About Us


Valeria Harris

Val is co-owner of The Empowered Connections.


She helps individuals and groups to achieve personal, business, career and education goals and transformation through her writing and engaging training, workshops, networking events and consulting.

Val is a member of the Women's Speaker Association, a global community in over 120 countries. She is a co-author of the Amazon bestselling book, I Am My Story: Our Voices and author of the book, Soul of A Woman.

Clients benefit from Val’s experience and passion, including over 20 years of corporate and non-profit training and consulting and her personal journey through loss, healing and purpose. Client results include breakthrough and success through increased knowledge, skills and confidence in leading, communicating, presenting, interviewing, planning, writing, advocating and other strengths.

In addition to her work with adults, Val works with young people through YWCA and other community organizations.

She graduated with honors from Xavier University of Louisiana. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and is certified in various training and success-oriented programs. She has been married for over 30 years.

Our Mission

Our mission is to facilitate learning, experiences and collaboration that help individuals achieve personal, business and educational success.

Our Vision

Our vision is to inform, instruct and inspire individuals in a way that increases their ability to strive and succeed.

Amaya Harris

Co- Owner

Amaya Harris is a young entrepreneur. She’s in her junior year of an honors program, pursuing a major in Business Management.  Her problem solving, project management and collaborative skills have been recognized by two prominent organizations. She interned in Aetna’s Operational Planning and Reporting, a department reporting directly to the company’s president, and as Leadership Greater Hartford’s marketing intern. Along with being inducted into the National Honor Society, Amaya has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Windsor Chamber of Commerce Student Entrepreneur of the Year and Hartford Girls Rock honoree.

As co-owner of The Empowered Connections, Amaya develops content, facilitates programs and manages social media. She is a writer and a co-author of the Amazon bestselling book, I Am My Story: Our Voices.