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Pegine Echevarria holds a Master of Social Work degree Group and Organizational Behavior and has received numerous awards for her work on diversity and leadership.
One of 58 inductees into the prestigious Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame, she joins luminaries Zig Ziglar, Dale Carnegie, and Tony Robbins there. The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) named her one of 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion.
Pegine’s newest book is titled, Lighten Up And Lead—How to be a Fun, Feisty, Focused, Fearless Female Leader. Other works include: Go Fish for Friends, Business, and Opportunities; For All Our Daughters: How Mentoring Helps Young Women and Girls Master the Art of Growing Up, and Breaking Through: Getting Past the Stuck Points in Your Life.
Her signature motivational and inspirational programs include Play B.I.G.® - Take Charge Of Your Potential!; Journey From The Streets To Success; Carry the Torch; Communicate Your Value, and You Are A Gem.
An experienced T.V. guest, she appeared on Montel Williams 32 times, who won his first Emmy thanks to a “Pegine moment.” Pegine Echevarria’s quotes have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, HR Magazine, Go! Air Tran Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times, Latina, Health, and BusinessWeek. Television and radio appearances include on NPR Fresh Air, CNN, and MSNBC. She has appeared as the on air personality for NewsTalk Television, as their workplace expert regarding women and minorities. Echevarria has had the privilege of presenting on the stage with such notables as Maya Angelou, John Maxwell, Suze Orman, Barbara Stanny, then Senators Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama as well as President Clinton.
Pegine Echevarria's unique journey shines through in her keynotes and programs that draw from her life and experiences that took her from gang member to president of a direct sales company, business ownership in Spain before age 23, and a succesful professional career. Her stress-reducing formula includes performing stand-up comedy and motorcycle riding.See a video clip of Pegine here.