Nicole Marquez Wins a Life Changing Opportunity with Eli Davidson


We recently had an opportunity to offer an amazing contest to our members at DivaCafe. The hosts of  Daytime with Donna asked us if we would like to include our members in their contest which was a Personal Coaching Session with Eli Davidson valued at $7,500. Eli Davidson is a renowned Life Coach who has worked with Oscar Nominees, Golden Globe winners and leaders in many industries.

One of our Diva Cafe members Susan Marquez told her daughter Nicole Marquez about our contest. We are so excited that she was selected for this incredible chance to learn great new techniques and information to help her going forward in her career.

We will be speaking with Nicole after her day with Eli and we will let you know her thoughts about her day with Eli Davidson and what changes this brings to her life.


Here is her entry:

Three years ago, at the age of 25, I was living my dream in New York City. Armed with a degree in theatre and dance from the University of Southern Mississippi, I had moved to the Big Apple to try to make a name for myself on Broadway.

That dream came to a screeching halt when I got locked out of my apartment building after my best audition yet. I went to the roof to see if I could find a way to my open bedroom window, but instead I fell. Six stories.

And I laid on the ground for over eight hours before being discovered. I had broken my neck, back, pelvis, ribs and punctured my lung.

NOT TO WORRY! I'm walking now, without assistance, and I have found myself thrust into the world of motivational speaking. Remember, I have a degree in theatre, and a very compelling story.

To date, I've made over 40 talks to everything from churches, schools and civic clubs to major conferences, including the Mississippi Arts Commission, New York Presbyterian Hospital's annual kickoff meeting and most recently, at the International Women's Leadership Conference in Honolulu.

I'm realizing that motivational speaking may be the way for me to get off of disability ($700/mo.) and make a real career for myself.

My biggest challenge in taking it to the next level is getting my name out there. People have to know about me in order to hire me. And while I am very comfortable in front of a live audience, I could use some coaching on my delivery--keeping the audience entertained and engaged.

The next level, for me, would be to have a full calendar of speaking engagements for the next two years. For me, that would mean independence. I'd be able to live on my own, and pay for an assistant. I would not have to be dependent on my family or government assistance to live the kind of life I'd like to live.

I believe my message (faith, perseverance, hope) will make the world a better place, one person at a time. If I can reach someone who is hurting, or feeling desperate because their plans have been disrupted, and show them that life just has bumps in the road, and you can either let that stop you dead in your tracks, or you can get to work figuring out a way to get over it or around it and keep on plowing ahead.

That would be my Big Impact and with my Big Income, I could help with a cause that is near and dear to my heart: making sure that the arts stay in our schools.

(NOTE: I was privileged to grow up in an area where the arts were celebrated, and I took dance, theatre and art from a very early age, and stayed with it all through school.

I believe that not only the creativity, but the discipline that the arts instill in a child is what helped me get through my ordeal. In dance, we learned to practice, practice, practice until our brain and body were in synch.

I used those same techniques throughout my physical rehabilitation, and I defied all the odds--I am a walking quadriplegic!)

I would be thrilled and honored to win a personal coaching session with Eli Davidson. She is an inspiration and I feel that time spent with her would help me move forward in a big way.
Thank you for your consideration,
Nicole Marquez

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Comment by Dede on December 14, 2011 at 10:38pm

Hi Nicole! Cannot wait to hear about your chat with Eli!! I think that Daytime with Donna would like to have you on their show with Eli!!

Comment by Nicole E Marquez on December 14, 2011 at 8:17pm

Ladies, Eli Davidson is like non other. She is truly, one amazing woman. Our time together was just AMAZING! She helped me locate this amazing life, my life, and the wonders that can unfold, and "oh, the places I'll go" Thank you, thank you, thank you

Comment by Robin Hunt on November 19, 2011 at 1:23am

I read about this some place else too.  Glad you had the opportunity to share your inspiration.

Comment by Lorie Roberts on November 17, 2011 at 10:51am

You are an inspiration Nicole!  So much courage.  Thank you for sharing your light with the world. It is a better place because of it! Blessings to you and your journey.

Comment by Fiona Villate on November 17, 2011 at 10:23am

Nicole I have seen your story on the NY Presbyterian ads here in the NY area. You are truley inspirational and very deserving of this opportunity. You've overcome so much and now a new bright future lies ahead. Congratulations and may God bless you. I look forward to hearing updates on your life's journey.

Comment by Shawn Ratcliff on November 10, 2011 at 9:24am

wow, I haven't been on in a while and I was just catching up. Your story is awesome and I am glad that you won. I, too, will follow you and I pray that the best is yet to come for you. God is so good!

Comment by CaSundra Gaylor on November 5, 2011 at 5:48am

Nicole you are truly an Inspiration! You deserve to win!!

Comment by Deborah Issa on November 4, 2011 at 6:50pm
Such an inspiring story....i simply loved it ! Congrats.......
Comment by Laura Black on November 4, 2011 at 5:16pm
Wow!  What a story!  Congratulations on your win.  When life throws us curve balls, we have an opportunity to discover just how really strong and courageous we can be.  I will follow your story.
Comment by Megan Herbert on November 4, 2011 at 2:23pm
This is an amazing story/experience for willpower & love of life. I can relate to having the willpower to defy the odds, although not to the extreme level of Nicole's battle, I was robbed of my ability to walk before giving birth to my 4th baby, even after his birth I still couldn't do it. I just had my back fused & I have pushed myself so hard to be able to hold my infant and toddler again. I'm so excited that Nicole has decided to share her inspirational experience in motivational speaking to bring hope to those that need that lift. Congratulations! You are awesome!
Comment by Crystal O'Connor on November 4, 2011 at 1:35pm
Wow, best story I've heard all year...LOVED it and literally had chills when she said she laid there for 8 hours before she was found.  I am so happy for her and so inspired by her story!  So glad she won the contest too.
Comment by Erin Patrick on November 4, 2011 at 1:28pm

What a truly amazing and inspiring story!!!  Nicole, I'm so glad you won!  You totally deserve it and I know it's going to help you do BIG things and see your dreams come true!  Congratulations, sister!  You go, girl!



Comment by Dede on November 3, 2011 at 4:02am
Hi Nicole!

So amazed by your determination. When you have time, there is someone I would really like you to talk to. I think you would be a huge inspiration to him and could relate to what he has gone through!


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