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Linda has guided me to make sound decisions while seeking practical and efficient solutions, and to stop beating around the bush to pursue my purpose and value the uniqueness of my path. Time is precious, life is short and Linda’s counsel is priceless.
As an equity leader managing power dynamics, her coaching approach is helping me to dismantle white supremacist cultures by embracing my power. Her graceful approach pushes me out of my comfort zone so that I can fully embrace my Latina super power!
Working with Linda helped me become unstuck from negative thinking and the pull of taking so-called “safe” career paths. She helped me see how following my passion, although scary, is doable, deeply fulfilling and a happier path. I couldn’t have made the shift without her.
I got to work with Linda as a coach through the Windcall program and she was just the right match for me. Linda is thorough, excellent at getting to root causes of issues, and deeply committed to unveiling power within her clients. I felt seen, supported, and able to quickly move both technical and emotional blocks to my work out of the way, and drop into deeply purposeful work. I recommend her for folks who are ready to do some focused work towards their joy.
Linda’s wisdom, guidance, and passion were key in helping me realize the changes I needed to see and make in order to move forward with my career. Linda’s career coaching strategies greatly assisted in setting reasonable and achievable regular goals that facilitated making a long-term major change and a step forward. Her innovative approach to resume work encouraged me to reevaluate my approach towards resume writing and greatly improved careers communications strategies. Linda’s networking advice was similarly invaluable in assisting me with maximizing my return on investment for time spent on career and job search activities while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Working with Linda is a great pleasure. She is always “present” with the client. In a group session, she capably changes course on the spot to ensure that the client gets the help that is needed at that moment and is able to move forward and to break through whatever has impeded progress in the organization.
Linda challenged me to take the steps that helped me little by little develop a confidence that was unknown to me. I thank Linda for putting me on the road to self-discovery of my powerful voice as my leader. I continue to be in management right now, and I can attest how the work done with Linda supported the way I now carry myself.
Linda and I have been working together for about eight years now. She has coached me through major life goals: writing my MA thesis, running for office, losing a parent, and losing a job. I struggle with self-care and working with Linda helps me stay focused on caring for myself in spite of what is happening in my life, and to keep moving toward my goals, sometimes fast and sometimes slowly, but making progress. It helps to have someone who lovingly holds me accountable to my goals.
Working with Linda, I not only accomplished my goals in less than a year, but I also made a shift in perspective and beliefs that will serve me for years to come. She was able to tailor each coaching session to my present needs and still keep focused on the bigger vision for the future.
I’ve had the good fortune to benefit from Linda González’ wise counsel in many areas. She is a gifted writer/editor, with a keen eye and ear for the written and spoken word and strong sense of the power of story. Linda’s extraordinary commitment to social justice and her efforts to expand opportunities for people of color, especially mujeres, is an inspiration. As she does for herself, Linda helps each of us envision and plan how we can create fulfilling personal and professional lives.
We are so fortunate that Linda González took the time to collect and curate the wisdom from her decades-long coaching practice into this small and powerful volume. With clarity and precision, González names the many challenges facing women and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) who live and work under the systemic oppression of racism, sexism, homophobia, capitalism and white supremacy. With great compassion, she invites and encourages women and BIPOC to live with purpose as they come to know and learn to break through their own glass ceilings. She emphasizes this is the “critical internal work to be able to challenge these external barriers.” Breaking Through Your Own Glass Ceiling is career guidance with a self-care program that acknowledges the internalized ideas and behaviors that are created and perpetuated by oppressive systems, structures, and institutions. Linda’s uniquely valuable approach to embracing a full-hearted life is the hammer we need to break through.
Linda Gonzalez’ book offers sound and practical advice on how to live our best life. Each chapter provides inspiration and opportunities to explore how our multiple identities affect how we are treated, and how we treat others. Faking it ’til we make it or learning to lean in aren’t likely the strategies that best serve us as BIPOC. Breaking Through Your Own Glass Ceiling will help you create a roadmap for a career and a personal life that is rewarding and joyful.
“Breaking Through Your Own Glass Ceiling” confirms that Linda González is to women of color what Brene Brown is to everyone else. With keen insights into personal habits as well as societal and racial roadblocks that hinder professional growth, this book helps the reader to set a new course. It is as practical and accessible as it is challenging and thought-provoking. Although anyone and everyone looking for personal and professional growth should read this book, it is not comprised of clichés and generalizations. There is something personal, unique, and thought-provoking about each chapter, setting it apart from traditional self-help books. The fact that it often speaks specifically to the personal and professional needs of women of color is an absolute game changer!
As I read your book, I wondered why I didn’t start sooner. It’s so me and my situation. I don’t have to translate my experience as I do with other motivation/self-help books. It is healing the “now” and the “then” together. It helps so much to have this book to guide me.
It is extremely difficult to find self-help/leadership books specifically for people of color and this book is a welcome addition. Linda goes much deeper than the typical work harder/take more risks/listen to your gut type of advice and takes into account the inequities, prejudices, and exhaustion that people of color are constantly experiencing as they try to live full lives. Every part of her book reflects this – but without getting mired down in the hopelessness of it. She offers clear, actionable advice and exercises that anyone can do, and you’ll come out with more clarity about yourself, feeling more grounded in what you want, and inspired to keep going. It’s written in a friendly, conversational style and it’s pretty short (130 pgs). This is a big plus for people who want something user-friendly. It’s also easy to use as a group or with a friend.
The Cost of Our Lives deserves a place alongside our very finest stories about family and belonging. Big-spirited and with an unflinching gaze, she delves into the very heart of what it means to be family, no matter how complicated or uncomfortable the details. Her book is bold, honest, and wise. Brava!
The Cost of Our Lives is an immigrant daughter’s compassionate exploration of complicated inheritances. Using archival records and oral histories with her Colombian-Mexican family, Linda González untangles los engaños and the silences of her childhood to ultimately create a moving portrait of the complex family relations that shape a woman’s life.
With grace, clarity, and compassion, Linda González traces a life that is part of a complicated family tree that includes her father’s other wife and children, an emotionally distant and stubborn mother, her own siblings, and eventually a woman with whom she will start a family. Where avoidance of the truth often filled her childhood with confusion, González tears down the walls of denial to bring forth an honest and powerful memoir of one Latina’s life.”
Alternately searing and soaring, The Cost of Our Lives explores the multiple layers of her family history, from the parallel family sired and discarded by her beloved father to the emotional complexity of her own contemporary life. Fearless and unflinching, Linda Gonzalez shares a memoir suffused with loss and love, confusion and uncertainty, yet ultimately filled with gratitude and joy.
A deep, intimate, and beautifully written account of the immigration experience through the lens of a courageous woman. A healing window into the power of love, family, and identity. A must read for anyone looking for role models of courageous living and fully embracing our Latino heritage, including our español!
A moving family story that reveals universal truths. Linda deftly intertwines the stories of her father’s two families: one known to her, one kept secret for much of her life. As González seeks to connect with her lost siblings, she uncovers more and more family secrets—and learns to confront the silences inside her own psyche as well. This grand drama of a family tale is a regalo to us all, gifting us with its tenderness, struggle, and full-hearted path toward love and reconciliation.
Linda presented her “Breaking Through Your Own Glass Ceiling Workshop” for my organization Breaking The Glass. Her presentation was refreshing, honest, and thought-provoking. If you are looking to host an active and intersectional conversation, I highly recommend Linda.
Linda González spoke at Mission College on Cross cultural solidarity and about the life and lessons of César Chavez. Linda is a dynamic speaker with an expertise in supporting BIPOC (Black, Indegenous, and People of Color) and other underrepresented communities. Linda is also very knowledgeable on social justice issues and provided great depth to the conversation on racial equity. In addition, she provided a calm meditation which helped the audience to be focused and engaged. I would definitely recommend Linda for your next speaking engagement.