Press Release: Against All Odds

A New Memoir, From Boxing Ring to Boardroom, Highlights Milwaukee Executive, Héctor Colón’s  Momentous Personal & Professional Journey

Growing up with poverty and racism on Milwaukee’s Southside, faith and perseverance led him to becoming an internationally acclaimed boxer, and President- CEO of Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, one of the largest non-profits in the Midwest.

Madison, WI —There’s an old adage that says a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Sometimes the starting line begins in childhood, during very challenging times.

The Hector Colón story, detailed in the author’s memoir, From Boxing Ring to Boardroom-5 Essential Virtues for Life & Leadership (August, 2020), began in a broken home, punctuated with gang violence -the Latin Kings and Spanish Cobras were never far away. As a young Latino in Milwaukee he experienced the ever-present challenges of bullying and prejudice.

All of these experiences played a part in igniting his interest in helping others in his work today as a servant leader.

“If you want inspiration then you owe it to yourself to read Héctor Colón’s life story. From humble beginnings to a champion boxer to the boardroom. Héctor weaves a wonderful story about life’s challenges and rewards.”—Howard Behar, Retired President of the Starbucks Coffee Company

Earlier this year Colón’s leadership was recognized when Gov. Tony Evers appointed him to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

“The Héctor Colón story is one that would capture anyone’s heart. Whether a teacher or preacher, boxer or CEO, Héctor’s story is an inspiration. Despite what would seem insurmountable odds, this is a captivating story of someone who had the grit, determination, and altruism to make a difference despite growing up in poverty, a broken family, and living through the challenges arising from prejudice. —Dr. Mary Meehan, University president emerita and honorary alumna, former healthcare executive, and life fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives

Colón’s personal and professional path had an unlikely beginning —in the boxing ring.


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