HATS:Berkeley grad/child of Mexican immigrants, Air Force veteran, mommy, award-winning author & social entrepreneur, education advocate
A self-described thoughtful road warrior, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato is a bilingual sought-after keynote speaker and President of Gracefully Global Group LLC, the veteran-owned educational publishing & multicultural marketing firm creating unique innovation,entrepreneurship & leadership literature that showcases the positive contributions of Latinos in the USA. Graciela is the bestselling author of 5-time, award-winning book "Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them," the 1st volume (of planned series) showcasing Latino-led innovation in the green economy. At the 2012 International Latino Book Awards, "Latinnovating" picked up Best Business Book honors, among others. "Latinnovating" represents the convergence of Ms. Tiscareño-Sato’s corporate sustainability experience, entrepreneurial drive & her desire to spotlight stereotype-busting stories of leadership from the Latino community. Graciela is happiest on a stage, sharing entertaining nuggets of miracles, adventure and wisdom she's gained in a life that's been set onboard military aircraft, deployed to countries on four continents, in corporate leadership roles (at both huge and tiny companies) and now raising three children, including one who is Helen Keller 2.0 but with a cochlear implant and a hearing aid. Graciela speaks at universities, business schools, industry conferences, corporate ERG meetings/webinars, educational conferences & K-12 literacy & career events. She's shared the stage with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, as keynote speaker at the Green Schools National Conference. She serves school districts as a bilingual STEM Consultant, bringing diverse STEM role models to motivate students. Graciela is a graduate of the School of Environmental Design at U.C. Berkeley, a former military officer & aviator & an active mentor to Latino youth. She earned her graduate degree in international management & marketing while flying on U.S. Air Force KC-135 refueling jets. Graciela has published & served as keynote speaker in the U.S. & Europe. She's been quoted in the "New York Times," interviewed on NPR, CNN & other national media. In 2014, The White House named her a "Champion of Change" with nine other women military veteran leaders. Graciela's 1st children's picture book (of a planned series), "Good Night Captain Mama," is the 1st bilingual book teaching young children why mommies wear military uniforms; it was honored as “Best Educational Children’s Book – Bilingual” category at the 2014 International Latino Books Awards (ILBA.) The Military Writers Society of America & "Writer's Digest" magazine also bestowed literary awards on this innovative children's book that reminds Americans that women & Latinas are veterans too! The 2nd book in the bilingual series ("Captain Mama's Surprise") published in summer 2016 and won the "Most Inspirational Children's Book" award at the 2016 ILBA. Graciela lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. She escapes not often enough with the family to camp and fish for trout in the High Sierra, preferably at 8000 feet above sea level or higher.