International Association of Women Recognizes Marie Zoutomou-Quintanilla as a 2020-2021 Influencer

Marie Zoutomou-Quintanilla, Motivational Speaker and Author at MarieZQ.com, joins networking organization

​The International Association of Women (IAW) recognizes Marie Zoutomou-Quintanilla as a 2020-2021 Influencer. She is acknowledged as a leader in entrepreneurship. The International Association of Women (IAW) is a global in-person and online networking platform with more than 100 local chapters, international chapters and 1,000+ in-person and virtual events.

Marie Zoutomou-Quintanilla’s own battle with cancer has inspired her to help others, and for the past eight years, she has been doing just that. “After I survived cancer, I began to think deeply about my purpose in the word and my calling,” she said. “My goal in life is to help others. I began with volunteer speaking engagements for the American Cancer Society and released my motivational book, You Are Being Tested, Do Not Worry.” She is also the author of two children’s books about bullying.

Ms. Zoutomou-Quintanilla’s books and website, MarieZQ, focus on how faith can help anyone get through life’s challenges. “It was written with the intention to inspire others who are enduring a loss, tragedy, illness or life-changing event to keep going and not lose sight of what matters,” she said. “As I face my own struggles in life, I always aspire to keep a positive attitude, have faith and inspire others to strive for a better future.”

In her work, Ms. Zoutomou-Quintanilla talks about what she calls the four key elements everyone needs as they manage personal challenges and obstacles: faith, love, positive attitude and visualizing a better future. Using her own experience, she emphasizes that cancer is not an automatic death sentence and applies her philosophy to other aspects of a person’s life.

“When I write about cancer, the concepts that speak to perseverance apply to many other aspects of life,” Ms. Zoutomou-Quintanilla said. “The same can be said regarding my writings on anti-bullying, where I try to inspire children to have more self-confidence. Try to find an aspect of life in which self-confidence is not needed-you can’t. When I speak to an audience, I want them to know that they have the tools to achieve self-empowerment and that the fundamental concepts I lecture upon apply to varied real-life situations.”

Being able to give others hope is very rewarding, said Ms. Zoutomou-Quintanilla. She will continue to help others through her motivational speaking engagements. “I deeply believe that everyone has a purpose,” she added. “I know mine. I am here to inspire others.”

Education & Accomplishments: MBA, Chairperson and speaker for the American Cancer Society

Source: International Association of Professional Women

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