Saul Flores

Saul Flores walked 5,328 miles through ten countries to document how grueling and dangerous the journey of immigrants to the United States can be and to raise money for an elementary school in Atencingo, Mexico. The story of his journey, accompanied by a series of photographs, capture the essence of the people, communities, and cultures he encountered along the way.


  • Innovation
  • Storytelling
  • Leadership
  • Resiliency
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Latinx Focused
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Creativity



Saul Flores (pronounced sah–ool), is a philanthropist, photojournalist, and speaker who is nationally recognized for his social impact projects. Through his most recent project, Saul documents the amazing lives of thousands of Latin American immigrants to fundraise for an elementary school in his mother’s hometown.

His work has been featured on National Public Radio, MSNBC, and TEDX. Additionally, Saul has been featured as a keynote speaker for dozens of universities, inspiring audiences through his visual presentations, in which he helps people realize the capacity of their immense human potential given times of extreme adversity.


From Within

In this program, storyteller and changemaker Saul Flores addresses how grit, belonging, and equity foster revolutionary innovation and build enduring businesses.

Saul first learned grit as a survival mechanism from his migrant parents. Having escaped their war-torn countries, consistency was key to realizing their goals. As Saul will teach your people, too much organizational resistance derails innovation, leading to untapped potential.

How do companies cultivate true belonging? And how do you create equitable cultures that equip all your employees to excel? By illuminating stories that challenge the status quo, Saul demonstrates the why and how of revolutionary innovation. Attendees will leave with tools and frameworks leading to more empowered thinking. Together, participants will break down systemic barriers to ensure that diverse voices can become successful innovators.

  • The value of creating a culture around belonging, equity, and grit.
  • How diverse voices can fuel innovation within a company
  • The power of establishing gritty team habits


Ideal Audience:

This Program is Perfect For 

  • Organizations hoping to inspire innovation
  • Companies wanting to create more equitable cultures
  • Leaders aiming to create more inclusive environments


Saul shares his journey around social entrepreneurship through his for-good venture MAMA Sugar. As a third-generation descendant of sugar cane workers, Saul launched a single-origin, ethically sourced sugar company. Saul shares that he learned grit in unconventional ways, he learned it from studying the women figures in his life and the farmers in his mother’s hometown. Now, he helps businesses understand the value of staying true to their origins.

In talks to companies, educators, charities, and NGO’s, Saul spreads his message that social entrepreneurship is fueled through equity, belonging, and grit. Companies can create equitable cultures, develop gritty habits, and foster a sense of belonging to drive innovation by amplifying diverse voices.

  • How a sense of belonging can foster innovation
  • That social innovation is driven by equity, belonging, and grit
  • The value of staying true to your origins


Ideal Audience:

This Program is Perfect For 

  • Mission-driven advocacy or service organizations
  • Leadership summits and Institutes

Think Big

While visiting Mexico in 2010, Saul met the sons and daughters of cane workers living in a small and unassuming town. He found the students studying in a run-down elementary school and spent several years advocating for their education and access. Without electricity, limited resources, and understaffed teachers, the students persevered. Meanwhile, he witnessed their pathway to education slowly fall out of reach.

This experience sparked a desire to make education more equitable and accessible for all students attending the elementary school. His solution was locally respected and globally applauded, he would use activism and change-making to create a pathway towards education for all students in Atencingo, Mexico.

  • How equity can change a community
  • That one person can change a culture
  • How education, access, and equity are needed for innovation


Ideal Audience:

This Program is Perfect For 

  • Higher education employees focused on equity and access
  • Organizations focused on change-making
  • Tech-education companies are committed to creating an impact

The Walk

A journey around belonging. Saul spent three months walking, hitchhiking, and sleeping on the ground and in hiding places. His trek began in Quito, Ecuador and ended in Charlotte, North Carolina. In three months, he walked 5,328 miles through ten countries and nine border crossings to document how grueling and dangerous the journey of immigrants to the United States can be and to raise money for an elementary school in Atencingo, Mexico.

In this keynote, Saul speaks about how as a first-generation American, he took the “Walk” in the summer of 2010. Audiences will get the opportunity to relive The Walk along with Saul and create a deeper understanding of the struggles, hardships, joy, and hope that immigrants experience on their journey.

  • The power of social innovation in today’s political environment
  • The value of learning about different cultures and communities
  • How immigrant communities try to overcome adversity and find belonging in the United States


Ideal Audience:

This Program is Perfect For 

  • Organizations wanting to advocate for Latinx issues
  • Hispanic Heritage Month celebration
  • Advocacy Groups and Community Organizations

Speaker Resources


To help you promote your event with Saul, EVERGREEN has created promotional templates. In this folder, you will find resources for social media and press photos that you can use for your event.
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Below you will find logistical resources for the day of your event with Saul.
In-Person AV Needs (PDF)
Speaking Introduction (PDF)