Know Your Journey To know Your WHY With Ericka Kelly

Ericka Kelly is an internationally renowned motivational speaker, executive coach and trainer. A native of Guatemala and a resident of California, she was 12 years old when she arrived in the United States for a new life and a successful future. Her story of resilience and the power of never giving up is an inspiration to all that learn of her journey.

She helps thousands of leaders to become better communicators, to establish trust, and credibility with others. Her coaching skills and mentorship allows individuals to realize their own potential and to achieve greater goals for themselves and the companies/organizations they work for.

Ericka was also the 17th Command Chief Master Sergeant for the Air Force Reserve Command and the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the Air Force Reserve. Under her role as a Command Chief, E. Kelly represented the highest enlisted executive level of leadership in the military. She advised the Commander on all issues regarding the readiness, training, welfare, morale, and proper utilization and progress of more than 74,000 families/civilians/enlisted/officers, active duty and Reserve Citizen Airmen serving at more than 60 military bases worldwide. She also provided direction to the Joint Reserve Forces and represented their interests at all levels of government, other military branches, and in joint strategic and operational war-fighting environments.

Ericka has more than 20 years of government management and law enforcement experience. She presently serves as a Senior Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection in the Office of Professional Responsibility, Los Angeles, CA.

Ericka earned an Associate degree in Allied Health Sciences, from the Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, MS, in 1990; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice/Foreign Languages from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV in 1991, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Military Studies from Trident International University, Cypress, CA in 2013. She also holds the following accreditations: Professional Manager Certification, or PMC; International John Maxwell Certification, or JMT; and licensed Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, or EMT.

Among her many acknowledgments, she has received recognition at the highest levels of government and corporate leadership, to include the United States Congress.

Key Leadership Takeaways:

  • Do not let your present circumstances predict your future
  • Know your story, to know your why
  • “Angles in your life”- find those moments that give you the small wins
  • Never say no to yourself. Ask…why NOT me?!
  • Know yourself no no one can place a label on you

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