Val Margarit is an award-winning educational leader, speaker, and the author of Why Not You? How to Become an Empowered Woman and The Successful Student Mindset. She is an advocate for holistic education, equity, justice, gender equality, diversity, and inclusion. A transformational educator, Val’s vision is to empower people to believe in and to take action toward a better life that has meaning, intention, and purpose. To dream big, take chances, and to be fearless in pursuing their full potential. She became a transformational educator to help others as she believes every person has the capability to achieve their boldest dreams and full potential. After all, she believes that "achieving one’s full potential has less to do with genetics and IQ and everything to do with opportunity, high-quality education, and how you think about and live your life - habits, self-discipline, resilience, hard work, and mindsets." She lives in South Florida, and lectures about education, students' and teachers' success, culture and society. Val facilitates workshops on personal growth and leadership and speaks on topics about college student success.