Shout Out from Skokie Review: Former White House official Moe Vela visits Skokie

ct-ct-skr-shout-out-tl-0209-jpg-20170206Moe Vela says he wears many hats — among them former White House official, Hispanic leader, author of “Little Secret Big Dreams,” motivational speaker, business leader and lawyer. According to his book, Vela became the first Hispanic American and first gay American to serve two senior executive roles in the White House. He recently visited Pharmore Drugs in Skokie.

Q: What were some of your roles at the White House?

A; I served during the Clinton administration as chief financial officer and senior adviser on Latino affairs in the office of Vice President Al Gore, and later during the Obama administration as director of administration for Joe Biden, the vice president of the United States.

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: I grew up in the southern tip of Texas in a little town called Harlingen on the Mexican border.

Q: What was growing up in your hometown like?

A: I grew up Latino Catholic, son of a pioneer family. Going to Mass, my priest was telling me I couldn’t be who I knew I was. I knew I had a little secret since I was 4 years old. I knew I was gay.

Q: What is your book about?

A: My book is not about being gay. My book is about believing in yourself and persevering and understanding that every one of us, regardless of who we love, regardless of who we are, regardless of our religion, our culture, our heritage, that every one of us is worthy of our place at the table of life. That is the crux of the book.

Q: How did you get to Washington and play such an instrumental role?

A: I was working for a private corporation in Austin, Texas and one of my colleagues in passing said a friend is looking for talented people to go to Washington and work with her in the Clinton administration.

Q: What was your work with the Clinton administration?

A: I started at the Department of Agriculture of all places. Three years into the administration, we’re sitting in a bar and a dear friend of mine said in passing Al Gore’s office is looking for some help for six months. ‘We’re looking for a lawyer type,’ the friend said. I said, ‘I’m a lawyer type.’

Q: How did you serve the vice president?

A: I was asked to audit all the files and folders because (the office) was behind in some payments. It was 1995 but they knew (Gore) was going to run even then so they knew they couldn’t owe money.

Q: Where did you move from there?

A: Six months later, when my term was up and I turned in a report, I was called in to meet the vice president because he wanted to thank me. I get goose bumps right now even remembering that. It was such an affirming moment. He said he wasn’t here to just thank me but to ask me to be his next CFO and senior adviser on Latina affairs and LGBT matters.

Q: What is the key to being a good public speaker?

A: Always speak from your heart. If you keep it real, and you’re open, and you’re genuine, and you truly, truly love, I don’t care what anybody tells you, you’ll succeed. There’s two keys — genuine authenticity and humor. If you make somebody laugh, at that moment you actually love each other.

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You are invited – book signing and mingle with former White House official Moe Vela



Avi Goldfeder and Scott "Shalom" Klein invite you toattend:
Book Signing – Little Secret Big Dreams
Pharmore Drugs
Monday, January 30, 2017
5:00 PM-6:00 PM
3412 W. Touhy Avenue
Skokie IL  60076
Come join us at a reception and book signing in honor of Moe Vela, author ofLittle Secret Big Dreams! Moe Vela is a former White House official, Hispanic leader, best-selling author, motivational speaker, business speaker, LGBT leader, and attorney.
Light refreshments will be served.  Feel free to bring a friend, neighbor, or co-worker.
Monday, January 30, 2017
5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Pharmore Drugs
3412 W. Touhy Avenue
Skokie IL  60076
Hope to see you there!

Mazel Tov to my friend, Moe Vela, on his upcoming book launch – "Little Secret Big Dreams"

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Little Secret Big Dreams is the real-life story of Moe Vela’s upbringing in a Hispanic, Catholic home in deep south Texas as the son of a pioneer family. Moe’s story is that of perseverance and survival when everything you know and love tells you that who you are is wrong. Join Moe on his journey as he comes to own his “little secret,” and launch himself on a journey to become the first Hispanic American and first Gay American to serve two senior executive roles in the White House. From growing up and learning to love and accept his little secret, the author takes us on a historic journey to influence major public policy, get inside the top circles of government, and to live the American dream. We get an insider’s perspective of life inside the White House, on the campaign trail and in the lives of some of our nation’s greatest leaders. Little Secret Big Dreams provides readers with a unique and personal perspective into American history and motivates us all to live our truth, celebrate our own worth, love without limitation and laugh as often and loudly as possible.

Pre-order on!