Sixcia Devine’s Story
Sixcia and her brother grew up in the kind of neighborhood that “good” children are warned to stay away from. With gunshots going off while she studied, a constant threat of danger, and heartbreaking losses of friends and family, Sixcia realized something monumental. Life is fleeting, and never permanent.
“My upbringing helped me to appreciate life and take action knowing life can be taken away without notice.”
After climbing her way out of the ghetto with hard work and study, she turned her attention to improving the lives of others. Sixcia was struck by the great need of women and children in impoverished areas of Latin America. Using creativity and a small pot savings, she launched the nonprofit Caritas Smile in 2010 which has touched the lives of 10,000+ people by rebuilding homes and schools, supplying educational and medical resources at orphanages, and uplifting communities in the poorest areas of Latin America and the USA.
“I’m living proof that small steps have big impacts.”
Now, as part of the “Grow With Google” national program, Sixcia is travelling America, educating business owners and universities on topics of digital marketing and making a difference through business and entrepreneurship.
“You can be a hero. You can do good in your community while still making a healthy profit. Here’s how.”
Sixcia as an Inspirational Speaker
Driven to inspire transformative action with her words, Sixcia shares her personal values, stories, downfalls and victories. She’s held numerous workshops with Google to boost marketing and business know-how. Her inspirational speaking topics focus on topics like transformative travel, Hispanic marketing, economic growth in developing countries, female empowerment, social entrepreneurship, and more.
Education and Accomplishments
Along with her humanitarian and speaking background, Sixcia is the author of “Tapping Into The Hispanic Market”. She has been honored by the Ronald McDonald House and received a 40 Under 40 Business Professionals award, twice.
Sixcia holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and Spanish, minoring in International Development from the University of Rhode Island. She has done graduate work at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and studied at Schiller International University in Paris, France.
Get involved with Caritas Smile
Today, Caritas Smile offers Mindful and Holistic Service Learning programs that combine spirituality and community engagement in Latin America. Universities, companies, and individuals participate in customized programs and travel to off the beaten path areas while making a difference in the lives of others. Caritas Smile is in the process of expanding health and sanitation efforts in the Dominican Republic.