Panels to Discuss How Latinos are Driving the New Economy Through Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Inclusion Efforts

April 30, 2015

Contact: RaeAnn Pickett
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Panels to Discuss How Latinos are Driving the New Economy Through Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Inclusion Efforts

Washington, D.C. The Aspen Institute, as part of its new Latinos and Society Program, will convene a policy summit on Tuesday, May 12, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at the Carnegie Library, L’Enfant Map Room and Literary Hall. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The summit will feature national voices, Latino leaders and Aspen Institute Fellows joining forces to advance issues and policies of importance to Latinos and the country as a whole. Discussions will highlight the importance of inclusive and transformative leadership as a way to address the challenges facing communities across the country.

WHAT: The Aspen Institute Inaugural Summit featuring panels with distinguished speakers. List of speakers is subject to change.

Opening and Welcome
Abigail Golden-Vazquez, Executive Director, Latinos and Society Program
Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute
Monica Lozano, Program Chair, Latinos and Society Program
Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

Panel 1: Latinovators: Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Change-makers
Jorge Benitez, Former CEO, Accenture North America
Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, Founder and CEO, DREAMers RoadMap
Ricardo Garcia-Amaya, Founder, VOIQ
Tanya Menendez, Co-Founder and CMO, Maker’s Row
Moderator: Mariana Atencio, Special Correspondent, Fusion

Panel 2: Bright Spots: Successful Solutions for Changing Communities
Henry Cisneros, Founder, The Cisneros Center for New Americans
Karl Dean, Mayor of Nashville
Diana Natalicio, President, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
Moderator: Bertha Coombs, Reporter, CNBC

Lunch Discussion: Leadership:  An Inclusive Leadership Vision for the Future
Mark Contreras, CEO, Calkins Media Incorporated
Kevin de León, California Senate President Pro Tempore
John Deasy, Superintendent in Residence, The Broad Academy
Gloria Perez, President and CEO, Jeremiah Program
Moderator: Lisette Nieves, Education Entrepreneur, Partner Lingo Ventures, Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow

WHEN: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
9 – 9:15 a.m.               Welcoming Remarks
9:15 – 10 a.m.             In Conversation with Facebook
10 – 10:55 a.m.           Panel 1
11 – 11:55 a.m.           Panel 2
noon – 1:20 p.m.         Lunch Discussion
1:20 – 1:30 p.m.          Closing Remarks
WHERE: L’Enfant Map Room, Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square.
Lunch session will be in the Literary Hall. 801 K Street NW, Washington, D.C.
RSVP: All media should RSVP to


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