About Guillermo Vidal
Here’s my story…
After my tenure with CDOT, I headed the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization for the Denver region, for five years.
In 2004, I joined Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s Cabinet to become Deputy Mayor and Manager of Public Works. In 2011, I was sworn in as Denver’s 44th Mayor and became the first foreign-born person ever to serve the city of Denver in that role.
Following the death of my father, I returned to Cuba to trace my remaining family on the island and to bring closure to a forty-year absence from my homeland. This trip forever changed my life. It motivated me to write and publish my memoirs, titled Boxing for Cuba, which was published on November 15, 2007. This photo of Arianna Huffington holding my book was such an incredible moment as a first time author.
This sum of my life experiences has taught me that we are all immigrants! Whether we left a country for a fresh start in another, or whether an unforeseen life change has sent us on an unexpected path, this cycle of death and rebirth is at the center of our human evolution. If you are going through such a period, I can help. If your organization is going through a challenging phase or serves people whose lives are in flux, like immigrants, seniors, or communities that are unappreciated, I can help as well. The combination of years and experiences have molded me into a messenger uniquely qualified to write, speak, and mentor on the subject of discovering the inner resource that will convert difficult transitions into positive triumphs.