up on Twitter, see what’s happening in my world. Read a book with my girls, play soccer with them (which I am not good at), then go for a nap, and start over.
What Has Been Your Biggest Challenge in Life? Knowing myself, by far. A distant second has been accepting humans as they are, without judgement, starting with myself, and living in the present. For many reasons, I have coped with life by waiting for the future, instead of seeing things for what they are right now, making choices, and owning the consequences. Today, I am committed to living in the moment, and it has made all the difference.
What is Your Next Big Dream? To write inspirational fiction books and to see the end of human trafficking, in partnership with the Not For Sale Campaign (http://www.notforsalecampaign.org).
What can non-profits do to maximize the opportunities to reach their world? Invest in coaching and infrastructure consulting. Yes, the board is crucial, but they do not make or break the organization – the operational leaders do. Yes, volunteers are needed – but they must fit into a well-structured plan of action. Leaders are born, and then they are made – a life coach for the Executive Director will exponentially increase organizational capacity. It is the biggest bang for the buck.
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