Robert J. Renteria, Jr. is a successful businessman turned author of From the Barrio to the Board Room, Mi Barrio, and Little Barrio who is using his memoir with youth across America to replace violence, delinquency, gangs and drugs with education, pride, accomplishment, and self esteem.
Robert's Speaking Topics:
Gang-Banging and Violence is NOT a Lifestyle, it's a Death Style. Robert shares his story From the Barrio to the Board Room; a talk intended for middle and high school boys and girls.
The Two Greatest Days in Your Life. A talk for adults struggling to break the glass ceiling.
Understanding Tough Kids. A talk for educators and those trying to lift up today's at-risk youth.
Renteria came from humble beginnings, growing up in an impoverished East L.A. barrio. His family was abandoned by his drug and alcohol addicted father. At the age of six, Robert was involved in a carnival accident that resulted in serious head trauma and three years of rehabilitation to recover his motor skills. As a teenager, he became involved with a tough street crowd, used and dealt drugs, dropped out of high school, was shot at and stabbed, and went from one dead-end job to another. After learning that his estranged father had died on skid-row, Robert resolved to make better choices in his life. He returned to school, joined the military, and after honorably serving seven years in the United States Army, he moved to Chicago. Searching for that job where he could prove himself, he talked his way into a position with a commercial laundry management and sales company that eventually led to his becoming corporate Vice President of a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange. Having the success he had been seeking, he was convinced to strike off on his own, opening and operating several successful businesses.
Robert has now dedicated his life to sharing his story with thousands of others so that they, too, can help break the vicious cycle of poverty through hard work, determination and education. His book and the accompanying curriculum, are forming our “leaders of tomorrow” by helping them to find their identity, establish core values, set goals for themselves, prioritize education, and strive to reach their full potential.
Renteria has been the keynote speaker at the Hispanic Heritage Reception for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, where he was recognized for his achievements as a Latino author. He has also presented at the Illinois Association of School Social Workers, McDonald’s Hamburger University, General Motors, General Mills, Boeing Company, the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association annual conference, the Hispanic National Bar Association in Chicago, the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Robert has been named “Chicago Latino Professional of the Year” by over 45,000 Latino professionals on the Chicago Latino Board, is the first Latino in the world to receive two Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Awards, the first Latino to receive the International Outstanding Humanitarian Award and has been profiled in major media, including The New York Times, The Chicago Sun Times, Fox News, Investors Business Daily, United States Hispanic Chamber of Congress, WGN and WGN Adelante Chicago, Univision, , more than four dozen radio stations, including Chicago Public Radio and numerous newspapers and magazines. Robert is supported by political figures (at the local, state and national level), business owners, corporations, University Professors, and middle and high school teachers and principals who share his universal message that everyone has the right to live the American Dream through education, determination, and hard-work.
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