ABOUT VIRGINIA

My passion for coaching, consulting, and workshop facilitation is grounded in my family and career experiences.

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My parents taught me the basics— to value education, to serve others, and to cherish my Mexican-American heritage. Some of my greatest learnings, however, has come from the clients I have served and the organizations I have led. 

As important is my 12-year affiliation with the Brené Brown Education and Research Group. I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to share what Brené's research about the power of vulnerability and what it takes to "Show  up. Be Seen. Live Brave" ™ be it in our personal and professional lives.

Here is a summary of my education and professional experience. Look me up on LinkedIn to learn more.

EDUCATION

  • Case Western Reserve University, Ph.D., Social Welfare, 2002
  • California State University, Sacramento, M.S.W., Social Work, 1981
  • California State University, Sacramento, B.A., Social Sciences, 1974

CERTIFICATES & LICENSES

  • Associate Certified Coach-International Coaching Federation (ACC-ICF)
  • National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)
  • Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, Brené Brown Education and Research Group
  • Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator-Consultant, Brené Brown Education and Research Group
  • Certified Administrator EQi-2.0 , EQ 360 and the ESCI: Emotional & Social Competency Inventory
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker #16449 Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council

LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

  • Owner, LifeShift Coaching and Consultation, 2019-Present
  • Owner, Standpoint Consultation, Research, & Consultation, 2010-Present
  • Executive Director, University of California Berkeley, California Social Work Education Center, 2016-2019
  • Department Chair, California State University, Fresno , Department of Social Work Education, 2012-2016
  • Director, California State University, Fresno, Central California Social Welfare Education, Research, and Training Center, 2012-2016
  • Executive Director, Children’s Transplant Association, San Antonio, Texas, 1989-1992
  • Director, Solano County Head Start, Fairfield, California, 1974-1975