A real jack of all trades, never afraid to walk down a new path or take on a new adventure.
GiGi Diaz has shown a passion for all things journalism from a very young age. A passion that has brought her to be the first Hispanic sports reporter to work with the United States Trotting Association covering international races like the Breeder’s Crown, Little Brown Jug, and the Hambletonian.
She has over 15 years experience as on-air talent and producer on both radio and television on stations such as Radio Disney, 95.7FM (WRMA), iHeart Radio's 93.9FM (WMIA), 92.1 (WRLX) TU949 (WZTU) and TV shows like “Arte Mundo Latino” (CanalSur/Estudio5), “Arrebatados” on America TeVe among many others.
She has experience covering sports, entertainment, and news before and behind the camera.
GiGi’s career in journalism began at an early age as the cofounder of the publication En Contacto Newspaper, publication covering the local beat, politics, and entertainment. Her time with EC Newspaper warded GiGi the entrepreneurial, marketing, and journalistic experience on which she has continued to build her career. While with EC Newspaper, GiGi worked as graphic designer, writer, and often as sales rep, selling over 50% of the publication’s advertising.
All of these roles, while challenging to balance, provided her with networking skills, a large database of contacts, extensive experience dealing with strict deadlines, and the opportunity to conduct interviews for her columns with celebrities such as Cristina Saralegui, Paulina Rubio, Pedro Moreno, Jencarlos Canela, Carlos Vives, among many others. Charismatic, self-motivated, dynamic, and innovative, GiGi brings freshness to any screen and page. Born in Cuba, where she received training at ICRT (Instituto Cubano de Radio y Television) and later migrating to the USA and adopting American culture while furthering her training, she’s empowered by a diverse background and experiences that allow her to relate to both cultures, making her writing and reporting styles welcoming to all in a fully bilingual manner.
GiGi has been chosen to host numerous television programs reporting on local news as well entertainment pieces; hosting; and interviewing personalities in the entertainment field- Rakim y Ken-Y, Tiempo Libre, Vacilos- as well as politicians such as and Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Mayor Julio Robaina, and others.
During her journalism internship with Telemundo Network GiGi’s ability to learn quickly, adapt to most work environments, and succeed under pressure earned her the opportunity to work closely with professionals such as Jose Diaz-Balart, Maria Celeste Arraras… and awarded her the role of Field Producer for the network’s national news cast Noticiero Telemundo as well as Al Rojo Vivo for numerous pieces and live shots.
GiGi is a Florida International University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology; an academic foundation that has given her great research skills as well as the ability to understand, relate to, and communicate with groups of all different cultural backgrounds; something that has proven to be very useful in her career.
She also has a Masters degree in Global Strategic Communications, also from FIU, which has granted her further expertise in her field giving her additional skills in marketing, social media management and public relations.
GiGi has always been a determined woman with a strong will to grow and make her dreams come true. Throughout her career she has coached others and helped them establish their own paths. This natural desire and ability to positively influence others and help them reach their full potential led GiGi to enroll in the University of Miami where she honed her natural coaching abilities with formal training to become an ICF Certified Life Coach.
GiGi's niche as a Life Coach is helping her clients find findings inner happiness. In addition to other training she also has a Certificate in Happiness Studies from the Happiness Studies Academy, founded by Harvard Professor Tal Ben-Shahar. This certificate has taught GiGi how to help others find their inner happiness, the main focus of her coaching practice.
GiGi is, without a doubt, a proverbial "Girl Boss". In 2003 she founded GiGi’s Academy, a performing arts studio dedicated to offering children a safe place of nurture, growth, and rhythm. The studio offers multiple services aside from dance classes. These include Quinces choreographies, Master of Ceremony services, Event Planning, Summer Camp, After-School Care, and tutoring.
There were two major life events that led GiGi to her second business launch: realizing how emotionally overwhelming it is to run a business and a career simultaneously. The second was a loss in the family that changed her perspective on the real definition of happiness.
Realizing she has a knack for inspiring others to find their calling and walk toward it fearlessly, based on having helped others throughout her career, and after taking her natural coaching skills to the next level with her Life Coach training at University of Miami, GiGi launched Seizing Happy.
Seizing Happy is Life Coaching organization dedicated to helping individuals find their inner happiness through improving the 5 main sectors of human wellness. These include spiritual, physical, intellectual, relational and emotional. Seizing Happy offers group, individual, and corporate coaching.
Both GiGi and her businesses have received numerous accolades including Reporter of the Year, Best Miami Dance Studio, and Best Radio Host by the organization Women in the Arts. She was also awarded Best Journalistic Crossover by CARTELES magazine and has received numerous proclamations from the City of Hialeah, where her dance studio is located, for her positive impact in her community.
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