Be Inspired for Change
Connect with influential Latino leaders as they address today’s hottest topics.
The CHCI 2017 Leadership Conference attracts thousands of engaged individuals from all sectors and industries to examine critical areas affecting the Latino community and the nation. This year’s theme of “Transformative Change” will examine many aspects of our evolving, interactive world and how we can work together to innovate, lead and inspire positive social, economic, and political results.
Our conference attracts a cross-section of innovators and change makers that represent many viewpoints to enhance the dialogue and idea exchange. Attendees include members of Congress and other elected officials, corporate executives, community activists, educators, celebrities, media personalities, nonprofit leaders, CHCI Alumni, and current program participants.
CHCI has designed an exceptional series of plenary and breakout sessions that will facilitate critical national dialogue on a variety of timely issues and showcase best practices and national initiatives that can be replicated across the country. Detailed descriptions of CHCI’s Leadership Conference sessions can be found below.
Plenary Sessions and Latino Leaders Summits
Monday, September 11 – 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
Modern Activism: Organizing for Social Justice through Social Media and Technology
New media and technology have transformed the way we share information and engage with others, including civic engagement. This plenary will highlight effective use of social media to convene and mobilize an impactful social justice activism campaign. The discussion will examine best practices and strategies for social media activism to foster social justice, spark civic engagement, and promote social consciousness.
Monday, September 11 – 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Urbanization of America: Smart Cities, the Cities of the Future
As urbanization in America accelerates, forward-thinking civic and business leaders are working to create dynamic, resource efficient, healthy, and vibrant cities of the future. This panel will bring together experts on transit and mobility (Uber, Vespa, Transit Authority), climate change resiliency (coastal cities are vulnerable and have large Latino populations), food security (urban farming, micro farming), technology (surveillance, wifi-connected cities), and urban planning policy to discuss living and working in the cities of tomorrow.
Tuesday, September 12 – 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
Staying Ahead of AI: Thriving in a Global, Tech-Driven Economy
Artificial Intelligence is rapidly reinventing business, the global economy, and how people work and interact with each other. This plenary will explore how we can prepare for disruption across all industries by embracing change and cultivating the skills necessary to thrive in the workforce of today and tomorrow.
Tuesday, September 12 – 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
How Immigrants Enhance the American Economy and Reinforce the American Dream
Immigrants are valuable assets in every community in America, and every segment of American society is touched by immigration. People who have chosen to come to America not only personify the American Dream, but they are also constantly reinventing it culturally, economically, and socially, So how does the country break through gridlock and opposition to achieve a safe, legal and orderly immigration system that meets the needs of the 21st Century economy and 21st Century families? This summit will convene leaders for a discussion of how we move forward towards solutions.
Latino Leaders Summit Sessions
Corporate Social Responsibility: The Balance Between Social Good and the Bottom Line
This summit will examine CSR trends across several industry sectors including: energy, healthcare, technology, retail consumers, environmental sustainability, and corporate philanthropy.
Balancing National Security vs. Consumer Privacy
In an increasingly connected world driven by data and access to information, there is an inherent tension between keeping data safe and individual privacy. This summit will examine how big data will drive the future of cyber security and the opportunities and risks involved.
Increasing College Degree and Certificate Attainment
In partnership with the Lumina Foundation, CHCI will explore ways to increase college degree and high-quality certificate attainment. In order, to ensure the American workforce remains the most competitive in the world. This panel will convene experts to discuss how our country can fundamentally rethink the way higher education is delivered, and what outcomes can be expected from post-secondary completion. The discussion will focus on innovations helping to design and build a 21st century system that meets the needs of all students, workers, and employers.
Putting the Student First: Best Practices in Higher Education Attainment and Student Debt
This summit will examine the complexities and best practices of financing a higher education degree in the United States. The discussion will include topics such as: private financing, public programs, loan forgiveness options, and innovations in the space of higher education financing.
Green Energy: Workforce Opportunities in an Emerging Economy
Jobs in wind and solar energy creation have grown about 20% annually in recent years with the sustainability sector accounting for four to four and a half million jobs in the United States. These are jobs that cannot be outsourced due to the nature of the work. With these industries creating jobs 12 times faster than the rest of the domestic economy, it is imperative that we train the next generation of Latinos to work in these sectors as well as educate them about investing in these areas.
Climate Change: Opportunities and Challenges Post-Paris Accord Withdrawal
While the current Administration has decided to pull out of the Paris Accord on Climate Change, local governments, foundations, and the private sector are banding together to fill in the gaps and create new opportunities for innovative technologies that will help the U.S. meet the commitments made under the accord. Panelists will delve into what a lack of federal funding means for those researching and developing solutions to climate issues and explore how it opens room for business leaders and foundations to help launch the latest in climate change technology.
Economic Inclusion & Wealth Building for Millennials: Addressing the Tensions Between Student Loans and Home Ownership
Millennials are not equipped to build wealth and save for retirement in the same way as previous generations. Home ownership is at a 50-year low and young Americans fear they will be renting forever. Whether it’s a consequence of wealth inequality or a change in priorities for the younger generation, the reasons for lower wealth acquisition are being tracked and addressed. This workshop will explore tactics to build wealth in the 21st century.
Entrepreneurship: Leveraging Social Impact to Uplift Communities from the Inside Out
Entrepreneurs provide innovation and systematic solutions to some of the toughest issues. Through innovation and sustainable outcomes, social impact ventures are empowering young entrepreneurs from communities of color. This summit will highlight the successes and challenges of the social impact model through the perspective of minority millennials and include issues such as access to capital, venture funding, impact investing, growth, and sustainable outcomes.
Government & Foreign Affairs
Foreign Trade: Promoting American Economic Growth in a Global Economy
The Latino experience has created multicultural, multilingual Americans who have a keen understanding of cultural nuances and a unique ability to create and sustain friendships at home and abroad. These skills are invaluable in an increasingly open and global economy, where foreign trade is bound to accelerate. How can we build on these skills to cultivate the international trade and business leaders of tomorrow?
The U.S. Census and Redistricting: The Impact on Elections
Many U.S. elected officials are elected by voters grouped into districts. Every decade, after a Census, district lines are redrawn as populations change to ensure each district has about the same number of people. Even when the population is divided equally, the way the lines are drawn can determine which party controls Congress and state and local governments and what policies (e.g., healthcare, education, and nutrition) a legislature chooses to prioritize or ignore. This panel will bring forward local and national leaders to discuss how communities can hold the line drawers accountable and demand a fair redistricting process.
Managing Mental Health in Today’s Workforce: Designing Healthy Habits for Career Success
Workers, companies, and organizations are learning about the opportunities and challenges that the 21st century workforce presents in terms of employee mental health and overall wellness. Unhealthy habits in the workplace can lead to mental health issues that impact overall health and a decline in productivity which can be costly for employers. This summit will convene experts to present recent findings on mental health issues caused by modern work life and discuss ways to practice self-care that can help maximize career potential.
The Next Medical Revolution: Policy, Innovation, and Security of Biotechnology
From the ability to hack a human cell and program it like a computer, to creating affordable generic drugs, or genetically modified produce, biotechnology allows concepts that were once merely science fiction to be attainable realities. This summit will examine the policy implications, opportunities, and security challenges of the ever-evolving field of biotech.
Diabetes in the Hispanic Community: Policy and Best Practices for Addressing a Growing Epidemic
Diabetes is an epidemic increasingly affecting the Hispanic community at an exponential rate. It is the fifth leading cause of death among Hispanics in the United States. More than 50% of Hispanics are likely to develop and die from Type 2 Diabetes, compared to only 40% of Caucasians. Diabetes is associated with serious health complications, such as heart disease, vision loss, kidney damage, and nerve damage that can result in amputations. The panel will explore what public policies can be put into place to address this growing epidemic, the resources to easily identify and address Hispanics’ risk factors associated with diabetes, access to screening and modern therapies, early healthy lifestyle intervention services, as well as best practices in successfully managing diabetes.
The Fast-Changing Media Industry Impacts the Way We Consume News and Information
From editorial decisions to business and revenue models, the onset of digital media has changed traditional news reporting forever. Modern news agencies are dealing with a more complex landscape than ever before and must develop ways to address evolving revenue streams, content creation, the prevalence of fake news, and the diverse interests of consumers.
Racism in America: How Racism Hinders Economic, Social, and Political Progress for Minority Communities
Racial equity has lasting implications on communities both nationally and internationally. This summit will examine impacts of racial healing, racial equity, and an open dialogue on social, political, and economic progress in the United States and beyond.
Disruptive Technologies: Making Policy for a Digital Economy
Innovative technologies have changed the way we sleep, eat, work, communicate, get from point A to B, and even how we think. This summit will examine the policy implications of technologies across several key industry sectors including: financial services, renewable energy, transportation, mobile technology, and others.
Conference Lunch Sessions
Tuesday, September 11 – 11:15 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.
A Discussion with American Mayors
This discussion will focus on the role of cities as key drivers in the quest for equity in our society. Cities have long been staging areas for upward mobility, but could contribute even more if approached with intentionality and strategy. In an era in which the traditional Federal mission of addressing inequality is stalled and states are impeded by budget realities, it falls to local governments to address these important subjects. Cities are at the epicenter of so many dimensions of inequality issues: demographic changes, the new economy, education and training, spatial patterns, race and immigration, and concentrated poverty. What are current best practices in cities for promoting these objectives and what are future prospect for progress?
Tuesday, September 12 – 12:15 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.
Latino Influence in the Sports Industry Luncheon
The recent World Baseball Classic (WBC) brought to the mainstream an important fact about American sports: Latinos are influencing the business and culture of sports in many ways—as athletes who exhibit their culture proudly, passionate fans who drive television ratings, merchandise and ticket sales, and entrepreneurs who are seeking opportunities in the lucrative industry. Learn more about how Latinos continue to shape the sports industry during this lively luncheon.
Wednesday, September 13 – 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Leadership Luncheon (By invitation only)
Join us as recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Latino leaders. CHCI will honor CHCI Board of Director Rudy Beserra, Senior Vice President for Latin Affairs at Coca Cola, with the National Pioneer Award. We will also celebrate the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
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