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Day Two of CHCI’s 2016 Public Policy Conference

Day two of CHCI’s 2016 Public Policy Conference assembled federal and local elected officials, corporate and nonprofit leaders, and supporters who participated in timely discussions of major policy issues affecting the Latino community and the nation.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Hon. Penny Pritzker, opened the closing plenary with a discussion on the commercial power of the Hispanic community. Rep. Pedro Pierluisimoderated the panel which featured speakers:

Stacie deArmas
, VP, Community Alliances, Events & Engagement, Nielsen
Havi Goffan, President & CEO, Target Latino
Matias Perel, Founder and CEO, Latin3

Attendees then engaged in a variety of policy summits led by members of Congress and expert panelists on timely issues such as health, clean energy, the economy, Latinos in the media, education, STEM and the talent pipeline, taxes, and labor.

Rep. Henry Cuellar opened the Equality Luncheon, which addressed how organizations are using education and training to address the skills gap among Latinos. The luncheon was moderated by Fernando Pizarro, Washington Correspondent at Univision, and featured speakers:

Alexander Alonso, Senior Vice President of Knowledge Development, SHRM 
Anthony P. Carnevale
, Professor and Director, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Maria Alexandra Velez, Vice President, International Government Relations, Pearson

The session also marked the release of a joint report on the Latino skills gap by CHCI and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) titled The Changing U.S. Workforce: The Growing Hispanic Demographic and the WorkplaceLearn more and download the report here.

The CHCI Alumni Association also presented its 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award to Arnoldo Avalos.