We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Koraca and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, what do you want your legacy to be?
I want to be remembered for helping people make their mark on the world and achieve their goals and dreams. Through my coaching practice, I’ve had the opportunity to leverage my skills gained as a TV anchor to empower people across different industries. I love helping people take charge of their careers, grow professionally and personally, and gain self-confidence. I’ve provided them with the tools and tips I wish I had years ago to identify and achieve what they really want. Watching them grow by developing a strategy to find the vision and purpose for their lives is inspiring. As a mentor and advocate, I often believe in them before they believe in themselves. I never want anyone to feel silenced and disempowered so I hope my legacy is that I helped people find their voices so they could speak up for themselves and ask for what they want.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a Career Strategist and Media Contributor. I help business executives, entrepreneurs, and other professionals improve presentation and communication skills so they can wield more influence, excel in their careers, and attain new leadership roles. My business offers a range of services, including executive coaching, career strategizing, and media and presentation training. I’m also an expert TV contributor and a regular on CNN, CNNi, Fox News, Fox Nation, Business Rockstars, and iHeart Radio. Prior to starting my own business, I was a financial TV news anchor for Reuters. I’m most proud of teaching my clients to develop strategies to achieve their dream lives and empowering them to ask for what they want. What sets me apart from others is how I incorporate my TV anchor experience into my coaching to teach clients how to speak with confidence, how to look and feel like a leader, and how to get what you want. It was not easy to get to where I am today. Early on in my career, I moved from Ontario, Canada to New York City with a dream of being an on-air reporter. Unfortunately, I was met with a lot of rejection. When I finally got my foot in the door and landed my first job as a low-paid camera operator, I decided to give it everything I had with a laser focus on the future. Eventually, I worked my way up and after years of hard work, I achieved my dream of being a TV anchor at Reuters. Ever since then, I am a firm believer in setting lofty goals for yourself, understanding your why, developing an action plan, and being nothing but determined in getting there. This mindset has gotten me so far in life, and part of why I love coaching is getting to share it with others.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many interesting and fun places to explore in my area. Some of my favorites include Malibu, Santa Monica, and Pacific Palisades. The first day on my itinerary starts with spending time at the Malibu Pier. This Southern California icon is a historic landmark with interesting shops and restaurants. It’s also a fun place to watch surfers. My favorite lunch spot at the pier is Malibu Farm Pier Cafe that serves fresh, farm-to-table food from Southern California. For dinner in Malibu, I love Mastro’s Ocean Club and Nobu Malibu. They are both pretty locations with views of the ocean and beach. Any visitor to the area needs to plan a beach day to enjoy the glorious weather. Santa Monica State Beach is one of the best! It stretches along 3 ½ miles of coastline and has a laid-back atmosphere with big city sophistication. Temescal Gateway Park is one of the most popular parks in the Santa Monica Mountains. It’s beautiful with acres of oak and sycamore canyons and ridgetop views. My favorite trail to hike is the Temescal Canyon Loop. No trip to Los Angeles is complete without shopping. Spend the day browsing the stores on Rodeo Drive, undeniably one of the most famous streets in the world. Enjoy lunch at the exquisite Beverly Wilshire Hotel, featured in the movie “Pretty Woman”. For a more casual dining experience in Pacific Palisades, Cafe Vida has delicious food with a casual atmosphere. If you’re not tired of shopping, Westfield Century City is another great destination.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am dedicating my shoutout to Toni Reinhold, an editor at the Wall Street Journal. Toni and I met when she was President of The Newswomen’s Club of New York. She graciously took me under her wing and taught me everything she knew about financial journalism. Not only was she my mentor, but my greatest advocate and cheerleader. Toni believed in me before I believed in myself and helped me get my big break at Reuters TV as a news anchor. I am thankful to her for dedicating her time, support, and knowledge. Toni’s greatest piece of advice is “Just be patient”, if you put in the time and effort, “it will happen.” I feel very blessed and grateful to have Toni as a mentor. Not only is she a gifted news editor, but a wonderful human being.