"I'm here to lead a revolution into self-discovery and inner mastery, where those who come with me are deeply committed to inner transformation and becoming a power of authenticity and goodness in the world."

- Ana Karina

Who Is Ana Karina?

Ana is the leading transformational change mentor in the world for inspired individuals and forward-thinking organizations looking to go beyond their current results.

If individual leaders and organizations aspire to leave a lasting legacy and impact and want to know how to bring that into reality with ease and confidence, they work with Ana.

Her clients' reactions include "speechless", "beyond our wildest expectations", "invaluable".

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From Emotional Zero to A Life Beyond My Dreams

A natural ability to create transformational change was evident early on in my career.

My first job at age 22 was to create the strategies from the ground up for a plan and program to introduce a new protected area in Panama, which I successfully created and pitched to the World Bank for funding.

Because of my efforts, this area is now known as the San Lorenzo National Park. A 9,653 hectare protected area of forests, mangroves and pastures, and 12 miles of coastline, that has cultivated activities involving the local communities such as coffee growing, craft making, bird watching, and secured the area for wildlife to flourish.

But what has significantly helped shape my abilities to center and transform myself and others, has been the more challenging times in my life.

I have experienced pessimism, deep anxiety, loss, and overwhelm, particularly after losing my grandfather to a terrorist attack.

It was July 19, 1994. I was 18 years old, right around that time after graduation and just before I was due to go off to school in the States.

My grandfather on my mom's side, with whom I lived at the time and was a father figure to me, died a victim of a terrorist attack.

The commuter plane he travelled on every day to and from work exploded mid-flight, leaving no one alive.

I remember it vividly.

Those words hit me hard...

I had already built up an emotional wall to block myself from feeling pain when my grandfather on my Dad's side passed away earlier that year. And now, after the horrific loss of my Mom's father, I became numb to my feelings altogether and never allowed myself to feel the full weight of this grief.I had tried my hardest to stay mentally 'strong' my whole life.

I guess that's where the block to these feeling had come from. And I let it stay like that for a long time.

Eventually, years of being this way led me to the low point in my life, my destroyed relationship and marriage of 14 years.

I was completely devastated; my self-esteem was beyond repair.

I contemplated the idea of dying.

It was the worst day of my life...

That epiphany came from my oldest daughter's psychiatrist, who told me my daughter had said: "mommy needs help."

I needed help.

I surrendered the idea of trying to control what I could not control, and I began my journey of self-discovery.

I began an internal transformation that allowed me to experience a more profound sense of ease, calm, support, and peace, even when a significant challenge presented itself.

And I continued further into the path of emotional wellbeing with a Wellness Counseling Certification from Cornell University and continued to experience shifts in my relationships.

My ex-husband and I even decided to get back together!!

That moment was a life-saving event because I allowed myself to finally shed my masks and ask for help—something I could never do before.

From this, I fully understand what it takes to go from 0, or soul-dead, to full of joy, inspiration and love of life.

The whole experience helped me discover the tools to build a life I had once thought was impossible—a life where my personal and professional dreams are being fulfilled.

These tools include science-based mindfulness tools from the HeartMath™ Institute and positive psychology tools to understand the shifts in thinking and mindset that I needed to undergo from so many layers of self-criticism, self-doubt and perfectionism.

I developed an emotional management toolbox that I used to strengthen my capacity for resilience and prepare for, respond and adapt in the face of change or adversity.

These tools have enabled me to create an authentic and appreciative conversation with myself and others to make unimaginable transformations that have freed me from the blockages of past experiences and lifelong habits.

And from these tools, I discovered The Secrets of Heart-Based Leadership and have created two powerful transformational change programs for individuals and organizations:

The PowerfulCalm Method™

for individual leaders

The Dream Legacy Program™

for aspiring organizations

The Powerfulcalm Method™ for Inner Mastery is how I help corporate leaders feel powerful and confident, so they can achieve their dream life with ease and calmness.

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The Dream Legacy Program™ for organizational transformations is how I help company leaders rapidly create a fertile environment for growth and creativity inside their organizations so they can develop an inspiring company vision and strategy that unites their employees with purpose and helps build a lasting companywide cultural legacy.

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I believe that through the power of authentic and appreciative conversation, anchored by the science of the heart, we can shift internally, organizationally and globally.

I am passionate about guiding others through transformations to bring the best version of themselves or their organizations into reality using The Secrets of Heart-Based Leadership.

With an undergraduate degree graduating with honors from the University of Pennsylvania,

With 20 years of leadership experience at the most prestigious organizations in Latin America,

And being the mother of 4 teenagers (and two dogs!),

I bring a singular mix of corporate background, and devotion to family and inner mastery, so I understand what it takes to flourish emotionally in real life, and then take things to the next level and beyond.

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My most audacious goal is for every human being to have access to true inner transformation so that we can change the world one breath at a time, one conversation at a time, and one organization at a time.

If you would like to talk with me about how I could help you or an organization you're involved with, create a powerful shift and step into greatness, click the button below and let's schedule a time to talk!

"Wow! There is more to Ana's method than just calming your mind; it's about literally connecting with your heart in a way I didn't know was possible! It's allowed me to continually move forward and to create space during the day to connect with myself and find a place of peace. "

- Brittany Devries, Filmmaker and Activist

"You have given me a wonderful gift that has improved my emotional wellbeing. Before working with you, I was constantly out of balance. Now I have more energy and can stay present during my day. Your method has helped me become a better person. Thank you so very much! " 

Thamara Taylor, HR Executive

more about Ana

Ana is an insatiable learner and has studied extensively on the science of the heart, deep neuroscience, and positive psychology.

She has trained with the HeartMath™ Institute and was the first in her region to achieve the Heartmath's™ Trainer license where she coached leaders in leading with the intelligence of the heart.

Simultaneously, she joined and studied with the world's most renowned expert group of facilitators, training endless hours and putting into practice facilitation mastery with the XChange organization in the field of Appreciative Inquiry.

Being the first to bring appreciative inquiry into her region, she ventured into helping NGO leaders shift their internal conversations. The event had a 97% satisfaction rating from the participants.

"Thank you very much for taking all the hours of your time to provide us with this space, which, as we could see in the results, was highly beneficial and appreciated by our members. It was something exceptional, which helped them not only perform an exercise of self-knowledge for their organizations but also on a personal level."

The CEO of NGO Professional Organization (The 50 most important local NGOs) said:

Lili Urriola, Panama Chamber of NGOs CAPADESO

Ana also worked with the Penn Wharton Club of Panama, where she facilitated a conversation about the future of the Dollar in the current political environment, with renowned writer Larry MacDonald, in which the participants expressed a 94% satisfaction rating and said: 

Julio Germán Arias, of the Penn Alumni Club of Panama also said:

"Ana Karina's facilitation has been fundamental to take the Penn Club of Panama's leadership to new heights. She keeps us engaged, connected, and motivated while helping us craft a clear and actionable roadmap to advance our group's objectives. I'm thankful to have Ana Karina involved with us, and I'm looking forward to continued work with her in the upcoming months."

"Loved the interactive format and close-knit feel."
"Great atmosphere."

If you would like to talk with Ana about how she could help you or an organization you're involved with,  create a powerful shift and step into greatness 

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