Amber Ortiz Diaz

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Amber Ortiz Diaz

Categories: #52Women52Weeks

Today we celebrate Amber Ortiz Diaz! YWCA Yakima is on a mission to empower women. #52women52weeks was created to celebrate and highlight the amazing women & #SHEros in the #yakimavalley. We are proud to share more about Amber Ortiz Diaz.

What is one word that describes you perfectly?

What advice would you give to the next generation of female leaders?
Don’t compare your journey to others. You write your own journey, your own path, and it is unique to you. Share your knowledge and see other women as collaborators, mentors, and stay true to who you are. Find spaces where you can bring your WHOLE self (boards, work, friends). Your lived experiences matter. I am still learning this, too! It can be a process and that is okay.

What makes you happy?
In a fast-paced world, my happiness is centered around slowing down and being surrounded with my loved ones — my husband Tyler, my two boys Jaiden (11 yrs) and Declan (9 months). Outside of family I love to see former scholars, students, or anyone who I had the privilege of working with grow, overcome obstacles and are now thriving in their current roles.

How do you measure success?
By celebrating little and big wins! Also, being able to be in a position where you can make an impact every day through your words, actions, and intentions. Making a difference in this community is a collaborative effort that starts with one person but has a ripple effect.

What historical event inspires you the most?
June 2022, Katya Echazarreta made history as she became the first Mexican-born woman to travel into outer space. She stated in an interview with ABC “it’s a huge responsibility for women of color who are pursuing big dreams. It’s harder for us, I know that, but it’s also possible for us. I also know that I’ve seen it. I’ve done it. I’ve lived it. Sí se puede.”

What is your favorite quote and why?
“You have this one opportunity on earth to show who you are, to express the beauty, light and magic in your spirit. So why not bare your soul unafraid and unapologetically? Let the rest of your universe see you. Give them the gift of knowing you.” – Tanaya Winder. I came across her work at a conference recently and this really spoke to me because it highlights the importance of being your whole and authentic self.