VotoLatino Logo presents
Las vegas, NV
June 17–18, 2016

VL Power Summit 2016

This year, we’re heading to Las Vegas, Nevada to bring together emerging leaders from across the country for two days of high-impact learning and one-on-one access to business executives, elected officials, and community leaders. Will you join us?

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Wilmer Valderrama

Voto Latino Board Member, Actor & Co-chair of Voto Latino’s Artist Coalition
Wilmer Valderrama
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Wilmer Valderrama

Voto Latino Board Member, Actor & Co-chair of Voto Latino’s Artist Coalition
Wilmer Valderrama, best known as Fez on That 70's Show, has produced, directed, written, hosted, and acted in a number of projects. Wilmer was most recently seen in NBC’s Awake, Larry Crowne, The Dryland, From Prada to Nada, and heard as Manny on Disney’s Handy Manny. In the upcoming year, he will be appearing in the films School Dance and To Whom it May Concern. Right now, Wilmer can be seen in the El Rey Network's first original series, Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, where he plays the much feared crime-lord, Carlos Madrigal.   Wilmer has directed over 10 PSA's for community organizations including Voto Latino, where he serves as Co-Chair of Voto Latino’s Artist Coalition; and the Environmental Media Association, where he is a Board member. Wilmer is also a spokesperson for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s “Ready 2 Lead” program to educate and empower Latino youth, and he works with President Obama’s Organizing for Action campaign on immigration reform and education initiatives.
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Tracy Perez

St. Paul (2005), East Los High (2013) and The Strain (2016)
Tracy Perez
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Tracy Perez

St. Paul (2005), East Los High (2013) and The Strain (2016)
Tracy Perez began working in off-Broadway theater, commercials and award-winning short films in her hometown of NYC before arriving in LA. Being a product of a culturally diverse environment, she wanted to portray an array of characters without the limitations of the same stereotypes seen in the media. With a strong desire to contribute to the diversity in film/tv, she sought projects that could expand her range and find some diamonds that would also bring social issues to light. In her first lead in a feature drama, An Ornament of Faith (2013), she played a gay sociopath trapped in the stark fringes of Newark, NJ. She then joined the cast of the hit Hulu series, East Los High as Vanessa De La Cruz, the vengeful Queen Bee dance captain who is now learning to care for herself and others while living with HIV. East Los High was recently nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding New Approaches Drama Series category. The Lionsgate thriller Devil May Call followed. She then joined the ensemble indie comedy, The Stockroom, set in Spanish Harlem, which premiered at the Urbanworld Film Festival last year. This summer you can catch her on FX’s The Strain as Maria Pena and you can watch Vanessa strike again in Season 4 of East Los High.
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Diane Guerrero

Actress and Author
Diane Guerrero
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Diane Guerrero

Actress and Author
Diane Guerrero is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Maritza Ramos on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black and Lina on Jane the Virgin. Among her other roles was a recurring role on Are We There Yet? Guerrero grew up in Boston and remained there after the rest of her family was deported to Colombia. She is an advocate for immigration reform. Her role on Orange Is the New Black has twice contributed to wins for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
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Carlos Andrés Gómez

Poet, Actor, Author
Carlos Andrés Gómez
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Carlos Andrés Gómez

Poet, Actor, Author
Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning poet, actor, and writer from New York City who has performed at more than 400 colleges and universities and across five continents. A star of HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam” and Spike Lee’s #1 movie “Inside Man” with Denzel Washington, he is the author of the book “Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood,” released by Penguin Random House. Recently, his poem “What does Hispanic look like?” went viral online, with over 900,000 views and counting.  For more on Carlos or his book, please visit www.CarlosLive.com or follow him on Twitter/IG: @CarlosAGLive
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Cecile Richards

President,
 Planned Parenthood Federation of America & Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Cecile Richards
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Cecile Richards

President,
 Planned Parenthood Federation of America & Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Cecile Richards is president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, national organizations that work for a healthier world for women and teens. Over 650 Planned Parenthood health centers provide health care services to 2.5 million people and sex education and outreach to 1.5 million people every year.  Since joining Planned Parenthood in 2006, Ms. Richards has expanded its advocacy power and developed a unified national web presence, with sites receiving more than 60 million online visits annually.  A frequent commentator on women’s rights, reproductive health, and sex education, she also serves on the board of the Ford Foundation.
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Nicholas Gonzalez

Actor
Nicholas Gonzalez
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Nicholas Gonzalez

Actor
A graduate of Stanford University with a BA in English, Nicholas burst onto the scene in the critically acclaimed Showtime series, Resurrection Blvd., where he played young boxer/medical student, Alex Santiago for 3 seasons. He very quickly went on to star in several movies and television projects. Nicholas is perhaps best known for his turn as Detective Mike Sandoval in NBC’s Law & Order: SVU and Detective Luke Morales in FOX’s hit show Sleepy Hollow. Gonzalez also starred in The Purge: Anarchy, Anacondas, Dirty, SWAT: Firefight and Behind Enemy Lines II. Currently, Nicholas stars as "Det. Marco Furey, on the hit show Pretty Little Liars and can also be seen as “Dante Ramon/Supervillian Rupture in the CW’s runaway hit, The Flash. Nicholas can also be seen as the lead in, Battlefield: Hardline. The fifth installment of the celebrated video game series Battlefield from Electronic Arts (EA). He will also next appear in the upcoming indie film, Sympathy Said The Shark, Pray For Rain, and the FOX/Seth McFarlane animated series, Bordertown, where he is the voice of 3 of the lead characters. Nicholas Gonzalez is originally from San Antonio, Texas.
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Johana Hernandez

Founder/CEO of GLAUDI
Johana Hernandez
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Johana Hernandez

Founder/CEO of GLAUDI
Nominated by PEOPLE magazine en Espanol in 2014 "25 most powerful woman" , Latina Magazine "30 favorite stars under 30” and Alegria Magazine "10 most influential Latinas in Los Angeles"  Johana Hernandez was honored for her success as a hardworking and inspriing designer. 2013 Johana Hernandez starred on NBC’s reality designer competition series “Fashion Star” she was the winner of the FIAT designer campaign and mentored by Nichole Richie. While all of these accolades have been awarded to her they were earned with hard word and sacrifice as her designer career started from humble beginnings to now have a successful brand GLAUDI known internationally.  Johana is a los Angeles-based women’s wear fashion designer born in Compton, California. To make ends meet her parents worked long hours sewing for brands like Guess, Calvin Klein and Gap at sweatshops. After spending so much time in the sweatshop with them, Hernandez’s passion for clothes and fashion design grew. At 19, she earned her first job as a head designer and her first collection was on Wall Street Journal and at 22 she became head designer of Seven7 Jeans, designing for all categories including plus size, and now has designed for Isaac Mizrahi Jeans, Eli Tahari, Hannah Montana license, Disney license and more. Hernandez’s collections were and are available worldwide at mass retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Lane Bryant, Kohl’s, Target and many more. At age 24 she launched her own collection, GLAUDI by Johana Hernandez. GLAUDI was created to raise funds for kids suffering from poverty in Latin America through her fashion events and sales. GLAUDI  designs were  inspired by woman on the spotlight!  Through a dream of helping others GLAUDI now has a strong celebrity following designing for elite red carpets and world celebrity tours. Johana never knew GLAUDI would become a luxury brand as she came from humble beginnings! GLAUDI gowns have won best dressed at the Latin Grammys as worn by Latin pop star Paulina Rubio. She also designed for Gloria Trevis Tour, Princess of Greece Theodora, Lucero and many others. Johana in 2013 was chosen out of thousands to be part of the Designer reality competition NBC Fashion Star were she was mentored by Nicole Richie, John Varvatos and Jessica Simpson.  Fashion Star aired in 150 countries and Johana was fans favorite! She now has sold her GLAUDI collection to Macys, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Express! Now in 2015 GLAUDI has launched GLAUDI bridal  and July 2016 GLAUDI Flagship store is opened in her hometown the city of Downey. 8808 Imperial Hwy Downey, CA  90242. In addition to her business ventures, Hernandez is also a fashion trend forecaster and red carpet expert and has been featured on various outlets including Telemundo, Univision and more. Hernandez’s work also goes beyond the runway, as she is the Founder and Vice President of Latinos Con Corazón, a fundraising event production that helps non profits for children and elders in Latin American countries with fashion, music and art events. Her goal is to share with the world the ideas that you can help others with your talents and dreams do come true with hard work. Through every GLAUDI dress Johana wants to give you the confidence to achieve any goal and look and feel your best!
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Carmen Rita Wong

CEO & Founder of Malecon Productions, Author
Carmen Rita Wong
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Carmen Rita Wong

CEO & Founder of Malecon Productions, Author
An author, speaker, consultant and media host, Carmen is the CEO and Founder of Malecon Productions. She is the former co-creator and host of the only national, daily personal finance television show, On the Money, on CNBC. A former editor at MONEY magazine, she spent nearly a decade as a national advice columnist read by millions, most recently at Good Housekeeping, and previously at Glamour, Latina, Essence, and Men’s Health. She has also contributed to The New York Times and O, the Oprah magazine, and is the author of two best-selling financial advice books, her most recent, The Real Cost of Living. An entrepreneur and educator, Carmen was the co-founder and former President of an all-female financial planning firm, as well as an Assistant Industry Professor of behavioral economics at NYU Polytech’s graduate school of Finance & Risk Engineering. On-air, Carmen can be seen frequently as a regular contributor on MSNBC and was previously a financial contributor to CBS This Morning, CNN, and ABC’s The View. A long-time expert on The Today Show on NBC, she was also an expert lifeline on ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and has appeared on hundreds of other broadcast outlets, radio and podcasts, and has keynoted and moderated dozens of events around the country. Carmen has a masters’ degree in psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College and serves on the boards of the NY Urban League and VIVA Broadway, as well as the advisory boards of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and Dress for Success. A former board member of the Council of Urban Professionals, Carmen has been a repeated guest of the White House as a member of President Obama’s ‘Business Forward’ initiative to further African-American, Latino and Asian business owners. http://carmenritawong.com/
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Marcela Valladolid

Celebrity Chef, Food Network
Marcela Valladolid
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Marcela Valladolid

Celebrity Chef, Food Network
Growing up around expert and traditional cooks in Tijuana, Mexico, Marcela was raised to be passionate about food, and she jumped straight into a culinary life with her first job working at her aunt’s cooking school in Baja, Mexico. Marcela realized she, too, wanted to pursue this growing love for food full time and enrolled in the Los Angeles Culinary Institute. She then went to the Ritz Escoffier Cooking School in Paris to become trained as a classical French pastry chef. Marcela later returned home to run a catering company and teach children about the culinary arts in Tijuana, all while collecting recipes and applying her knowledge and skills of her family’s cooking traditions to map out her dreams. She successfully translated her culinary knowledge and passion to the small screen as the host of her own Food Network series, Mexican Made Easy, which premiered in 2010. Wanting to share her expertise on great Mexican food that combines freshness and flavor with kitchen ease, Marcela published Fresh Mexico: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor” (Clarkson Potter) in 2009 and Mexican Made Easy (Clarkson Potter) in 2011. Marcela lives in San Diego with her 9-year-old son, who often doubles as her sous chef. Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/chefs/marcela-valladolid/bio.html?oc=linkback
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Pamela Silva Conde

Emmy award winning journalist and co-anchor of Univision’s “Primer Impacto”
Pamela Silva Conde
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Pamela Silva Conde

Emmy award winning journalist and co-anchor of Univision’s “Primer Impacto”
Six-time Emmy award winning journalist, Pamela Silva Conde, is co-anchor of the Univision Network’s weekday newsmagazine “Primer Impacto” (First Impact), one of the highest-rated programs in the United States and in 12 Latin American countries. Since joining the show in 2011, she has covered major national and international news stories. She was the first network news anchor to arrive and report live on the scene of the terrorist attack at the Boston marathon. Silva Conde is also co-anchor of Univision Network’s health show “Cita con tu Salud” (Appointment with your Health). In 2013 she was recognized by “People en Español” as one of the 25 most powerful Hispanic women, and earlier in the year was included in the magazine’s “50 Mas Bellos” (“50 Most Beautiful”) edition. As part of the Univision News team, prior to “Primer Impacto” she was the national correspondent for Univision’s primetime investigative newsmagazine “Aquí y Ahora” (Here and Now), previously to that, Silva Conde anchored the leading Spanish- language morning newscast in South Florida for the Univision Miami local affiliates. She has also guest-hosted ABC’s “The View”. A celebrated journalist, in 2006 Silva Conde won her first Emmy award for on-camera work, and in 2007 she received three additional Emmy awards in the writing, news feature and human interest story categories. Two more Emmys followed: in 2009, for a feature story on Facebook, and in 2010, for a news feature. In addition, she has been recognized as Alumni of the Year by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Florida International University and later also received the prestigious Florida International University Medallion for Outstanding Alumna. She recently established the “Pamela Silva Conde Scholarship” benefitting first- generation, low-income college students. She is a member of the board of directors of “Amigos for Kids”, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect, and is a national volunteer and spokesperson for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she is also a member of its ALSAC Leadership Council. Silva Conde graduated with honors from Florida International University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and subsequently went on to acquire a graduate certificate in Bilingual Communications from St. Thomas University. In 2012 she received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Florida International University.
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Maria Elena Durazo

Vice President for Immigration, Diversity and Civil Rights, UNITE HERE
Maria Elena Durazo
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Maria Elena Durazo

Vice President for Immigration, Diversity and Civil Rights, UNITE HERE
The daughter of Mexican immigrant farm workers, Maria Elena Durazo learned the importance of hard work and determination at a very young age.  As a child, she traveled from Oregon to California with her parents and nine siblings to work in the fields. Maria Elena started working at the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) Local 11 as an organizer in 1983, and soon after launched a campaign to transform the local into a democratic organization that was truly accountable toward its membership. She was elected as President in 1989, and helped to build Local 11 into one of the most active unions in Los Angeles County. Maria Elena was the first Latina to be elected to the Executive Board of HERE International Union in 1996. In 2003, Maria Elena became National Director of the Immigrant Workers’ Freedom Ride, a national campaign to address the nation’s immigration laws. On May 15, 2006 Maria Elena Durazo was the first woman elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, a position she would hold for the next nine years. At the Federation, she represented the interests of more than 300 local unions and over 600,000 workers in every key industry. In 2010, Maria Elena was elected a Vice President of the national AFL-CIO Executive Council, where she served as the first leader of a local labor movement on the highest body of the AFL-CIO. She was also Chair of the National AFL-CIO’s Immigration Committee. On January 1, 2015, Maria Elena began her next chapter in life as International Union Vice President for Civil Rights, Diversity and Immigration with UNITE HERE. UNITE HERE currently represents 270,000 members working in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries in the U.S. and Canada. Maria Elena has been elected to numerous national positions within the Democratic National Party. She has served on several Los Angeles City Commissions under mayors Tom Bradley, Richard Riordan, and Antonio Villaraigosa. She sits on various boards, including LAANE; the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board; the Los Angeles Coalition; and United Way. A resident of Los Angeles, Maria Elena is the mother of two sons, Mario and Michael, grandmother to Seneka and Sydney, and the widow of Miguel Contreras. Maria Elena is a graduate of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, and earned a law degree from the People’s College of Law in 1985.
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Rocio Saenz

International Executive Vice President, SEIU
Rocio Saenz
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Rocio Saenz

International Executive Vice President, SEIU
Rocio Sáenz is an SEIU International Executive Vice President after being elected at the September 2013 International Executive Board Meeting. Prior to her election, she headed the property services New England Local in Boston, which represents 18,000 workers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Sáenz has advocated for workers' rights and community empowerment most of her adult life. She emigrated from Mexico to Los Angeles, where she initially worked low-wage jobs. Sáenz became an organizer for SEIU's Justice for Janitors campaign in 1988, and she was part of a team that led a successful campaign to organize L.A. janitors. In August 2001, Sáenz moved to Boston to build the Justice for Janitors program there and to move the local union forward. A year later, she led thousands of Boston janitors on a month-long strike that drew widespread support from the media, clergy, politicians and community groups. The strike ended with an historic settlement that dramatically improved workers' wages, benefits and workplace rights. In July 2003 Sáenz was elected President of SEIU Local 615 (Now SEIU 32BJ District 615), where she continued to win for workers.
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Shirley Velasquez

Director of Content, Latina Media Ventures
Shirley Velasquez
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Shirley Velasquez

Director of Content, Latina Media Ventures
Shirley Velasquez is the director of content at Latina Media Ventures where she oversees the editorial and video content across the company's three properties: Latina magazine, Latina.com and The Latin Kitchen. She is a tri-lingual journalist with 15 years of experience writing about and speaking to young, professional women at established general market brands, including Glamour, Elle, and Ralph Lauren Digital. Velasquez is an expert in pop culture and digital strategy and is the recipient of the National Women's Political Caucus EMMA award for her investigative reporting on a story about sweatshop workers in Los Angeles and of the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Multimedia Excellence Award. Her writing has appeared in American Way, Woman’s Day, Cosmopolitan Magazine For Latinas, InStyle, Ms., Family Circle, The New York Sun, Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice (McSweeney's/Voice of Witness) and Border-Line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting (Harper Collins), an anthology of essays.
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Rosie Rios

Treasurer of the United States
Rosie Rios
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Rosie Rios

Treasurer of the United States
Rosie Rios serves as the 43rd Treasurer of the United States. She has direct oversight over the U.S. Mint, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and Fort Knox and is a key liaison with the Federal Reserve.   In addition, the Treasurer serves as a senior advisor to the Secretary in the areas of community development and public engagement. She is especially passionate about supporting Women in Finance and issues of Main Street in the economic recovery. Prior to her confirmation as Treasurer, Rios worked at MacFarlane Partners, where she was Managing Director of Investments. Working with MacFarlane Partners’ development and global capital partners, Rios played a central role in facilitating equity transactions for large mixed-use development projects in major urban areas. In November of 2008, Rios took a leave of absence from MacFarlane Partners to serve on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team and is a graduate of Harvard University.

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Alejandra Campoverdi

Director of Multicultural Content, Los Angeles Times
Alejandra Campoverdi
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Alejandra Campoverdi

Director of Multicultural Content, Los Angeles Times
Alejandra Campoverdi is Director of Multicultural Content at the Los Angeles Times.  Previously, Alejandra served as founding Managing Editor of #EmergingUS at the Los Angeles Times, a digital platform founded by Jose Antonio Vargas focused on race, immigration, and identity.  Prior to joining the Times, Alejandra served as Senior Advisor for Innovation and Communications Strategy for Univision Network News and was a part of the team that launched Fusion.  From 2009-2012, Alejandra worked in The White House, most recently as Deputy Director of Hispanic Media.  In this role, she developed and implemented the White House’s multimedia communications strategy in relation to the U.S. Hispanic community.  Alejandra holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and graduated cum laude from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California.
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Elianne Ramos

Principal & CEO, Speak Hispanic Communications
Elianne Ramos
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Elianne Ramos

Principal & CEO, Speak Hispanic Communications
Elianne is the Principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic Communications and Founder of the Border Kids Relief Project. Known online as @ERGeekGoddess, she is an award-winning, nationally recognized social entrepreneur and Latino community advocate. She is considered one of the most influential Latinas in social media. Elianne lends her broad expertise to projects that raise civic awareness and participation, including collaborations with the White House, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and major civic-centered organizations. She is an internationally sought-after public speaker and writer on strategic communications and topics that affect under-served communities, including recent presentations at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, the International Communications Week in Brazil, and others. For years, she has sought to elevate the dialog on critical Latino issues, by amplifying the voices of social justice and marginalized segments of our community on her Google+ show, Twitter chats and other online/offline initiatives. In 20 years of experience, her past roles have included Creative Direction, Copywriting, and TV Spot Production for brands such as Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, HSBC Bank, Chivas Regal and more. Recognition for her work includes the 2015 Girl Scouts Distinguished Woman of the Year Award, 2014 Women Media Center Social Media Award, the 2014 Maryland Governor Social Innovation award, the 2013 SmartCEO Brava Awards and many more. Find more of her writing on her blog, or her Huffington Post and Al Día News columns. You can connect with her at ElianneRamos.com.
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Lizza Monet Morales

Actor, Host, Content Creator
Lizza Monet Morales
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Lizza Monet Morales

Actor, Host, Content Creator
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Gaby Natale

President & Co-Founder, AGANARmedia
Gaby Natale
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Gaby Natale

President & Co-Founder, AGANARmedia
Gaby Natale is an EMMY-award winner media personality, entrepreneur and influencer. She is the executive producer and host of the TV show SuperLatina that airs nationwide in PBS en español (VmeTV). Gaby Natale is one of the few women in the entertainment industry who owns not only the rights to her TV show but also a television studio. This unique situation has allowed her to combine her passion for media and her entrepreneurial spirit. On May 2016, Gaby and SuperLatina won the Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Daytime Talent in a Spanish Language Program and Outstanding Entertainment Program in Spanish, respectively, making it a first for an independently-produced Spanish language show. In the digital world, Gaby has developed a thriving fan base, with over 50 million views on Youtube (growing at a pace of 1 million per month) and 85,000 Twitter followers of @GabyNatale. She is also the co-founder and President of AGANARmedia, a marketing company with a focus on Hispanic audiences. AGANARmedia’s clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Ford Motor Co., AT&T, Ebay and Amazon, to name a few. Gaby’s upcoming project includes the launch of Celebrastic, a mobile app and digital platform dedicated to special events and celebrations.
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Maiah Ocando

Actress and Digital Creator
Maiah Ocando
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Maiah Ocando

Actress and Digital Creator
Maiah Ocando is an explosive talent and rising superstar of the digital world who has conquered the Internet creating an amazing mix of Fashion and Comedy.  Her tireless energy, sharp sense of humor, and pop sensibility has quickly made her one of the most sought after Latin social influencers today, and the new favorite of TV networks in U.S and Latin America. Her premium produced, tightly packaged videos got her nominated for 3 years in a row to the Streamy Awards in categories including Series of The Year and Entertainer Of The Year. In 2013 Maiah Ocando launched a collection of 6 books based on her online series. The book collection sold out more than 200,000 books in 6 weeks. The digital version reached #1 on Amazon in US, Spain and Mexico, and kept on the Best Seller List for several weeks.  Maiah is also an actress and committed digital activist, using her online presence and social influence to inspire and encourage girls all over the world to look good and love themselves, while she fights for gender equality, economic empowerment of women and portrayal of women in media.
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Gabriel Torrelles

Creative Director & Filmmaker
Gabriel Torrelles
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Gabriel Torrelles

Creative Director & Filmmaker
Gabriel Torrelles is a filmmaker, creative director and executive producer born in Caracas, Venezuela. He has created and written on several successful series, large independent publications and outstanding youth-oriented media. Founder of the first online youth-oriented TV network in Latin America, since 2008 he has been focused on developing award winning content for the Internet. Author of a novel that is considered an uncanny best seller for youngsters and co-creator of the most awarded online series in Spanish, he has received international recognition as Editor-In-Chief, Creative Director, Writer and Filmmaker from the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV), the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), ANDA (Venezuela's National Advertisers Association) and PEN club. He’s currently based in Los Angeles, CA developing bilingual content for U.S audiences along with his beloved wife a creative partner, who inspires him to make music everyday.
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Alberto Altamirano

CEO & Co-Founder, Cityflag
Alberto Altamirano
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Alberto Altamirano

CEO & Co-Founder, Cityflag
Deeply committed to improving the lives of people in his community, Beto started out as a culture and arts organizer in South Texas. Beto’s interest in public policy and community involvement has led him to work at the Texas House of Representatives, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Senate and the U.S. Department of State. Driven by his passion in technology, policy and civic engagement, in 2015 he co-founded Cityflag, a mobile application that will allow you to report infrastructure issues such as outages, potholes and vandalism while earning rewards and building a more inclusive local government. Beto is an advocate for civic technology. His initiative to engage Latino Millenials with Cityflag won him the VotoLatino Innovators Challenge and led him to receive a MacArthur Foundation Grant in 2015. Recently, Beto gave a TEDx talk on "Civic Engagement in the Digital Age", he spoke on citizen participation through the smart use of technology. Beto is the Public Involvement Specialist for the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization where he motivates the community to become involved with transportation policy and planning. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and an Executive Education Certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School.  His focus on economics and policy has led him to serve as a contributing writer for the World Economic Forum, NPR Latino USA and Forbes Mexico.

German Cash

Political Director, New American Leaders Project
German Cash

German Cash

Political Director, New American Leaders Project
German Cash is the Political Director at the New American Leaders Project. German was born and raised in Los Angeles, the son of immigrants from El Salvador and Nicaragua. Growing up in South Central LA, German witnessed and experienced at a very early age the social and economic marginalization of his community. He is fueled by a passion to bring positive change to his community, working to elect progressive leaders and enact progressive policies that help uplift and empower underserved and underrepresented populations. German has been involved in political campaigns and public advocacy work for most of his academic and professional career. He has developed grassroots organizing experience working as a field organizer for federal and local campaigns. German holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California and a M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University. His favorite pastimes are learning new languages and traveling.
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Julissa Arce

Author, “My (Underground) American Dream”
Julissa Arce
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Julissa Arce

Author, “My (Underground) American Dream”
Julissa Arce is the author of the forthcoming book, My (Underground) American Dream.  She is a writer, immigrant rights, education advocate and a CNBC Contributor. She is the Co-founder and Chairman of the Ascend Educational Fund, a college scholarship and mentorship program for immigrant students, regardless of their immigration status, ethnicity or national origin. Julissa is also a board member for the National Immigration Law Center and College Spring. She is the former Director of Public Affairs at Define American, a media organization that uses the power of story to change culture around immigration and citizenship. Prior to becoming an advocate, she built a successful career on Wall Street working at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch and had seemingly achieved the American Dream, and yet she was not part of what defined American. Julissa immigrated to America from Mexico at the age of 11 and was undocumented for almost 15 years, including some of her years rising to prominence on Wall Street. In order to help other young people in similar circumstances, Julissa co-founded the Ascend Educational Fund. She was officially sworn in as an American citizen in August of 2014.  
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Mario Lugay

Philanthropic & Nonprofit Consultant
Mario Lugay
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Mario Lugay

Philanthropic & Nonprofit Consultant
Mario Lugay is a philanthropic and nonprofit consultant. Formerly, he served as an Impact Advisor at the Kapor Center for Social Impact. He is the co-founder of the New American Leaders Project, the country's first and only organization dedicated to training first- and second- generation immigrants to run for elected office. Prior to this, Mario served as the Program Director of the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, providing leadership on new philanthropic investments in both integrated voter engagement strategies and for a fair and accurate 2010 census count. He has built significant experience in organizing as the national coordinator of Racial Justice 911 and at CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities.
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Maximo Anguiano

Maximo Anguiano
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Maximo Anguiano


Maximo Anguiano is an actor, creative, personality, organizer, scholar, and politico out of San Antonio, Texas. He has emerged as one of the most talented and dynamic individuals of his generation. One of the leading intellectual voices on the intersection of culture, socio-politics, and education, Maximo is a champion of the Latino community. He is the Executive Director of the Adelante U.S. Education Leadership Fund and Founder of Independent Creative Services. As a Master’s of Science candidate at Grand Valley State University, Maximo studied at Macquarie University in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia where he completed an ethnographic case study on colonialism of the Indigenous Australian population, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. He is a member of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Alexander Briseño Leadership Development Program Class of 2016. Through various community, artistic, and educational works, Maximo's passion & charisma bring a fresh, progressive and driven approach to changing the world. He has recently spoken for and been featured with various organizations such as Voto Latino, Latino Justice PRLDEF, Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education, Ferris State University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Northern Iowa, Theatre for Change, RAW:natural born artists, DreamVoice LLC, and many more. More information on Maximo can be found at www.independentcreativeservices.tumblr.com or follow him on social media @blurbsmithblots.
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Michael Diaz

Actor, Producer, Host
Michael Diaz
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Michael Diaz

Actor, Producer, Host
With his high ­energy physical style of comedy, Michael “Juan Bago” Diaz has evolved throughout the years into a versatile entertainer. In 2006, Michael wrote, produced and starred in his first independent film "The Story of Juan Bago." Which was in 3 film festivals The success of the slapstick ­humored film led to Michael’s involvement with various projects as a producer, actor and host. For years Diaz worked on Room 28 Comedy, where he served as both a producer and talent. He has studied at the famed Upright Citizens Brigade to perfect his comedy and improvisation skills. Consecutively, it led to his next up rise as co­host on The Bochinche Bueno Show on Urban Latino Radio for two years. He then worked on various projects ranging from producing and starring in the short film, “Act of Love” to working as a personality for Nuvotv’s series Latino101,MTV Tr3s Chisme Club & HBO Latino’s series Habla Ya! Parts 1 & 2. His Parody Group “Juan Bago and O” created the viral hits “Pan con Queso”, “Dominis in the Heights”, “Hooked on Hookah”. Coverage of his videos have been featured in The New York Daily News, Telemundo, Yahoo News, Billboard.com, and the video on rotation on Mun2, MtvTr3s and Music Choice while accumulating over 2 million views. Michael worked with Lipton and Remezcla to host Brisk Bodega Chat a series traveling the country interviewing up and coming artists. He produced and starred “Studio Heads webisodes which was featured in Daily news & Splitsider.com , a co­star in the Award Winning Weberies “Henry”.  You can currently check out some of his current work on Univision’s, “Flama” channel, including videos that went viral like  "Puerto Ricans vs Dominicans" & "Dominican Uber" which combined for over 12 million views.
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Pili Montilla

Emmy Award Winning TV Host & Producer
Pili Montilla
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Pili Montilla

Emmy Award Winning TV Host & Producer
EMMY award winning TV host, producer, content creator, and taste maker, Pili Montilla, has made a name for herself as the "go to" host in the bilingual entertainment world. Always immersed in the world of music and arts, Pili has built a solid reputation as a music influencer both in the mass market as well as in the fast growing alternative music scene. Pili created, produces and hosts the EMMY winning music show ‘VidaLexus presenta: Té Para Tres con Pili Montilla’ where she spends a day in the life of Latin musicians as they share their stories and music in an intimate, raw and real manner. Through her interviewing skills and connection with the artists Pili gives her audience an inside, intimate look at the lives of these talented Musicians. The success of “Té Para Tres con Pili Montilla” has led to a sponsorship of the show by Lexus, as well as some award-winning campaigns. In 2014, Pili and Starbucks joined forces in bringing together people’s love for coffee and music, resulting in the “Noches Culturales” campaign. The campaign went on to win the HPRA Bravo Award and was also nominated for Multicultural Campaign of the Year on the PR Weeks US Awards. In 2015, Pili teamed up with the AllState Foundation to raise awareness against financial abuse. Pili’s other current and past brand partners include: Sprint, Buchanan’s, Heineken, RedBull and Pepsi. Prior to starring in her own show, Pili was making a name for herself as a TV host and entertainment reporter across the US Hispanic and Puerto Rican markets. Her talent has led her to work on E! Latino, MTV, LATV, MundoFox, Telemundo, and Univision.
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Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez

Founder of Latina Rebels & Writer
Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez
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Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez

Founder of Latina Rebels & Writer
Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez is a chonga Mujerista from Managua, Nicaragua currently living in Miami, FL. She graduated with her Masters from Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School.  She is the founder of Latina Rebels, an online platform that boasts about 100k followers.  Currently she is a writer at Philadelphia Printworks, TeleSur, SupaDaily Latina, and Guerrilla Feminism, columnist for Vivala and Chica, and blogs for Huffington Posts Latino Voices.   She has been featured in Top Rank Magazine, Shameless Magazine, Latina Magazine, CosmoLatina, Bitch Media Mag, Sons&Brothers, Mitú, Mic, Feministing, Remezcla, and a few other publications.  Her interests are within biopolitics as it relates to Latina embodiment, specifically concerning models of conquerable flesh around narratives of naturalization for women of color. Thus her work is around reclaiming and upholding embodied resistance, particularly within chonga and chola subcultures. Que viva la mujer!
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Reynaldo Casas

Public Relations and Media Consultant
Reynaldo Casas
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Reynaldo Casas

Public Relations and Media Consultant
Reynaldo Casas, an entertainment/media professional brings over 20 years of experience working with and for major corporations and non-profit organizations across the United States. He is currently freelancing as a Public Relations and Media Consultant in Los Angeles, CA. Reynaldo recently left his post at Viacom after 6 years with the company. He was one of the company’s leading advocates in Washington, advising its senior executives on a wide range of policy matters affecting the entertainment industry. Reynaldo came to Viacom from MTV Networks after heading up the Public Affairs Department for MTV Tr3s. In 2014, Huffington Post included Reynaldo Casas as one of the "40 under 40 Latinos in American Politics."
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Jorge Narvaez

Jorge Narvaez
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Jorge Narvaez


The popular YouTube channel RealityChangers (http://www.youtube.com/realitychangers), which has over to 200 million views, was started byJorge Narvaez, a young father with the desire to share vlogs, songs, stories, skits and more all with a focus on family, community, art and music. The channel follows Jorge along with his wife Nancy and two daughters, Alexa and Eliana, as they vlog, take on family adventures, and chronicle their lives all through video.
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Juan Alanis

Digital Influencer & Content Creator, Founder of Juan of Words
Juan Alanis
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Juan Alanis

Digital Influencer & Content Creator, Founder of Juan of Words
Juan Alanis is a top Digital Influencer & Content Creator, as well as co-founder of the leading U.S. Hispanic lifestyle blog on Mexican living, Juan of Words. A writer by nature, Juan has written professionally for publications including the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express News, the Texas Travel Guide, La Prensa Gráfica of El Salvador, Rumbo Newspapers and La Voz de Houston. Juan was awarded First place in Features and Third place in News writing by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors for his work with Spanish-language publication La Voz de Houston. In 2012, he was nominated for The Innovator Revolucionario Award by The Social Revolución at SXSW Interactive. That same year, he served as conference director for the Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) national conference held in Houston. A Texas native of Mexican descent, Juan has worked for various organizations, including FleishmanHillard, Lopez Negrete Communications, The Salvation Army and the Houston Airport System. This April he served as a National Advisory Board Member for the seventh annual Hispanicize 2016 national event.
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Kathy Cano-Murillo

Author, Artist & Founder of CraftyChica.com
Kathy Cano-Murillo
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Kathy Cano-Murillo

Author, Artist & Founder of CraftyChica.com
Kathy Cano-Murillo is an author, artist & founder of the award-winning site, CraftyChica.com. She loves social media and uses it to spread the gospel of glitter - literally through her DIY projects and figuratively through her speeches, workshops, books, and essays. A former reporter for The Arizona Republic, she is now a full-time creativepreneur which has led to partnerships with Coca-Cola, HSN, HP, WordPress, Disney & many others. She has authored seven craft books and two novels, and has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed+ more. Her “Mexi-boho” art and product lines have been carried in hundreds of shops across the country. Kathy is Mexican-American, a native Phoenician, mom of two, wife, with five Chihuahuas!
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Sara Guillermo

CA State Director Ignite
Sara Guillermo
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Sara Guillermo

CA State Director Ignite
Sara Guillermo, National Program Director, has a long history with IGNITE, having run program at Lionel Wilson Prep in East Oakland since 2010. She brings extensive experience in youth leadership, curriculum development, program management and capacity building. She has served the Oakland and larger Bay Area community since 2009 through after-school programs focused on leadership development, service and bridging the achievement gap at ASPIRE public schools and buildOn.  Sara holds an MSW from the University of Denver and a B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. Sara believes that everyone has the capacity to create change within themselves, in the communities around them, and in the world.
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Enrique Soto

Director, Regional Strategic Policy and Advocacy Partnerships, Leadership for Educational Equity
Enrique Soto
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Enrique Soto

Director, Regional Strategic Policy and Advocacy Partnerships, Leadership for Educational Equity
Enrique Soto is a Director of Regional Strategic Partnerships on Leadership for Educational Equity’s Policy and Advocacy team.  Enrique’s interest in educational equity stems from his experience as a counselor for foster youth in Los Angeles county where he saw how educational disparities affected vulnerable populations.  Enrique drew from his experience working with youth and communities as he participated in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellowship where he worked at the U.S. Department of Education and the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.  Through his work in Washington D.C., Enrique became interested in national education advocacy work where he worked on Teach For America’s Latino Engagement and Partnerships team.  Through his work at Teach For America, Enrique partnered with several national advocacy organizations to further engage young leaders in the field of education.  Enrique holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Utah and Bachelor’s in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego.
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Felix Ortiz

Founder, Chariman, CEO of Viridis Learning
Felix Ortiz
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Felix Ortiz

Founder, Chariman, CEO of Viridis Learning
Felix Ortiz III is founder, chairman and CEO of Viridis Learning, an educational technology company aimed at building the middle-skill workforce. A serial entrepreneur, Ortiz has started several companies, including Visionary Trade & Export, a venture he founded at age 20 that led to multimillion-dollar deals. He was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the New York City Technology Development Corporation. In 2013, he served on the technology subcommittee of then-Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio in New York City. During the 2012 presidential campaign, Ortiz was national co-chairman of Gen44, applying his entrepreneurial experience and energy to encouraging civic involvement among the younger generation. Previously, he was a member of the Obama-Biden transition team's advisory group for international trade and economics and served on the campaign's national finance committee council. Ortiz was a member of the U.S. Army 18th Airborne Corps and JAG Corps. He attended St. John's University.
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Kali Kat

Host of The Kali Kat Show, Hot 97.5
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Kali Kat

Host of The Kali Kat Show, Hot 97.5
Katherine “Kali Kat” Landingin was born a dreamer in Hollywood, California. She is of El Salvadorian, Guatemalan and Filipino descent. Having a teacher as a Mother and a nurse as a Father, education played a vital role in Katherine’s upbringing. Although her education was the number one priority, Katherine always had a passion for entertainment and music. At the age of 15, her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she discovered her passion for radio. Kat attended and graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Special Events Management. Radio made its debut in Kat’s life during her sophomore year in college when she began interning at KKFR Power 98.3, a local Hip Hop radio station in Phoenix, Arizona. Kat grew from street team intern to morning show intern, to morning show producer to on-air personality. She worked as a part-time on-air personality for five years under highly respected Program Director, Mikey Fuentes, until her hunger had led her to a first full time gig in Las Vegas. Kat’s belief in perseverance and growth has allowed her to cultivate everyday, radio wise as well as with her personal life. She aspires to not only lead in radio but also in other aspects of entertainment.   “I believe in art – radio, music, writing, etc. – and the way in which it makes me feel…inspired and overwhelmed with emotion. That is what I strive to do everyday for my listeners and anyone I come across in life. I still have a long way to go.” – Kali Kat   You can hear Kali Kat Monday thru Saturday 10am-3pm on KVEG Hot 97.5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Luis Megid

Univision National Correspondent
Luis Megid
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Luis Megid

Univision National Correspondent
Luis Megid has been a correspondent with Univision National News in San Francisco since 1989. Through the years, he covered the most important stories in the recent history of the United States. Among them, presidential elections, the consequences of the September 11 attacks, the immigration controversy, US-Mexico border violence, and hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. His work has been distinguished with three Emmy nominations, and a Journalism Award from the California Chicano News Media Association.  He was also part of the Univision team recognized with a Walter Cronkite Award for political coverage in the 2012 election. Before becoming a network correspondent, he worked as a reporter for KDTV Channel 14 in San Francisco and with the station won the first Peabody Award given to a Spanish-language TV station for the coverage of the Mexican earthquake of 1985. In 1989 he also won the Guillermo Martinez Marquez Award of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, for his interview with a former Argentine general accused of over 5,000 deaths in his country. Luis Megid was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied communications in the Instituto Superior de Enseñanza Radiofónica. Before coming to the United States in 1980 he worked in several Argentine radio stations. He now lives in San Francisco, with his wife and two daughters.
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Ramona Ortega

Founder & CEO, My Money My Future
Ramona Ortega
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Ramona Ortega

Founder & CEO, My Money My Future
Ramona Ortega is the Founder & CEO of My Money My Future, a financial tech company.  My Money My Future is a responsive web app that combines tailored content and simple to use tools on one platform to empower underserved Millennials to manage their money with confidence. MMMF’s personal finance platform provides financial guidance on all of life’s financial decisions. Ortega is a serial entrepreneur with over a decade of leadership in the public and private sectors. Prior to leading My Money My Future, Ortega was a corporate securities attorney in New York where she worked on complex securities litigation. Ortega also founded a boutique research consulting firm and a New York based international non-profit and has spent over a decade working on policy initiatives involving economic inequality and human rights. Ortega has a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. She was recently named one of six Latina founders to watch and is a board member of the Latino Startup Alliance. She is a contributor to TechCrunch and Huffington Post on issues of law, tech  and diversity.
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Juan Vasquez

Communications & Data Analyst, Mayor’s Operations Innovation Team at City of Los Angeles
Juan Vasquez
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Juan Vasquez

Communications & Data Analyst, Mayor’s Operations Innovation Team at City of Los Angeles
Juan Vasquez leads the communications and data efforts for the Los Angeles Mayor's Operations Innovation Team. His work brings together data analysis and storytelling to successfully modernize, streamline, and optimize the city's processes in real estate management, government procurement, and employee safety and wellness. Prior to joining the Los Angeles Mayor's Office, Juan led the social media and Latin American business development efforts at NationBuilder, a tech company that builds community organizing tools for campaigns, nonprofits, governments, and civic movements. Juan's career started in advertising agencies, and he's had stints running the digital efforts for a grassroots political campaign and tech-focused nonprofit. In his free time, Juan leads workshops in digital strategy and online community building for nonprofits he believes in. He also enjoys cooking and biking, and will be running his second marathon later this year. Follow Juan on Twitter and Instagram at @JuanSVas, and learn more at www.vasquezsays.com.
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Francisco Pelayo

Senior Elections Coordinator, Univision
Francisco Pelayo
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Francisco Pelayo

Senior Elections Coordinator, Univision
Francisco Pelayo is a senior elections coordinator on the team leading cross-platform Election efforts for Univision News, the award-winning news division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America. In this role, he is charged with helping to lead Univision News’ election coverage, working closely with all stakeholders internally and externally with campaigns and all parties. Before joining Univision in 2013, Pelayo was the Deputy Director for the Spanish version of Campaigns & Elections Magazine, a campaigns and political insider’s journal founded by Stanley Foster Reed in 1980. He holds a Political Science Degree from Venezuela's Universidad Central and a Master Degree in Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution from Turin University in Italy.
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Carlos A. Sanchez

Experienced presidential campaign and field operative
Carlos A. Sanchez
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Carlos A. Sanchez

Experienced presidential campaign and field operative
A skilled electoral organizer with national campaign experience, Carlos has provided strategic leadership for a number of organizations. Carlos most recently served as National Regional Field Director for the presidential campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. He has been involved in electoral and issue campaigns with leading organizations including People For the American Way, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Alliance for Citizenship, and New Florida Majority.
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Kate Black

Executive Director, American Women
Kate Black
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Kate Black

Executive Director, American Women
Kate Black is the Executive Director at American Women, an affiliated organization of EMILY's List. American Women works to amplify women's voices across the country. In this role, she leads the organization's strategic vision, research, and outreach with allies and partners. Since launching in September 2013, American Women has worked to establish itself as the research hub on economic security issues for women and families. As Research Director at EMILY's List, Kate has conducted first-of- its kind research to measure the impact of having women in federal office. Prior to joining EMILY’s List in 2011, Kate worked as Research Director of Gragert Jones Research, a political consulting firm where she assisted congressional campaigns with their research needs. During the 2010 cycle, she worked as a member of the rapid response team at the Democratic National Committee and coordinated research and communications at the Service Employees International Union. In 2007 and 2008, she served as a member of the Research Department on the Hillary Clinton for President campaign. Kate currently serves as Director for the DC chapter of the Younger Women’s Task Force. She also works to train women on salary negotiation with AAUW. Kate received her Master’s degree in Women’s Studies with a focus on Economics from George Washington University in Washington, DC and her Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
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Jose Parra

CEO, ProsperoLatino
Jose Parra
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Jose Parra

CEO, ProsperoLatino
José Dante Parra is a Democratic strategist. Before his current position, Parra was a senior advisor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Parra led Sen. Reid’s Hispanic Media efforts during his 2010 reelection in Nevada, when the Latino vote was the largest deciding factor in that swing state and during a very difficult cycle for Democrats. Parra also served as a Latino communications advisor for President Obama’s 2012 reelection and led the Democratic National Convention’s Hispanic media team. Parra moved to Washington, D.C. in 2007 to work for Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA). Parra's career started at The Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where he covered stories such as the Elian Gonzalez saga and the 2000 Presidential election recount in Florida. In 2003 Parra transitioned to PR and worked at Florida International University in Miami, where he helped shape the media strategy for the university’s acquisition of a medical school.
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Daniel Hernandez

Program Manager, Planned Parenthood Federation of America Raiz Latino Engagement Program
Daniel Hernandez
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Daniel Hernandez

Program Manager, Planned Parenthood Federation of America Raiz Latino Engagement Program

Daniel Hernandez Jr., is the 2015 Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 40 under 40 Man of the Year. He currently serves the Program Manager of Raiz, Planned Parenthood's Latinx Outreach Program where he directly oversees implementation of organizing by 7 specialist Latinx Organizers.

As a first generation college student, he was a congressional intern for the office of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.  While assisting Congresswoman Giffords with a constituent event in Tucson on January 8, 2011, Daniel took actions for which he is widely credited with saving the life of the Congresswoman after a gunman shot her and 18 other people.

Driven by passion for social justice and public service, he has worked on many issues at the state, local and federal level including: gun violence prevention, LGBT Equality, comprehensive immigration reform, and educational equity.

Olivia Diaz

Nevada Assemblywoman, District 11
Olivia Diaz

Olivia Diaz

Nevada Assemblywoman, District 11
Olivia Diaz is an elementary school teacher and state legislator.  A native Nevadan, Olivia attended inner city schools and went on to graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While working on her bachelor's degree, Olivia served as an AmeriCorps volunteer and was assigned to tutor at­-risk students. Shortly after graduating from UNLV, she married her husband of 16 years and inherited two wonderfully talented step­ sons. She credits her enthusiasm for education to teachers who pushed her when she was young. To this day, Olivia works to continue the legacy of those teachers who meant so much to her by setting high expectations for her students on a daily basis as well as instilling a work ethic in each of them, and encouraging them to always do their best. In February 2011, Olivia was one of the first four Latinas ever elected to the Nevada State Legislature. During her first legislative session in Carson City, she not only became a mother to her son, Xavier Carson, but also fought hard for job creation, improvements to education, and protections for Nevada's most vulnerable citizens­­ our elderly and our children.This last legislative session, Olivia helped lead the charge pushing back on restrictive voter ID laws designed to disenfranchise minority voters, the elderly, and especially younger voters.

Alonso Salas

Regional VP Southwest & Midwest Regions, Battleground Solutions
Alonso Salas

Alonso Salas

Regional VP Southwest & Midwest Regions, Battleground Solutions

David Melena

Director of College Access/Awareness and Career Readiness, The Foundation for Hispanic Education
David Melena

David Melena

Director of College Access/Awareness and Career Readiness, The Foundation for Hispanic Education
David Melena is the Director of College Access/Awareness and Career Readiness at The Foundation for Hispanic Education in San Jose, CA. Born and raised in the agricultural field worker community of East Salinas, CA to immigrant parents from Mexico, David's experience growing up as a low-income and first-generation college bound student has shaped his passion to continue to support the future generations of low-income, historically underrepresented first-generation college bound students through empowerment and self-love. After graduating with a degree in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, David went on to work for the Incentive Awards Program, a college access/completion program seeking to outreach to high school students in Los Angeles, Salinas, San Jose, and Oakland. While serving as the Director of Recruitment for IAP, David also served as an application reader for the Gates Millennium Scholarship Fund and an admissions reader for UC Berkeley's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Currently at TFHE, David works with students, teachers, and administrative staff to create and sustain a college-going pipeline across three charter high schools serving largely Latinx student populations.

Luz Escamilla

Senator, Utah State Senate
Luz Escamilla

Luz Escamilla

Senator, Utah State Senate
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Rudy Zamora

Program Director, League of Conservation Voters
Rudy Zamora
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Rudy Zamora

Program Director, League of Conservation Voters
Rudy joined the League of Conservation Voters in 2015 to launch Chispa Nevada  - a grassroots program dedicated to sparking the climate change conversation in Nevada's Latino community. Prior to joining the LCV, Rudy has worked on a variety of issue-based and election campaigns, including: Gun Violence Prevention Organizer with Battle Born Progress, Campaign Manager for the Nevada State Senate Democratic Caucus, and Campaign Coordinator at Mi Famila Vota - Nevada focusing on immigration and the importance of keeping our families together. Rudy has been a staple of the Las Vegas and Nevada political community, and as a DREAMer and new father, is looking to continue his work on issues that affect the every day lives of Latinos throughout Nevada.

Marlene Castro

XQ Institute
Marlene Castro

Marlene Castro

XQ Institute

Susy Chavez

Communications Director, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
Susy Chavez

Susy Chavez

Communications Director, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

Hector Torres

National Prevention Strategy Manager, AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Hector Torres

Hector Torres

National Prevention Strategy Manager, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Manuel Moran

VP of Latin Programming and Touring, Live Nation
Manuel Moran

Manuel Moran

VP of Latin Programming and Touring, Live Nation
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Martha Saldana

Senior Producer, Entravision
Martha Saldana
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Martha Saldana

Senior Producer, Entravision

Dr. Mario Mendoza

Medical Director, U.S. Medical Affairs, Pfizer
Dr. Mario Mendoza

Dr. Mario Mendoza

Medical Director, U.S. Medical Affairs, Pfizer

ABOUT

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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. 

 

The Power Summit Difference

Voto Latino (VL) Power Summit is a professional development conference that educates, engages and empowers American Latino Millennials. This conference brings together dynamic leaders to network, explore resources and learn how to grow their careers from cross-industry experts. This interactive experience fosters the new age of digital influencers to maximize their impact in their careers and communities. 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!

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Program

Program

  • Leadership Leadership
  • Advocacy Advocacy
  • Media Media
  • Tech Tech
  • 2016 Elections 2016 Elections

Registration & Lunch

12:00 PM 12:30 PM

Registration & Lunch

Head over to the registration table to pick up your badge and tote bag, then grab some lunch and find a table the showroom. The first plenary is starting promptly at 12:30pm!

Welcome & Opening Plenary

12:30 PM 2:50 PM

Welcome Remarks

  • President & CEO,  Voto Latino

    María Teresa Kumar
    President & CEO, Voto Latino

I Am Brave

Bravery manifests itself in different ways. Hear how personal stories of bravery led to success.

  • St. Paul (2005), East Los High (2013) and The Strain (2016)

    Tracy Perez
    St. Paul (2005), East Los High (2013) and The Strain (2016)

  • Actor

    Nicholas Gonzalez
    Actor

  • Founder/CEO of GLAUDI

    Johana Hernandez
    Founder/CEO of GLAUDI

  • Celebrity Chef, Food Network

    Marcela Valladolid
    Celebrity Chef, Food Network

Hear Our Voices: Intersectionality and What’s at Stake in 2016

Latinos are not a one-issue community. We care about immigration, access to health care, LGBTQ issues and equal wage, etc. Hear about the issues and how they intersect.

  • President,
 Planned Parenthood Federation of America & Planned Parenthood Action Fund

    Cecile Richards
    President,
 Planned Parenthood Federation of America & Planned Parenthood Action Fund

  • CEO & Founder of Malecon Productions, Author

    Carmen Rita Wong
    CEO & Founder of Malecon Productions, Author

  • International Executive Vice President, SEIU

    Rocio Saenz
    International Executive Vice President, SEIU

  • President & CEO,  Voto Latino

    María Teresa Kumar
    President & CEO, Voto Latino

Workshop Session 1

3:30 PM 5:00 PM

Leadership

LinkedIn…IRL: Learn to Network

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.

room: Majestic – floor: 24

  • Public Relations and Media Consultant

    Reynaldo Casas
    Public Relations and Media Consultant

  • CA State Director Ignite

    Sara Guillermo
    CA State Director Ignite

  • Host of The Kali Kat Show, Hot 97.5

    Kali Kat
    Host of The Kali Kat Show, Hot 97.5

  • Medical Director, U.S. Medical Affairs, Pfizer

    Dr. Mario Mendoza
    Medical Director, U.S. Medical Affairs, Pfizer

  • VP of Latin Programming and Touring, Live Nation

    Manuel Moran
    VP of Latin Programming and Touring, Live Nation

Advocacy

Step Up and Step In: Run for Office

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

room: Sierra – floor: 24

  • Political Director, New American Leaders Project

    German Cash
    Political Director, New American Leaders Project

  • Nevada Assemblywoman, District 11

    Olivia Diaz
    Nevada Assemblywoman, District 11

  • Governing Board Member, Phoenix Union HSD

    Stephanie Parra
    Governing Board Member, Phoenix Union HSD

  • Regional VP Southwest & Midwest Regions, Battleground Solutions

    Alonso Salas
    Regional VP Southwest & Midwest Regions, Battleground Solutions

Media

Make Some Noise

From current issues to styles and trends, media attention (or lack thereof) can drastically shape society’s norms and values. Learn how to make your content stand out in a world of competing interests, new technologies, and a 24 hour news cycle. Make some noise and get the media attention you want.

room: Sunrise – floor: 104

  • Author, “My (Underground) American Dream”

    Julissa Arce
    Author, “My (Underground) American Dream”

  • Director of Multicultural Content, Los Angeles Times

    Alejandra Campoverdi
    Director of Multicultural Content, Los Angeles Times

  • Communications & Data Analyst, Mayor’s Operations Innovation Team at City of Los Angeles

    Juan Vasquez
    Communications & Data Analyst, Mayor’s Operations Innovation Team at City of Los Angeles

  • Senior Producer, Entravision

    Martha Saldana
    Senior Producer, Entravision

Tech

Be a Maker, Not a Taker

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 content.

room: Twilight – floor: 104

  • Blogger and Content Creato

    Maya Murillo
    Blogger and Content Creato

  • Actress and Digital Creator

    Maiah Ocando
    Actress and Digital Creator

  • Author, Artist & Founder of CraftyChica.com

    Kathy Cano-Murillo
    Author, Artist & Founder of CraftyChica.com

  • Actor, Producer, Host

    Michael Diaz
    Actor, Producer, Host

  • Creative Director & Filmmaker

    Gabriel Torrelles
    Creative Director & Filmmaker

2016 Elections

Build The Team

A good campaign is nothing without good volunteers. Learn from Planned Parenthood Federation of America Raíz organizers on best practices to recruit and retain volunteers in order to run a successful political or non-profit campaign.

room: Horizon – floor: 104

  • Program Manager, Planned Parenthood Federation of America Raiz Latino Engagement Program

    Daniel Hernandez
    Program Manager, Planned Parenthood Federation of America Raiz Latino Engagement Program

Break

5:00 PM 6:30 PM

Break

Take a quick break to grab some dinner on your own before the evening reception.

Opening Reception

6:30 PM 8:00 PM

Opening Reception

Join us at the Indoor Observation Deck on the Tower Floor 108 for an evening reception. We’ll have drinks and light hors d’oeuvres as well as a special announcement!

Indoor Observation Deck – Tower floor 108

Registration & Breakfast

8:00 AM 9:15 AM

Morning Plenary

9:30 AM 11:00 AM

Re-imagining Education

  • Emmy award winning journalist and co-anchor of Univision’s “Primer Impacto”

    Pamela Silva Conde
    Emmy award winning journalist and co-anchor of Univision’s “Primer Impacto”

  • Director of College Access/Awareness and Career Readiness, The Foundation for Hispanic Education

    David Melena
    Director of College Access/Awareness and Career Readiness, The Foundation for Hispanic Education

  • White House Initiative on Hispanic Excellence in Education

    Alejandra Ceja
    White House Initiative on Hispanic Excellence in Education

  • High School Teacher

    Eva Masadiego
    High School Teacher

  • XQ Institute

    Marlene Castro
    XQ Institute

Workshop Session 2

11:30 AM 1:00 PM

Leadership

Mo’ Money Management, Less Problems

Does the cost of a latte scare you, but you just can’t resist because it tastes oh so good? When our bank accounts are healthy it’s easier to focus on developing everything else, but financial security is always at the back of our minds. In this workshop participants will learn skills on how to prepare for a bright financial future and build wealth.

room: Majestic – floor: 24

  • Founder & CEO, My Money My Future

    Ramona Ortega
    Founder & CEO, My Money My Future

Advocacy

Building the Movement

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

room: Sierra – floor: 24

  • Director, Regional Strategic Policy and Advocacy Partnerships, Leadership for Educational Equity

    Enrique Soto
    Director, Regional Strategic Policy and Advocacy Partnerships, Leadership for Educational Equity

  • National Prevention Strategy Manager, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

    Hector Torres
    National Prevention Strategy Manager, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

  • Communications Director, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

    Susy Chavez
    Communications Director, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

  • Vice President for Policy & Government Relations, Hispanic Federation

    Jose Davila
    Vice President for Policy & Government Relations, Hispanic Federation

  • Program Director, League of Conservation Voters

    Rudy Zamora
    Program Director, League of Conservation Voters

Media

In Front of the Cameras

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!

room: Sunrise – floor: 104

  • Univision National Correspondent

    Luis Megid
    Univision National Correspondent

Tech

Social Media on Fleek

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!

room: Twilight – floor: 104

  • Principal & CEO, Speak Hispanic Communications

    Elianne Ramos
    Principal & CEO, Speak Hispanic Communications

  • President & Co-Founder, AGANARmedia

    Gaby Natale
    President & Co-Founder, AGANARmedia

  • Actor, Host, Content Creator

    Lizza Monet Morales
    Actor, Host, Content Creator

  • Jorge Narvaez

2016 Elections

Crunch the Numbers, Craft the Message

Research, messaging and media go hand in hand in a political campaign. In this session you’ll learn how to draw from polling and research in order to craft strategic messaging. Then learn how to effectively disseminate your messaging through media outreach.

room: Horizon – floor: 104

  • Executive Director, American Women

    Kate Black
    Executive Director, American Women

  • CEO, ProsperoLatino

    Jose Parra
    CEO, ProsperoLatino

Afternoon Plenary & Lunch

1:15 PM 2:45 PM

Keynote

Hear US Treasurer Rosie Rios tell her story about her journey to success.

  • Treasurer of the United States

    Rosie Rios
    Treasurer of the United States

Let’s Talk About It

This is not the time to follow the mantra “better to be seen and not heard.” Hear from panelists who are willing to speak up about the issues they care about. From race relations to immigration reform to voting in November, let’s talk about where we are and where we are going.

  • Actress and Author

    Diane Guerrero
    Actress and Author

  • Voto Latino Board Member, Actor & Co-chair of Voto Latino’s Artist Coalition

    Wilmer Valderrama
    Voto Latino Board Member, Actor & Co-chair of Voto Latino’s Artist Coalition

  • Vice President for Immigration, Diversity and Civil Rights, UNITE HERE

    Maria Elena Durazo
    Vice President for Immigration, Diversity and Civil Rights, UNITE HERE

  • Director of Content, Latina Media Ventures

    Shirley Velasquez
    Director of Content, Latina Media Ventures

Perfomance by Carlos Andrés Gómez

Experience a live performance by Carlos Andrés Gómez, an award-winning poet, actor, and writer from New York City.

  • Poet, Actor,  Author

    Carlos Andrés Gómez
    Poet, Actor, Author

Workshop Session 3

3:30 PM 5:00 PM

Leadership

What’s your Style? Leadership in Action

What does it really mean to be a leader? What kind of leader are you? Participants in this session will identify their own leadership perspective while exploring and understanding the leadership styles of others.

room: Majestic – floor: 24

  • Maximo Anguiano

Advocacy

True Life: This is my Story

Each of us has a story to tell. How has your family, community, mentors, or past challenges helped you become a leader? Your story can motivate and influence others to create change! Learn from experts about best practices for using personal stories and learn how to be most effective telling yours.

room: Sierra – floor: 24

  • XQ Institute

    Marlene Castro
    XQ Institute

  • Director of College Access/Awareness and Career Readiness, The Foundation for Hispanic Education

    David Melena
    Director of College Access/Awareness and Career Readiness, The Foundation for Hispanic Education

Media

Digital Journalist

Have you been getting your news from your social media feed? Rather scroll through the top 10 reasons lists or check out a gif to see who clapped back at who? Millennials are increasingly getting their news online and those writing it are coming up with more creative ways to share. Whether you are interested in the tactics or are a blogger looking to draw your audience’s attention this panel is for you!

room: Sunrise – floor: 104

  • Emmy Award Winning TV Host & Producer

    Pili Montilla
    Emmy Award Winning TV Host & Producer

  • Founder of Latina Rebels & Writer

    Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez
    Founder of Latina Rebels & Writer

  • Digital Influencer & Content Creator, Founder of Juan of Words

    Juan Alanis
    Digital Influencer & Content Creator, Founder of Juan of Words

  • Senior Elections Coordinator, Univision

    Francisco Pelayo
    Senior Elections Coordinator, Univision

Tech

Start It 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.

room: Twilight – floor: 104

  • Philanthropic & Nonprofit Consultant

    Mario Lugay
    Philanthropic & Nonprofit Consultant

  • Founder, Chariman, CEO of Viridis Learning

    Felix Ortiz
    Founder, Chariman, CEO of Viridis Learning

  • CEO & Co-Founder, Cityflag

    Alberto Altamirano
    CEO & Co-Founder, Cityflag

  • Entrepreneur

    Fina Perez
    Entrepreneur

  • Founder, Cafe do Paraiso & AllinWebPro.com

    Owen Carver
    Founder, Cafe do Paraiso & AllinWebPro.com

2016 Elections

Take the Field

So you have the volunteers and the message, but what’s next? It’s time for voter engagement. Join this session to learn how to talk, text, and engage voters to meet your campaign goals.

room: Horizon – floor: 104

  • Experienced presidential campaign and field operative

    Carlos A. Sanchez
    Experienced presidential campaign and field operative

Break

5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Closing Reception

7:30 PM 9:00 PM

Closing Reception

Join us at the closing reception of VL Power Summit on the outdoor deck of the Elation Pool. Enjoy a live musical performance by Victoria “La Mala”, refreshments, and the opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow participants and speakers!

Elation Pool – floor 8

  • Singer

    Victoria “La Mala” Ortiz
    Singer

Partners

Partners

  • Walmart
  • Univision
  • Hilton
  • Maricopa Community College
  • Quiero Aprender
  • XQ
  • Sprint
  • SEIU
  • Ford Foundation
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • AFL-CIO
  • HBO Latino
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Location

Location

This year’s Power Summit will take place at the Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas strip. To book your reservation call (800) 998-6937 between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m PST and reference the group name Voto Latino. The deadline to book is May 26, 2016.

The Stratosphere

2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd.,
Las Vegas, NV 89104