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Get to know Pegine

Known as a maverick leader Pegine is pioneering, irreverent, and entrepreneurial. As a Keynote speaker on leadership and business in a diverse world, she is motivational, inspirational, hilarious, authentic, and relevant.

Pegine believes in the power of people. The power to change themselves and become the leaders they want to be. Pegine knows that the power to change, to grow and go after their dreams is inside. She knows because she found her power, she shares her power with you.

“Pegine is a powerhouse of inspiration. From the gangs of New York to the boardrooms of government and corporations, she checks some pretty big boxes!”


“Be powerful! Be You! Make a positive impact! Lead in a diverse world,” is Pegine’s call to action.


She walks the talk. Pegine is the only Latina and one of only eight women inducted into the 60-member Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame; others include Anthony Robbins and Jack Canfield.

Her company was named the #3 Fastest-Growing Privately Own Companies in North Florida. Pegine was honored at the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Conference by Macy’s and Minority Business Enterprise Magazine, where she was named one of three Women Who ROCK IN BUSINESS; she was the cover story.

Her company received the Department of Defense’s CPARs (Contractor Performance Assessment Reports) rating of EXCELLENT for quality, service, and mission success for contracts over a million dollars (extremely rare).

She was named by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR professional society, as one of 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion. Clients include ten percent of the Fortune 100 global corporations, twelve percent of Direct Selling News Global Top 50 Companies, and all US military branches.


Pegine is the author of “Called to Lead: Success Strategies for Women,” ‘Sometimes You Need to Kick Your Own Butt, ‘‘Bragging Rights: Transform Your Team in 21 Days‘ and ‘I’ve Got the Power To Lead & Think Big, "50 Success Secrets of Feisty, Focused, Fearless, Fun Female Leaders".

Pegine is a former Bronx gang member and was expelled from her first high school. Pegine is a true American success story.

Her story and wisdom are featured in many books: “The American Dream Revisited” by Gary Sirak; “The Art of Bouncing Back” by Zelda Greenberg; “Speak and Grow Rich” by Dottie Walters; “Breaking Through Getting Past the Stuck Parts of Your Life” by Barbara Stanny; "Secrets of Superstar Speakers" Lilly Walters and "Powerful Self-Confidence: Developing Unshakeable Confidence (Made for Success)" with Zig Ziglar, Chris Widener (Author), Laura Stack (Author).

Pegine learned the power of the written word and the influence it has on others.


Pegine is quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Hispanic Business Magazine, and REAL LEADERS.

She appeared on most talk shows except Oprah and Jerry Springer. Montel Williams became her mentor and guide, winning his first Emmy with Pegine.

In the social media world, Pegine is recognized as one of the leading thought leaders in leadership, self-improvement, entrepreneurship, and small business, consistently ranking in the top .1 percent of people speaking on these topics.

Pegine was the “Lessons in Leadership” columnist for The Events Industry Council’s 33 member organizations representing over 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry.

Pegine learned the power of media, social media, and being unique.


As is evident from her presentations, Pegine is trained in improvisational theater, audience-interactive theater, and comedy. She performed in comedy clubs, and her BA is in Theater and Education. She specialized in interactive theater.

Pegine mastered engaging people in the power of laughter and group interaction.


Pegine has produced situational training exercises (STX), including large-scale exercises for thousands of leaders in the military and Fortune 50 companies.

 Pegine builds coalitions, collaboratives, and joint ventures with large and small businesses for large experiences.

These large-scale experiences involved over 25 vendors, thousand of independent contractors, and tens of thousands of participants.  She produced one 30,000 person event on the lawn of the National Mall; the keynote speaker was the President of the United States. The Emcee was Tom Selleck. She closes million-dollar deals.

Pegine learned the power of experiential learning, scale, contracting and managing scores of entrepreneurs, teams, and staff.


Pegine's Story

Pegine doesn’t just talk the talk – as a former gang member who transformed her life, Pegine walks the walk. During her teenage years, Pegine ran with the “wrong crowd” on the tough streets of the Bronx. She joined a girl gang and relied on her sharp wit and dynamic personality for “street credit.”

Unfortunately, Pegine’s charm wasn’t enough to keep her out of trouble, and she was expelled from high school. She eventually graduated from a different high school after a drama teacher there took Pegine under her wing. She was mentored by an unusual Girl Scout Leader named Ms. B. A powerful story of positive impact.

Pegine learned the power of mentoring and belonging to a group.


It was then, at age 18, that Pegine decided enough was enough and became a leader in her own life. She moved to Europe, and there Pegine turned her life around. She launched two businesses in Madrid, Spain, and sold them both at a profit by the time she was 23. She has continued to make bold, brave choices throughout her career.

She knows the power of choice.


After selling her businesses, Pegine returned to the United States to finish her bachelor’s degree. Her time in Europe taught her that “what you think is what you get,” sales skills are important for everyone, and that change takes guts.

Once she was back in the States, Pegine’s transformation continued. She became the top Evinrude salesperson at the New York Boat Show. She was the National Sales and Operations Manager at Pierre Cardin/Gant menswear and even opened up their Latino market.

Pegine was also President of a women’s direct sales catalog company. She has actively sold several direct sales products in her lifetime. 

  • Paid for college selling AVON
  • Partnered with AVON and DISCOVERY TOYS to teach sales skills to high-risk girls
  • Multi-generational family of direct sales business owners and customers.

Through these experiences, Pegine became fascinated with the relationship between motivation, leadership, and people. Specifically, why some people took advantage of opportunities while others didn’t, and how organizations help or hinder individual success.

Pegine learned the power of sales.


Clorox selected Hispanic motivational speaker Pegine as the spokesperson for their Dream Without Limits campaign. Her story and motivational quotes were featured in their marketing campaign and the Clorox Latino Facebook page.

Pegine’s life has been influenced powerfully by role models. Pegine inspires, giving people hope, tools, strategies, and tactics to thrive. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of women, girls, minorities, and the military.

Pegine understands that role models have power.


Pegine invests in her education and professional growth. 

Pegine completed her BA and was fascinated with Organizational Culture and Group Dynamics. She was on a mission to learn "How did organizations help or hinder people's success." She earned her Masters in Social Work in Organizational Development while she founded the University’s Cultural Diversity Committee. 

Later she was hired to develop a program to engage girls who were gang members.  Pegine designed and directed a Latino family support center, serving 1,003 girls a month. It was named one of the top ten Latino Family Support Centers by The Harvard Group Review. Her work was featured in the news. 

She received from Hofstra University in New York a Certificate of Entrepreneurship. And from the Universidad de Madrid, she received a Certification de Extranjeros (she speaks and presents in Spanish).

Pegine is an avid Think and Grow Rich student and is in several leadership and prosperity study groups.

Leadership speaker, motivational speaker, and business speaker Pegine puts all her education, experience, energy, and wit into her inspiring programs. 

Pegine knows the power of investing in your education and personal development.


Pegine lived in Europe for 3 years, ran two companies there. She has sold products and services to other countries. Her company trained over 20,000 officers from all branches of the military and 21 ally nations on cultural negotiations. She conducts an ongoing training called The Global Women’s Leadership Experience. An international gathering of women for the executive presence and leadership practice. She also presents on the topic of Dynamic Leadership in a Global Economy.

Pegine knows the power of international business.


Pegine works with sales groups and leadership groups and speaks at conferences on how each person is unique and powerful and uses those unique talents to increase productivity, team effectiveness, and garner success. Her expertise in engaging, recruiting, and retaining top female talent and diverse communities has been used by Harley Davidson, General Motors, and all branches of the military.

Pegine is the founder and President of Power Women Worldwide, a 1000+ membership group of global experts, authorities, and speakers who are female leaders. Women who are called to lead. The membership has Olympians, New York Times Bestselling authors, and some of the most brilliant minds in the world.

Pegine has experienced firsthand the power of women and diversity in business and leadership.


The CSP™ (Certified Speaking Professional) designation is conferred by the National Speakers Association® (NSA). The CSP designation is the speaking profession’s highest earned international measure of professional platform competence.

Less than 12 percent of the 5,000+ speakers worldwide, who belong to the 14 member associations of the Global Speakers Federation (GSF), currently hold this professional designation.

The CSP designation is earned by mastering the four professional competencies adopted by the NSA Board of Directors:

  • ο€ŒEloquence – The art of speaking and the use of powerful and persuasive presentations.
  • ο€ŒExpertise – Knowledge, skills and experience in a specific area.
  • ο€ŒEnterprise – The purposeful undertaking of a successful speaking business venture.
  • ο€ŒEthics – The standards governing the conduct of those in the speaking profession.

To earn the CSP designation, a speaker is required to:

  • ο€ŒPerform and document hundreds of presentations
  • ο€ŒShow income earnings of $50,000+ for a minimum of five years
  • ο€ŒReceive excellent ratings on performance evaluations from past clients and fellow CSPs
  • ο€ŒTake part in ongoing education
  • ο€ŒMaintain and renew their designation every 5 years

Pegine Knows the Power Of Certification, Assessment and Investment in Your Expertise.



  • ο€ŒNamed by Macy’s and Minority Business Entrepreneur Magazine as their Women who Rock in Business
  • ο€ŒFounder and President of the 880 member Power Women of the National Speakers Association. A group of female professional speakers, authors, and experts who are paid well to speak worldwide.
  • ο€ŒServed on the National Speakers Association board and the executive committee of the Global Federation of Speakers, a federation of speakers associations in 22 countries.
  • ο€ŒIt is one of 712 Certified Speaking Professionals worldwide, awarded for expertise, eloquence, enterprise, and ethics.
  • ο€ŒPresented at the Pentagon, keynoted with two US Presidents, two Secretaries of State, and authors John Maxwell and Suze Orman.
  • ο€ŒSelected by Clorox as the spokesperson for their Dream Without Limits campaign
  • ο€ŒIs one of 100 The Society of Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion
  • ο€ŒIs the only Latina and one of 8 female inductees into the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame
  • ο€Œ Named the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Women in Business Champion of the Year for the State of Florida
  • ο€ŒNamed the SBA’s Entrepreneur of the Year for North Florida
  • ο€ŒTestified before the Military Leadership Diversity Commission about diversity among white men
  • ο€ŒHonored by GI Forum for her work on behalf of Hispanics in the military and their families

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