Stephanie Zelaya: Inspiring Us Through Song to Follow Our Dreams

July 6, 2016
Hosted by Alise Cortez, PhD

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Imagine your job is to make beautiful music and move and inspire people across the world with the beauty of your song. And consider you discovered this talent and have been cultivating it from the toddler years, thanks to the gift of a beloved grandfather who imparted his inspiration and recognized talent when he saw it. In this episode, we learn how international singer and composer Stephanie Zelaya found her passion at age 3 and continued her quest to develop it into a beautiful expression of who she is today in her early 20s as she tours the Americas. Singing in Spanish and English, she shares her early influences, key milestones, and educational opportunities and what she hopes most to give her listeners. Many people ache to discover the work they were meant to do and often lack the courage to pursue it once they do. Tune into this episode and listen to Stephanie share her story and you just might find your own inspiration to reach for the stars and follow your own life’s dreams.

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WORK. For some, its utter lack of perceived significance hurls them into existential crisis, while for others being on the job allows the highest level of fulfillment and even provides a life purpose. We spend a full third of our lives either preparing for work via school or actually being in the workforce. Why not look for ways to maximize the meaning, positive sentiment, and performance contribution associated with it? This show explores the journey and experiences of how various people navigate their careers toward meaningful work-life integration. Anyone looking for guidance, inspiration, and examples on how to get unstuck at work or move to a higher level of meaning or contribution will enjoy tuning in. We’ll hear from everyday people telling their work-life stories and from other authors who have contributed their understanding to the topic of work, careers, and work-life integration. Working on Purpose airs live Wednesdays at 3 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment.

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Alise Cortez, PhD

Alise Cortez, PhD

Dr. Alise Cortez is a Speaker and Development and Engagement Catalyst based in Dallas, Texas. Having developed her career within the Human Capital industry over the last 16 years, today she is focused on coaching individuals from ages 9 to 90 to celebrate who they are and ultimately navigate toward meaningful work-life integration. She also consults with organizations and conducts workshops to increase employee satisfaction, engagement, performance, and retention.

Alise earned a PhD in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. Fascinated with how people choose and experience their careers, she focused her dissertation on meaning in work and its relationship to personal identity. Today, she is further developing her “modes of engagement” concept having conducted interview-based research with professionals aged 18 to 80 across multiple industries and is now writing a book about her findings.

Alise is also a college Professor of Psychology and a Gallup-certified Strengths coach. She has lived in Spain and Brazil, traveled extensively across Western Europe, South America, and parts of India, and has some language ability in Spanish and Portuguese. She is also a wife, a mother to a 12-year old daughter, and has served in various community service leadership roles in East Dallas. All these aspects inform Alise’s identity and how she seeks to integrate the work she does within her overall life.

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