At age 3, Ramon Resa was put to work picking cotton, oranges, and grapes in California’s Central Valley. Abandoned by his single mother, who had 5 children before she was 20, his world was one of poverty, neglect, abuse, and total disregard for education.
A grubby little Mexican “farmworker boy” in a family of 15, he never imagined becoming a doctor. But when he was in second-grade, his teacher squatted down in front of him one day and told him he should think about going to "college." He didn't know what the word meant -- but his eyes were opened to the idea of education.
It wasn't easy. He had to overcome low self-esteem, a speech impediment, recurring depression, prejudice, and even opposition from his grandparents, who wanted him to get a factory job so he could pay them back for taking him in when no one else wanted him. Still, armed only with a stubborn belief in himself, the refusal to admit that the odds were stacked against him, and the love and support of his college sweetheart (now his wife of more than 30 years), Ramon persisted.
After finishing medical school, he returned to the same rural area where he grew up. For the past 20 years, he’s been a pediatrician whose practice includes many poor and underserved children like the child he was. "My mission," he says, "is to be a role model who cares for their minds and spirits as well as their bodies."
Ramon’s message of determination and resilience in the face of overwhelming obstacles has inspired students, parents, educators, professionals, and businesspeople nationwide. In his just-published memoir, Out of the Fields: My Journey from Farmworker Boy to Pediatrician, he speaks from the heart to everyone who dreams of creating a better tomorrow for themselves and for those they love.
In April, Ramon was invited to speak at the first-ever TEDxMonterey (CA), where more than 400 people attended in person and online as 16 speakers addressed the theme: "Be the Solution."
Ramon was the only one to receive a standing ovation.
Lynn McDonald, the curator and organizer of the event, said afterwards, "He’s so genuine in his story, and it's so triumphant and amazing. People really connected with him. He just blew everyone away. When I was booking speakers, as soon as I looked at his website and saw his video clip, I said, 'He’s in!' And afterwards, when people were asked to rank their top 3 speakers, he got by far the most votes. His story connected with universal truths. His theme was perseverance, and it was perfect. I'll definitely be recommending him to anyone looking for a dynamic, powerful, and emotional speaker."
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* Make a difference in their community and in the lives of everyone they meet
* Believe in themselves even when nobody else does
* Overcome every obstacle, including poverty, low self-esteem, and own self-sabotage
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WHAT RAMON'S CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT HIS PRESENTATIONS…
I had Ramon speak to our Stanford University Rotary Club members, and he was very concise, clear, and most importantly, emotionally moving. Everyone was in tears after his talk. His presentation was truly excellent. He was easily one of our club’s most motivational and inspirational speakers, not an easy accomplishment since our club is populated with Stanford, Berkeley, and Ivy League alumni from the professional and educational ranks. – NOE PABLO LOZANO, PHD, ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AND DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING DIVERSITY PROGRAMS, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, PALO ALTO CA
Ramon Resa’s telling of his life story was one of the most inspirational experiences I have had in my life. After I heard him tell his story, including how much it meant for one person to say, “You are smart enough to go to college,” I decided I had no excuses for putting off mentoring. I’m just starting to mentor my second student, and when I meet with him, Ramon's experience comes to mind. -- PHILIP ROSE, CITY MANAGER, LOS ALTOS CA
Ramon’s story will light a flame in those who care about children, and in the children who are fortunate enough to hear him. He exemplifies a person who will successfully face adversity and try to attain the impossible. I would certainly recommend him as an inspirational speaker for adults as well as children. – LINDA WAUD, PSYD, HEAD COORDINATOR, MENTORING PROGRAM, PARTNERS FOR NEW GENERATIONS, MOUNTAIN VIEW CA
SOME OF RAMON'S RECENT VALUED CLIENTS INCLUDE...
* University of Indiana (Bloomington), Hudson and Holland freshman scholarship/training program, keynote speaker (SpeakerMatch)
* Tulare County (CA) Gang Prevention Task Force Summit
* New Mexico Coalition for Charter Schools
* Albuquerque (NM) Kiwanis
* Northern Arizona Gerontology Institute (SpeakerMatch)
* Fresno (CA) First Five-Children @ Families Commission of Fresno County
* Environmental Protection Agency- Hispanic Month
* Del Campo High School, Sacramento (CA)
* Chicago Systems Institute, Chicago (IL)
* Rotary Career Day, keynote presenter
* Partners for New Generations Mentoring Program, speaker
* Lindsay (CA) School District, address to teachers
* Celebrate the Child Within (nonprofit organization for adults recovering from sexual abuse), speaker
* Redwood High School, Marin County (CA), Diversity Week speaker
* GEAR-UP/AVID (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs/Advancement Via Individual Determination), speaker
* Porterville (CA) High School, senior day address to freshman class
* Palo Alto (CA) School District, presentation to at-risk students
* Kiwanis Club, district presentation