The Council for Latino Workplace Equity (CLWE), an initiative of the National Diversity Council, held its 2nd Annual National Latino Leadership Conference at the FIU Kovens Conference Center on August 11, 2016. This leadership development event gathers entrepreneurs, executives, innovators, educators, policymakers, and students to foster change and opportunity within the Latino community. The conference successfully highlighted issues pertinent to Latinos in an engaging environment where approximately 200 individuals were able to discuss, network, and share best practices that organizations can implement to recruit, develop, and retain Latinos in the workplace.

“We are very pleased with the success and response to the Latino Leadership Conference held in Miami to recognize Top Latino Leaders,” said Angeles Valenciano, CEO of the National Diversity Council. “All of the award winners represent the best of the best as inclusive leaders that drive our great nation forward.”

The conference started off with vibrant energy as attendees entered the Kovens Conference Center, checked in, and proceeded to the morning breakout sessions. These panels and workshops covered topics such as “Latinas as the New Paradigm Shifters” and “Attracting, Developing, and Promoting the Next Generation of Latino Leaders.” The CLWE offers a special thanks to the presenters, panelists, and moderators for sharing their insights and knowledge on these topics relating to the conference theme “One Community, One Vision, and One Action.”

Pilar Ortiz lead the Top Latino Leaders awards luncheon following the morning sessions. During the luncheon, the 2016 Top Latino Leaders Award Recipients were recognized as Ms. Ortiz highlighted their professional and personal accomplishments. Eduardo Martinez, Chief Diversity Officer for UPS and President of the UPS Foundation, offered a moving speech discussing the effect of diversity & inclusion on the bottom line, the importance of representation and leadership within the Latino community, and UPS’ commitment to diversity, inclusion, and corporate social responsibility efforts around the world.

Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chair of the National Diversity Council, had this to say of the conference, “We recognize, value and champion the value of the Latino community in our success as a Nation and a global business community. We honor these Latino Leaders knowing that they are the pathway to future generations, congratulations to all”.

The CLWE is thankful to all of the event volunteers, exhibitors, and sponsors for making the 2nd Annual National Latino Leadership Conference possible. Special thanks to the conference title sponsor, UPS, and other sponsors for their contributions: American Express, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Florida International University, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, MSH Group, Southwest, USAA, and Wells Fargo.

The 2017 National Latino Leadership Conference will take place in Dallas, TX.

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