Mateo Magdaleno is an internationally known, community servant leader and speaks to a wide spectrum of audiences throughout the northern hemisphere on breaking down boundaries, activating your purpose, and defying the urge to quit. Currently, Raul serves as Chief Education Officer for the IDQ Group Inc., providing innovative strategies to Fortune 500 corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, universities and school districts committed to building a stronger future by combatting the literacy epidemic, reducing the high school drop out rate, and increasing college enrollment and retention among underserved students. In this capacity, Raul serves as a bridge connecting not only public and private entities but communities as well by surpassing the labels of race, ethnicity, gender, age, and income level through the recognition that our education problem can only be solved when we move beyond what divides us and stand together as one to empower and activate our future. Raul previously served as Special Assistant to the Dean and established the Department of Diversity and Community Engagement for Southern Methodist University (SMU) Meadows School of the Arts. Under Raul’s leadership SMU enrolled more minority students in 2010 than any other year in the 100 year history of the university; he was also instrumental in securing over $10 million in financial aid for underserved students. Raul is the Founder and Chairman of The Magdaleno Leadership Institute, a non- profit organization devoted to building young servant leaders to serve as change agents and leaders in our community. Most recently, Raul was appointed by the U.S. Senate Majority Leader and confirmed by Congress, to serve a four-year term on the U.S. Congressional Award National Board of Directors, who present Congress’ highest award for youth. He also serves as an advisory board member and national spokesman for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and on the Texas Advisory Council for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Raul currently resides in Dallas, TX where in addition to managing his own business and philanthropic work, he serves as the caregiver for his elderly mother, Maria, and is in the process of adopting his older sister, Sylvia Magdaleno, who is gifted with down syndrome.