Meet Daphne Valcin of Daphne Valcin Coaching
Child of Haitian immigrants, devoted mother, loving wife, and entrepreneur, Daphne Valcin is the Chief Executive Officer of Daphne Valcin Coaching. Daphne Valcin Coaching is a leadership and business coaching practice, based in Miami, Florida, that’s laser-focused on equipping clients with the strategies and tools that get them major results. She is a seasoned mentor, professional speaker, certified group facilitator, and leadership and business coach who has facilitated growth opportunities for thousands of people throughout the East Coast for more than a decade.
Daphne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from the College of Journalism at the University of Florida as well as a Master of Science degree in Secondary Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds Certified Professional Coach & Energy Leadership Index-Master Practitioner certifications from The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.
Daphne is also the Executive Director of Project Inspire, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides college preparation; career preparation; self and community empowerment; scholarships; and professional development for youth and young adults.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a CEO, Leadership & Business Coach, and Professional Speaker with a mission to be a social change agent. I have focused much of my life on being a blessing to individuals and communities from as early as I can remember, and for over a decade, I’ve served thousands of individuals across the East Coast through speaking, mentorship, project management, and coaching. I am also a wife to an amazing husband, Bobby Valcin, and a proud mother of a 15-month-old girl, Jasmine Valcin.
What do you do, and how did you get to where you are? What do you enjoy the most about your work? What’s a typical day like for you?
As a leadership and business coach, I support my clients in meeting their personal and professional goals and in achieving the results they desire, whether it’s moving them from having a vision to transitioning that into a business, or having them go from having a business to making that business be more profitable, or providing them with a practical roadmap to success in the areas of their lives that they label as priority. I serve my clients virtually or in-person, and my client base has included individual and organizational clients all over the country in states including Florida, Georgia, Texas, New York, Philadelphia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. I am also a professional speaker, having done keynote speeches and other speeches to audiences around the country, and especially throughout the East coast.
I believe that I am successful because, from a very young age, people saw something in me and gave me a platform for that success. I was my preschool’s valedictorian (and I’m not even sure how I got that distinction but am happy to have it) and spoke at my preschool graduation; I was honored with the Women of Tomorrow title at Oak Grove Elementary in 6th grade and had the opportunity to do a speech about my dreams for my future in front of hundreds of students at my elementary school as a result of this honor; and in high school, my band director and other mentors gave me the space and support to provide guidance to my peers and speak to large audiences through formal leadership roles. There were times growing up when peers of various socioeconomic statuses would come to me for guidance and direction forming the foundation for me being a mentor to many. I ended up speaking at my college graduation from the University of Florida after being involved in almost 40 organizations there. I went on to work in Public Relations, interning, growing businesses, and supporting education-related organizations with my background in PR. I later fell in love with being in the classroom and serving youth directly, and because of the guidance of more than one stranger, ended up having the opportunity to attend an Ivy League University where I delved deeply into how to strategically educate and empower youth. I was told by more than one teen who I served that I had a gift for changing lives and empowering people.
My current vocation combines my knack for empowerment with my love for growing organizations and with my passion for tapping into the potential of people and ideas. Even the challenges in my life had a huge impact on my journey. When I was 17 years old, I was in a severe car accident. I was the driver of a car where me and 5 of my peers almost lost our lives. With gang activity happening in my neighborhood, the first person who told me I was beautiful was murdered while I was in college. A peer who I tutored in high school was also murdered while I was in college. As a result of experiences like this, I highly value the fact that God has spared my life and I see the potential and possibility in the lives of everyone I encounter. This allows me to maximize every moment and help others to do the same.
A young girl once came up to me crying after I spoke to her group. She said she was crying, because I had impacted her so much with my words. What I love about my work is that word, impact. I have the ability to change lives and even people’s legacies through the words I say, the strategies I share, and the empowerment I provide through coaching or speaking.
A typical day in my career consists of working with 3-5 coaching clients as well as the sales, marketing, and operations functions of my business that contribute to its growth.
What are some of the things you want to accomplish in your career and in your life
over the next 5 years?
In the next five years, I would like to grow my business to include dance, movement, and more forms of creative expression when it comes to the experience of coaching clients. I would also like to host live events for personal and professional empowerment. I hope to integrate my daughter into my business somehow and personally, will continue to grow as a wife and mother to be the best I can be in those areas. Professional development is also huge for me. I’d love to continue to invest a large deal of time into developing even more expertise in coaching, business, and personal development and would also love to attain additional certifications including a professional resume-writing certification as well as membership in the National Speakers Association--a membership which can only be gained by doing a certain number of paid speaking engagements.
What does being Haitian mean to you?
To me, being Haitian represents strength and the ability to overcome.
How can you put your gifts and talents of more use in the Haitian community?
I have a heart for service and would love to continue to share messages of inspiration and empowerment to audiences within the community where I’m from in North Miami Beach, Florida--a community which has a large Haitian population. I have a passion for youth and can definitely do more to mentor our next generation as they try to navigate their way to success.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about youth, empowerment, dance, God, family, and being a blessing. Youth are at the core of social change. We must pass the torch of impact in our communities to them, so it’s critical that we equip them with everything they need to be successful. Empowerment is at the foundation of personal and professional change. It can totally redirect someone going down the wrong path, and it can heighten the success of those who are already doing well but can do so much better. Dance is my love. I believe self-expression is such a powerful tool, and if more people expressed themselves, we would live in a much more peaceful society. God is my first priority among everything else, and every action I take must have him at the center. My family is my next priority after God. My goals and my legacy must be based on how my family fits into that. And when it comes to being a blessing, that goes back to God. I am so passionate about the purpose I believe that he has placed on my life to be a blessing to others daily with the time that he’s given me here on earth.
How can we support you in that?
I would love to have additional platforms to share my message of empowerment with individuals, organizations, businesses, or universities so that I can walk even more in my purpose of being a social change agent. If you know of an opportunity for me to share resources associated with the following topics through speaking, I would love to chat with you about how I might be of service:
- resilience in life and business;
- how to lay a firm foundation when it comes to your dream business;
- defeating obstacles to pursue dreams; or
- perseverance, motivation, and preparation for success.
What’s your superpower?
I facilitate life-changing impact to those I support by helping them see life from a totally different lens. Through working with me, people often feel like they see way more possibilities or opportunities than they saw before.
What’s your favorite quote?
“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.” - Luciano De Crescenzo
Finish this quote, being a Haitian-American Millennial means...
Being a Haitian-American Millennial means being cognizant of sacrifices that those who came before me have made for me.
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