Posted on Nov 08, 2017
Our guest today, Carlos Roberto Bacila, spoke to us about Dale Carnegie’s life and the relationship between women, Rotary and Dale Carnegie.
Carlos Bacila is a former Rotarian from Brazil, trained in the Dale Carnegie philosophy of human relations. He is currently in Ottawa for 1 year completing his post doctoral studies at the University of Ottawa. His educational background includes a doctorate in area of law and he has been employed in administrative positions with the police force. His father recruited him to Rotary in 1985 and Carlos strongly believes in Rotary’s mission.
Carlos conducted extensive research about Dale Carnegie who was an American writer and lecturer and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. Carlos believes Carnegie to be very influential in the area of human relations as demonstrated by Carnegie’s well-known books, How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936), a bestseller that remains popular today, and How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (1948). One of the core ideas in these 2 books is that it is possible to change other people's behavior by changing one's behavior toward them. Carlos published his findings in a book entitled Biography - The Life Of Dale Carnegie And His Philosophy Of Success.

His speech entitled “The Woman, Rotary & Dale Carnegie” focussed on the biographical details of Dale Carnegie’s life and the relationship between women, Rotary and Dale Carnegie. In 1955, the same year that he died, Carnegie was instrumental in beginning the long process of admission of women into Rotary through a Supreme Court decision in 1987.