Guillermo Baena is MYSO’s Philanthropy Officer – Individuals. Legally blind since birth, Guillermo holds a degree in economics and a graduate certification as a life coach. He has found himself challenged to continuously adapt to the ever-changing environments and circumstances to fully achieve goals that would otherwise be thought of as nearly impossible for a visually impaired person. Guillermo loves to share his story, acting as a keynote and motivational speaker on different occasions.
He has lived his life with devotion to learning, music, and adventures. He is continually searching for new challenges to overcome. Guillermo lives an active lifestyle that has led him to engage in rock-climbing, downhill ski, martial arts, and cycling. He has even acquired his scuba diving license and completed a certification to become a professional skydiver, having jumped solo at 10,000 feet.
Repeatedly re-defining what it means to be handicapped, he loves when he can empower others and make them realize that “the only thing that could stop you, no matter your situation, is when you don’t believe in yourself.”
With a unique blend of professional experience mainly focused on business consulting and strategic planning in the corporate arena, and with a thirst for helping others, he successfully transitioned into the nonprofit world, where he found his passion and career back on track in fundraising.