Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Marisela Jimenez


Marisela Jimenez hits the Oral Fixation stage for the first time in “Lost in Translation” at the DMA on June 20th!

Marisela Jimenez was born in Guanajuato, Mexico.  She migrated to Rockford, IL in 1992 but has lived in different US cities.  In August 2013, she relocated to Texas.  Marisela is a businesswoman and current doctoral candidate for the degree of Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership. 

Fixated Facts:

What would you name the autobiography of your life?  A Life of Scraps, Ambition, Success, and Surrender

How did you hear about Oral Fixation?  Jay Torres, DFW journalist, told me about the show and encouraged me to write my story despite my hesitation to disclose my most intimate memories.

What inspired you to participate in Oral Fixation?  When I read about Oral Fixation’s purpose, I immediately identified with the story’s true tales.  So I started writing my story to share with other immigrants who may still be going through the journey of struggles in this country and encourage them to press forward and not to give up.

What do you want to be when you grow up?  A 21st Century Entrepreneur who helps people craft, develop, and realize their own dreams.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? I would love to meet Jalal ad-Dīn Muhammad Rumi (13th century Persian poet).  He is one of my favorite poets who influenced my understanding about experiencing life and love.

Share anything fun, silly, or unique about yourself.  When I’m trapped by fear or any sort of irrational emotion, I challenge myself by doing stuff that defies all those crippling emotions; holding a snake is one way I have overcome fear, and going into dangerous places alone has been another way of letting go of fear to help me face my life’s challenges.

Sneak Peek: “The ESL teacher said that according to statistics, the high school dropout rate was high, especially for minorities.  I looked at myself in the mirror and made a promise that no matter what any statistics said about my situation, I was going to defy the norm and overcome all challenges.”

Don’t miss Marisela’s inspiring story of breaking the cycle of poverty at the Dallas Museum of Art on June 20th!



Marisela truly is an amazing person. She is an inspiration to so many people from all walks of life.

Darrell L. Monette

Awesome and congratulations…


This is great, Marisela!


Wish I could be there to hear Marisela tell her story. Feeling more honored than ever to know her.

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