I was invited to speak at the United Nations as a part of the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative and the Entrepreneurs International Fund.
During my experience at the UN, I met Seattle Mariners catcher Dave Valle. I was moved by his powerful message of hope. He talked about the promise and power of micro-lending to pull entire communities out of poverty, empower women with economic control and uplift the common humanity that binds us all.
When Dave Valle came to the Dominican Republic to play winter ball in 1985, he was only expecting to improve his baseball. Instead, he found a lifetime commitment. Motivated by the poverty he and his wife witnessed during his visits to the region, Valle and his wife founded Esperanza, an organization that empowers mothers to become entrepreneurs with businesses that have lifted both their incomes and their spirits.
When we broaden our sights above our own political theatre to the greater global perspective, we’re able to experience a greater humanity. Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” And, as Jeff Hoffman stated in our meeting, entrepreneurship truly is the shovel you use to dig a path to a brighter future.
The work we are doing at the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative is so emotionally moving for me because the truth is that I came from humble beginnings. During my talk at the United Nations and in my new book, Masters of Success, I share my entrepreneurial journey from my family’s humble roots in Ecuador and my childhood in Brooklyn to my experience power-building businesses from the bottom up.
In Masters of Success, leading entrepreneurs share their secrets for mastering success in health, wealth and lifestyle. Royalties from copies sold will fund charities around the world, including the Esperanza.
Nothing can stop an idea whose time has come and the promise of micro-lending to lift entire communities in developing nations — is here now. In business and in life, leadership and love are the highest calling for the life that is inside of us.