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Mariana Atencio took the world by storm in 2017 when her TEDx talk "What makes YOU special?" went viral. To date, it has over 18 million views and has been translated into 13 languages.
Focused on the power of authenticity, her book "Perfectly You" was an Amazon Best Seller and selected by Audible and AppleBooks.
She’s quickly become one of the most sought-after motivational speakers, founding her own media company, GoLike, and teaming up with Microsoft, YouTube and the United Nations, among others, to represent and empower our communities.
A former anchor and reporter for Univision and NBC, her years of field experience led to “The Control Framework” that she shares with Fortune 100 companies around the world.
Her story is featured on an HBO special and her work has been honored with a Peabody Award, 3 Emmy nominations and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Presidential Award.
Mariana earned her B.A. in Communications from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Venezuela where she was part of the pro-democracy student movement. She came to the United States on a scholarship to do her masters at Columbia University’s Journalism School, and is a member of the 2020 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.