Esther Gonzalez Freeman is a Latina educator, speaker, writer, advocate, and certified life and career coach.
Esther is passionate about motivating, empowering, and guiding others to create fulfilling, purposeful, and balanced lives. Reflecting on the challenges and lessons from her own life, Esther shares the power of accepting and loving yourself, even when it is most difficult. Esther shares how difficult experiences in life give people the opportunity to learn more about themselves and gain resilience.
During her 16+ years in higher education, Esther has drawn on her experience as a first generation college graduate to develop and lead programs focused on diversity and inclusion, leadership and career development, the retention of first generation and high financial need students, and more. She is currently the Co-Director of the Odyssey Program at Elon University’s Center for Access and Success.
Esther is passionate about motivating, empowering, and guiding others to create fulfilling, purposeful, and balanced lives. As a speaker, writer, and coach, Esther is respected for her unflinching authenticity regarding her own experiences and “tell-it-like-it-is” bluntness concerning body positivity, mental health, wellness, faith, and more—all of which is delivered with warmth, humor, and empathy. Esther has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show and TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life (Season 1), and has been quoted and featured in Reader’s Digest, Dr. Oz The Good Life, Rumbo Austin, Forsyth Woman Magazine, and Galtime.com.
Esther has earned a BA in Political Science from The College of New Jersey, an MS in Leadership & Business Ethics from Duquesne University, and is currently pursuing her MBA at Elon University.