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2012 CHCI Hispanic Heritage Month Schedule of Events


35th Anniversary Awards Gala Host

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35th Anniversary Awards Gala
Exclusive Media Partner

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Monday   Tuesday   Wednesday  Thursday

6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Chair's Kickoff Reception
A Tribute to Hispanic Service Members, Veterans, & Wounded Warriors
Veteran Organizations in attendance: Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS),
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, American GI Forum
Special performance by: Galpão Aplauso
Lead Sponsor: Lockheed Martin
Supporter: Chevron
Ronald Reagan Building Atrium

CHCI Alumnus - Juan Sempertegui, CHCI Alumnus, Litigation Associate, Carr Maloney

Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez, CHCI Chair
Hon. Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Rep. Steny Hoyer, House Democratic Leader
Rep. Joe Baca, CHCI Board Member
Rep. Silvestre Reyes, CHCI Advisory Council Member
Rep. Loretta Sanchez, CHCI Advisory Council Member

8:00 pm-10:00pm

CHCI Alumni Association 9th Annual Young Latino Professionals Fundraiser
Lead Sponsors: Teach for America and FedEx
Ronald Reagan Building Rotunda    

8:00 am-8:45 am  Program Sponsors Thank You Breakfast
Polaris Room A, Ronald Reagan Building
8:00 am-3:30 pm Ready 2 Lead (R2L) Sessions
Sponsors: MTV Tr3s/Viacom, Synopsys, Univision Communications, Inc.
9:00 am-10:30 am Opening Plenary: Latino in America: Past, Present and Future
Sponsor: Service Employees International Union
Ronald Reagan Building Amphitheater

The Latino life experience in America is unique and yet diverse and Latino's contributions to America
are many. Distinguished and notable voices from several Latino generations will highlight what
makes America strong and what unifies our community.

Luis Campillo, CHCI Alumni Association President, CHCI Board Member, Ibarra Strategy Group

Welcome and CHCI Focus:
Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO


Juan Williams, Political Analyst, Fox News  

Introducing the Session:
Senator Robert Menendez

Dolores Huerta, President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and Co-Founder of United Farm Workers

Eliseo Medina, International Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Henry Cejudo, Olympic Gold Medalist, Author, Philanthropist and Student

10:45 am-12:15 pm Latino Leaders Summit Series Track A

1. The Road Ahead: From Deferred Action to Immigration Reform

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, CHCI Advisory Council Member
Moderator: Norma Garcia, News Anchor, Telemundo Dallas & San Antonio
Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum
Gabriela Pacheco, Project Consultant, United We DREAM
Rev. Freddy Santiago, Pastor, Rebaño Church

2. Adequate or Inadequate?  Does Our Current Early Childhood Education Policy Serve Latino
Lead Sponsor: American Federation of Teachers
Supporter: Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Chair: Rep. Raúl Grijalva, CHCI Advisory Council Member 
Moderator: Dr. Augustine Romero, Director, Student Equity, Tucson Unified School District
Mary Capello, CEO, Teaching and Mentoring Communities
Lily Eskelsen, Vice President, National Education Association
Maria Neira, Vice President, American Federation of Teachers, CHCI Advisory Council Member
Jesse Salazar, Vice President, Government Relations and Policy

3. Latina Youth Suicide Prevention: Stemming the Alarming Suicide Attempts

Rep. Grace Flores Napolitano, CHCI Advisory Council Member
Moderator: Ane Romero, Senior Legislative Assistant and Mental Health Advisor,
Rep. Grace Flores Napolitano
Dr. Rosa Gil, Founder & CEO, Comunilife
Leon Rodriguez, Director, Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health & Human Services
Mia St. John, Mental Health Advocate, Former Boxing Champion
Dr. Luis H. Zayas, Dean, School of Social Work, University of Texas

4. Helping our Military Heroes: Opportunities During Service and Jobs in Civilian Life
Lead Sponsors: JPMorgan Chase & Co.  
Supporters: PG&E Corporation, The Home Depot, BNSF Railway Company

Rep. Silvestre Reyes, CHCI Advisory Council Member 
Rep. Jim Costa, CHCI Advisory Council Member
Moderator: Alfredo Sandoval, Vice Chairman, Air Force Academy Board of Visitors
Brig. Gen. Abel Barrientes, Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Operations,
U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Air Force
Albert Gonzalez, National Commander, American G.I. Forum
Yonnie Leung, Senior Manager of Workforce Development, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Jose Lopez, Volunteer Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs

5. Diversity in Corporate America/Transformation of Hispanics in Telecommunications
Supporter: Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco

Rep. Joe Baca, CHCI Board Member
Corporate America Summit Panelists:
Sandy Fernandez, Senior Vice President, City Community Development, Citi
Alejandro J. Gomez, Project Director, Diversity Business Development, Coca-Cola North America
Jose Nido, Vice President, Global Supplier Diversity, Wyndham Worldwide
Carlos Orta, President & CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility
Lawrence Parks, Senior Vice President, External and Legislative Affairs,
Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco
Issac Reyes, Government Affairs, Target

Telecommunications Summit Panelists:
Maria G. Arias, Executive Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Comcast
Jerry Fuentes, President-Arizona/New Mexico, AT&T, CHCI Board Member
Fred Humphries, Jr. Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Corporation
Carlos Orta, President & CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility
Felix Ortiz III, Founder & CEO, Viridis Learning
Thomas Reed, Director, Office of Communications Business Opportunities,
Federal Communications Commission

12:30 pm-2:30 pm

Opening Luncheon: Latina Pioneers
Lead Sponsors: National Education Association, Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Supporter: Sodexo

Ronald Reagan Building Atrium Hall

Trailblazing Latinas who have broken down doors will lead this inspiring celebratory lunch.
This distinguished group of Latina pioneers takes the stage to share their personal success
stories focusing on their legislative passions, and secrets of success.
CHCI Chair Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez will give his Chair’s Remarks and Rep. Ruben Hinojosa
will award the 2012 CHCI Distinguished Alumnus Medallion.

Part I
CHCI Alumnus - Gabriella Gomez, Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs,
Department of Education

Welcome and Intro:
Hon. Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor

Lori Montenegro, National Correspondent, Telemundo

Panelist Forum:
Rep. Nydia Velázquez, CHCI Board Member
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, CHCI Advisory Council Member
Hon. Mari Carmen Aponte, U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador

Part II
CHCI Chair Remarks: Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez, CHCI Chair
Intro Distinguished Alumnus: Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, CHCI Board Member
Distinguished Alumnus Medallion Award: Hon. Liza Rodriguez, County Court Chief Administrator
& District Judge, Bexar County, Texas

2:45 pm-4:30 pm

CHCI Alumni Association Next Generation Professional Development Session
Gaining a Competitive Advantage: The Value of Social Media in Uncertain Economic Times
Lead Sponsors: Union Pacific, State Farm
Supporter: The Walt Disney Company

Susan Gonzales, Facebook, CHCI Vice Chair
Rod Colon, Rod Colon Consulting, LLC

6:30 pm-8:30 pm

CHCI Arts and Culture Reception
Lead Sponsor: Time Warner Cable
In collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center
Fourth Street & Independence Ave. S.W.

Special performance by: Trio Caliente

Join CHCI as we rejoice in the heritage of our entire nation at the Smithsonian home of the history and
culture of the Native American. CHCI is pleased to partner with the Smithsonian Latino Center to celebrate
the cultural richness and diversity of our Latino community that cries for its own voice and physical home
on the National Mall.

Alejandra Ceja, CHCI Alumnus, Chief of Staff, Office of Under Secretary Martha Kanter,
Department of Education

Rep. Xavier Becerra, CHCI Advisory Council Member
Rep. Albio Sires, CHCI Advisory Council Member
Del. Gregorio Sablan, CHCI Advisory Council Member
Dr. Richard Kurin, Undersecretary for the Smithsonian Insitution

9:00 am-10:30 am

Closing Plenary:The Economy, Jobs, U.S. Competitiveness: Latinos Lead the Way
Lead Sponsor: Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Supporter: General Electric (GE)


This session will be framed by top experts in the key demographic areas of strength currently in the main
stream with respect to Latinos: consumer buying power and voting strength.

Then some of the most influential and powerful Latinos will take the stage for a high-level discussion on
the other key topic today – the economy, jobs, the future competitiveness of the United States, and
Latinos role and prospects as the country recovers. More than ever the future economic success lies
with Latinos in this country and this session will be a must attend to hear from some of the most
important Latino business leaders in the country and from the AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka.

CHCI Alumus - Alejandra Castillo, National Deputy Director of the Minority Business Development Agency

Maria Hinojosa, President, The Futuro Media Group and PBS Journalist

Introducing the Session:
Economy/Consumers – Monica Gil, Senior Vice President of Public
Affairs and Government Relations for Nielsen

Latino Vote – Dr. Matt A. Barreto, Co-founder, Latino Decisions and
Professor of Political Science, University of Washington

Rep. Pedro Pierluisi, CHCI Board Member  
Monica C. Lozano, Chief Executive Officer, ImpreMedia 
Richard Trumka, President AFL-CIO
Hon. Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

The State of the Hispanic Consumer: The Hispanic Market Imperative from CHCImarketing  

Latino Voter Attitudes Towards Economic Policy and the 2012 Presidential Election from CHCImarketing
10:45 am-12:15 pm Latino Leaders Summit Series Track B

1. Estamos en la lucha”—The Battle to Preserve Workers' Rights
Lead Sponsor: United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

Chair: Rep. Ed Pastor, CHCI Advisory Council Member
Mervin E. Barrera, President, Fairfax Hispanic Firefighters Association
Alfredo Campos, Federal Lobbyist, National Education Association
Yolanda Medina Dejesus, Field Education Coordinator for the Eastern Region,
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

2. Diabetes and Obesity in the Latino Community: Reversing the Trend
Lead Sponsors: Abbott, Novo Nordisk
Supporter: American Diabetes Association

Chair: Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, CHCI Advisory Council Member
Mayra Alvarez, Director of Public Health Policy, Office of Health Reform, Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Victor H. Gonzalez, Founder, Valley Retina Institute, Chair, Latino Diabetes Action Council,
American Diabetes Association
Jeff Levi, Ph.D., Executive Director, Trust for America’s Health
Cecilia Pozo Fileti, M.S., R.D., FADA, President, Latino Health Communications, Project Director,
Latino Integrative Nutrition Initiative

3. STEM/Energy Careers and Jobs: Preparing Our Students to Compete
Lead Sponsor: American Petroleum Institute (API)

Chair: Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, CHCI Board Member
Moderator: José Diaz-Balart, News Anchor, Telemundo
Marty Durbin, Executive Vice President, American Petroleum Institute (API)
Pilar Montoya, CEO, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Leslie Sanchez, President, Impacto
John Sharp, Chancellor, Texas A&M University System

12:30 pm-2:30 pm Closing Luncheon:Latinos in the Media
Ronald Reagan Building Atrium Hall

Part 1: 2012 CHCI Excellence in Service Award to the Ahora Es El Momento Univision initiative
Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez, CHCI Chair
Ivelisse Estrada, Senior Vice President of Corporate and Community Relations, (Accepting Award)

Part 2:
In today’s multi-media world and daily onslaught of information, the portrayal of Latinos is one of great
responsibility that carries both short-term and long-term consequences.  CHCI will explore the positive
and negative portrayal of Latinos in the media and corporate media companies’ responsibility to
fairness in covering news related to Latinos.

CHCI Alumnus - Jason Llorenz, Executive Director Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications
Zoraida Sambolin, CNN News anchor

David Ayer, Director, End of Watch
Michael Peña, Actor
Tony Plana, Actor & Director
Esther J. Cepeda, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Washington Post Writers Group
Alex Nogales, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition

3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Latino Youth Town Hall: Empowering Latino Youth -- Educate. Vote. Lead.
Lead Sponsors: AT&T, Comcast/NBCUniversal/Telemundo
Ronald Reagan Building Amphitheater


The future of our nation lies in the minds, hands, and power aspirations of young Latinos. 
Our community’s youth must be educated, civically engaged, and prepared to lead us through
the 21st century and beyond.  The issues facing our youth with respect to education attainment,
civic engagement in particular voting, and the empowerment needed for their leadership to take
form will be given voice through this interactive session.

CHCI Alumnus - Raul Magdaleno, Education Executive Consultant, Magdaleno, LLC

Rep. Ben Ray Luján, CHCI Board Member
Rep. Linda T. Sánchez, CHCI Board Member

America Ferrera, Actress and Voto Latino Co-Chair
Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, Musician, Voto Latino Co-Chair
Gina Rodriguez, Actress
Frankie Negron, Musician

5:00 pm-6:30 pm Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino Reception
6:30 pm-8:00 pm 

CHCI Board Networking Private Reception
Special Guests: National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL)
Lead Sponsors: Pfizer, United Health Group
Supporters: MARS Incorporated, National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD),
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
Polaris Room, Ronald Reagan Building

Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO 
Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez, CHCI Chair

8:15 pm-9:30 pm  Reyes of Comedy (Invitation only)
In partnership with NUVO TV and induction of Rep. Silvestre Reyes in the CHCI Reyes of Comedy Hall of
Lead Sponsor: NUVO TV
Donor: Caesar's Entertainment

Ronald Reagan Building Amphitheater
Rep. Silvestre Reyes
Rep. Jose Serrano
  Featuring— Felipe Esparza, Alex Reymundo, Erik Rivera, and Melissa Villasenor
9:30 pm-11:00 pm Reyes of Comedy After Party (Invitation only)
Lead Sponsor: Turkish Coalition of America - Hispanic American Scholarships
Donor: Crown Imports
Polaris Room, Ronald Reagan Building

12:15 pm-2:00 pm

Board of Directors Luncheon (Invitation only)
In Recognition of Congressional Spouses and Families and Salute to outgoing Board of Directors
Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez, CHCI Chair
Rep. Silvestre Reyes, CHCI Advisory Council Member

Welcome Remarks:
Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO 

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader
Rep. Henry Cuellar, CHCI Advisory Council Member
Robert Rodriguez, Film Director

Special performance by: Youth Orchestra of the Americas
Sponsor: ExxonMobil
The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel - Metropolitan Ballroom

5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Chair's Gala Private Reception and Red Carpet
Lead Sponsors: Walmart & Toyota
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO
Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez, CHCI Chair

5:30 pm-6:30 pm Gala General Reception
Lead Sponsors: Hyundai, Mundo Fox
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
7:00 pm-9:30 pm

35th Anniversary Awards Gala

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Exclusive Gala Host: PepsiCo
Exclusive Media Partner: Univision Communications

Walter E. Washington Convention Center


Celebrity Host: Maria Elena Salinas, Emmy Award winning Univision anchor, 2006 Chair’s Award recipient

Performance by: Opera Hispanica

Medallion of Excellence Award Recipients: George Lopez & Lt. Col. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch (Ret.)
Chair's Award Recipient: Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa

Special Guest:
Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States of America
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader

Past CHCI Honorees:
Hon. Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor – 2011 Chair's Award
Arturo Sandoval – 2010 Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service
Hon. Solomon Ortiz – 2008 Chair's Award
Hon. José Serrano – 2008 Chair’s Award
Dolores Huerta, President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and Co-Founder of United Farm Workers
 – 2004 Medallion of Excellence for Community Service
Hon. Bill Richardson – 2003 Medallion of Excellence for Community Service
Clara Padilla Andrews – 1986 Distinguished Service Award
Hon. Robert Garcia and Mrs. Garcia – 1985 Distinguished Service Award

9:30 pm-11:00 pm

Gala Concert Finale

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Lead Sponsors: Anheuser-Busch Companies & Toyota
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Entertainment: WAR, Sheila E., Taboo