Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – A prominent Latino leader is back at home in Utah, as part of a national luncheon series.
It’s all about telling the stories of successful Latino leaders here at home, and across the country. With the goal of inspiring the next generation.
Mickey Ibarra was born in Salt Lake City.
“At a very early age my parents relinquished custody of us to the Utah Society for Children. We were placed in foster care, and really grew up in foster care for most of the first 15 years of our life,” said Ibarra.
Ibarra went on to a successful career in education, and eventually the White House.
He served as Special Assistant and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs to President Bill Clinton.
Now, he’s the Chairman of the Latino Leaders Network. A group that promotes personal stories, just like his of overcoming obstacles to find success.
“Our stories are powerful, and when we share them it gives others inspiration. It gives them motivation, it gives them hope that they too can succeed,” said Ibarra.
The group brings leaders together four times a year at luncheons across the country.
To celebrate the 50th event, Ibarra brought it home to recognize the contribution of local Latino leaders.
State Senator Luz Escamilla says the event can also have a big impact on younger Latinos in our area.
“Those types of histories, and stories inspire kids. If they can see someone they can relate to, and they see someone who looks like them, they can think that could be their picture in the next 10, or 15 or 20 years,” said Escamilla, (D) Salt Lake City.
And, it all starts with taking action.
“We need more Latinos in college, we need more Latinos in the professions that have such an impact on our society, we need more Latinos registered and voting,” said Ibarra.
This 50th luncheon event coincides with the release of Ibarra’s second book, Latino Leaders Speak. His goal is to have the book in every single library in the state of Utah. If you are interested, you can find it on Amazon.