Meet LEAP's 2017 Honoree Fatima Bustos-Choy
Get to know our honorees before the LEAP "DREAM BIG" 35th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, July 20, 2017! Presenting one of our Individual Leadership Award recipients, Fatima Bustos-Choy!
Individual Leadership Award Recipient
Fatima Bustos-Choy, PhD
Founder, Gaia Flow Consulting
Center Owner, Body & Brain Holistic Wellness
Fatima Bustos-Choy is founder of Gaia Flow Consulting, a leadership & organizational development consultancy. She is also headmaster of Body & Brain Center, a national leader in holistic health and wellness. Dr. Bustos-Choy embodies her life-long journey of personal empowerment by providing integrative and comprehensive approaches for people and organizations to be healthier, happier, and more at peace. She helped design LEAP’s Path to Professional Success (PPS) program and remains a long-term LEAP corporate trainer and facilitator. Dr. Bustos-Choy best exemplifies LEAP’s tagline: “Keep Your Values. Develop New Skills.” For over 25 years she has been instrumental in assisting LEAP participants understand the concepts and tools needed to advance their careers and aspire to leadership positions within corporate America. Her commitment to service and focus on integrative and holistic methods encourage individuals and organizations alike to achieve their highest potential. Dr. Bustos-Choy’s passions for personal and professional leadership development and brain education offer an enduring vision of wellness for the API community. Listen to Fatima speak on her personal motivations for pursuing brain education and its relationship to leadership work below.
Learn more about the Body & Brain Center at https://www.bodynbrain.com/Burbank/
Fatima Bustos-Choy, PhD is founder of Gaia Flow Consulting, a leadership & organizational development consultancy. Dr. Bustos-Choy is also head master of Body & Brain Center, a national leader in holistic health and wellness. Dr. Bustos-Choy embodies her life-long journey of personal empowerment by providing integrative and comprehensive approaches for people and organizations to be healthier, happier, and more at peace.
Born in Pampanga, Philippines to Alfonso and Nanette Bustos, Dr. Bustos-Choy was the first of five children. As a child, she enjoyed playing and organizing activities with neighboring children. Her siblings describe her thoughtfulness to their parent’s birthdays and special occasions, where she planned family gatherings, and made sure each sibling had a role and made a contribution. At an early age, Dr. Bustos-Choy worked at her parents’ small business where she learned life-long skills of customer service, goal setting, problem-solving, grace under pressure, and core values of personal responsibility, work ethic, respect, perseverance, and positivity. Dr. Bustos-Choy is grateful for her parents’ embodiment of these values and skills which are integral to who she is today.
After graduating from College of the Holy Spirit, Dr. Bustos-Choy returned to her home province and taught English Literature and Theology at Divine Word University. After a year of teaching, Dr. Bustos-Choy embarked on a journey most Filipinos aspire to make in their lifetime – travel to the Promised Land of America with the dream of a better life and the pursuit of a Master’s degree. Like most new arrivals in the US life was filled with surprises, trials, challenges and struggles. But the dream for a better future for her family gave Dr. Bustos-Choy the perseverance and will to keep going against many odds.
Fast forward to present day, Dr. Bustos-Choy devotes her time at her Body & Brain holistic wellness center, where she provides BEST (Brain Education System Training) a comprehensive system of mind-body-energy principles and practices designed to promote physical health, emotional balance and cognitive functioning. She is an integrative life coach to people who are looking to make profound and meaningful lifestyle changes.
Prior to opening Body & Brain Holistic Wellness, Dr. Bustos-Choy had extensive corporate experience in various leadership positions such as Director of Training & Development for Citibank CA and as an OD consultant working with CEOs and management teams for corporate, non-profit, and community-based organizations. Her clients have included: Los Angeles Best Babies Network, LEAP, Inc. (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics), North East Valley Health Corporation, The Aerospace Corporation, Philippine National Oil Company, San Diego Municipal Credit Union, SIPA (Search To Involve Pilipino Americans), Girls and Gangs, Watson Pharmaceutical Company. Through her consulting work with LEAP, Inc. Dr. Bustos-Choy has designed, developed, and facilitated leadership development programs for Wells Fargo, Inc., IBM Corporation, Raytheon Corporation, Merck Pharmaceutical Company, Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Company, NBC-Comcast, to name a few. Dr. Bustos-Choy remains one of LEAP’s long-term faculty member.
At the heart of Dr. Bustos-Choy’s mission is to help people achieve their dreams and highest potentials. Service, commitment to client’s success and focus on integrative and holistic methods guide her life and work. If she could possess one super-human power, it would be the power to awaken people’s consciousness and open their hearts. Dr. Bustos-Choy believes we, humans are the hope and this hope lies in the brain.
Dr. Bustos-Choy has presented at various national conferences. She is most grateful for her husband, Reece and son, Joseph for their unconditional love, support, and encouragement, and for all the members at her center and participants from LEAP programs with whom she’s had the privilege of working and helping them grow. In the end, Dr. Bustos-Choy wants to be remembered as someone who inspired people to be their best selves, to live healthy and meaningful lives and as someone who contributed to making a better world.
For more information on the event or tickets, visit www.leap.org/celebration or contact Mayta Lor at firstname.lastname@example.org.