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Dr. Gutierrez is the Founder and CEO of Blue Agave Partners based in Tempe, Arizona. She brings three decades of experience working for organizations curating knowledge, cultivating courageous organizational leadership, and designing programs and convenings for community-wide initiatives. She integrates social sciences and her experience as an institutional organizer to work with people invested in transforming organizational culture and developing equity-minded practices to advance results.


At her core, Raquel is an institutional organizer who partners with others who value personal transformation, continual learning, daily practice, and sustained wellness. She is a relentless accomplice for those striving for liberation by working for social justice. Raquel demonstrates a unique ability to create compassionate spaces for learning and building relationships rooted in the very essence of philanthropy “love for humanity.”


Among her peers, Raquel is recognized for freely sharing resources, building connections between groups unfamiliar to one another, and creating opportunities for leaders to thrive personally and professionally. She excels at cultivating organizational cultures that inspire people to explore possibilities outside their routine paradigms and practices to improve mission-driven impact. She is known for her facilitation, innovative programming, and strategy development with an equity lens, promoting racial justice, use of ontological coaching, and building relationships. She partners with a network of consultants with expertise in various sectors who are values and strategy aligned.

Click here for a video of Raquel talking about intersectionality within a Latinx racial equity journey. Go to minute 13-14 where she starts.


Raquel is certified in offering the Emotional Intelligence (EQ) assessment. EQ is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict.

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