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In general, you may think that belonging to a minority group can make things difficult for you in life. Imagine the challenges and obstacles a young woman who moved to the United States at the age of 16 and spoke no English would have faced to transition successfully into her new home. Then, imagine what she would have faced, as a member of multiple minority groups, to eventually earn several business and technology certifications, two Associate Degrees, a Bachelor’s Degree, and a Master’s and become an executive and Chief Information Officer for a large university system in New York City.

Elaine’s story will inspire you to believe in yourself, no matter your circumstances. In this episode, she shares practical lessons she has learned that helped her become a better human being and connect with people at a deeper level.

Elaine Montilla’s path to success involves breaking out of the stereotypes. Society has tried to put her into so many different boxes that it is hard to keep track at this point—She is a Female, Latina, lesbian, and spiritual person who works in the male-dominated Information Technology (IT) world. Elaine has learned how to thrive and succeed beyond the boxes and cultivates powerful lessons that have made her a better person on her blog at and across various platforms on social media.

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