2009 Public Policy Conference

More than 800 people attended the 2009 Public Policy Conference themed, "Latinos Leading in a Global Society," held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  Over 22 Members of Congress, four Cabinet Secretaries, along with national policy leaders and experts discussed Latinos leading in key issue areas such as the 2010 Census, education, the economy and workforce, the green economy, energy, immigration reform, health care reform, rural America, Western hemisphere diplomacy and prosperity, and much more.

CHCI also launched CareerLider LIVE and CareerLider its intern and job connection for Latino youth during the conference to much success and a ribbon cutting ceremony with supporter Walmart.

Join CHCI next year September 12-14, at the The Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., for energizing discussion and dialogue as we move towards 2030, where one in four Americans will be of Hispanic descent. 

Since 1980, CHCI's Public Policy Conference has served as a vital forum for Hispanics from across the United States to converge in the nation's capital to address critical topics facing the Latino community. The conference seeks to increase awareness and activism in the policy-making arena, and provide networking opportunities for participants to express concerns about issues affecting their lives and their communities.

Click on the links below to check out the sessions.                                              

Opening Plenary: Census-Latinos Leading in Numbers

Opening Luncheon: Leading in Education

Afternoon Plenary: Latinos Leading Immigration Reform

Morning Plenary: Latinos Leading on the Economy and Workforce

Closing Luncheon: The Global Energy Revolution and Solution

Closing Plenary: Latinos Leading in the Green Economy and Partnering for the Future
             Latino Achievements in Innovation

Check out highlights of the Latino Leading Summit Series

Challenges and Opportunities for Latinos in Rural America:
Hon. Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23)

Corporate America: The State of Latinos in Corporate America and America's Top Law Firms and Technology: Broadband -- The Effects on the Latino Community:
Hon. Joe Baca (CA-43), Hon. Charles A. Gonzalez (TX-20), Hon. Pedro Pierluisi (PR), and Hon. Silvestre Reyes (TX-16)

Cuidando Nuestros Niños: Early Childhood Education for Latinos:
Hon. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-7)

Current Issues in Latino Homeownership:
Hon. Albio Sires (NJ-13)

Healthcare Reform: Impact on the Latino Community:
Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)

Latino Labor in the New Economy:
Hon. Linda T. Sánchez (CA-39)

Salud Mental: Discussing Youth and the Public System:
Hon. Grace Napolitano (CA-38)

Strengthening Relationships in the Western Hemisphere: Building on the Summit of Americas:
Hon. Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15)



*The views or opinions of awardees or guests throughout CHCI's Hispanic Heritage Month events do not reflect the views or policies of CHCI. CHCI is a nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, which provides leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders. The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic American Members of Congress, nonprofit leaders and corporate executives.