Andrea A. is a curvy and confident plus size woman blazing a trail to empower all women to love the skin they're in so that they can live healthier and happier lives. As a Body Image/Self Esteem Expert, Andrea creates customized confidence-building and stress-relief programs for groups of women and girls.
Andrea fell in love with words early on and discovered how to use her writing as as a catalyst for change. Whether sharing stories, or giving technical direction, Andrea's mission is to always empower and inform.
Her speaking credits include presentations at Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Dress for Success of Dutchess County, supermodel/body acceptance advocate, Emme Aronson, Fashion Institute of Technology for The New York Chapter of The Association of Image Consultants International , Lane Bryant, Ashley Stewart, Plus Night Out Fashion Event., The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders, Department of Social Services of Rockland County, Volunteer Counseling Services of Rockland, Boscovâ€™s Campus of Courses, Macys, The United Church of Spring Valley, Eldorado Elementary School, Curves, Board of Ohio Marriage and Family Therapists, Measured to Fit, LLC, Spring Valley High School and Chestnut Ridge Middle School.
For nearly 19 years, she ran a successful real estate business and skillfully executed all the day-to-day tasks related to managing three residential/commercial buildings in Manhattan housing 110 tenant families. After retiring from real estate, she decided to pursue her passion of coaching.
Professionally trained as a Certified Empowerment Coach and Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner, Andrea works with professional women who struggle with compulsive eating and hating their bodies and she teaches them how to transform their feelings of self-hatred, shame, guilt and fear into self-compassion, pride, and kick-butt confidence. She gives women tools to step into their power, make peace with food and friends with their bodies through her monetized coaching programs which include, Self-Image Makeover, Dutchess and Rockland Womenâ€™s Binge Busters, Sexy at Every Size, Binge Bustinâ€™ Bonanza and The Curvy and Confident Coaching Club.
Currently she works one-on-one and leads group coaching seminars (sponsored by Walmartâ€™s Going Places Network) empowering women who are re-entering the work force as the resident Success Coach at Dress for Success of Dutchess County, located in Poughkeepsie, New York.
She leads group and private coaching for her paying clients and engages new prospects by offering her Sexy At Every Size program, a free weekly group coaching support teleclass for women struggling with body image and food issues.
Andrea is a rare combination of professional training and raw life experience which gives her the edge in helping women who struggle with body image and/or abuse issues.
She is the proud author of the books; Bust out of Body Shame and Lovinâ€™ the Skin Youâ€™re In: The Juicy Womanâ€™s Guide to Making Peace with Food and Friends with Your Body.
As a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, she sprinkles her unique blend of storytelling, spice, playfulness, authenticity and expertise and mixes it all up in her own special way to empower women and girls to love the skin theyâ€™re in.
Andrea lives in upstate New York and is happily married to her husband, Angel for 25 years. They have two kids, Paul, 23 and Cara,19, a current student and aspiring chef-in-training at the Culinary Institute of America. Andrea is a die-hard Elton John fan, a former Brownie Girl Scout Leader and adores cooking and eating.
She enjoys a close, loving relationship with her step daughter, Janelle, who is a Master Sargeant in the United States Air Force. Andrea loves to hang out, watch movies, and bake cookies with her 13 year old step grandson, Aiden.
When sheâ€™s not reading, writing, cooking or cuddling with her 13 year old cattie, Owie, Andrea continues to fuel her passion for learning, serving others, and dedicates her life to empowering women to love their bodies.
And, yes, on most days Andrea really does love the skin sheâ€™s in.