Mariana Atencio is a Peabody award-winning news personality, author and motivational speaker, as well as the co-founder of GoLike, a multimedia production company.
She worked as a news anchor and national correspondent on television for a decade in both English and Spanish.
Mariana’s Tedx Talk “What Makes You Special?” has been viewed almost 14 million times and translated into 13 languages.
Her first book “Perfectly You: Embracing the Power of Being Real” was an Amazon Best Seller, selected by Audible Editor’s Picks and Apple as a “Must Listen.”
As one of the most prominent Latinas in the country, Mariana’s story is featured in the award-winning HBO series “Habla” about the Latinos defining the next decade in America. She is a 2020 Henry Crown Fellow, partnered with the American Latino Museum and serves on the Leadership Council of Voto Latino.
Mariana came to the United States after losing the hope of becoming a journalist in her home country of Venezuela. Suddenly, as an immigrant and the new girl on television, she was faced with a choice: be what everybody else expected or find her own voice and purpose. She realized that re-defining herself beyond labels was the only way forward.
Her work has been honored with a Peabody, a Gracie and an IRE. She also won Columbia University Journalism School’s First Decade Award and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Presidential Award.
She has keynoted at the United Nation’s Girl Up Summit, the LinkedIn Annual Conference alongside speakers like Michelle Obama, Spotify’s Unity Summit and other high-profile events.
Mariana has partnered with brands and institutions such as The U.S. Census Bureau, Wells Fargo, Airbnb, UBS and Microsoft to create content that is relatable, inspiring, informative and resonates across languages and communities.