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Latino Leaders Speak: Personal Stories of Struggle and Triumph

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

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Mickeyisms: 30 Tips for Success

In Mickeyisms: 30 Tips for Success, The Honorable Mickey Ibarra offers powerful, simple and effective leadership lessons acquired during his 30-year career in our nation’s capital. Some are standard fare like “Dream big” and “Eighty percent of success in life is just showing up.” Others are reminders that character and integrity are powerful traits of outstanding leaders. All have made a difference in his life. “Mickey is an incredible advocate for our community—not just the Latino community but for all communities of this great country. … He is a man who lives by his words— “Others may try to tear us down but we must build each other up.’” —Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa Mayor of Los Angeles (2005-2013)

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'I also wanted to thank you for the, "Mickeyisms 30 Tips for Success Book." This is such a great book that reminds me to keep smiling, stay positive, continuing serving my community as a Latina scientist leader.  Thank you Mickey for all of the advice you gave to become successful, happy and to never forget to be grateful!'

Teresa Ramirez

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Rockville, MD

I do try daily to practice your Mickeyisms. I know that no one ever said the work we do would be easy, but it really helps to have a network of Latinos that want to help other Latinos. Thank you for recognizing the need to fill this void.

Elena Garcia

Executive Director LATINO RESOURCES

"At the moment I am taking the Mickey Ibarra 101 course by reading your book! Thank you for your tireless efforts to connect Latinos at all levels every day."

Sandie Viquez Pedlow

Washington DC

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