Hi, I’m Martha!
My core purpose is to help maximize your potential by guiding you on a journey of transformational growth.
Hi, I’m Martha, born in Dominican Republic, and raised in the concrete jungles of New York, specifically Washington Heights.
From a very early age, I was a dreamer allowing my imagination to run wild. And, though I grew up in an inner city environment, I knew and believed there was much more for me to explore.
That’s why even in elementary school, during a “what do you want to be when you grow up” I was super excited to tell my classmates, I want to go to college, become a professional, make lots of money and travel. Then, out of left field, my teacher said, “don’t worry about going to college because the most you’ll ever be is a housekeeper”.
WHOA! And, just like that my dreams were shattered….but not for long, as I rolled my eyes, knowing I was destined for more.
Fast forward to early 1990’s, I was about 15 years old, stock market crashed and both my parents, who were immigrants and barely spoke English, lost their jobs. And, so my worst nightmare came to fruition as they decided to move back to Dominican Republic until further notice.
Long story short, after some hard conversations, they supported my decision to become emancipated. They trusted me enough to know I would make my dreams come true. And, just like that, at the age of 16 I became an adult. Working two jobs after school, paying bills, and spending time away from family & friends. All in the name of making my dreams come true.
Now, it wasn’t all peaches and cream, there were lots of blood, sweat and tears. My struggles definitely shaped who I am and set me up for this journey called life. I graduated from high school on time, went on to graduate from college and landed my dream job in Advertising. At that point, it became evident that if I survived the most delicate and crucial years of my life, I can do anything.
For years, I enjoyed a fruitful career, with amazing perks such as walking red carpets, attending industry VIP events, meeting celebrities, hello Oprah, and making some serious cash. All while making sure my clients objectives were met, the job was done because after all I was getting paid to do actual work.
And, while I was blessed with a good career, there was a dark side. I saw people who didn’t look like me get promoted at a faster rate. I was working longer than usual hours, and the work seemed unsurmountable. I began to question it all. Was this my life? Am I just my career? Am I going to continue sacrificing every other area in my life for a career?
So, when I was laid off in 2016, it was a brutal but a much needed wake up call. Clearly, this was The Universe way of saying, mija, you don’t belong here anymore. This is no longer your dream. It’s time to rediscover your BIG vision, the one you strayed away from for whatever reason.
Shortly after mourning the loss of my job, I chose to take action by investing in my personal and professional development. I learned to let go of the bullshit story I was telling myself, believed in myself once again and started looking at my life from a new, holisitc perspective. I wanted to have my cake and eat it too. Because, after all what’s the point of eating cake?
I did the work and created a new life vision for myself. Now, I have the honor of serving other women in transition, who feel stuck, confused or paralyzed by fear & self-doubt, transform their lives from a WHOLE-istic approach.
I believe anything is possible.
I believe you are your most powerful asset.
Here’s hoping my story inspires you to courageously become who you want to be and life you want to live.
Are you ready to create the life you want to live?
Martha Ramos is the founder of Chicas & Cocktails, a transformational life & confidence coach and motivational speaker.
She helps the every day modern woman grow her self-confidence and self-worth. Having overcome life-altering setbacks of her own, she’s dedicated to providing tools and resources to help them conquer their challenges and start experiencing a life with a greater sense of clarity, freedom and joy.
Martha’s mission is to challenge more women to maximize their potential by having a deeper understanding and connection with themselves. Her transformational inner work approach sets her apart from an industry focused on strategy-first.
Martha holds a Bachelor’s in Advertising & Marketing from Baruch College and a Master’s in Public Relations & Corporate Communications from NYU. With over 12 years as an Advertising executive, she helped global companies with strategy, branding, and communication to grow their portfolio. She worked on brands such as Kraft, DuPont, American Express, Colgate-Palmolive and Mary Kay.