Each of us possesses the ability to feel healthier, more engaged, more effective and more deeply satisfied in our lives when we uncover the techniques. tools, and mindset to maximize and manage both our physical and and our psychological energy resources. My personal mission is to help others build mind and body vitality to empower them to thrive in life and in business.
I grew up in and around small family businesses. From local, small town grocery stores to take-n-bake pizza restaurants to a custom cabinetry business, I was immersed in a hard-working, high-performing, personally invested ethos from my early childhood to throughout my adult years. So, when I ventured down an untraditional career path in the performing arts, it's no surprise that my path would ultimately evolve into an entrepreneurial trajectory.
In my twenties, I trained and worked as a stage actor where I learned the techniques of delivering impactful live performances. In the theatre, an actor learns to integrate mind and body fitness to manage the rigorous demands required to portray a wide range of characters and to hold an audience's attention for extended periods of time. Later, as a stage director, I developed the process of guiding artists to create dynamic performances and to shape impactful experiences for audiences. I grew to love that collaborative coach-like relationship between director and actor and the nuanced skill of shaping the energy of a performance to connect with a live audience. Eventually, I found the ideal blend of my creative skills and my entrepreneurial business roots through arts and community leadership. As the founder and leader of a thriving professional theatre company in California, and later as the CEO and Producing Artistic Director of an established performing arts organization in Florida, I spent fifteen years building business operations and teams and discovering what it means to lead with compassion and intention.
Throughout this journey, I have nurtured my passion for health and wellness through studies in energy mindset, physical fitness, nutrition, and health and wellness. Over the years, my curiosity about the mind/body connection increasingly informed my path. I have become a strong advocate for the integration of health and wellness into every aspect of our lives, including our work as leaders, community members and business owners, in order to create healthy, satisfying lives, and vibrant, thriving businesses and communities.
The Energy Advantage was born as I began to consciously integrate this scope of expertise. In recognizing the power and adaptability of the skills and strategies I'd developed over the first half of my life, I became motivated to work with leaders to develop and engage these resources to create a higher quality of life while developing thriving businesses and communities. I am driven to promote the integration of personal wellbeing and professional success and of individual vitality and collective impact. I am thrilled to be spending this chapter of my life inspiring profound and sustainable, positive change to create happy lives, healthier businesses and thriving communities.
My personal relationship with health and wellness
Many of us have a complex relationship with health and wellbeing. My own health and wellness path has been marked with painful personal and family health challenges, as well as rewarding triumphs that have helped me build personal resilience and a deep appreciation for life. As I continue to make discoveries in my own wellness practices, I am striving to remain open to the evolution of my wellbeing needs. As a leadership and wellness coach and consultant, and as a perpetually curious, life-long learner, I will share my own journey, including the ups and the downs, the successes and the misses, my "WOW, I didn't know I could do that!" moments and the "Ugh, where do I go from here?" road blocks, to invite an honest and dynamic conversation about how we can live our lives, lead our businesses and build our communities with healthy, life-affirming energy.
Stephanie Gularte is an experienced nonprofit CEO, and leadership and health coach. She has a track record of successfully integrating entrepreneurial business leadership with creative expertise and wellness practices. Through sixteen years of executive leadership experience with start-up and established performing arts organizations throughout the United States, Stephanie has learned to develop cultures of strategic effectiveness and passionate engagement among board members, managers, staff, artists and community stakeholders. Over time, her leadership and strategic planning expertise became integrated into her passion for wellness and her research and personal practices in creative mindset and physical vitality. She is a trainer and a CEO Circle facilitator through the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay where she consults on a range of topics and leads workshops on leadership, personal energy management, creative mindset, professional vitality, and wellness. Stephanie also volunteers her time as a coach for graduating MBA students through the University of Tampa, helping young professionals identify their goals, clarify their paths and energize their plans forward. Stephanie is committed to supporting the development of vibrant, diverse and inclusive communities and has partnered with other leaders on civic planning projects to enhance vitality in communities on the west and east coasts.
Stephanie holds a Master of Fine Arts in Directing, and holds certifications in leadership coaching and health coaching. She is also a certified Energy Leadership Master Practitioner through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and a certified personal trainer with a nutrition specialist designation through the American Council on Exercise. She has delivered hundreds of speeches, workshops and presentations on creativity, wellness, community engagement, strategic planning and leadership.
As the Founder and CEO of The Energy Advantage, LLC, Stephanie works with leaders and businesses to integrate creativity, vitality and strategic planning to build powerful impact and wellbeing.