meet emily


Raised in Dallas by her amazing parents, Linc and Susan, Emily Eldredge went to The Lamplighter School, then The Hockaday School for Girls, and finally Williams College in Williamstown, MA where she majored in Theatre.  After graduating, she headed off to Los Angeles, where she acted and sang, as well as volunteered at Shriner's Hospital for Children, where she met Paco, the man who would become her husband years later.  She then moved to New York City where she also acted and sang - that is, until disaster struck on September 11, 2001. 


Emily ran down to Ground Zero and lived there for 2 weeks as a spontaneous first-responder, moving supplies and providing emotional support for the men and women coming off of the pile.  Months later, she and other first-responders founded World Cares Center and opened the community center September Space to address the needs of their fellow first-responders.   

Soon, however, Emily fell ill with severe eczema all over her body, coupled with bouts of depression.  Not knowing why she was having these symptoms, she spent the ensuing years trying countless healing modalities - dogged and determined to find the root cause and fix it - only to find her symptoms getting worse.  She finally discovered in 2015 that they were triggered by severe chemical sensitivities from her time at Ground Zero.  And, in 2018, she learned that it may be due to trauma to her limbic system.  Though her illness has turned out not to be physical, emotional, or spiritual in nature, it nevertheless proved to be a blessing in disguise - deepening her self-awareness, self-care, and self-transformation, which empower her to do the work she does today.


In 2009, unrelated to the illness, everything in Emily's life fell apart.  A major relationship ended, their business was defunct, she lost her home, and she fell into an excruciating dark night of the soul.  It was as though the "scaffolding" of her identity had collapsed inside her, and the only thing left was darkness.  Little did she know that this period in her life would prove to be the springboard for her purpose of #healinghumanity, for it was during that time that the first pieces of The Drawing Out Process® came to her.  The videos below tell more of the story...

Today, as Founder of The New Self-emPowerment, Creator of the Drawing Out Process®, and Discoverer of emPowers & exPowers, Emily is an innovator, speaker, and Leader Healer who works with people all over the world to permanently free them of blocks, triggers, and blindspots so they can embrace their 3 core powers and live lives of extraordinary productivity, purpose, and pleasure

She has spoken at venues around the world, including Asia, South America, North America, the United Nations, British Parliament, and two different TED events - one of which was the very first TEDx in a prison.  


Her work has been hailed as "genius", "exhilarating", "brilliant", "a miracle worker", "a truly life-changing experience", and "up there with sliced bread - really good ideas that spread all over the world".  

Aside from having helped found several non-profits, Emily also serves on several boards, including the Arizona Wellness Alliance, The Common Party, and World Merit in the UK.  She currently lives in Tucson with her husband Paco Torres and her two delightful stepdaughters. 

It's been quite a journey to get where she is today - and she has much further to go - but as Emily often tells audiences, "You have all of the power you need to be everything you are here to be.  And every challenge you face is an opportunity to discover more of that power and express it." 


In service to her purpose (and to amazing people doing amazing work!), Emily is proud to serve on the boards of several organizations whose efforts range from global to local.


"The Rock and the Kite" - that's how Emily's husband Paco describes their relationship.  Read this Livability article about how they met and what their relationship is like!


Did you know Emily's husband is a world-class athlete on the USA Wheelchair Rugby team?  Check out his website:!

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emPowers & exPowers drawn by Robbi Behr.

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DISCLAIMER: The New Self emPowerment™ is not therapy, and Emily Eldredge is not a therapist. 

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