Podcast From The Barrio To The Boardroom w/Robert Renteria

June 17, 2014 by Arturo Nava

Robert Renteria is a successful businessman turned author of From the Barrio to the Board Room, who is using his memoir with youth across America to replace violence, delinquency, gangs and drugs with education, pride, accomplishment, and self esteem. Renteria came from humble beginnings, growing up in an impoverished East L.A. barrio.

In 2013 Mr. Renteria is the first Latino in the world to ever receive two National Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards for his work as a Civil Rights Leader and a Latino voice in Educational Reform.  In 2011 Robert Renteria is the first Latino in the world to receive an Outstanding International Humanitarian Award for promoting Global Peace and Education. And in 2010 Mr. Renteria was voted Chicago’s Latino Professional of the Year by over 45,000 Latino business professionals of the Chicago Latino Network. In 2012 Little Barrio was recognized as the best graphic novel in Latin America, Spain and the United States of America for addressing youth issues.

What you’ll learn

  • How Robert overcame his father abandonment at age 3, poverty, an accident that almost left him disabled, beatings from his step-father and gangs to achieve his American Dream
  • How joining the military saved his life
  • How he became a VP of a publicly traded company in 5 years
  • How he started and built one of the largest distributors in the US in its field.
  • Robert’s life philosophy that helped him overcome tremendous adversity
  • “You ask for help because you need to remain strong not because you are weak”
  • How with ganas and a lot of hard work you can overcome any situation
  • “A setback is nothing but a set up to a comeback”
  • Why he decided to write the book “From the barrio to the boardroom”
  • How the”From the barrio to the boardroom” book is  inspiring Latinos and Latinas to achieve their dreams and decreasing murders in tough neighborhoods
  • How he is helping save and change lives helping Latinos get out of drugs, gangs and make better choices to become successful
  • Why you need to surround yourself with great people and ask for help
  • “The ultimate weapon is not a loaded gun  but an educated mind”
  • Why we need to get rid of the “envidia” that keeps us down and embrace the mentality of abundance to reach our potential in the Latino community to leave a legacy
  • How Robert is working to leave a legacy
  • How bad do you want to succeed?
  • “If the dream is big enough the odds don’t matter”


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