Lorena Junco Margain is an author, art collector and philanthropist as well as an advocate for forgiveness and compassion. After surviving a surgeon’s error in 2012 that left her with a lifetime of medical issues, she penned a memoir about the experience, On the Way to Casa Lotus, promoting forgiveness as a force for personal and universal change. A USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, On the Way to Casa Lotus won the American BookFest’s 2021 Best Book Award for narrative nonfiction. It has received praise from Camila Alves McConaughey, entrepreneur, philanthropist and founder of WomenOfToday.com; Nancy D. Perrier, M.D., F.A.C.S., Chief of Surgical Endocrinology, University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center, and many other prominent voices.
Born and raised in Mexico (Monterrey and Mexico City), Lorena studied visual arts and has co-founded galleries and exhibitions in Mexico and London. She co-founded and curated the Margain-Junco Collection with her husband, Eduardo Margain, to support emerging artists, foster the art scene in Mexico, and promote awareness of Mexican art internationally.
A sought after speaker and commentator, Lorena has presented to audiences at UT Austin Dell Medical School, MD Anderson Hospital, Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, as well as United Way, and ClearDATA—a healthcare technology provider. She has made dozens of appearances in the news, including with Business Insider, Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper, Private Air magazine, BeliefNet, Univision, NBC South Florida and NBC Tampa, and is a regular contributor to Austin Fit. She lives with her husband and three children in Austin, Texas and is writing two new books.