About Elika Maria
Hi, I’m Elika and my voice is my Superpower!
I love adventure in all areas of my life.
I’ve made it my personal mission to share my love with you.
But first, here are a few interesting tidbits about me….
So, now that you know all about me, what’s your superpower?
I’m a motivational speaker and the host of the podcast, H.E.R! Heal, Empower, Rise. For as long as I can remember, I’ve also been an entrepreneur. From my days of selling handmade wreaths at a local hospital in Newark, New Jersey, to creating a successful event planning business, EA Wedding Planner & ELysian Events, I’ve always had that entrepreneurial spirit.
Philanthropy is also an integral part of my life. In 2016, my father was diagnosed with leukemia, and since that time, I’ve worked diligently to raise funds for blood cancer research through my work at EndCancer00. I’m also a co-founder of the non-profit Youth Infusion, a grassroots organization created to give youth a voice.
How did I become a motivational speaker? It was a significant life setback that put me on my current path. In 2019, I thought I was entering the next stage of my life in the business world when I was unexpectedly fired. Simultaneously, I suffered the loss of a wonderful young woman and friend to leukemia.
It didn’t take long to realize it was time for my life to go in a new direction. I was burnt out and had spent years in the corporate world being mistreated as a woman. Being fired at such a critical point in my life was a true blessing in disguise. “What am I going to do next?” played on a loop in my mind every single day for months. I was free to do anything; the world was my oyster.
Throughout my journey of self-reflection, I found consistent love and support through a circle of strong women. One day, I had an “Aha!” moment. When women speak, change happens. My new mission was going to be using my voice. There is tremendous power in connecting, engaging, and supporting other women.
This moment led to the H.E.R! podcast and my new life goal to use my voice to connect with and support other women. After launching the podcast, I began speaking at community events like Women in Business luncheons. Since then, I haven’t stopped speaking up, and I don’t think I ever will.
My story wouldn’t be complete without recognizing my summer love and husband of thirty beautiful years, Jorge. WE have two grown children, Angelika and Jorge, our strong willed little chihuahua, Belle and a flock of 11 chickens, who brought us so much joy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Life is always going to throw you curve balls and challenges, that is what makes it so interesting. Being able to balance and look those challenges head on without fear is what makes life worth living. Though I had many challenges as a young mom entrepreneur, I learned that I had the strength and determination to keep moving forward, always striving for more and being the best version of me I could be.
- Elika Maria
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H.E.R! HEAL, EMPOWER, RISE! PODCAST
A Women-led Podcast with your hosts, Elika Maria Almeida and Alegria Sita Amor.
Enjoy time spent with other women just like you.