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11th Annual Midwest HALO Encuentro
Keynote Speaker: Jimmy Cabrera

Jimmy Cabrera

Jimmy has been a professional speaker for over 30 years and speaks both in the Educational and Corporate Communities. As a member of the National Speakers Association he has earned the National Speakers Association Certified Speaking Professional…'CSP' designation. At present there are over 5,000 members within this association… and less than 7% have earned this prestigious certification. Over 1.5 million individuals have experienced his high energy, motivational, and educational presentations. The research firm, Market Data Enterprises of Florida, has ranked Jimmy as one of the top Motivational Speakers in the Nation. As a leader, his philosophy is, "Don't count what you have, but what you have given—that total equals your success.”

Let’s Define Jimmy…
n. 1. a creative, on the edge, speaker, consultant, and author for over 30 years… has made over 2,500 presentations…whose expertise includes personal development, empowerment, motivation, diversity, and leadership. 2. top rated speaker at conferences. 3. known for his high-energy presentations and interactive workshops. 4. his presentations are filled with fun and insight. 5. real world. 6. on the money. 7. gives audiences information in a practical way so they can take put it to work immediately. 8. a person that is committed to always; arrive early, ready, and prepared to help make a difference.

Jimmy learned some tough lessons early in his life. As a Hispanic he was reared in a predominately-segregated community in north Texas. Except for his parents, he always had the feeling that no one cared. The system certainly didn't challenge Jimmy to be expressive nor think about setting goals. He experienced, instead, bitter rejection and prejudice from a society that labeled him "different." Eventually he realized that though you cannot forget the past and the pain…you can forgive, learn from it, and move on. In overcoming damaged emotions and rejection, he learned how to turn all the negatives into POSITIVE learning experiences. Not allowing challenges to become crutches…but stepping stones to ensure success.

Jimmy’s book, “What’s In Your Backpack? Packing for Success in Life” is a book that outlines eight powerful success tools anyone can apply to their life…regardless of each person’s personal definition of “success.” The book is completely upbeat…helping the reader realize that with the proper frame of mine and a priority of order…Success in any endeavor is most definitely within reach. Note: His book is also in Spanish, “¿Qué Llevas En Tu Mochila? Empácala Para Tener Una Vida De Éxito.”

To learn more about Jimmy, please visit his website:

Cell: 713.818.4009