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Austin, TX
September 29-30, 2018

Power Summit

A conference for emerging leaders

September 29-30

AUSTIN, TX

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About

About

VL’s Power Summit is a premier 2-day leadership conference for emerging leaders.

The Summit brings together trailblazers across media, tech, and advocacy to encourage high-impact learning and promote conversations on how to mobilize for change.

Hundreds of young Latinos and allies gather to discuss issues impacting the Latino community, learn through innovative trainings, and network with some of the best and brightest across a number of fields.  

At the Power Summit, you’ll have the opportunity to hear leading industry experts, ask Q&A, and explore the following themes:

⚡ Leadership

⚡ Advocacy

⚡ Media

⚡ Tech

The theme of this year’s Power Summit is Somos Más.

When our community stands together, we are stronger. When our community stands together, we win. Together, Somos Más – more than vile rhetoric spewed on our community, more than stereotypes, more than pawns in partisan games. We are a strong and proud community and our power is growing every day.

Join us this year for two days of empowerment, organizing training, professional development, a networking reception, a chance to connect with community leaders, and a whole lot of fun. Register now >>

The Experience

The Experience

Central Themes

Central Themes

Pricing

Pricing

Registrations are FREE thanks to our generous supporters. Available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Program

Program

More updates to come. Watch this space or follow us on twitter for more announcements.

  • Advocacy Advocacy
  • Leadership Leadership
  • Media Media
  • Tech Tech
  • Workshop Workshop

Registration

8:00 AM 8:30 AM

Registration, Networking, & Mercado

Welcome

8:30 AM 9:30 AM

Breakfast & Welcome

Main Stage

  • María Teresa Kumar

    María Teresa Kumar
    President & CEO, Voto Latino

  • Irving Calderon
    Austin Voto Latino Chapter

  • Greg Casar

    Greg Casar
    Council Member, Austin, District 4

Main Stage

9:30 AM 10:45 AM

Mark Cuban, Host of ABC’s Shark Tank & Owner of NBA Dallas Mavericks

Main Stage

  • Mark Cuban

    Mark Cuban
    Entrepreneur and Investor

Main Stage

10:45 AM 11:00 AM

Sponsors & Mercado

  • Jessica Reeves
    COO, Voto Latino

Break

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

Break & Mercado

Break Out Sessions

11:30 AM 12:30 PM

Advocacy

The State of DACA

This moderated panel seeks to discuss the fate of DACA. What will next steps be? Immigration legislation cannot be pushed aside yet again in these midterm elections. How do we turn advocacy into legislative action?

  • Brian Stansbury
    Counsel, King & Spalding

  • Roque Planas
    Reporter, Huffington Post

  • Natalie Montelongo
    National Campaign Strategist, ACLU Immigrants Rights

Media

Podcasting Truth to Power

Podcasts are not new to the world of media but they have become a medium of socio-political force. See how they are changing the conversation on key issues of our time and how you too can get your message out to the public.

  • Steve Alfaro
    Chief Creative Officer, Voto Latino

  • Juan Bago
    Co-Host, Latinos Out Loud

  • Lane & Ryan Hollingsworth
    Co-Hosts, Wed & Woke

  • Brenda Gonzalez & Melinna Bobadilla
    Co-Hosts, Tamarindo Podcast

Tech

Slacktivism: How We Do Digital Organizing!

Movements are being powered through social media campaigns and technological advancements. If you have a cause you believe in, technology has made it easier to be a part of it. Hear how the digitally connected world has made it easier (or difficult) to find our collective.

  • Rosa Del Angel
    VP of Digital Strategy & Engagement, Voto Latino

  • Emmy Ruiz
    Political Strategist

  • Alida Garcia

    Alida Garcia
    Director of Coalitions & Policy, FWD.us

  • Jess Morales Rocketto
    Political Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

  • Juan Escalante
    Immigrant Advocate and Online Strategist

Workshop

Ka-Ching: Better Money Habits!

It’s never too early to start thinking about your financial future. Come to this financial know-how session to learn about best practices that will get you on the right foot and keep you on top of your finances.

Leadership

Starting Your Own Chamba

Learn how these panelists got started and how working in Government and the Private sector helped them prepare for their journey into entrepreneurship.

  • Matt Reyes

    Matt Reyes
    Content & Social Strategy, Sapient Razorfish

  • Wendy Ramirez
    Founder, Español Sin Penas!

  • Tanya Menendez
    Co-Founder of Snowball

  • Eddy Luevanos
    Co-Founder of Citizen Energy

Break

12:30 PM 1:00 PM

Lunch, Networking & Mercado

Main Stage

1:00 PM 1:15 PM

Main Stage

Main Stage

1:15 PM 2:30 PM

Our Seat at the Table

Our faces, our voices, our ideas, our leadership. These panelists are changing the face of power and leadership across sectors. How and what can we do to ensure more opportunity across industries?

Main Stage

  • Wilmer Valderrama

    Wilmer Valderrama
    Actor & VL Board Memeber

  • Lili Gangas

    Lili Gangas
    Chief Tech Community Officer, Kapor Center

  • Dawn Laguens

    Dawn Laguens
    EVP of Planned Parenthood

Break

2:30 PM 2:45 PM

Break & Mercado

Break Out Sessions

2:45 PM 4:00 PM

Media

Film and TV: Where Are We?

These panelists will discuss the positive images of Latinos on TV and Film and why they matter.

  • Ana Breton
    Digital Producer, Samantha Bee Full Frontal

  • Mauricio Mota
    Creator of East Los High

  • Felix Sanchez
    Executive Director, National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts

Tech

The Tech and Government Bridge

Connecting tech, politics, and policy. Learn how tech and government are working together in the current political environment.

Advocacy

Campaigns 101

Who and what keeps the wheels of a campaign turning? Learn the behind the scenes operations that may help you with a campaign job.

  • Emmy Ruiz
    Political Strategist

  • Lucinda Guinn
    Vice President of Campaigns, EMILY’s List

  • Jess O’Connell
    Former CEO, DNC and Executive Director, EMILY’s List

Leadership

CSR: How Corporate Brands Are Entering the Movement

The relationship between corporate brands and activism has grown increasingly since the 2016 election. Meet some of the people who work in this space and talk about the work they do every day.

Mainstage

4:00 PM 5:15 PM

Stop Separation Tornillo Rally

A discussion on the family separation crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border and its lasting effects.

Mainstage

  • María Teresa Kumar

    María Teresa Kumar
    President & CEO, Voto Latino

  • Representative Mary Gonzales

    Representative Mary Gonzales
    House District 75 in El Paso County

  • Elsa Collins

    Elsa Collins
    Social Impact Leader and Activist

Break

5:15 PM 5:30 PM

Break

Screening

5:30 PM 7:00 PM

Free HBO Screening: The Sentence

The Sentence is the first film from Rudy Valdez and follows Valdez’s look at the devastating consequences of mandatory minimum sentencing through the lens of his own family.

Registration

8:00 AM 8:30 AM

Registration, Breakfast, Networking, & Mercado

Welcome

8:30 AM 8:35 AM

Welcome

Main Stage

8:30 AM 9:00 AM

Conversation: The Sentence

An intimate panel discussion on the deeply personal experience with our current criminal justice system with Rudy Valdez, Director of The Sentence.

Main Stage

Main Stage

9:00 AM 10:00 AM

TBD

  • Marsha Catron
    Partner, Swan Street Strategies, Former DHS Press Secretary

Break

10:00 AM 10:15 AM

Break & Mercado

Break Out Sessions

10:15 AM 11:30 AM

Media

The Critical Role of the U.S. Media in 2018

We are at an unusual time where recent rhetoric calls into question the news media’s credibility. Journalists, the arbiters of truth, are pushing back. Hear why this is so critical to maintaining democracy.

  • Tina Vasquez
    Immigration Reporter, Rewire.News

  • Rafael Bernal
    Staff Writer, The Hill

Workshop

Building Stronger Networks

There is an understanding that for career success you need to network. Although it may seem like a daunting task for some, everyone has the ability to connect with others. Come learn how you can connect to get things done, make change in organizations, and in the movement.

  • Maximo Anguiano

    Maximo Anguiano
    Executive Director, Adelante US Education Leadership Fund

Leadership

Run to Win

Come learn the nuts and bolts of what it takes to run for office and win. Hear from those that have helped others with their journey.

  • Vanessa Cardenas

    Vanessa Cardenas
    Emily’s List

Advocacy

Perfect Participation

Cesar Chavez once said: “We don’t need perfect political systems; we need perfect participation.” Can the Latinx community achieve that goal?

  • Ambar Calvillo Rivera
    Vice President of Campaigns, Voto Latino

  • Oscar Silva

    Oscar Silva
    Political Director, Battleground Texas

  • Lety Salcedo
    Immigration Rights Campaign Director, SEIU

Tech

Digital Equity: Reaching Communities of Color

This moderated panel seeks to discuss the steps tech companies are taking to ​reach communities of color to bridge the digital divide.

  • Alejandra Montoya-Boyer
    Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Chanelle Hardy
    Policy, Partnerships, and Strategic Outreach, Google

  • Carmen Scurato
    Senior Policy Counsel, Free Press

Main Stage

11:30 AM 12:45 PM

Tech

Scoot Over for VoterPal

Latinos are the second fastest growing group of Americans. In fact, every 30 seconds, a Latino citizen turns 18. EVERY 30 SECONDS. Awesome, right?

Yes, but here’s the thing. It’s not enough to be eligible to vote. We need to register. In 2012, 41 percent of Latinos who were eligible to vote did not register. With our size and the number of growing eligible voters, we have the power to change this. VoterPal can help.

Main Stage

  • Ambar Calvillo Rivera
    Vice President of Campaigns, Voto Latino

  • Rosa Del Angel
    VP of Digital Strategy & Engagement, Voto Latino

  • Denise Feriozzi
    Strategist & Activist, Principal, Civitas

Lunch & Mainstage

12:45 PM 2:00 PM

Consejos de Mamá

Have you ever been interviewed by your mother – or vice versa? This intimate conversation between Secretary Julián Castro and his mother, Rosie Castro, a long-time activist and advocate for Latino civil rights, is sure to be fun and illuminating.

  • Julián Castro

    Julián Castro
    16th U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

  • Rosie Castro

Location

Location

We’re here to ensure you make the most of your experience, and that includes trouble-free travel and lodging logistics. You may book your hotel room at AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center using the link below.

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