Erin Yoshimura is the Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Empowerful Changes, LLC, and empowers clients through leadership and diversity training and executive coaching.

She’s created training programs for clients including KUSA-9News, Raytheon, IBM, Comcast-NBC Universal, SCFD (Scientific & Cultural Facilities District), Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities and the Environmental Protection Agency. Erin trains and coaches executives for Los Angeles-based LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc).

About Erin



Making Connections-Denver

University of Colorado Boulder

Colorado State University


Colorado Dragon Boat Festival – Emerging Leaders Program

Colorado Nonprofit Association


University of Northern Colorado
Metro Caring
Asian Real Estate Association of America
Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Toyota USA

Korean American Community Foundation of Colorado

Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)

Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities

Environmental Protection Agency

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

Sister Carmen Community Center

Brown-Forman Corporation

Colorado Festival & Events Association

LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics)
University of Colorado Denver
Brewers Association
Sakura Foundation
Metropolitan State University (Denver)

APIA Scholars Leadership Academy

Erin is a certified emotional intelligence trainer and certified professional coach and earned a certificate in Foundations of NeuroLeadership through the NeuroLeadership Institute.


As a life-long learner of equity and inclusiveness, she received a certificate in Mindful Facilitation through Stirfry Seminars and Founder Lee Mun Wah (Color of Fear), a nationally-recognized master in diversity and communications training. Erin recently earned certificates in Diversity & Inclusion and Conflict Resolution from Cornell University.


Her career before becoming a trainer and coach was in high tech, where she was an East Asian product manager, IT project manager and IT change manager.


Erin served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, a 501c3 non-profit organization celebrating pan-Asian culture that is the largest dragon boat festival across the U.S. During her tenure, she designed and led the Emerging Leaders Program for young Asian American Pacific Islanders.


She combines her corporate and non-profit experience and her passion for equity and inclusion with training and coaching to teach empowerful leadership and cultural agility skills.


In 2014, Erin was the first Asian American chosen for the Livingston Fellowship, a recognition awarded to non-profit organization leaders in Colorado by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.


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