What Attendees are Saying about the Inaugural Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit

The following testimonials have rolled in since the May 15th, 2010 event. If you attended, please add a comment here. Tell us your key takeaway(s) from the Summit.

“The 2010 Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit was an excellent forum of Latinos who lead in their fields from small to large businesses and from public to non-profit services to their communities.  The range and depth of the ideas presented and discussed provided the one hundred fifty attendees with ideas for their own work-in-progress, as well as seeds for future ventures. This Summit and future such forums also serve to enable like-minded Latinos and others to connect with each other on projects to achieve what forum creator and author Frank Carbajal calls “Building the Latino Future.”
Gil Villagrán, MSW, Lecturer, School of Social Work, San Jose State University, gvillagran@casa.sjsu.edu

“I had the pleasure of attending the first annual Latino Leadership Summit.  It was inspiring to be in room full of successful Latinos.  I had the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and to establish new relationships.  One highlight was meeting a young woman who was there as part of the Ivy League Project.  She is a high school sophomore from a small farming community in California’s central valley and already has planned to attend either Yale or Johns Hopkins to become a doctor.  As Latino professionals, we have a responsibility to encourage and mentor our young people.  This forum is perfect and I look forward to next year.  I wholeheartedly endorse Frank Carbajal, Es Tiempo LLC, and the Latino Leadership Summit.”  
David J Neighbors, Tax – Partner-in-Charge,  Johanson & Yau Accountancy Corporation

“Social Capital is developed through relationships, and the Summit helped bring together motivated professionals from government, business and academia to develop personal relationships critical to the success of any community. In less than two weeks, I have had “lunch dates” with several people I met at the event.”
Albert Beltran Jr., Congressional Aide for Congressman Mike Honda

“”Attending the Latino Leadership Summit helped me connect with other professionals who want to show the world a much more realistic image of our community.  We are PhDs, MBAs, entrepreneurs, and government officials who are positively contributing to our communities—and our stories must be told.  I left the conference feeling inspired, motivated, and ready to help shape our message.”
Nayelli Gonzalez, MBA Graduate 2010, Presidio Graduate School. Nayelli Gonzalez writes about sustainable business for Triple Pundit, Important Media, and GreenBiz.com. http://www.linkedin.com/in/nayelligonzalez

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About Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
Graciela Tiscareño-Sato is the author of "Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them," the first book showcasing Latino-led innovation and entrepreneurship in the green economy. Ms. Tiscareño-Sato is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, School of Environmental Design. Her global sustainability experience began while leading the Green Enterprise Initiative at Munich-headquartered Siemens Enterprise Networks. She helped enterprises understand the economic and environmental value of collaboration technologies. Once adopted, these solutions dramatically reduced corporations’ real estate needs, energy needs, employee commutes and their overall carbon footprints. Graciela actively mentors students who need life, education and career roadmaps, which this book provides. Her thought leadership pieces have published in the U.S. and Europe including Environmental Leader, Hispanic MBA, Communications News and many others. She earned a Masters degree in International Management from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington while on active duty with the U.S. Air Force. Graciela was honored by LATINA Style Magazine as the San Francisco Bay Area “Entrepreneur of the Year” in May 2010. In November 2010, she received “Entrepreneur of the Year” honors at the Anna Maria Arias Memorial Business Fund Gala in Washington D.C. She is a key organizer of the Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit. Graciela owns her own marketing and communications excellence firm, Gracefully Global Group. She lives in the San Francisco east bay with her husband and three eco-conscious children.

One Response to What Attendees are Saying about the Inaugural Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit

  1. Elena Velez says:

    Attending the First Latino Leadership Summit could be described under important concepts like collaboration, common successful stories, hope, ethic, professionalism and an immense sense reassurance regarding “Si se puede”. It was a great opportunity to meet very interesting Latinos, feeling a sincere connection with them and last but not least, feel like being at home.

    Thank you to Grace and Frank for being phenomenal Latinos leaders and human beings. I will be looking forward for the next one.
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/elenavelez

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