In the new anthology Latino Leaders Speak, editors Mickey Ibarra and María Pérez-Brown present speeches delivered at meetings of the Latino Leaders Network. As Mr. Ibarra, former Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Clinton Administration mentions in his introduction:
“The Latino Leaders Luncheon Series is an opportunity to honor Latino leaders willing to share their personal stories of overcoming obstacles to achieve success. The gatherings are re-energizing and motivating. They ground us in what leadership requires and how important it is to continue our efforts to help each other succeed”.
Susan Castillo, former Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of Oregon, recalls being a less than average student until a meeting with a school counselor who inspired her to a career in education.
Astronaut José Hernández recalls picking fruit with his immigrant family in California. The experience of watching the moon landing on a grainy black and white television screen motivated him to become an engineer, scientist and finally (after twelve years of applying) an astronaut.