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February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
An Evening with Nelson F. Hincapie
Books & Books Presents…
AN EVENING WITH NELSON F. HINCAPIE
Own Your Story Before it Owns You
Friday, February 2nd, 7 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables
Books & Books is proud to present an evening with Nelson F. Hincapie discussing his memoir: Own Your Story Before it Owns You.
This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.
About the Book:
NELSON HINCAPIE’S memoir, Own Your Own Story Before it Owns You, offers readers a glimpse into a life marked by abandonment, addiction, and redemption.
His mother left him at an early age to move from Colombia to the U.S. Nelson bounced around throughout his childhood and adolescence moving from city to city. He endured the unspeakable trauma of sexual abuse by a teacher during his school years. Then, throughout his teenage years and into his 20s he battled addiction and spiraled downward, which ultimately landed him in jail. He literally walked to the edge before he turned his life around.
Nelson’s journey took a turn as he found solace in faith, the loveand strength of his wife, and his determination to help others. He chose to reclaim his life and rise above the ashes of his past.
I first met Nelson when he applied for a position in my office in 2004. At the time I was a newly elected County Commissioner. He did outstanding work for me for a couple of years. This led to his appointment as the President and CEO of Voices For Children in Miami Dade County. Until I read his memoir, I had no idea of his ordeal as a youth.
As President and CEO of Voices For Children, Nelson used his personal experiences to create opportunities for and enhance the lives of forgotten children. He now works as the CEO of the Miami Dade College Foundation and is one of the most respected members of our community.
In Own Your Story Before It Owns You, Nelson fearlessly shares his journey, reminding readers that our stories do not define us. It is our choices, resilience, and belief in God and a brighter tomorrow that shape our destinies.
Prepare to be moved, inspired, and forever changed By Nelson’s extraordinary memoir. It is a testament to the power of redemption, the resilience of the human spirit, and the potential for transformation in even the darkest of circumstances.
—Carlos A. Gimenez, Member of Congress Fl-28
About the Author:
Nelson Hincapie, who has dedicated his career to child development and youth advocacy, is
Chief Executive Officer of the Miami Dade College Foundation, which raises private funds
for scholarships, academic programs and services that improve the lives of MDC students,
families and communities. Before joining the Foundation in January 2022, Hincapie served for 13 years as President and CEO of the Voices For Children Foundation, Inc., a Miami nonprofit that provides financial assistance and resources to abused, abandoned and neglected children. Previously, he worked for two years as Director of Development for the Miami office of the Children’s Home Society of Florida, which strives to keep families safe and unified. In addition to his significant experience in nonprofit fundraising, Hincapie is adept in the political arena, having served on the staff of a Miami-Dade County Mayor, a Miami-Dade County Commissioner and a U.S. Senate campaign. In 2002, Hincapie played a pivotal role in the successful statewide campaign for Universal Pre-K, which guarantees high-quality pre-kindergarten education for every 4-year-old child in Florida. Throughout his career, Hincapie has received numerous awards, including the Florida Commendation Medal from the Florida National Guard in 2020.