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Sessions: Day 1

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Race | Racial Equity: Addressing Structural Racism in Education
Room: Atrium Hall

Racial equity is critical for the educational success of Latinos and other minority groups in an increasingly diverse society. All children and adults, regardless of race, ethnicity or immigration status deserve a quality education and path to equal opportunities. Yet, students from minority groups continue to face steep barriers to educational experience and success compared to their non-minority counterparts. Unequal access to resources, class sizes, teacher quality, curriculum and opportunities have continued to make the educational experience for minorities unequal. Experts will be invited to share their work and discuss existing evidence-based data, pathways to higher educational equality as well as recommendations to address racial disparities, reduce educational inequities of minority groups and ensure a brighter future for the next generation.

Members of Congress:
Sen. Bob Menendez
Rep. Joaquin Castro

Session Moderator:
Ilia Calderon

Session Speakers:
Lily Eskelsen García
Luis Versalles
Melinda Wright

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Media | How Media Affects Social Change
Room: Hemisphere A

Media, in all its forms, has the power to shape opinions, influence trends and styles and have a profound impact on the norms and values of a society. In this session, experts will explore the effects of media on society, and how it can be used to raise awareness and foster tangible change in communities.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Joaquin Castro
Rep. Tony Cárdenas

Session Moderator:
Jacqueline Alemany

Session Speakers:
Jessica Herrera-Flanigan
Juan Alfonso
Mario M. Carrera
Stacie de Armas

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Health | Fighting Drug Overdose: Developing Sustainable Solutions
Room: Meridian D & E

Prescription drug overdose, which is an increasing public health concern on a local and national level, can have serious medical consequences, including addiction and deaths. Prescription opioid overdoses have been escalating in the US, leading public officials to call it an epidemic. This panel will highlight emerging practices to prevent and treat prescription drug misuse, and draw attention to the steps that healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies and health insurance providers can play to raise awareness of the problem and provide solutions to affected communities.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Robin Kelly

Session Moderator:
Marisa Peñaloza

Session Speakers:
Dr. Ana Fuentevilla
Jessica Hulsey Nickel
Rina Shah, PharmD

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Technology | Blockchain Technology: Transformative Change across Key Industries
Room: Oceanic A & B

Blockchain has been compared to the Internet in its potential to change the world and the impact it will have across several industries. At its core, block chain is a distributed ledger technology, that provides a secure way to transfer and record data. This new technology that will play a pivotal role in decentralizing trade, and enable unparalleled peer to peer direct transactions on a global scale in a transparent, efficient, and secure transaction through the use of cryptography to manage and verify large amounts of online data. This session will address the underlying technology behind blockchain, and highlight potential implications for some of the industries that we anticipate will be revolutionized as a result, ranging from financial services, healthcare, supply chain management, real estate, charity, to crowdsourcing, and beyond.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Tony Cárdenas

Session Moderator:
Francine McKenna

Session Speakers:
Alan McQuinn
Janice Glover-Jones
Justin Slaughter
Navroop Sahdev

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Government | The Importance of the 2020 Census
Room: Polaris

Every ten years the United States Bureau of the Census conducts a survey to gain an accurate projection of the population. For the first time since 1950, the forthcoming 2020 Census is anticipated to include a citizenship question, raising concerns about the adverse impact it may have on immigrant communities. The 2020 Census is also expected to be the first digitally conducted census, bringing to light concerns about cybersecurity and the digital divide disproportionately affecting communities of color. Join us in this session as we explore the complex implications and potential impact of the 2020 Census.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Jimmy Gomez
Rep. Jose Serrano

Session Moderator:
Fernando Pizarro

Session Speakers:
Angela Manso
Maria Teresa Kumar
Dr. Ron Jarmin
Vanita Gupta

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Corporate Social Responsibility | 2017 and Beyond: A New Era for Corporate Citizenship and Integrated Social Good
Room: Hemisphere B

Corporate Social Responsibility over the last decade has evolved from a self-regulated compliance with international norms and ethical standards, to an integrated corporate strategy embodied in strategic brand activism. In 2017, corporations and the leaders behind them, took a visible and audible stand on issues ranging from immigration, climate change, to women’s rights and tax policy. This session will bring together CSR experts across various corporate industries to share insights and best practices on the burgeoning and exciting nexus between social good and business ethics.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Ruben Gallego

Session Moderator:
Katy Moore

Session Speakers:
Danielle Goonan
René O. Deida
Vickie Robinson
Zafar Brooks

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Entrepreneurship | Supporting Latina-Owned Small Businesses
Room: Atrium Hall

Small businesses serve as the back bone of the American economy. With over 4.37 million Hispanic owned firms in the United States, and more notably, with Latinas opening businesses 5 times the rate of their counterparts –the Hispanic community continues to make a large impact domestically. Latinas are the highest growing demographic of small business owners in the US, currently operating 1.4 million firms, yet they frequently encounter significant barriers in access to capital, critical for launching a growing any business. This plenary will highlight exceptional women business owners from an array of industries and also foster a discussion on how Latinas are able to overcome significant barriers and consistency outpace their competition.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Nydia Velázquez

Session Moderator:
María Elena Salinas

Session Speakers:
Allen Gutierrez
Ana Madan
Candy Ramirez
Elena Castaneda
Nely Galán

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International Affairs | NAFTA: Examining the Status and Implications of a Renegotiation
Room: Polaris

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that was implemented in 1994 has had a profound impact on the economic relationships between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Trade between the three countries has increased significantly-especially trade between the U.S. and Mexico. The Trump Administration’s current efforts to renegotiate NAFTA could have a large impact on many sectors of the economy, such as energy, as well as the overall relationships between the three North American countries. Currently, the energy trade and energy security interests of the three countries are so integrated, that free-trade in energy appears to be a winning outcome for all. This session will provide information about the current debate over NAFTA and what, if anything, should be changed. It will also discuss potential outcomes of the renegotiation and the implications for the many North American businesses that have built supply chains around NAFTA.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Vicente Gonzalez

Session Moderator:
William Mauldin

Session Speakers:
Dr. Francisco E. Gonzaléz
Kyle Isakower
Richard Cortez

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Education | Community Schools: Education through Impact and Opportunity
Room: Hemisphere B

This session will examine the holistic approach and importance of community schools in the United States as well as provide a platform for experts to discuss the array of resources students and families can utilize to enhance youth development. Community schools provide an innovative educational structure that play a critical role in closing the opportunity gap and removing structural components perpetuating inequality in access to education. Through their unique community-based models, community schools: promote “personalized learning” to empower students, strengthen and create impact in neighborhoods nationwide, and introduce a new integrated approach to learning that focuses not only on academic advancement, but also brings together community resources to provide health and social services.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva

Session Moderator:
Tyra Mariani

Session Speakers:
Dr. Ellen Bernstein
Jose Muñoz

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Health | Chronic Disease in the Hispanic Community
Room: Hemisphere A

Chronic diseases–such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and obesity–are by far the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. This is true for all ethnic groups and Hispanics have higher risk for some chronic diseases and lower risk for others. Many chronic diseases are the result of unhealthy behaviors and risk can be reduced through coordinated care, information technology, patient education and social networking. Join us as we discuss the impact of chronic diseases on the Hispanic community and talk about ways to improve health outcomes in the future.

Session Moderator:
Dr. Alexander Vigo-Valentín

Session Speakers:
Crystal A. Riley, PharmD
Dr. Elena Rios
Estela Chapa
Laura Okpala, AstraZeneca Sponsor Remarks
Suzette Figueroa Diaz

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Agriculture | Integrated Food Security: Emerging Trends and Best Practices
Room: Meridian D & E

The World Food Summit notes that food security “exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.” Malnutrition, chronic hunger, and access to clean drinking water continue to exist despite awareness and were further underscored by recent natural disasters such as Hurricane Maria. This session will explore how access to healthy food and clean water can be achieved through a complex interplay of supportive policies and the deployment of new agricultural technologies.

Member of Congress:
Rep. Joaquin Castro

Session Moderator:
Helena Bottemiller Evich

Session Speakers:
Angela Arboleda
Jeremy Everett
Monica Gonzales

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Training | How to Run for Office and Win 2.0

Back by popular demand, join us for the second installment a two-part training for civically-minded Latino professionals interested in running for political office. This session will present key strategies and examine the finer nuances of effective campaign management from experts in advocacy, fundraising, and communications. Participants will then hear directly from current and former elected officials, who will share best practices, lessons learned and what it takes to win.

Session Moderator:
Amilcar Guzman

Session Speakers:
Abraham López
Del. Elizabeth Guzman
Jessica A. Gonzalez
Vanessa Cárdenas

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Leadership | Women’s Empowerment: Examining the Me Too/Time’s Up Movement
Room: Atrium Hall

2017 was a landmark year for women’s rights and workplace equity. The global traction of the #metoo movement has been pivotal to the beginning of the end of workplace sexual harassment and assault against women. The courageous public revelations, shared by thousands of victims across the world had a cascading effect in not only shedding light on the massive scale at which such abuse of power was occurring, but also provided a space for more and more women to share their stories. The movement resulted in the removal of many men in positions of power who had abused that power, marking the end of institutionalized impunity for the perpetrators of sexual harassment and abuse. In this session, participants will share insight on lessons learned from the movement, and how to keep the momentum in ending sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace once and for all.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Nanette Barragán

Session Moderator:
Helen Iris Torres

Session Speakers:
Andrea Pino
Bridgette Gomez
Emily Dickens
Fatima Goss Graves
Monica Ramirez

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Arts & Culture Reception

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Arts & Culture Reception serves as the cultural kick-off to a month-long, national celebration of the richness and diversity of Latino heritage. Join CHCI at the Smithsonian National African American Museum of History and Culture on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, from 6:30-9:00pm, for our premier networking event that showcases and celebrates the societal contributions in art, cuisine, and music of the Hispanic community to the United States. There will be drinks, hors d’oeurves and a live performance by The Blue Agave, featuring Latin Grammy nominee, Stephanie Amaro, and renowned guitarist and USC professor, Andy Abad.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Adriano Espaillat
Rep. Joaquin Castro
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

Session Moderator:
Ilia Calderón

Session Speakers:
Kevin Avery
Liz Alsina
Marvin Figueroa

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Sessions: Day 2

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Leadership | Pathways to Leadership and CHCI’s Legacy: Leading with Optimism
Room: Atrium Hall

In 1978, a group of Hispanic Members of Congress had a vision: to bring the promise of the American Dream to the future generation of Latinos. To see their vision come to life, they established the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. 40 years later, their legacy is embodied in CHCI’s programs and the transformative stories of the Institute’s 3,600 alumni across the country. Join us in celebrating forty years of developing the next generation of Latino leaders with an inspiring discussion from top Latino leaders across various sectors. Hear firsthand from visionaries and pioneers about their journeys to success and the obstacles they overcame, and continue to overcome, to pave the way for the future Latino leaders of this nation.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Joaquin Castro
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
Rep. Ruben Gallego
Rep. Nydia Valezquez

Session Moderator:
Erika Gonzalez

Session Speaker:
Martin Rosas

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Financial Services | Exploring How Fintech Is Driving Financial Inclusion
Room: Hemisphere B

Financial Technology or “Fintech” not only has the power to transform the way we invest and bank, it can also be utilized for social good and driving financial inclusion in marginalized communities. Financial inclusion implies that individuals & businesses have access to affordable financial products & services that meet their needs ranging from payments, savings, to credit and insurance. Marginalized communities, are disproportionately excluded from financial inclusion. As of 2017, an estimated 2 billion adults worldwide do not have a basic banking account. The World Bank Group has committed to enabling 1 billion people to gain access to a transaction account by 2020. This discussion will convene leaders in the financial services community to explore how Fintech can be used to drive social equity as it relates to financial inclusion.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Darren Soto

Session Moderator:
Lydia Beyoud

Session Speakers:
Alejandra Castillo
Alejandra Velazquez, Oportun Director of Public Affairs
Andy Hernandez
Pilar Ramos

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Health | Mental Wellness, Innovation and the Future of the Workforce
Room: Polaris

In the United States, currently, one out of five people suffer from mental illness, yet, very few end up seeking treatment. Lack of access to adequate mental health services, stigma, cost and lack of an adequate mental health workforce are some of the problems deterring patients from seeking the care they need. This session will bring together a panel of experts who can bring to light some of the innovative ways to address mental wellbeing and workforce development to meet growing mental health care demand.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Grace Flores Napolitano

Session Moderator:
Pierluigi Mancini

Session Speakers:
Debbie Plotnick
Geronimo Rodriguez
Jorge Cortina
Molly Njeru Ryan

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Diversity and Inclusion | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: An Integrated Approach
Room: Hemisphere A

Diversity and Inclusion is now seen as a comprehensive strategy woven into every aspect of a company to ensure successful achievement of business objectives. Companies committed to diversity and inclusion take into account not only race and gender, but also ethnicity, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, personality type, thinking style and other factors when they are developing their workforce and creating partnerships with vendors and the community. There’s increasing importance placed on creating diverse and inclusive environments where a variety of different people and vendors have the opportunity to be included. This summit will highlight best practices of top companies successfully integrating workplace and supplier diversity initiatives.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi

Session Moderator:
Silvia Foster-Frau

Session Speakers:
Erika Beskar
Juan Otero
Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts
Randy Martinez
Robert Quintero

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Transportation | The Role of Access to Modern Transportation in Social Equity
Room: Meridian D & E

Sophisticated public transport and the prevalence of on-demand automated ride-sharing services allow a user to get from point A to point B in the blink of an eye. Transportation mobility in major cities around the world is deeply embedded in society, yet the harsh reality for marginalized communities, is that they are locked out of modern mobility. Join us for a discussion on the issues of social inequity in transportation and infrastructure gaps, and the opportunity for solutions provided by new innovations for bridging these gaps.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Carlos Curbelo
Rep. Michael Capuano
Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán

Session Moderator:
Tom Sanchez

Session Speakers:
Emily Chatterjee
Richard Lopez
Sharon Grant
Veronica Juarez

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Civic Engagement | Encouraging Civic Engagement and Election Integrity in 2018
Room: Oceanic A & B

The foundation of the American dream, and the values that unite this nation, hinge on our joint faith and security in our election system and equal opportunities for all. Join us for this session to discuss the shared responsibility between public sector and private leadership in securing the integrity of votes and encouraging civic engagement.

Session Moderator:
Mike Farrell

Session Speakers:
Alex Padilla
Bridget Coyne
Jennie Carreon
Katie Harbath
Lee Dunn

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Sports and Equity | Creating the Foundation for Opportunity
Room: Atrium Hall

Sports, and major sporting events such as the Olympics, World Cup, and World Series have the unmatched power to transcend global borders and unify nations and their citizens. It is through sports, that in times of war, dueling nations have come to together for a peaceful soccer match. In recent years, the explosive celebrity status of athletes across different sporting fields, has allowed athletes to use media as a platform for social change and social inclusion. Join us for this dynamic discussion with key stakeholders such as athletes, community leaders, and top sporting brands in examining the interplay between sports as a catalyst for development and leadership for social change.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Adriano Espaillat

Session Moderator:
Oscar Munoz

Session Speakers:
Felipe Lopez
Freddy Rolón
Renée Tirado, MLB Vice President of Talent and Head of Inclusion and Diversity
Tal Alter

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Government | Building Resilient Cities: Emergency Preparedness and Smart Solutions
Room: International Gateway

This panel will bring together emergency preparedness experts who will focus on best practices of effective disaster management, strategies for ensuring protection of critical assets, access to vital resources to victims of a disaster and efforts to build resilient infrastructure to reduce the devastating impact of an emergency in light of real and inevitable world emergencies, such as the recent hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón
Rep. Salud Carbajal

Session Moderator:
Isabel Beltrán

Session Speakers:
Cristina Martin Firvida
Jorge E. Martel
Kevin J. Bush
Ronny Sandoval

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Education | Education and Technology
Room: Oceanic A & B

Code powers virtually everything around us – from turning on your car in the morning, to ordering a pizza online in the evening. The ability to understand coding has become an essential skill in the 21st century, not just for future entrants in the workforce, but also for the current labor force. In the last decade, the prevalence of online mobile apps and marketplaces such as app stores, have expanded opportunities for coders to become modern entrepreneurs. Join us for this session to learn about app development, coding, and how public-private partnerships between the education and technology sectors have expanded job opportunities across the country.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Linda Sánchez

Session Moderator:
Rafael Bernal

Session Speakers:
Aleida Olvera
Elaine Gomez
Juan Jose Gonzalez
Olga Gutierrez

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Health | Social Determinants of Health and Their Impact on Community-Based Health and Wellbeing
Room: Hemisphere B

Research indicates that 60% of a person’s life expectancy is impacted by Social Determinants of Health. Social Determinants of Health are the social and environmental conditions outside of the doctor’s office – from public safety, to sidewalk and park access, to literacy levels – that impact the health, wellbeing and overall quality of person’s life. This panel will bring together experts to discuss ways that education, housing, transportation, technology and access to fresh food, among other factors, can affect the health of individuals and communities. Join us to learn how communities that are working hard to address these factors are positively impacting health and wellbeing.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Jimmy Gomez
Rep. Raul Ruiz

Session Moderator:
Maria Peña

Session Speakers:
Amy Aparicio Clark
Carmen Llanes Pulido
Deliana Garcia, MA
Dr. Pedro Greer

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Energy | The Future of Biofuels
Room: Meridian D & E

Biofuels, fuels produced by biological rather than geological processes, play an important role in meeting the fuel needs of consumers domestically and globally. Unique technology is used to convert plants, animal fats, algae and waste, into biofuels. These alternative forms of fuel, like ethanol and biodiesel, are changing the energy landscape of the US and diversifying supply. Join us for this summit as we discuss the news of the day and the multi-layered landscape of biofuels, including E15 RVP waiver, small refinery waivers, RINs and volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Bill Flores
Rep. Ruben Gallego

Session Moderator:
Manuel Quiñones

Session Speakers:
Brooke Coleman
Chet Thompson
Joanne Ivancic
Tom Miller

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Real Estate/Housing | Fairness in Housing: 2018 and Beyond
Room: Polaris

2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968). Enacted one week after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the spirit of Fair Housing Act was to eliminate discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin. This session will bring together leaders from the housing, real estate, and policy sectors, to reflect on the Act’s legacy, accomplishments, and the road ahead of fairness in housing.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Ruben Kihuen

Session Moderator:
Julián Castro

Session Speaker:
Gustavo Velasquez
Lisa Rice
Michael D. Calhoun
Polly Donaldson

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Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice, Economic, and Public Health Implications of Legalizing Marijuana in America
Room: Hemisphere A

As states across America embrace medical use of marijuana, the economic, public health, and criminal justice outcomes are complex and deserving of examination by impacted communities and key stakeholders. Experts from diverse vantage points will discuss marijuana policies, entrepreneurial opportunities, public health risks, and more.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Cedric Richmond
Rep. Lou Correa

Session Moderator:
Marc Mauer

Session Speakers:
Brandy Anderson Nannini
Faiz Shakir
Madeline Martinez

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Immigration | Shaping Bipartisan Immigration Policy: What’s Next?
Room: Atrium Hall

Evolving immigration trends in the U.S. will continue to affect and impact the U.S. economy and elections. U.S. population projections show that future immigrants will account for 88% of the U.S. population increase between 2015 and 2065 underscoring the need for comprehensive immigration reform and consensus transcending political party lines. Join us for a vibrant bipartisan discussion with Rep. Pete Aguilar, Rep. Will Hurd, and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who will highlight recent advances in the immigration debate and provide updates on: the status of DACA, border security measures, and where we go from here.

Members of Congress:
Rep. Michelle Luján Grisham
Rep. Pete Aguilar
Rep. Will Hurd

Session Moderator:
Ed O’Keefe

Session Speakers:
Becky Tallent
David S. Kim
Hector J. Figueroa

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