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Fostering Career Success and Fulfillment for Women and Ethnically Diverse Professionals.

Collaborative Strategies to Overcome Barriers, Unlock Your True Potential, and Lead with Confidence & Purpose.

Are you ready?

Transformation is a journey without a final destination

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Diverse Woman Stressed
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Do you ever find yourself...

  • Lacking confidence about who you are and what you have to offer?

  • Anxious about initiating change and uncertain about where to begin?

  • Struggling with self-doubt and finding your place?

  • Longing for fulfillment and a sense of purpose that truly resonates with you?

If you are nodding along to any of these experiences, know that you're not alone. 

Navigating your journey can be challenging, particularly without a plan and guide.


Dreaming of being a leader who is more confident, brave, successful, and brilliantly yourself is just the beginning; turning those aspirations into reality is where the real journey begins.

The good news? The key to your success resides within you.


Even better news? You don't have to navigate your journey alone. Our purpose is to light the way and use our framework + tools to overcome obstacles and empower your journey to greatness.

About Me

Hi, I'm Cecilia Hajredinaj (Rodriguez Gallardo)

Leadership Coach & Strategist

As the founder of Thrive & Lead by Design, I bring 35+ years of cumulative leadership and coaching experience from various Fortune 500 companies. This extensive journey has honed my skills as a leader, barrier breaker, and career navigator. 


Throughout my professional journey, I've nurtured a talent for inspiring and guiding individuals, particularly women and ethnically diverse leaders, to overcome obstacles to success and unlock their full potential. 

Recognizing the pivotal role of self-awareness in my own leadership evolution, I've actively collaborated with trusted partners – coaches – to enhance my skills, confront limiting beliefs, uncover my true motivations & passion, gain clarity and courage.  I discovered that accepting my complete self was crucial for overcoming obstacles, rising as a leader, and nurturing a fulfilling career.

This personal journey has ignited a passion to support others facing similar obstacles. Acknowledging the profound impact of coaching, I am deeply committed to empowering diverse individuals to achieve their desired goals and dreams, thrive in their careers and lead confidently with purpose. I accomplish this by leveraging my unique blend of personal insight, business acumen, and a coaching framework + tools.

Are you ready to embark on your journey? Let's take the first step together!

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How We Can Help You


Personalized Coaching

Tailored coaching services catered to your individual needs. Picture a customized roadmap designed to lead you towards your goals. Our mission is to help you achieve your career aspirations, whether it's advancing in your career, enhancing your skills, discovering your passion and purpose, or striving to be heard & seen as an authentic leader. We offer transformative sessions focused on unlocking your true potential, increasing self-awareness, and overcoming obstacles, with the added benefit of a peer community.

Schedule a free consultation today!


Behavioral Insights Tools

Our behavioral insights tools & debriefs offer more than just surface-level observations – they provide actionable and profound insights into individual and team behaviors, preferences, and motivations.

Join the ranks of those who harness the power of behavioral insights to unlock their full potential and reach new levels of success.

Contact us to learn more.


Workshops & Programs

In today's collaborative workplace, individuals rarely work alone. We understand the importance of nurturing team and group development. Our tailored workshops and programs are designed to ignite synergy and drive results among multiple participants. Whether you're aiming to enhance communication, cultivate strong leadership skills, foster a sense of community, or propel organizational success, we've got the tools and strategies to make it happen.

Contact us today to discuss your specific needs and how we can assist you.

Success Stories

"The coaching sessions taught me to be kinder to myself and appreciate my accomplishments.  Also, to value my time and delegate to others when possible.  Cecilia was a great listener to my challenges of the week and helped me to navigate through them and set priorities. The career projection exercise was challenging and very effective. It brought to light professional areas of interest I had been contemplating, but had not put on paper in this way. It is a great tool and will use it in the future."

Stephanie C., Commercial Finance Leader (brewing company)

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