Stanford, CA
October 16-17, 2015

VL Power Summit 2015

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About

About

Thanks to all who attended VL Power Summit 2015 in Silicon Valley! It was our biggest one yet. After kicking off the conference with a panel at Electronic Arts, we enjoyed seeing over 300 young leaders and advocates fill the rooms of Stanford University. We hope you had as much fun as we did, and that you will pay it forward by taking what you learned last week back to your communities.

What is VL Power Summit?

Power Summit is all about fast tracking your career and helping you build your community! We don’t want you to have to reinvent the wheel, so we provide you with access to those who have been in your shoes. Using our model of leveraging youth, media, celebrity voices and technology to empower communities, our Power Summit is a platform for Latino leaders to become catalysts for positive change. The Summit provides participants with a pipeline to leadership positions across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. You can sit in at any conference and take notes, but that one-on-one interaction with industry experts is what creates the Power Summit difference!

Learning from the Experts

VL Power Summit brings together industry leaders from politics, community organizing, media, film, music and technology for an interactive experience to empower and inspire the next generation of Latino leaders.

 

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Program

Program

  • Leadership Leadership
  • Advocacy Advocacy
  • Media Media
  • Technology Technology
  • Plenary Plenary
  • Reception Reception

Welcome & Morning Plenary

9:00 AM 10:15 AM

Plenary

Morning Plenary

The opening plenary focused on the power of leadership and how to navigate the corporate world to have diverse voices and representation in senior leadership. Panelist shared valuable lessons on how to continue evolving one’s leadership skills to grow careers in the private sector.

  • President of Public Affairs and Operations in Latin America, UPS

    Jose Acosta
    President of Public Affairs and Operations in Latin America, UPS

  • Editor in Chief,  Cosmo for Latinas

    Michelle Herrera Mulligan
    Editor in Chief, Cosmo for Latinas

  • Director of External Affairs, Microsoft

    Suhail Khan
    Director of External Affairs, Microsoft

  • President & CEO,  Voto Latino

    María Teresa Kumar
    President & CEO, Voto Latino

Workshop Session I

10:30 AM 11:45 AM

Leadership

Living it Up! Discovering Your Leadership Style

Power Summit is all about fast tracking your career and helping you build your community! We don’t want you to have to reinvent the wheel, so we provide you with access to those who have been in your shoes. Using our model of leveraging youth, media, celebrity voices and technology to empower communities, our Power Summit is a platform for Latino leaders to become catalysts for positive change. The Summit provides participants with a pipeline to leadership positions across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. You can sit in at any conference and take notes, but that one-on-one interaction with industry experts is what creates the Power Summit difference!

Advocacy

Y Tú Quién Eres? Sharing the Story of Self

Storytelling is one of our most powerful tools as organizers and movement builders. Come to this session to learn from our friends at FWD.us about the importance of storytelling and how you can most effectively tell your own personal story.

Media

In Front of the Camera

Social media may be blowing up, but mainstream broadcast media is far from dead. Come to this session to hear best practices for being in front of the camera. Learn how to deliver your message and mic drop!

Technology

Digital Influencer: Creating Original Online Content

From Facebook to Twitter to Tumblr to Youtube, it’s easy to log in, sit back and consume. But we’re Millennials and we’re doers, right? Whether you’re advocating for an issue or looking for your 15 minutes of fame, come to this workshop to learn the best practices for producing your own original online content.

Lunch & Afternoon Plenary

12:00 PM 1:30 PM

Plenary

Lunch Plenary

The second plenary consisted of an engaging fireside chat with former Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa and Wilmer Valderrama, joined by two youth advocates–Miguel Bibanco and Angela Velasquez–and moderated by María Teresa Kumar. The conversation covered key issues relevant to the Latino community, including healthcare access, immigration reform and education.

  • President & CEO,  Voto Latino

    María Teresa Kumar
    President & CEO, Voto Latino

Workshop Session 2

1:45 PM 3:15 PM

Leadership

Starting from Scratch: How to Start a Start-Up

Looking to start a start-up? Learn the common tactics for not only building your start-up, but sustaining it, too. Hear the stories of people who have done it, how they did it, and what pitfalls to look out for along the way.

Advocacy

In it to win it! Millennials Running for Office

Have you ever considered running for office? You have what it takes to lead today! Learn from Millennials who have taken the journey. Participants will hear about best practices for running for office and leading a successful campaign.

Media

Game Changers: How Media Impacts Change

From current issues to styles and trends, media attention (or lack thereof) can drastically shape society’s norms and values. Join this session to learn how the media environment affects (and will continue to change) our daily lives!

Technology

Stealing the Spotlight

From the Freedom Rides of the Civil Rights era to today’s coordinated Twitter blasts, activists have to stay one step ahead of the game in order to gain attention with limited resources. Learn how to make your content stand out in a world of competing interests, new technologies, and a 24-hour news cycle.

Workshop Session 3

3:30 PM 4:45 PM

Leadership

Networking: The Do’s and Don’ts of Schmoozing

Don’t be the one standing alone by the food table. While the thought of networking makes many of us cringe, it’s necessary to create and cultivate important relationships. Come to this session to learn best practices in a variety of networking situations to maximize your network and leadership skills.

Advocacy

What’s Your Game Plan? Advocacy Campaigns 101

Alright, you want to start a movement, but what’s your game plan? Come to this session to learn best practices for implementing a successful campaign strategy. Analyze examples of tactics and strategies in relevant campaigns–those that worked AND those that didn’t.

Media

Creating the Online YOU! Maximizing Digital Platforms

Ok, so you’re on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, but are you doing it right? Come to this session to learn the fundamentals of growing and developing your networks and how to leverage social media platforms to maximize engagement for better results. Learn how to deliver your message and build your personal online brand!

Technology

Breaking Down the Game: Intro to Game Design with EA

Love to play FIFA, Madden or The Sims? Take a dive into the elements of game design with an EA developer. Learn what it takes to make an idea into an action-packed experience.

Evening Plenary

5:00 PM 6:00 PM

Plenary

Evening Plenary

The day ended with a thought-provoking conversation on race in America between National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Executive Director, Axel Caballero, and Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas. The dialogue covered critical perspectives on the complexity of identity politics and how to navigate a path forward in advocating for communities and building coalitions. Participants asked questions that provided insight into the applicability of these topics in their day-to-day.

Networking Reception

6:30 PM 8:00 PM

Reception

Evening Reception

After the summit, participants gathered at the courtyard for a networking reception hosted by Defend Our Future that further allowed the opportunity to connect with speakers and other participants. Business cards were in constant exchange and participants’ new friendships were shared in a photobooth.

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