Napoleon Hill Day: International visitors representing 20 countries

November 21, 2019

Hundreds of regional high school students and their teachers, area business leaders and college students attended October’s Napoleon Hill Day at the UVa-Wise Prior Convocation Center, however it also was an event that attracted international visitors representing twenty countries.

International guests that descended on the University of Virginia’s College at Wise for the annual celebration included Jamil Albuquerque, President of the Mastermind Group in Brazil, Shy Gold, representing Israel, David Ibarra, representing Mexico, Costa Rica and parts of South America, Satish Verma, representative for the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Chief Poly Emenike, author and chairman/CEO of Neros Pharmaceuticals Limited representing Nigeria, Hugo De La Torre representing Colombia, Marie Taqui representing the Ivory Coast, Marcial and Fabiana Conte, publishers representing Brazil, and Rosetta Qadhi representing Jamaica. 

Albuquerque, Ibarra, Verma, Gold, De La Torre and Qadhi are licensed by the Foundation to teach courses developed from Napoleon Hill material in their respective countries on Positive Mental Attitude Science of Success. 

The event, held Oct. 28, organized and sponsored by the Napoleon Hill Foundation, is part of the annual commemoration of the birthday of Napoleon Hill, the Wise County native and author of “Think and Grow Rich,” and other motivational books. 

About Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was born in poverty in a one-room cabin on the Pound River on Oct. 26, 1883.  From these humble beginnings, the Wise County native became an advisor to presidents. During the early 20th century, Hill interviewed the nation’s most successful business leaders, including Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford.  From those interviews and more conducted over 20 years, Hill compiled his eight-volume set “The Law of Success,” a collection of the philosophy of individual achievement.  He later condensed his research to compile “Think and Grow Rich,” often called one of the most important motivational books ever written.

First published in 1937, “Think and Grow Rich” has sold millions of copies worldwide and continues to appear on the list of top business books.  In this classic on personal achievement, Hill introduced the concept “whatever the mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve.”  Seventeen principles from Hill’s philosophy of personal achievement include cultivating a burning desire, faith, and persistence in the attainment of goals. Hill’s writings are still must-reads for business professionals.

The Napoleon Hill Foundation is a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to promoting Hill’s philosophy. For more information, contact the Napoleon Hill Foundation at 276/328-6700 or by email at