This photo of Edgar Galicia (far left) was provided courtesy of Latino Arts Foundation and is from its quarterly Latinx CEO Meet and Greet with the Community event.

This interview is part of the “Ecosystem Builders” series. More information about the ESHIP Communities program can be found here.

Edgar is one of the founding members of our ESHIP Communities Council in Kansas City. The ESHIP Communities program is a community-driven approach for building entrepreneurial ecosystems that foster inclusion, relationships, collaboration, and social capital across networks of entrepreneurs and those who support them.

Q: What is your deeper “why” behind your commitment and work to support inclusive entrepreneurship in Kansas City? 

A: The fact that teaching others how to fish secures their future in an independent way. The fact that enabling others to produce on their own and generate their own richness will strengthen their foundation, increase their equity, and create a quality of life that is real and secure.

Q: What is a challenge you’ve faced in your life that has led you to this work?

A: I have been very successful in life, and yet I was not happy. I became bankrupt and had to find myself again. I found ‘me’ in the community and discovered that I could invest all my knowledge and abilities into helping the quality of life of the people. I discovered that I was my own worst enemy, I had to humble myself and understand my new reality. Challenging myself to give more, and not just take, led to me generating balance in my life, my family, and my community.

Q: What is the choice that you’ve made or action that you’ve taken that came out of that challenge related to this work?

A: I found myself in community, found my own identity and purpose, and decided to put all my energy in building the foundation of the community I serve.

Q: What is the change you are seeing or hope to see as a result of your choice/action or commitment?

A: I hope to see the complete integration of the under-resourced members of our community, the understanding of their reality by those who are well resourced and the creation and establishment of systems that are more humanistic, versatile, and inclusive. I hope to see a system that enables the members of our community to grow, promotes their well being, and supports those who experience challenging realities.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is wanting to help build greater equity in the entrepreneurial ecosystem/community here in Kansas City?

A: Take people as they come, help them build from their own foundation up, and show people the way to their own greatness.

Q: What about your life or work would you like others to know about you? 

A: I have always had the ability to define paths to obtain goals and achieve results. I learned since I was 9 years old that visualizing and planning for road maps gets you to your goal with the most certainty.

Q: What are you most proud of that’s come from the entrepreneurial community work in Kansas City that you’ve been a part of?

A: When the mentees or entrepreneurs are able to give and pay it forward because of their own gains.

Q: What is something that’s happening in Kansas City right now that you are excited about? 

A: The community is willing and ready to invest in itself. The resilience of Central Avenue and its community shows bright and strong.

Q: What is your ultimate goal or vision for this work?

A: To generate the ability in people to be able to make more than ends meet and conquer their own goals!

Did something in this interview inspire you?

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