Gutiérrez purposefully uses a cross-discipline approach based in the core values of personal transformation, continual learning, daily practice, and life-affirming leadership. Among her peers, she is recognized for being a masterful facilitator, freely sharing resources, building relationships between groups unfamiliar to one another, partnering with trusted and resourceful associates, challenging people to explore possibilities outside their routine paradigms, and her ability to translate theories into every day practice. Gutiérrez's strong technical background, practical management experience, outstanding communication skills, commitment to continual learning, and love of teaching have helped her develop innovative and resourceful approaches to her work so that people she serves may live meaningful, balanced, and fulfilled lives.
Gutiérrez is a graduate of Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in 1988. In 1994, Gutiérrez moved to Washington D.C. where she attained a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. Her master's thesis focused on the role of myths and traditions in Chicano culture. She graduated in August 2008 with a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University, where her award winning dissertation explored the alignment between the values, beliefs, and practices of social justice workers. She has recently completed a chapter, “Indigenous Grandmas and the Social Justice Movement”, to be published in Leadership Unbound: Native Narratives on Building Strong Communities (2012). To learn more about her work regarding life-affirming leadership within social justice culture visit 22nd Century Leadership Voices, the sister blog to this site, where video interviews and other resources can be found.