CHCI 2019 LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
On September 10 and 11, 2019, over 1,000 national industry leaders, elected officials and renowned community advocates and professionals convened in our nation’s capital to participate in the 2019 CHCI Leadership Conference. A nexus for thought leadership, mentorship, and empowerment, the catalytic two-day event yielded needed messages of unity and courageous leadership during this critical moment for our community and country’s history.
CHCI President and CEO Marco Davis and CHCI Chair Representative Ruben Gallego set the tone with powerful opening remarks on the importance of Latinos having a seat at every table and showing that they are #HereToLead.
Sponsored by Hyundai and Facebook, the annual conference commenced the morning of September 10th with conversations around the upcoming 2020 census, access to healthcare, human trafficking, minority-owned enterprises, job creation for veterans, and housing equity for minorities. Afternoon topics included expanding educational opportunities for Latinos, Hispanic representation in media and entertainment, protecting voting rights, blockchain technology and its impact, and fostering an innovative and diverse workforce.
This year, CHCI was fortunate to provide a unique platform for 2020 presidential candidates to connect with one of the largest gatherings of Latino leaders and discuss issues impacting the Latino community and nation. Moderated by Noticias Telemundo and NBC Nightly News Saturday’s Anchor José Díaz-Balart, the forum included Senators Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. It was live streamed in front of an audience of over 1,000 people while simultaneously being translated to Spanish on Noticias Telemundo properties, courtesy of CHCI media sponsor Telemundo.
The evening’s signature Arts and Culture Reception hosted by Facebook and Google, with support from Full Color Future, was emceed by the talented actress Mishel Prado and celebrated the richness of Latino heritage, showcasing the Hispanic community’s contributions through art in partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center, and music by the Jorge Anaya Bolero Trio.
On the second day, policy leaders, industry experts, and community champions continued the solution-oriented dialogue with discussions around the social determinants of health, the future of water for a better environment, STEM, Latino identity, the gig economy, sustainable infrastructure, breaking the glass ceiling, rebuilding Puerto Rico, corporate social responsibility, climate change, gun violence and security, and the asylum process and immigration system.
The CHCI Alumni Association also hosted “Activating Latinx Leadership”, a training in partnership with Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) and facilitated networking and mentorship opportunities throughout the conference.
As part of the #HereToLead conference experience, CHCI hosted various activities for attendees including, professional headshots hosted by Geico and the AltaMed art exhibit, Affirmation/Celebration: Art of the People, By the People, For the People that CHCI brought in partnership with Walton Family Foundation. In addition, the Social Impact Lab, powered by Statefarm, provided a service opportunity in which attendees assembled 750 backpacks with toiletries and other supplies for migrant and refugee children.
Thanks to our partners at Apple, Charter Communications, JP Morgan Chase & Co, and Union Pacific, U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas’ Chief of Staff, Miguel A. Franco and U.S. House Committee on Financial Services’ Staff Director, Charla Ouertatani, were the deserving awardees of the Chiefs of Staff Reception, where they were celebrated and recognized for their active role in diverse leadership advancement on Capitol Hill.
Serving as a call to action and reminder for the Latino community and beyond, the CHCI 2019 Leadership Conference acknowledged our collective power and promise as the future of America and the American Dream. Thank you to our leadership, sponsors, partners, and CHCI community for helping advance our #HereToLead mission and empowering our community with the knowledge and opportunity we all deserve.