A life coach, mentor, speaker, and master motivator with a love for personal growth & development. My superpower is helping you envision a bigger, bolder reality than you could ever imagine and then making it happen.

I’m also the Founder of Chicas & Cocktails, an event platform where women can connect, celebrate, and inspire change in one another by sharing their stories.

I’ve always been a dreamer. Born in Dominican Republic and raised in New York, I dreamt of the person I wanted to become and the BIG, BOLD dreams I wanted to pursue. Early on, I chose to lead with courage and to never allow circumstances define me. 

Evident by the fact that at age 16 I became EMANCIPATED after my parents made the hard decision to move our family back to DR. I was “adulting” before it even became a thing.

In my relentless pursuit to become my personal best, I earned a Bachelor’s in Advertising & Marketing and a Master’s in Public Relations & Corporate Communications. With over 12 years as an Advertising executive, I helped global companies with strategy, branding, and communication to grow brands like Colgate Optic White, Oreo, and Mary Kay.  

As a Latina woman in Advertising, I landed dream jobs, created award-winning campaigns, and attended industry VIP events. [Hello ESSENCE's Black Women in Hollywood.]


However, after a fruitful career in corporate America, my life came to a halt. To the world, I was successful, but personally I was starting to lose myself in the process. Confined to a cubicle, I often drifted in thought, daydreaming of where I could possibly be, which was often on a beach somewhere sipping a cocktail or two.

I was often confused about which direction or next chapter to take in life. Who was I? What did I really want? What am I really good at? What would actually make me happy and fulfilled?


hit like a ton of bricks as I sat across from my then, VP of media, and I told him I didn’t want to reach his level. And, that’s when I had an “aha moment” realizing I had reached my limit. I no longer wanted to continue climbing the corporate ladder, or be molded to fit in a box.

This was no longer the life I envisioned for myself as the whispers of my soul grew louder craving for something more. I felt out of synch with who I was and what I wanted.

FREEDOM is what I craved.

I wanted to break FREE - free from the mold, free from the  conventional 9 to 5 job. My dreams were changing, evolving in ways I didn’t expect. I desperately wanted someone to tell me that it was ok and that I no longer needed to follow course. 

Then, The Universe answered my desperate cry for help when I was laid off from my corporate job. Though, I must admit being let go shook me at my core and for a few days I was completely distraught. But, then I picked myself right back up…


I started doing research and was intrigued learning about life coaching. What the heck is that? What does a life coach do? Simply put, a life coach serves as a bridge to help you go from where you are now to where you want to be.

So, I took a leap of faith, tapped into my savings and hired my first life coach who challenged me to go further than I ever could’ve imagined. After some soul searching, self-discovery and mentoring, I was led to the intersection of passion and purpose. But, really what I learned was how to become more of myself. Now part of my life’s work is to be a guide that fosters personal growth, development, and expansion. I’m on a mission to inspire women to lead with courage and disrupt the status quo. 


Yes, you, ambitious soul. I’m here to tell you, it's perfectly ok for your dreams to change and that you have the power to author your own course. And, when your feeling out of flow with who you are and what you want, it simply means you’re not honoring the calling that lives deep beneath your soul.

So, if you’re feeling disappointed, frustrated, uncertain or in constant chaos with where your life is right now, I’m here to tell you that no matter where you’ve been, or where you are, your future is shining bright. Whether you’ve suffered a job loss or simply reached your limit working in your career, these circumstances don’t define your future

You can hit the reset button, wake up the next day with a blank page and write a new script. You have everything you need to create a new vision and change the direction of your life as you see fit. Anything is possible as long as you lead with courage and commit to doing things differently. And, I’m living proof change is possible and life has more to offer than we could ever imagine.

Curious to know what more is possible for your life?

Now is your turning point. If you feel your life isn’t moving forward the way you want, creating that new vision and dream life is right at your fingertips. I’m challenging you to take that first step outside of your comfort zone. As your coach, mentor and biggest cheerleader, I’m dedicated to helping you make the small, yet necessary changes you need to create a life that sets your soul on fire.

Imagine waking up a more confident, bold and total badass. Your future self (the one sitting in a corner office or starting a dream business) will thank you.

With love & wisdom,


Life always begins with one step outside of your comfort zone.
— Shannon L. Adler