LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

The CHCI 2019 Leadership Conference will bring together key partners and thought leaders from a wide range of sectors and industries to examine critical issues affecting the Latino community and our nation!

Join us for high-level, thoughtful discussions on civic engagement, the Latino identity, access to healthcare, workforce development and more, with panels featuring Members of Congress, corporate executives, community activists, educators, celebrities, media personalities, nonprofit leaders, CHCI program participants, and  CHCI alumni! Together we can inspire positive social, economic and political change.

With the upcoming 2020 Census, this year’s theme, “You Count! ¡Tú cuentas!,” is a call to all Latinos to recognize their personal and collective power, and exercise their right to be counted. Because we collectively represent the promise of this country. Because Latinos are 58.9 million strong in the United States and deserve to be seen, heard and celebrated. Because WE ALL count and are #HereToLead. 

 

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Mandated by the Constitution, the once a decade census counts every person living in the United States providing the basis of apportioning congressional seats, redistricting and impacting federal funding to states, counties, and community programs. Historically, Latinos have been undercounted for decades. This session will discuss the barriers of hard-to-count communities and efforts by public and private organizations, advocates and funders to ensure all Latino households are counted and represented.


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SPEAKERS:

Session Intro Speaker:
Marco Davis, President & CEO, CHCI

Opening Remarks:
Zafar Brooks, CHCI Advisory Council Member, Director, Corporate Responsibility and Diversity Inclusion, Hyundai Motor America

Panelists:
Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Executive Vice President of Government and Corporate Affairs, Univision
Christine Pierce, SVP Data Science, Nielsen

The Latino population has one of the highest rates of obesity in the US. CDC data shows that over 47% of the Latino adult population and 25.8% of Latino youth in the US are obese. More than one in four Latino children ages 2 to 19 are obese. Obesity is a risk factor for developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, arthritis, sleep disturbances, breathing problems, kidney failure and certain types of cancers. Experts in this panel will share strategies of changing the way Latinos living with obesity are viewed, including the lack of adequate access to healthcare and treatment, in addition to highlighting challenges people living with obesity face on many levels, including stigma and inadequate access to treatment.


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Horizon Therapeutics


SPEAKER:

Issue Expert:
Daphne Delgado, CHCI Alum, Trust For America's Health

Every single day, women and girls in Latin America, and in Latino communities domestically, are preyed on and recruited into sex and labor trafficking networks across the U.S. Human trafficking is defined as “modern-day slavery” involving “the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.” It is estimated that there are 20.9 million victims of trafficking around the world. The victims are often silenced, and thus, many cases of trafficking go unreported. Join the panelists to learn about successful anti-human trafficking initiatives designed to prevent and disrupt this modern form of slavery.


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SPEAKERS:

Moderator:
Maria Peña, Digital Reporter, TelemundoNews

Issue Expert:
Ambassador Luis de Baca, Senior Fellow, The Gilder Lehrman Center, Yale University

Minority-owned businesses are an engine of employment in all communities, but their success, expansion, and growth largely depends on adequate access to financial capital. Nationally representative data on the financing of minority-owned small businesses show large disparities in access to capital. This session will bring together a diverse group of panelists to share best practices and initiatives of becoming a minority entrepreneur, identifying and developing business relationships with aspiring minority-business owners and breaking down systemic barriers to success.


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SPEAKERS:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-07)

Issue Expert:
Efrain Gonzalez, Associate Director for Business Development, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce

Every year, as hundreds of Americans leave the US military and return to civilian life, they seek employment opportunities that would enable them to recover from the physically and mentally tolling military service by utilizing their reliable work ethic and productivity in the existing workforce. This panel will bring together representatives from veteran-friendly companies to discuss best practices in job creation strategies, and proven ways of hiring, onboarding and retaining post-military service employees, empowering veterans to take charge of their careers and wellbeing.


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Nestlé


SPEAKERS:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49)

Panelist:
Elizabeth Marengo, Director of Talent Strategy & Diversity & Inclusion, Nestlé

Home ownership is at the core of the American Dream. Private ownership of assets is not only what drives the engine of capitalism, but also an integral part of individual wealth-building. Today, the US faces a stark reality where sectors of society are disenfranchised from this essential part of the American Dream. Approximately 41% of Latinos in the U.S. own a home, compared to 64.4% of white Americans. Furthermore, Latinos face various obstacles when securing loans and/or mortgages. Join our panel of industry experts and community leaders as we discuss access to home-ownership and explore ways to pave the way to the American Dream for the next generation of Latinos.


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Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLBSF)


SPEAKER:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Lacy Clay (MO-1)

Recent studies show that women working full-time make only 80.5 cents to the dollar earned by men in similar positions. With a gender wage gap of 20 percent, gender discrimination in the workforce is not only impacting pay equity but hiring and promotions of qualified women, especially women of color, including Latinas who are paid 53 cents for every dollar paid to men in similar positions. This session will address the gender equity challenges women face at all levels of the work cycle and present opportunities for parity as well as promising initiatives to provide a workplace that generates equal opportunities for all.


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SPEAKERS:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Norma Torres (CA-35)

Sponsor Remarks:
Angel Enriquez, Sr. Manager Diversity & Inclusion, Amazon

Moderator:
Stephanie Valencia

Panelists:
Janelle Rodriguez, SVP, NBCU Comcast

A high quality education is a proven avenue to a lifetime of opportunity and success. What strategies are being used by educators, philanthropic foundations, corporate leaders, elected officials, and others to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed? What are educators, the philanthropic community and others doing to ensure that schools are set up for success and that teachers and leaders have what they need to help their students excel?


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KIPP Foundation


SPEAKERS:

Moderator:
Armando Trull, former WAMU, Race & Equity

Panelists:
Robert C. Enlow, President and CEO, EdChoice

Latinos and other diverse audiences are increasing demand for film, radio, television and other media content filled with characters whose experiences resonate with their own, who look like them, and with whom they can relate. This panel will feature a timely discussion with leading Latinos in the media and entertainment industries who are leading the charge in ensuring increased diversity and inclusion in the industry.


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SPEAKERS:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34)

Moderator:
Gloria Ordaz, Co-anchor of weekday editions, Noticiero Telemundo 51

Since the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby v Holder eliminated key provisions in the Voting Rights Act, it has led to an increase in voting barriers such as strict voter ID requirements, voter purges, limits to voter registration and closing of polling places in minority communities. This session will discuss efforts to protect the voting rights of minorities and to combat voter suppression.


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Member of Congress:
Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31)

Issue Expert:
Adriel Cepeda Derieux, Attorney, ACLU

Distributed ledger technology is swiftly disrupting traditional business processes on an international scale. This summit will address key areas of change and will provide a platform to discuss the opportunities blockchain technology will provide across every major industry including finance, insurance, healthcare, retail, telecom, supply chain, and more.

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Fostering an innovative and diverse workforce requires not only the attraction, but also retention of diverse talent. This panel of experts will focus on the existing threats and opportunities to fostering an innovative and diverse workforce across key industry sectors. The session will also examine some of the existing tools to support the growth and development of diverse talent, such as mitigating bias, the role of machine learning, and employee resource groups. Further, we will discuss what corporate leaders, elected officials, and other stakeholders can do to ensure that we have an agile, skilled and diverse workforce of tomorrow that reflects the increasing diversity of our country.


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Walgreens

SPEAKERS:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Tony Cárdenas (CA-29)

Panelist:
Carlos W. Cubia, Vice-President, Global Chief Diversity Officer, Walgreen Boot Alliance

Join us for a unique opportunity to hear from some of the 2020 Presidential Election candidates as they discuss the top issues affecting the Latino community.

The Arts & Culture Reception serves as the cultural kick-off to a month-long, national celebration of the richness and diversity of Latino heritage. Join CHCI on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Ronald Regan Building, Pavilion Room in Washington, D.C., for our premier networking event that showcases and celebrates the societal contributions in art, cuisine, and music of the Hispanic community to the United States.

Addressing discriminatory practices that many Latinos and other minority groups face as a result of lack of access to high-quality schools, good jobs with reasonable pay, affordable housing, and safe neighborhoods, collectively have had a significant impact on the health of Latinos and their ability to achieve health equity. This panel will seek to expand knowledge on the different social, economic, and environmental factors that shape our health. Experts will address the discriminatory practices related to the social determinants of health, and what can be done to achieve health equity to enable everyone to live the healthiest life possible.


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SOMOS

Data from the US Environmental Protection Agency shows that at least 40 states in the US are anticipating water shortages in the next five years. This, coupled with the growing US population and our increasing need and reliance on water makes the need for water conservation and management vital. Join this session to hear from panelists who will discuss sustainable and smart water management and conservation strategies and best practices that address current and future water needs that benefit the economy and the environment.

SPEAKER:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16)

Precision medicine - a tailored approach to medicine, focusing on individual variability in lifestyle, genetics, and socioeconomic determinants of health, has the potential to expand our understanding of the major factors contributing to the health disparities experienced by Latinos. Join a group of experts who will explain how precision medicine works, how it can shape better health outcomes among Latinos, and discuss challenges and opportunities related to artificial intelligence, machine learning and precision medicine.


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Genentech
Pfizer


SPEAKERS:

Moderator:
Fabian Sandoval, MD, CEO, Emerson Clinical Research Institute and Executive Producer, “Tu Salud, Tu Familia”

Panelist:
Edith Perez, MD, Director, Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program

While there is no single pathway to leadership, a lot can be learned from the trials and tribulations of those who have succeeded before us. Join us for this panel featuring exceptional Latino trailblazers across different industries and career paths, as they share their respective leadership lessons and insights on their unique journeys of becoming a changemaker in 2019 and beyond.


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Moderator:
Julio Ricardo Varela, Digital Media Director, Latino USA / Futuro Media

The last few years have seen a boom in the gig workforce – a temporary work engagement – that has resulted in a fundamental shift in the way work is being performed, as well as the relationship between workers and companies. Recent studies predict that by 2020 more than 40% of the workforce will consist of workers participating in the gig economy. As this sector of the economy grows, it is driven, in part, by older workers and retirees who want to earn extra income while maintaining flexibility. Continued technological advancements will likely continue to shape the workforce and contribute to an increased gig economy. This panel will discuss the gig economy, its impact on the future of work, the opportunities it holds, and its impact on the middle class.

Precision medicine - a tailored approach to medicine, focusing on individual variability in lifestyle, genetics, and socioeconomic determinants of health, has the potential to expand our understanding of the major factors contributing to the health disparities experienced by Latinos. Join a group of experts who will explain how precision medicine works, how it can shape better health outcomes among Latinos, and discuss challenges and opportunities related to artificial intelligence, machine learning and precision medicine.


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Panelist:
Veronica Juarez, Vice President of Social Enterprise, Lyft

Join us for an exciting session exploring identity, leadership, and advocacy for Latinx leaders seeking to spark change in their communities. This session will focus on pathways to leadership as well as the advocacy skills needed to organize a community and build impact. Based on Leadership for Educational Equity’s leadership development model and designed to maximize the effectiveness of diverse leaders working to end the injustice of educational inequity, this training will provide participants with critical tools and resources to effect change through civic leaders.

The US has been a leader in innovation, transportation, and smart fiscal policies, yet the infrastructure that keeps the US open and competitive for business is outdated. The private sector is ready to work with the 116th Congress and the Trump Administration to pass legislation that will ensure modern and sustainable infrastructure, spur completion of much-needed transportation projects while keeping the US economy growing. This summit will convene panelists representing industry leaders, policy makers, investors, innovators, workforce development leaders, and other experts to discuss the modernization of America’s infrastructure.


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SPEAKERS:

Sponsor Remarks:
Oscar Muñoz, CEO, United Airlines

Moderator:
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, NBC Universal / CNBC

As of 2019, there are over 44 million borrowers in the US who collectively owe $1.5 trillion in student loans. This crippling debt is having ripple effects on the US economy including delaying financial and personal life milestones such as home ownership, marriage, and childbearing. This session will address scholarship opportunities, the status of current programs such as public service loan forgiveness, the pros and cons of consolidation, and the role of policymakers in addressing an increasingly critical issue in the US economy.

September 20, 2017 is a day that Puerto Ricans will never forget. Hurricane Maria was the most destructive natural disaster to hit the region in the last decade. Thousands perished or lost their homes, the economy halted to a stop, and essential public services were non-existent. The hurricane shed light on the unique challenges Puerto Rico faces as a U.S. territory. Government agencies, private organizations, and local decision makers encountered unprecedented obstacles in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. This session will convene experts, involved with Puerto Rico’s recovery in the aftermath of the 2017 natural disaster, to discuss lessons learned, the future of Puerto Rico’s reconstruction and the economic opportunities it holds for the people of the Island.


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SPEAKERS:

Moderator:
Angelique Sina, President, Friends of Puerto Rico

Corporations and their respective corporate leaders are increasingly in the spotlight on issues traditionally addressed by policymakers. This session will address how corporations are entering a new era of moral leadership, and provide examples across key industries on issues such as: addressing workplace harassment, equal pay, disaster prevention, employee equity, workforce reskilling and using new and emerging technologies for social good.


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SPEAKERS:

Panelists:
Zafar Brooks, Director, Corporate Responsibility and Diversity Inclusion, Hyundai Motor America
Sid Espinosa, Senior Director of Philanthophy and Civic Engagement, Microsoft
Emilio Gonzalez, Executive Director for Strategic Alliances, Verizon

According to a poll conducted by Latino Decisions, a political insights firm specializing in Latino political opinion research, over 70% of Latinos have personally experienced the impact of climate change in their state and want to see policies that curb climate change. The summit will bring together representatives from the corporate, non-profit and/or government sector for knowledge exchange and interaction on successful climate change initiatives.


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NRDC (Natural Resources Defence Fund)
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCSUSA)


SPEAKER:

Panelist:
Bruce Harris, Vice President of Federal Government Affairs, Walmart

Over the past two decades, over 180,000 students have experienced gun violence on campus, with at least eight shootings taking place in 2019 to date. The Washington Post reports that, “mass shootings at predominantly white schools draw the most attention from journalists and lawmakers, but … children of color are far more likely to experience campus gun violence — nearly twice as much for Hispanic students and three times as much for black students.” Even more concerning, however, is the fact that research shows that mass school shootings account for a relatively small percent of gun violence victims, but garner the most media attention. The tragic loss of life and the trauma experienced by survivors have led policy makers, federal to local, to respond to the community’s call for action. This session will explore the impact of gun violence on young people, its policy implications and its disparate effects on communities of color.


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American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

SPEAKER:

Panelist:
Alexander Yablon, Author, The Trace

Comprehensive immigration policy is a pressing issue given the current political and social climate between Congress and the general public. Anti-immigrant sentiment, driven by a small yet powerful bracket of American society, has caused uncertainty and stress among Dreamers, TPS recipients and the communities they consider home. A major element of how this policy translates into practice is the complicated and fraught process of applying for asylum. In January 2019, 66% of all asylum applications received were from Central and South America. Asylum seekers must navigate a complex, expensive and time-consuming process where they must prove they are experiencing or are at-risk of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, social group and/or political beliefs from their native origin. For those who are granted asylum, the struggles don’t end there, as they acclimate to American society. This session will dispel myths and shed light on the root causes of migration, the asylum-seeking process and its impact on U.S. immigration.


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SPEAKERS:

Issue Expert:
Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center

Panelists:
Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President, NEA (National Education Association)
Susie Haslett, Policy Training Director, FWD.us
Veronica Juarez, Vice President of Social Enterprise, Lyft

CHCI and the CHCI Alumni Association (CHCI-AA) are hosting a special reception honoring Congressional Chiefs of Staff who have demonstrated their commitment to promoting diversity on Capitol Hill. For 2019, two chiefs of staff will be recognized for their 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.


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