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About Us



Yvette Lopez

   Chief Empowerment Officer

Nothing is wasted. All of our life experiences, both the highs and lows, have molded us into the unique individuals we are. In order to solve the complex multifaceted problems we face today, the world requires all of our distinct and unique perspectives. Too often, we find ourselves feeling stuck, paralyzed by the weight of our circumstances or overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problems we face. We become reactive, rather than taking charge of our own destiny. I want to help people proactively find their passion, and ensure their days are filled with purpose and intention; and that, in turn, we can all contribute positively to our communities.

Balance, Growth & Purpose 

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Yvette's Story

Although I was raised in poverty, my parents made incredible sacrifices to expose me to off-Broadway plays and road trips. This exposure, combined with my participation in a program that bussed low-income students to nearby affluent schools, allowed me to witness firsthand, the striking differences in the access and opportunities available to people of color, particularly those from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Watching my parents work multiple jobs just to make ends meet, I developed a profound understanding of the power we each possess to shape our lives beyond our current circumstances. This eye-opening experience ignited a passion within me to ensure that every person, regardless of their background or experiences, has the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

Throughout my professional journey, I've held diverse roles in international affairs. These include serving as the Director of International Projects at Daytona State College, Liaison Officer for the Department of Defense at United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and dedicating almost a decade as an Advisor to the President of the Dominican Republic. I also obtained a Juris Doctorate, a master's degree in Strategic Planning and Quality Control, and master's certificate as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.  However, after many years of self-discovery and reflection, my purpose became clear - to utilize my skills and expertise to solve problems, ignite creativity, and empower individuals. I live passionately and purposefully, and my mission is to help you do the same.

Development Culture is more than just an organization—it's a movement that places value on people. We provide empowering programs and tools that help individuals focus on what matters and why it matters. Through our work, we aim to redirect attention to the importance of living a life of balance, growth and purpose.

Together, let us redefine success, prioritize what truly matters, and create a world where everyone can thrive.

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