Dr. Camilo Cruz, an award-winning and international best-selling author of more than 30 books, is the one of the most prolific Latino authors in the United States, and a sought-after speaker in the areas of personal and professional development, business excellence and leadership. For nearly 25 years he is widely regarded in the Latin American corporate arena and the U.S. Hispanic market as one of the most influential speakers in the fields of peak performance, personal and organizational success. His enthusiasm, sense of humor, and refreshing perspectives on “what it takes to succeed” have delighted and enlightened audiences in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
As he writes in his book, In Search of the American Dream – A Guide to Succeeding in the United States, Camilo arrived in the U. S. in 1980, with no knowledge of the language, and with no more credentials than a high school diploma, less than two hundred dollars and a bag full of dreams. The oldest son of schoolteachers from a modest home in Latin America, he came to the U.S. in search of his American Dream; made it come true and now teaches others how to make their dreams a reality.
His accomplishments are a great example of the entrepreneurial spirit that he shares in his presentations. He earned his M.S. in Chemistry and his Ph.D. in Science from Seton Hall University, a master’s degree in creative Writing from Colombia’s National University of Colombia, and he is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s program on Corporate Governance. Dr. Cruz has been a professor of Quantum Physics, Thermodynamics, Chemistry and Mathematics at several universities in the U.S.
Through in-house workshops attended by a couple of hundred people to life-changing events for 20,000 people, Dr. Cruz has counseled people from every walk of life, from “Fortune 500” executives to educators, entrepreneurs, students, community and business leaders. Clients who benefit from his message include executives from companies such as Goodyear, AT&T, 3M, Wal-Mart, Coca Cola, among others, as well as leaders from Chambers of Commerce, Educational Institutions and Professional Associations in the U.S. Latin America and Europe.
Dr. Cruz is the best-selling author of several international Bestsellers with sales of more than three million copies that have been translated in fifteen languages. His book Once Upon a Cow and The Two Sides of Communication received the Latino Book Award for best Business Book and Best Self-Help Book in Spanish Language.
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Dr. Cruz’s articles and columns have appeared in some of the most important newspapers in the U.S. and Latin America , among them: La Opinión, New Herald and El Diario La Prensa. Camilo Cruz has been featured on network television programs on NBC, FOX and Univisión and radio talk shows throughout the US where he presents his philosophy on how to achieve success and create well-balanced and fulfilling lives.
Dr. Cruz has launched three successful companies and has served on the boards of several others. He co-founded Yupi Internet (now latino.msn.com), one of the most frequently visited Spanish-language portals in the world, acquired by Microsoft. Camilo Cruz is also the founder of a leading training and motivational company in Latin America, and Elexito.com, the first self-improvement portal on the Internet directed to the Spanish-speaking market worldwide. Dr. Cruz is the founder and active CEO of the Latino Institute for Development, Education and Responsibility (LIDER), an organization whose mission is to empower Latinos with the personal and professional development tools and strategies to achieve and become successful role models to future generations.
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Dr. Camilo Cruz has been a professor of Quantum Physics, Thermodynamics and Mathematics at several universities in the U.S. He earned his M.S. in Science and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Seton Hall University.
In spite of all of these accomplishments, when asked if he regards himself as an author, speaker, entrepreneur or academician, Camilo Cruz prefers to think of himself as both a coach and a cheerleader to those individuals that have accepted the challenge to become architects of their own destiny. Dr. Cruz’s work in support of the education and leadership of Latino communities has been recognized by a number of organizations in the U.S and Latin America.