Latin Times Magazine had the pleasure of catching up with well-known community leader Norma Camero Reno recently -Norma is one of our 2019 Latina Movers N Shakers! Latin Times Magazine: What part of Florida do you live in – are you from Florida? If not – what brought you to Florida?
Norma Camero Reno: I live in Tampa. I came here for a vacation. I was born in El Tigre, Venezuela, my family is from Venezuela.
LTM: Tell me about what you do for a living
Norma Camero Reno: I am an International Attorney; however I am
retired, and all I do is community volunteer work
LTM: Tell me about what organizations you are a part of
Norma Camero Reno: SHERIFF HISPANIC ADVISORY BOARD SHAC, TAMPA HISPANIC HERITAGE, CASA VENEZUELA TAMPA BAY,
LTM: Tell us about the biggest highlights of your career:
Norma Camero Reno: I have received many awards including Hispanic Woman of the Year, but more importantly, I have been able to help people with my knowledge, changing people’s lives for the better
LTM: As a Latina leader in the community, business, or other…what has been your biggest challenge and how have you been able to overcome it:
Norma Camero Reno: Being a woman in a man’s world, getting respect for what I do. I believe my work with my community is how I have gained respect for what I do. I tried to keep well informed and do things the right way but most importantly is my honesty
LTM: How important is being a Latina to you_
Norma Camero Reno: I am very proud of my heritage and being able to represent us Latina women here and internationally making sure that people know where I come from and how far we have gone especially in this country
LTM: What is your favorite type of musica, and what is your favorite song?
Norma Camero Reno: Jajajajaja I like reggaeton, and I do not
have one specifically I like better
LTM: IF you can go back to let’s say 18-21, what are some of the pivotal decisions that you have made that you would do differently-
Norma Camero Reno: I would not have gotten married so young and
having children before 30, I would have finished my career before and travel
before marrying. Other than that, I would not have changed anything else.
LTM: What do you think some of the best career choices are for young Latinas- Norma Camero Reno: Engineering, human resources, business
LTM: Tell us about what kind of projects you currently have going on-
Norma Camero Reno: Right now I have a project I consider important because it benefits anybody who comes to this country not knowing the language and how different the system and the government here works, I have a class I teach for free ENGLISH, CIVICS AND GOVERNMENT to whoever wants to learn. I have a room at ANA G MENDEZ UNIVERSITY which I am very grateful for their help and my students after six months of the class are speaking English, and they know a lot about the government, and I am sure they learned a lot about civics also. I am also helping my country Venezuela sending goods and medicines to help my people and here I have a presentation explaining the situation in Venezuela so people would know what is going on there and how dangerous it is for us here having enemies so close to us.
LTM: What can we expect to see from you in the future-
Norma Camero Reno: I want to live a legacy of education,
knowledge, assimilation to this country so my people won’t suffer as much and
to be able to find better jobs. I will continue my project and keep working to
help other organizations here and in Venezuela.
LTM: What is your comida favorite
Norma Camero Reno: Most Latin food from places like Peru and
LTM: What famous person do you most identify with and why-
Norma Camero Reno: Mother Theresa because everything she did for humanity was out the goodness of her heart without expecting anything in return
LTM: What did I miss? Tell me something you want us to know!
Norma Camero Reno: I would like to have my own place so I could have a school, an information center and a help center for those who come here with nothing but a bag full of hope so I can help them fulfill their dreams