Erin Yoshimura is the Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Empowerful Changes™, a company that focuses on empowering clients to find their voice and stand with vigor through leadership training and coaching. Because she brings diversity to every room she enters, Erin uses her personal experiences to catalyze cultural awareness.
She’s created training programs, workshops and keynotes for clients including KUSA (Gannett), Raytheon, MillerCoors, Colorado State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, National Association of Asian American Professionals, and Comcast-NBCUniversal.
Erin coaches executives and emerging leaders for Los Angeles-based LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacific, Inc). She created and conducts the first Emerging Leaders Program in Denver specially designed for Asian American Pacific Islanders.
Erin is a certified Emotional Intelligence trainer, certified professional coach and recently received her certification in Conversational Intelligence® Coaching, the next evolution of coaching combined with neuroscience. Due to the growth of neuroscience, Erin is currently seeking a certificate in Foundations of Neuroleadership through the NeuroLeadership Institute.
As a life-long learner of diversity, she recently received a certificate in Mindful Facilitation through Stirfry Seminars and Founder Lee Mun Wah (Color of Fear) a nationally-recognized master in diversity and communications training.
Her career before becoming a trainer and coach was in high tech, where she was an East Asian product manager, IT project manager and IT change management analyst.
Until recently, Erin served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, a 501c3 non-profit organization celebrating pan-Asian culture that is the largest dragon boat festival across the U.S.
She combines her corporate and non-profit experience and passion for diversity with training and coaching to teach empowerful communication and cultural intelligence skills.
In 2014, Erin was the first Asian American chosen for the Livingston Fellowship, a recognition awarded to executive directors of non-profit organizations in Colorado by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.
“We’re all born with an inner wasabi…where’s yours?”