Speaking Engagements

Dr. Yanira Hernandez is an accomplished and passionate speaker with expertise in mental health within Latinx communities, professional identity, imposter syndrome, anxiety and stress management, trauma, resilience, wellness, self-care, and destigmatizing mental health and therapy. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to each speaking engagement, leaving audiences informed, inspired, and empowered.

Whether you’re organizing a conference, workshop, webinar, or panel discussion, Dr. Yanira Hernandez is ready to deliver an impactful and enlightening presentation tailored to your audience’s needs. Her passion for mental health advocacy, cultural competence, and empowerment shines through in every speaking engagement.

Why Choose Dr. Yanira Hernandez As Your Speaker?

Dr. Hernandez offers a range of thought-provoking and relevant speaking topics, including:

Mental Health Within Latinx Communities

Exploring the unique challenges, stigmas, and strategies for promoting mental well-being within Latinx communities.

Professional Identity & Imposter Phenomenon Experience (Imposter Syndrome)

Diving into the complexities of the imposter phenomenon (aka imposter syndrome), especially as it relates to BIPOC professionals and students, and discover strategies for overcoming self-doubt and achieving professional success.

Managing Anxiety & Stress

Learning practical techniques for managing anxiety and stress in today’s fast-paced world.

Intergenerational Trauma & Resiliency

Gaining insights into the impact of trauma and discover ways to build resilience and heal.

Wellness & Self-Care

Exploring the importance of self-care and wellness practices for maintaining mental and emotional balance.

Destigmatizing Mental Health & Therapy

Challenging the stigma surrounding mental health and therapy, and learn how to create more open and supportive communities.

First-Generation Experience & Empowerment

Understanding the unique experiences and challenges faced by First-Generation professionals and students, and explore strategies for empowerment and success.

Bicultural Mindset: Embracing Strength In Diversity

Understanding the power of a bicultural mindset, leveraging diverse backgrounds to enhance personal growth and mental well-being.

Empowering Latinx Youth

Reviewing the unique challenges faced by Latinx youth in today’s world and discover strategies for promoting their mental well-being and self-empowerment.

*Topics available upon request.

To inquire about Dr. Hernandez’s availability and discuss your event’s specific requirements, please email yanirahernandez@palantetherapy.com or through the form bellow:

Past Talks:

San Diego State University Women of Color Empowerment Group & HSI Student Advisory Board Event- Guest Speaker, April 2024

"Cuando ‘echarle ganas’ is not enough: Navigating wellness and mental health as First-Gen Latinx/e College Students"- Guest Speaker, USC Multicultural Greek Council, April 2024

"Educators of color: Transforming Classrooms while Honoring Ourselves"- Guest Speaker, ALDER Graduate School of Education, February 2024

"El pasado es el presente: Impacto del trauma intergeneracional en la comunidad Latine"- Presenter, Children's Hospital Orange County, Pediatric Psychology, CHiSPA Seminar, January 2024

Latinas Represent Keynote Speaker: “Transforming Communities while Honoring Ourselves,” May 2023

Latina Youth Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker for Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. UCLA and UCSB Chapters, May 2023

“Trauma Exposed Children in Schools”- Co-Presenter, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, USC UCEDD Pediatric Psychology, March 2023

SD Voyager Local Stories- interviewee with Editorial Staff, November 2022

National Leadership Organizational Development Conference Keynote Speaker for Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc., August 2022

“Intergenerational Trauma”- Interviewee with Lead Editor at HipLatina News and Media, June 2022

“Navigating the Professional Identity as Latinx Graduate Students & Professionals”- Guest Speaker for UC Davis Latino Medical Student Association, May 2022

Voyage LA/Shoutout SoCal Magazine- Interviewee with Editorial Staff, April 2022

Together, Let’s Inspire And Educate Your Audience On Topics That Matter.

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Querida mamás inmigrantes… 📝

For those celebrating Mother’s Day today, feliz día de las mamis. I  penned this letter to all the mamis especially nuestras madres inmigrantes 💕

Sending un abrazo fuerte to those grieving a mother, to those unable to see their mother, to those who don’t have a relationship with their mother, to those who have an emotionally absent mother, to those who are navigating difficulties in motherhood, to new mothers, to those having to step into roles of motherhood, and to all mothers who are simply trying to figure it out as they go. 

Les mando mucha luz en este día ✨🤍💐
-Dra. Hernández @palantetherapy

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Mi gente, this week I had the honor of speaking at the Women of Color Empowerment Group event at San Diego State University. 🩷 @sdsuhsi 

I had the opportunity to engage in a plática with the amazing @drhortenciajimenez about intergenerational healing through intersections of mental health, body image, and diet culture. I unapologetically invited all my identities into this sacred space because for so long, these identities carried shame. I am a proud First Generation Latina who is the eldest daughter of undocumented immigrants, who calls South Central LA home. As we discussed the intersects of cultura with intergenerational trauma and diet culture, my inner niña felt seen as I was often teased and bullied by my tíos former being a child in a bigger body and questioned how I was going to look in my quinceañera dress if I didn’t lose weight. 

We discussed the emotional, mental, social, and biological impact of intergenerational trauma on BIPOC communities. We called out oppressive systems that perpetuate Eurocentric ideology. We called in our ancestral wisdom and gifts that invite us to lean into intergenerational healing. We leaned into our comunidad as strength y honestamente, Que chingon me sentí being surrounded by resilient powerful women. 

And shoutout to my hubby for cheering me on. He sees a lot of the work I do behind the scenes but this time he had front row seats. 💕

I dedicate this keynote to my papí, my viejito who cleans the offices of a CEO in a produce company and even though he has an honest hardworking job, su hija también es una CEO y un día lo vamos a retirar 🥹.

May we unapologetically take up space anywhere we go, lean into intergenerational healing, and honor our ancestral gifts. Cargamos cultura, resiliencia, y fortaleza en la frente. 🌵

Siempre pa’delante! Dra. Hernández @palantetherapy 

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As a First Gen Latina professional, who lived most of her young adult years with her parents, I feared the licuadora going off or the sound of the paletero during my meetings. I recall feeling so anxious before my virtual meetings because I didn’t want to look “unprofessional.” I had to consistently tell my mom, “Ama, no vaya a moler nada en la próxima hora.” And then she would hit me the “ay sorry mija se me olvido.” 🫠 Anybody else relate? 😩

The cultural negotiations we have to do as First Gens often include navigating working from home in a multi-generational home. Sometimes it’s not as easy as just telling our parents or family members to ‘keep it down’ for the next hour. It may require more than this simple explanation. Often, our parents or family members who have never navigated educational or professional spaces have a hard time understanding why we need a quiet space for a given time or the nuances of meeting virtually. Perhaps a level of understanding might have increase as a result of COVID, but still not quite. 

If you’re a student or ‘professional’ working from home en una esquinita de tu casa and residing with your parents or family, please compassionately remind yourself that you’re doing the best that you can with the resources you have. Maybe you decide to plan for alternative ways to show up virtually but maybe it’s out of your capacity or control. If this is the case, take a long deep breath, remind yourself that you are capable regardless of your current home/environmental circumstance. 💚

Abrazos fuertes,
Dra. Hernández @palantetherapy ✨

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