Dr. Egli Colón-Stephens is the founder and President of Alcanzar Transformational Network Inc. a personal and professional development consulting practice designed to impact global change by empowering people through education and focusing on empowering the majority: “Women.” Alcanzar provides unique domestic and international seminars, keynote presentations and innovative consulting programs designed to empower people to become agents of social change. Dr. Colón-Stephens obtained a Doctorate degree in Urban Education from the Graduate Theological Foundation. As part of her doctoral studies, she completed a Theology fellowship at the University of Oxford where she focused on Hispanic Ministry, Interfaith and Inter-religious Dialogue.
She holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Multicultural Education from the College of Mount St. Vincent and a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management from St. Francis College. Healthcare, Education and Spirituality are her passion and areas of expertise. She has over 20 years of combined experience in Hispanic ministry, healthcare and education. Her professional experience includes work as a classroom teacher and administrator, campus minister, a hospital administrator (patient advocacy and pastoral care), human rights advocate and lecturer. She has been a distinguished human rights guest speaker at many institutions, including the United Nations, Fordham University and Universidad Panamericana.
Dr. Colón-Stephens has been a private and public school educator for the past fifteen years. She’s one of the early pioneer faculty members of Cristo Rey New York High School. This school is part of the Cristo Rey Network, a national network of 29 high schools opened to provide top class Catholic education and college preparatory education to students from families with modest means. She was the first chair of the Spanish Department and then went on to lead the Religion and Campus Ministry Department for another four years. She made significant contributions in both departments as well as in the lives of the students and their families. She also assisted in developing the national curriculum and assessments in Religion for the network. Prior to education she worked for Brooklyn Hospital as a Senior Patient Representative where she served as an advocate for Patient’s Bill of Rights and facilitated meetings between medical staff, upper administration and grieving families. She conducted monthly patient workshops on Durable Power of Attorneys, Advance Directives, and Patient’s Bill of Rights. She also provided ethical guidance and spiritual support to patients and families making end of life decisions. She provided bereavement counseling and escorted families to the morgue.
She’s a certified generalist teacher in middle childhood education, a certified holistic life coach and a certified Catechist. She’s a firm believer that education transcends all barriers and has the power to empower and liberate people the same way she has been empowered and liberated. Her road to excellence began very early in life. She believes that her accomplishments have very little to do with genius and everything to do with discipline, love for learning, tenacity and a sense of cultural identity.
In spite of her humble beginnings in the Dominican Republic, she is highly accomplished and proudly admits that her greatest achievement has been raising her daughter while pursuing her educational and professional goals. Her daughter is a cancer survivor and is currently a healthy and successful college student. Despite the many obstacles they have encountered, both mother and daughter find great satisfaction in giving of themselves to others. Both served as missionaries in 2012 by joining a medical mission team from John’s Hopkins University and serving as medical translators in Peru. Over the past decade, they have participated and assisted in leading family retreats at the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May.
Dr. Colón-Stephens is a dynamic keynote speaker who will energize your audience and inspire them to achieve their dreams. She is a strong advocate for Latina leadership, youth empowerment, women entrepreneurship and global activism. Her areas of expertise include leadership training, empowerment and inspiration for personal and professional development. She is currently working on her first book entitled “Co-Parenting with God,” which is expected to be published in 2015. She continues to travel and deliver motivational speeches, lead workshops, retreats, coach individuals and organizations. She’s a vibrant woman of deep faith, committed to social justice, transformative education and mindful-living. It is her life’s purpose to bring out the best in others and help them overcome self-imposed fears so that they can become who they were created to be. She has extensive community service and volunteering experience. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Centro Altagracia de Fe y Justicia, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to putting faith into action, promoting social justice through dynamic collaborations and needs-based initiatives.