2011 Agenda

8:30 – Registration & Coffee

9:15 – Welcome
Speaker: Frank Carbajal, Founder, Es Tiempo, LLC, author of Building the Latino Future: Success Stories for Future Generations and El Futuro Latino

9:30 – Opening remarks via-video
Latino leadership: Civic Engagement
Speaker: Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, Texas

9:35-10:15 Keynote
Latinos Creating Street Smart Think Tanks to Deliver Leadership
Speaker: Dr. Armando Arias, Founding Director of Solution Strategies

10:15 – Morning Break

10:30 – Morning Plenary
Paving the scholarship road for our future Latino leaders: Lessons from educators and scholarship experts

Facilitator: Margarita Quihuis, Chairman, Hispanic-Net


  • Dr. Frances Morales, Associate Dean and Director, El Centro Chicano, Stanford University
  • Martin Mares, Founder and CEO, The Ivy League Project
  • Frank Alvarez, President and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • Isabel Valdes, Founder, Isabel Valdes Consulting
  • Robert Rodriguez, Ph.D., Author of Latino Talent

11:45 – Lunch

12:15 – Luncheon Session
Latino Community at the Crossroads: Challenges and Opportunities
Speaker: Sergio Garcia, Partner, Reed Smith, LLP

1:00 – Latino entertainment leaders, who you need to know and why
Speaker: Rick Najera Actor, Writer, Director and Producer

1:45 – Latino-led innovation
Speaker: Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Author of Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them and Founder of Gracefully Global Group LLC

2:30 – Networking & Book Browsing

3:00 – Afternoon Plenary
Latino success in today’s economy – lessons from top executives

Facilitator: Michael Lopez, President, Hispanic-Net & President, Solid Ground US


  • Victor Arias Jr., Senior Client Partner, Korn/Ferry International
  • Rudy Beserra, Vice President, Latin Affairs, the Coca Cola Company
  • Kai Huang, Co-founder, President and CEO of RedOctane (Guitar Hero franchise)
  • Carlos Orta, President and CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR)
  • Shuly Galili, Executive Director, California Israel Chamber of Commerce (CICC)

4:15 – Closing keynote speaker
Mayor of Palo Alto Sid Espinosa

4:30 – 5:00 – Afternoon networking & Book Browsing
Speakers and presentations subject to change

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