Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
Hi, my name is Angelica Rodriguez. Currently, I'm working as a non-profit executive and launching a corporate executive coaching practice. I'm navigating entrepreneurship because I have found so many organizations with leaders who truly wanted to see big change and transformation. Unfortunately, there were so many hidden roadblocks and a lot of the times, the small steps and minimal risks that were taken didn’t lead to the big transformation they intended. I work with leaders to go “below the surface” to uncover what is holding them back from identifying and leading the big transitions needed to catapult their organizations to industry-leading mainstays. Through a co-creative process, I help executive clients break down silos and get people talking about what is “hard” and “scary” to overcome the mindset of “we’ve always done it this way.”
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
The DC chapter went belly dancing and I found that super fun because we were able to connect on a different level. Additionally, there was an event in McClean, VA in July where I made a phenomenal business contact. By meeting and networking with her, I’ve expanded my network and am finding great opportunities for collaboration and building my business.
What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?
Based on the work that I did with one industry, I worked with contacts at the Department of Homeland Security as they updated their protocols for reacting to active shooters. It’s a bit of a heavy topic and it was amazing to see how my notes were used and morphed into items they now use nationwide.
What are some career challenges on your radar?
I’m working on launching a corporate coaching practice while maintaining a full-time job. Time management and prioritization have become a key skill that I’m working on improving so that I can show up fully in both AND also still have downtime and enjoy my free-time activities (such as bike riding and dancing).
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Getting to do the “real work” on a daily basis. From my perspective, the “real work” isn’t the projects or tasks. The “real work” is the interpersonal connections and how to relate with people from differing backgrounds. What I enjoy the most is getting to work with people and navigate past their fears and limitations to create truly wonderful products and events, which directly impacts our members.
What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?
The legacy that I want to leave through my work is for people to recognize their sense of power and authenticity. I do that by teaching about emotional intelligence and communication, but it’s really about getting to the core of who a person is (their authentic self). By helping people see and make that connection, creativity, innovation, and amazing-ness just pours out of them.
Who are your role models?
Currently, my role model is a woman with whom I’ve worked for a few years (Lisa Fabrega). She’s a phenomenal coach and is consistently upleveling her skills, which is helping me grow my capacity in several areas (boundaries, visibility, money, and more)
What is your morning ritual?
I go through cycles with my morning ritual. For a few months, I’ll have a nourishing morning ritual of journaling, meditating and then heading out for the day. Right now, I’m not doing the journaling or meditating as often as I would like - spending time on my cell phone – whoops! 😊
What would you say your personal superpower is?
I think that my superpower is my ability to make other people laugh simply by my own laughing. I’ve been told that my laugh is “contagious,” so I guess that is a great thing to spread.
What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?
I have worked in membership-based organizations for nearly two decades, spending the majority of my time in associations. For Ellevate members looking to break into the association industry, here’s my advice: come in with a customer service-oriented mindset. Associations are membership-based organizations and members are their key clients and main focus. Additionally, associations are non-profit and mission-based, so make sure that you align with the values of the organization before joining. Lastly, so many of the skills gained at one association are transferable to other associations (even if there isn’t a title-for-title) match. What I like so much about working for associations is that it feels like working for a big organization. The associations I’ve worked for have always been small (under 100 people) however, having direct contact with members nationwide helped me feel like I worked for a much larger organization.
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Executive Coach & Non-Profit Executive
Angelica Rodriguez is a non-profit executive and corporate coach who helps leaders of organizations reach their next level of mastery and innovation so they can leave a legacy of lasting change in their industries. She helps executive leaders go “below the surface” to uncover what is really holding them back from identifying and leading the big transitions needed to catapult their organizations to industry-leading mainstays. She has worked in both the non-profit and corporate worlds... Continue Reading
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