Leticia Walpole rose to success against all odds

Without 32 hours of food and just one phone call in her stock, Leticia Walpole had an eye for an enterprising opportunity. At 21, she began her journey from Mexico City to start off as a housekeeper. After two decades she arrived at Indianapolis as a successful immigrant. Since then, she has been serving as a Hispanic recruiter for the Indiana National Guard. She had launched her own business at a very humble scale but, she took care to use the opportunity to provide motivational presentations in order to effectively inspire and offer hope to students belonging to every age.

Walpole dreamt of entering the Mexican military but women were not allowed to become a part of it. Her father too was extremely non-supportive of her education. But, through her diligence Walpole managed to attain a mechanical engineering degree. After her housekeeping stint, she joined the Mattel Inc. plant at Tijuana. Her contribution to improve the production of the toy-making plant impressed the company president and he sponsored her journey as a successful immigrant to the United States. She took the test to enter the California National Guard. She worked with Chevron and attained a bachelor’s degree in science, Spanish and liberal arts from the Seattle University. Due to her immigrant status, Walpole was able to entirely understand the problems of the Hispanic community and devoted her heart for the cause of the Hispanic children and at 40, today, she relentlessly works for the furthering of their education.



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