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Entrepreneurs gather at CHCI’s 2017 Leadership Conference

A former undocumented immigrant, Jackie Hernandez lived in the shadows working as a busgirl and cleaned bathrooms only to overcome the many obstacles facing her daily to learn and grow to be an excellent mother and wife, achieve YouTube and internet stardom with over 4 million followers (and growing), and now embarking on a new venture as an entrepreneur becoming the first big Latina Youtuber to launch her own cosmetics line.

CHCI’s Leadership Conference brings together the nation’s top Latino leaders from all industries including business, technology, and entertainment. This year, the conference features a session focused on entrepreneurship sponsored by McDonald’s, Democracy Fund, and Herbalife titled, “Entrepreneurship: Leveraging Social Impact to Uplift Communities from the Inside Out.”

The session will begin with opening remarks by New York Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez and will be moderated by CHCI Alumna and newly appointed YWCA USA CEO, Alejandra Y. Castillo.

During this session, entrepreneurs will discuss innovative and systematic solutions to complex 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.

Jackie Hernandez, CEO, J’dez Beauty
Richard Aviles, President of Bridge Cleaners. He was part of the effort to revitalize the Brooklyn Navy Yard through business and commerce
Angela Maria Arboleda, VP of Government and Community Affairs Herbalife
Carlos Mateos, McDonald’s Franchise Owner of 12 Restaurants
Laura Maristany, Associate Director, constructive Politics, Democracy Fund