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Opening Plenary: Underrepresented — Where are the Latinos?
Chair Rubén Hinojosa; Katherine Archuleta-Director, Office of Personnel Management; Maria Teresa Kumar-President & CEO, Voto Latino; Amilcar Guzman, Senior Manager for Data and Evaluation, CASA de Maryland; Rita Moreno, Actress and Singer; Patricia Pineda, Group Vice President, Toyota Hispanic Business Group of North America; Israel Rocha, CEO, Doctors Hospital Renaissance; Ray Suarez-Host, Inside Story, Al-Jazeera America
CHCI’s experts and partners will tackle the underrepresentation of Latinos in the key sectors of television media, federal government, clinical drug trials, corporate boards and voter turnout. Cornerstone of the discussion will be key efforts being made to address this issue and why it is imperative that Latinos grow their numbers and have a decision-making voice in each sector.
CHCI will pay tribute to veterans and service members during the opening of this session.
Latino Leaders Policy Summits—Track A
Noel Candelaria – President, Texas State Teachers Association
Libby Doggett- Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the Department of Education
Ana Gallegos- Assistant Superintendent of Elementary and K-8 Leadership, Tucson Unified School District
Ana María García Blanco- Executive Director, Instituto Nueva Escuela
Panelists will discuss what it would take to provide Universal Pre-K. Topics will include Universal Pre-K cost savings and benefits through preparedness for elementary and secondary education, improving test scores, reducing long-term drop-out rates and increasing high school graduation rates.
Joseph Dominguez – Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, Exelon
Omar Garcia - President, South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable
Rodney Hobbs – Human Resources Manager, Government Affairs and Policy, Mergers & Acquisitions, General Electric
Lenora Keas – Vice President, Division of Workforce Development and Strategic Initiatives, Del Mar College
Bernadette Rivera – Assistant Director, Training & Education Fund, LIUNA
This session will focus on expanding job opportunities for Latinos in the energy sectors including oil, gas, electricity, and other sectors and the role of sustainable energy. Panelists will discuss job-training programs around the country and Latino leadership in this field.
Rep. Steven Horsford
Anna Escobedo Cabral – former US Treasurer and Spokesperson for the Hispanic American Financial Experience
Carlos Cornejo – Group Head, New Consumers, Global Products and Solutions, MasterCard Worldwide
Sahara Garcia – HomeOwnership Counselor/Education Advisor, NeigborWorks of Orange County
Zixta Martinez – Associate Director of External Affairs, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
This session will focus on increasing financial literacy in the Latino community to ensure smart financial management decisions in banking, mortgages and higher education.
Mireya Agüero de Corrales – Secretary of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Honduras
Julio Ligorria Carballido – Ambassador to U.S., Guatemala
Sean Callahan – Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Relief Services
Maricela Rodriguez – Program Manager, The California Endowment
Enrique Roig – Coordinator for Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), USAID
This session will focus on the recent humanitarian crisis on the border that saw thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America converge along the Texas-Mexico border. Panelists will discuss the systematic problems of violence, poverty and human trafficking in Central America and address long-term solutions.
Hon. Ken Salazar – Former Secretary of the Interior and U.S. Senator
Jason Cuevas – Vice President, Corporate Communications, Georgia Power
Mark Magaña – President, GreenLatinos
Melissa Lavinson – Vice President, Federal Affairs, PG&E
Patty Riddlebarger – Director of Social Corporate Responsibility, Entergy
This session will highlight the importance of energy efficiency, energy security, and sustainable green energy to the future of our country and address career opportunities for Latinos in the growing utilities and green energy sectors.
Leadership Luncheon – Latina Leadership in Congress
Reps. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Grace Napolitano, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Linda Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez; Enrique Acevedo, Co-Anchor, Univision News Evening Edition (Moderator); Allan Golston-President, U.S. Program Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Latina leadership in Congress shares its powerful stories addressing relevant issues such as pay equity, glass ceiling, and increasing female representation in politics.
CHCI Alumni Association: Next Generation Professional Development Session- “CHCI Alumni: Millennials Redefining Success”
Jason Llorenz- Scholar, Rutgers University School of Communications and Information
Shelley Row- President & CEO, Shelley Row Associates
Mark Hugo Lopez- Director of Hispanic Research, Pew Research Center
Nathaly Arriola – Deputy Director/Press Secretary, Office of Communications, U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Marvin Figueroa- Deputy Political Director, Mark Warner for Virginia
Lizet Ocampo- Vice President of Campaigns, Latino Victory Project
Enrique Soto- Manager of Latino/a Engagement and Partnerships, Teach For America
This session will explore the fastest-growing demographic in the Latino community (and within the CHCI Alumni Association) as they rise to become the leaders of tomorrow, forging new pathways and redefining what “success” means for them. For the Latino community, success is colored by cultural identity, morality, gender relations, family dynamics, socioeconomic, and generational status among others. Session participants will hear from renowned experts, engage with a panel of Millennial leaders on how they are achieving success, and take part in a dynamic training led by nationally-recognized leadership expert Shelley Row on“Infotuition™: Your Key to Complex Decisions in Leadership and Life.”
CHCI Alumni Association Reception in Honor of Chiefs of Staff
JP Morgan Chase & Co. 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, North Building, Suite 700
CHCI and CHCI Alumni Association (CHCI-AA), in partnership with the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association (CHSA), are hosting a special reception honoring Congressional Chiefs of Staff who have demonstrated their commitment to promoting diversity on Capitol Hill. The honorees have played a pivotal role in ensuring that young Latinos are hired, offered opportunities to grow, and advance professionally. We congratulate them on their recognition – it takes leaders to bring forth leaders. To RSVP, please contact Christian Arana (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-548-8799)
CHCI Arts & Culture Reception
Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard
8th and F Street (F Street Entrance)
750 Ninth Street, NW
Washington, D.C., 20001
Rep. Xavier Becerra; Hon. Gerald Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will open a new exhibition featuring six contemporary Latino artists who explore how identities are constructed and negotiated through portraiture. The exhibition, Portraiture Now: Staging the Self, will be open to all CHCI Public Policy Conference registrants during the Arts & Culture Reception
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Gala Will Call (Daytime)
Tri-Caucus Plenary: Rebuilding the Minority Middle Class
Chair Rubén Hinojosa; Hon. Julián Castro, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Hon. Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education Reps. Donna Edwards, Marcia Fudge; Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; Broderick Johnson, Assistant to the President and Cabinet secretary, White House (Moderator); Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation, NCLR
CHCI will convene the three Congressional Caucus Chairs – CHC, CBC, CAPAC, and the Women’s Caucus Co-Chairs, for a historic discussion on rebuilding the minority middle class and highlight President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative that addresses disparities in success rates for young men of color
CHCI NextOpp Press Conference
Latino Leaders Policy Summits—Track B
Rebecca Barrantes- President, The Sierra Group
Alejandra Castillo- Director, Minority Business Development Agency
Gabriel Petek- Managing Director, U.S. Public Finance, Standard & Poor’s
Eric Rodriguez- Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation, NCLR
CHCI’s experts and partners will address the growing income inequality gap affecting the Latino workforce. Key efforts being made to address closing this gap and creating economic justice for Latino families include support for small businesses, having a fair tax structure for low-income workers, and extending tax credits for working families.
J. Nadine Gracia, MD- Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and OMH Director
Jessica González-Rojas- Executive Director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Antonio P. Linares, MD- Vice President and Medical Director, WellPoint
Delia Pompa- Senior Vice President, Programs, National Council of La Raza
Dr. Maria-Rosa Watson, DDS – Research Director, Primary Care Coalition of Montgomergy County, Inc.
Dr. Guy Bailey- President, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Danette Howard- Vice President for Policy and Mobilization, Lumina Foundation
Mark Hugo Lopez- Director of Hispanic Research, Pew Research Center
Michele Siqueiros- Executive Director, Campaign for College Opportunity
This session will focus on ways to improve post-secondary education to meet the needs of today’s Latino students who are often older, work, take more time to graduate or struggle with debt during their educational experience. Panelists will discuss best practices and policy recommendations to create appropriate pathways to help these students earn high-quality degrees.
Francis Calpotura- Founder & Director, Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action
Sara Ramirez- Community Leader, CASA de Maryland
Celestino Rivera- Packing House Director, UFCW Local 540
Lori Wallach- Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
Panelists will discuss the economic impact of trade agreements on Latino working families and the need for fair trade deals that promote economic opportunity, higher wages, quality jobs and a trained workforce.
Hon. Alex Padilla- California State Senator
Rolando Arriola- President, Texas Valley Communities Foundation
Linda P. Katehi, Chancellor, University of California Davis
Allyson Knox, Director of Education Policy and Programs, Microsoft
This session will focus on current and future career opportunities for Latinos in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math. Panelists will also discuss the importance of increasing Latino recruitment and participation in STEAM education and careers.
Diversity in Entrepreneurship/Technology Luncheon
Maria Contreras-Sweet, SBA Administrator; Rep. Xavier Becerra; Ed Avila, MANOS Accelerator; Henry Fernandez, Senior Program Officer, Access and Outreach, USA Funds; Ben Jealous, Partner, Kapor Center for Social Impact; Yolanda Mangolini, Director, Global Diversity Talent & Inclusion and Talent & Outreach Programs, Google; Andrea Pimentel, Business Development, Uber; Felix W. Ortiz III: Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Viridis Learning
High level executives from top technology companies address what is being done to foster Latino entrepreneurs in technology and the need for technology companies to diversify their workforce.
CHCI will also present its 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award during the session.
Dessert and Coffee Networking Break
Hon. Thomas Perez, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor; Reps. Luis Gutierrez, Xavier Becerra, and Joe Crowley; Jim Avila, Senior National Correspondent, ABC News (Moderator); Ana Navarro, Political Contributor, CNN and CNN en Español; Rev. Tony Suarez, Vice President of Chapters, National Hispanic Christian leadership Council (NHCLC), Hispanic Evangelical Association
There is widespread agreement that our nation’s immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed. This session will bring together diverse voices from the House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and the Administration, who all share a commitment to address immigration reform for the betterment of America.
CHCI Alumni Association Business Meeting
CHCI Alumni Leaders will gather to discuss key issues impacting the network of over 2,900 CHCI Alumni and eight regional chapters around the nation.
Alumni are invited to participate either in-person or via remote conference capability.
To confirm your participation, RSVP to Christian Arana at email@example.com or 202-548-8799.
Board of Directors Networking Reception (Invite Only)
Reyes of Comedy
Erik Rivera (Host), Gina Brillon, Vladimir Caamano, Angelo Lozada
Hilarity ensues when some of the most outrageous Latino comics take center stage during CHCI’s 14th Annual Reyes of Comedy. Be entertained as these talented comedians draw on their own experiences to portray life as Latinos in America, offering a night of exceptional entertainment.
Immediately following Reyes of Comedy, join us for the After Party hosted by the CHCI Alumni Association!
Reyes of Comedy After-Party: A CHCI Alumni Association Party with a Purpose
Following Reyes of Comedy, join us for the After Party-with-a-Purpose benefiting the CHCI Alumni Association, which will bring together over 200 young Latino professionals working on Capitol Hill, the Administration, federal agencies and national nonprofits in Washington, DC. Other attendees include corporate representatives, national leaders and advocates in town for CHCI’s HHM events.
Tickets for the After Party-with-a-Purpose are $35 if sold separately, or $50 with Reyes of Comedy admission. Proceeds from the After Party will benefit the CHCI Alumni Association. Buy Your Tickets Now
Gala Will Call (Daytime)
CHCI Joint Board & Advisory Council Meeting (Private)
Board of Directors Luncheon (Invite Only)
Gala Will Call (Evening)
Chair’s Private Gala Reception (Invite Only)
General Reception (Open to all Gala guests)
37th Annual Awards Gala
Celebrity Emcee: Zoraida Sambolin
Special Guest: President Barack Obama and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Invocation: Rep. Ed Pastor
Opening Entertainment: Mariachi Nuevo Santander
National Anthem: Alexandria
Medallion Honorees: José Díaz- Balart and Eliseo Medina
Chair’s Medallion Award: Juliet V. García
Gala Entertainment Finale (Open to all Gala guests)
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, provides leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders. The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic members of Congress, nonprofit, union, and corporate leaders. CHCI does not attempt to influence legislation and does not employ or retain lobbyists.
The views or opinions of awardees, speakers, or guests throughout CHCI's Hispanic Heritage Month events do not reflect the views or policies of CHCI.
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