Dallas LATINA Style Business Series
Thursday, April 17, 2014 – 7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel
300 Reunion Blvd
Ms. Shayla Rivera
Former Aerospace Engineer with NASA, Keynote Speaker, TV Host, Emcee/Host, Humorist, Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer and Awareness Expert.
Shayla Rivera was born and raised in Puerto Rico, Rivera grew up with an avid interest in science, machinery and fixing things. Her family always encouraged her to go to college and have a professional career. Rivera attended Texas A&M University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Psychology. She joined McDonnell Douglas Space Systems at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, to work on NASA’s Shuttle and Space Station programs for eight years.
Rivera left NASA to pursue her abiding interest in psychology trying to figure out what makes people tick. Her career took her through several years in Technical Sales of environmental systems and water treatment chemicals onto becoming a corporate trainer. Rivera began facilitating life-changing seminars on stress management for executives at companies around the country. Shortly thereafter, she began giving motivational speeches. She applies her expertise as a speaker to help many non-profit organizations, charitable and educational programs. She has spoken to clients across the country including corporations, national and local organizations, and students from elementary school to college. Rivera has been speaking and performing for 20 years and has broad appeal to men and women of all backgrounds.
While she was conducting seminars, Rivera discovered she had comedic skills. She signed up for a weekend class on stand-up comedy, at the end of which she performed a five-minute routine. It was a personal turning point. “I knew I’d found what I was looking for,” Rivera recalled. Almost immediately, Rivera became a regular at Comedy Clubs nationwide. She used her experiences to create the hit one woman show “Rocket Science and Salsa,” directed by Debbie Allen for which Rivera earned a “Best Lead Actress” nomination by the NAACP Theater Awards, as well as a nomination for “Best Choreography” for Allen. Rivera hosted the 13 episode TV series “You’re Not The Man I Married” for the Lifetime Real Women Network.
Rivera performs live stand-up comedy nationwide and is very proud of her tours to entertain U.S. troops in Iraq and around the world. In recent years, Rivera has served as host/emcee for many events, such as award shows, gala’s, fundraisers and festivals. Rivera says, “My number one goal is to inspire, through laughter and my keynotes.” Rivera has seen, first-hand, the impact the Latino population and culture has had in all levels of American corporations, organizations and education and is focused on helping make this merge occur as smooth as possible. She jokes, “We are all the same only different…once we understand this, we will be able to seize the opportunities that lie in our seeming differences.”
Shayla Rivera is not easily placed in just one category or class, she defines her own.
You can visit Shayla’s website at: www.FunnyRocketScientist.com