From Gang Member to Motivational Hall of Famer

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Professional Latina speaker Pegine Echevarria is inducted to the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame, joining celebrities from the world of self-improvement.

Not too shabby for a former gang member from the Bronx

Former girl gang member from the Bronx, Pegine Echevarria joined a new "gang" that even her feisty single mom would approve. Pegine's fellow "gang members" include such luminaries as Dale Carnegie, Zig Zigler and Tony Robbinsl. GetMotivation.com, the world's largest online community that promotes self- improvement, recently voted Pegine into the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame.

"I'm honored to be among a select and powerful group of gurus in business, motivation and leadership. I pinched myself when I learned about the honor. Standing on the street corner in the Bronx, surrounded by people named Tex, Lefty and Peanuts, I dreamt of transforming my life and empowering others. I never imagined that that dream would result in being honored with world famous Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins and Napoleon Hill", Pegine says.

From teen gang member and receptionist to VP of sales and business owner, Pegine Echevarria moved rapidly up the ladder of the corporate and non-profit world. However, when her professional speaking business collapsed after 9/11, Pegine morphed into a stand-up comedian to motivate people and pay the bills.

Pegine's can-do attitude is the product of her mom's strength and her determination to survive the streets, and is reflected in her aptly titled book, Sometimes You Have To Kick Your Own Butt. Pegine's unique background, and her bold, comedic style, makes her message of empowerment accessible to a more diverse audience. She is an expert on motivating leaders in a diverse world and empowering people to be leaders in their lives, work, family, and community.

Now a leadership empowerment guru, Pegine's clientele includes Verizon, Merrill Lynch, New York Life Insurance, the U.S. Military, and others. Her current national positions include the Society of Human Resources National Workplace Diversity Expertise Panel, Advisory board of the Jacksonville Women's Business Center, and National Speakers Association (minority outreach committee).

Pegine, a Master in Social Work in Group and Organizational Development, has focused her wide array of talents into inspiring thousands of lives. A recipient of numerous awards and proclamations for her leadership, she was recently nominated for the 2007 Hispanic Business Woman of the Year award.

Her Hall of Fame nod should provide motivation for the entire Hispanic community, recruiters and underdogs everywhere. "Not too shabby for a former gang member from the Bronx", Pegine notes.

"When describing Pegine Echevarria, Latina motivational speaker, words such as "fascinating", "engaging", and "wow!" come to mind. We celebrate her well deserved induction into the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame", says Leonor McCall-Rodriguez, President and founder of the Latino Speakers Bureau.

Pegine is also a national board member and VP of Employers United for a Stronger America - a foundation which provides research, about employers and their US military reserve and US National Guard employees as well as fundraising for programs that serve them.

She is well known among The US Army, US Army National Guard and Navy for her informative, fun, engaging "Transformational Recruiter" programs. Both of her children are soldiers. Her son in the US Army National Guard and her daughter is a Army ROTC cadet at MIT. Both were in a Navy Junior ROTC program in High School.

Pegine Echevarria is a founding member of the Latino Speakers Bureau, at http://www.latinospeakers.com , a California corporation that brings together motivational speakers who offer keynotes and seminars in the U.S. and abroad.

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