Meet Anita, the Passionista
“Sometimes you hear a voice through the door calling you…This turning toward what you deeply love saves you.” Rumi, from “A Voice through the Door”
Wow…that resonates for me and I hope for you too! As a child, whenever I was asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I proudly answered a “teacher.” I LOVED playing “school teacher” and learning so much. You would think the path was already set: graduate from high school, then College, and get a teaching license. Not quite! Life has a way of throwing some curve balls that could change everything – your speed to plan or react, the way you think, and the choices you make.
Well, I did graduate, but I didn’t become a teacher – right away that is – a limiting belief won out in the end at that time. Then after many successful years in the advertising, telecommunications, and financial/insurance industries, I got clear and re-connected with my passion to teach, coach, and facilitate. At full throttle speed, I pursued a career in the training and development field integrating my personal development endeavors with higher education, certifications, and professional skill development. In 2008, I launched my consulting practice to continue my passion for training and coaching and to create a more balanced work life for me and my family.
I’m Latina, specifically a New Yor-ican (Puerto Rican) from the Bronx —born and raised – until I fled from the icy-cold New York City streets and subways to the warm, sunshine-filled days, and sea salt air of Florida. I love dancing, watching movies, reading educational and inspirational books, and spending quality time with my friends and family. Anthony, (my lover, partner, and friend) and I have two beautiful daughters, ages 12 and 9.
I absolutely LOVE what I do to guide and support my clients in the areas of passionate engagement in life and work, organizational development, leadership and management development with a strong focus on emotional intelligence. Who I am is a highly motivated:
- Passion Test Facilitator
- Emotional Intelligence Coach
- Workplace Learning & Performance Consultant
- Project Manager/Instructional Designer
When I commit to helping you discover, re-connect, and ignite the Passionista (or Passionisto) within you, I bring all my passion, energy, enthusiasm, and skills front and center. My wish for you is to live a life fully engaged and self-expressed with passion, purpose, productivity, and abundance.
Who I Work With
For over 25 years, I’ve had the pleasure and the blessing to serve a variety of financial, insurance, and business service organizations and their employees. I also work with business owners, HR leaders, consultants, trainers, facilitators, and coaches who are committed to raising the levels of engagement, performance, and productivity for themselves and their clients, customers, and employees. I value working with like-minded people who appreciate the importance of continuous improvement through learning, training, and coaching.
Degrees and Certifications
It’s no surprise — I am a BIG advocate for education and certifications. Here’s what I’ve accomplished:
- Bachelor of Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY
- Masters of Science in Instructional Systems, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
- Certified Professional in Learning and Performance, American Society for Training & Development
- Certified Associate in Emotional Intelligence Coaching and Assessments at Six Seconds EQ Organization
- Certified Facilitator for The Passion Test by Enlightened Alliances, LLC, LIMRA Assessment and Development Solutions, Achieve Global, and Richardson, Inc.
- Graduate of the Curriculum for Living at Landmark Education Corporation
- Licensed Personal Lines Insurance Agent for State of Florida
That’s quite a bit about me. If you’d like to learn more, take a look at my professional profile.
I look forward to meeting and learning about you. So tell me…How can I serve you? Please complete the form below. Let’s connect soon.
Anita, the Passionista, Torres