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September 20 - 21, 2022
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (ET)

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Defining Transformational Leadership: Latinos that Inspire, Motivate, & Influence

#TransformandLead, #LíderesLatinos

Description

The Latino Leadership Conference is a premier leadership development event. This annual gathering of entrepreneurs, executives, innovators, educators, policymakers and outstanding students is designed to foster change and opportunity within the Latino community. The National Latino Leaders Awards highlights individuals who have achieved success in their careers while paving the way for other Latinos to advance in the corporate arena. The event will consist of workshops, panels, keynotes, and two award recognitions. Topics include our Latinas in Leadership Program, Covid-19, Colorism, Immigration, LGBTQ+, ERGs, Latinxs and Entrepreneurship, and more. This year's theme is Defining Transformational Leadership: Latinos That Inspire, Motivate & Influence and you can view details about our sessions in the attached agenda.

Keynote Speakers

Lili Gil Valletta

Lili Gil Valletta

CEO
CIEN+

Lili Gil Valletta
Lili Gil Valletta
CEO
CIEN+

Lili is an award-winning entrepreneur, cultural intelligence® expert

and television business commentator known for her ability to

activate the power of data and culture as a business advantage. As

an immigrant from Colombia, who came to U.S. at the age of 17

without speaking English, she embodies the American Dream going

from corporate executive turned entrepreneur. After a successful

corporate career, including a 10-year tenure at Johnson & Johnson,

where she served as Global Director of Marketing Services in the

Pharma sector, pioneered enterprise wide multicultural marketing

strategies, and co-founded the Hispanic employee group “HOLA”,

Lili co-founded the marketing agency CIEN+ and the market

research tech CulturIntel. With offices in the U.S. and Latin America,

her firm offers A.I. powered research, strategy consulting and

marketing solutions to help leaders successfully drive inclusive

growth and impact with diverse market segments. Some of her

clients include Google, GSK, Kellogg’s, Kroger, Merck, Nestlé,

PepsiCo, Prudential, among other Fortune 100’s. She is a regular

independent TV commentator seen on Fox News, Fox Business and CNN en Español.

Lili is also one of only 2.6% of Latinos serving on a Fortune 500+ public board, as an independent director at Zumiez (NASDAQ: ZUMZ). She also serves on the boards of AUA Private Equity Partners, The National YMCA USA, Harvard Women's Leadership Board and as Chairwoman of the FRIENDS of the National American Latino Museum. She is also a member of The World Economic Forum as a selected Young Global Leader. Some of her recognitions include 2021 Top 10 Pioneering Women in Business, 2021/ 2020 Top 100 Most Influential Latinas by Latino Leaders, Top 10 Innovation Catalyst by Medical Media & Marketing (MM&M), Silicon Valley Visionary, U.S. Hispanic Businessperson of the Year by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, PRWeek’s Top 50 Most Influential in Healthcare, Top 100 Most Powerful Women of NY, among others. She is an active voice promoting cultural intelligence® as a lever for business and economic growth, equity and business inclusion, collaborating in various initiatives at The United Nations, The World Economic Forum, The White House and as a mentor to the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program. Lili holds a degree in Business Administration from Southwestern Adventist University, an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado and an executive degree from the Harvard Kennedy School in Global Leadership and Public Policy. She is married to entrepreneur and former NFL football player Chris Valletta and has two sons.

Noel Cárdenas

Noel Cárdenas

Senior Vice President & Chief Executive Officer
Memorial Hermann Hospital

Noel Cárdenas
Noel Cárdenas
Senior Vice President & Chief Executive Officer
Memorial Hermann Hospital

Noel J. Cárdenas is the Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hermann Southeast and Pearland Hospitals in Houston, TX. A combat veteran who served more than 30 years with the Texas National Guard and the United States Army, he retired at the rank of Colonel. While on active duty, he served in multiple healthcare leadership positions, including Battalion and Hospital Command. Two Legion of Merits and three Bronze stars are among his numerous recognitions.

Cárdenas has over 35 years of healthcare leadership experience and is board certified in healthcare management through the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He has served as the Army Regent for the ACHE, a Board Member for the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives and was elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Governors of the ACHE. He is notably the only Latino member on the Board.

Passionate about mentorship and coaching, Cárdenas credits two mentors – both senior Latino healthcare executives - for their encouragement and support during key moments in his career. Aware that Latinos, nationally, make up only a small percentage of senior healthcare executives, Cárdenas hopes his work as a mentor will help inspire others to move into these leadership positions.

Married for 32 years, Cárdenas and his wife, Cristi, reside in Houston. They have three children: Andrew, a Physical Therapist in Frisco, TX Kristian, a student of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University and Noah, a Project Engineer with the Hanover Company in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Héctor P. Garcia Legacy Awardee

The Dr. Héctor P. García Award is the National Latino Leadership Conference's Legacy award, celebrating the dedicated service and accomplishments of Dr. Héctor P. García (bio here), a physician, military veteran, and advocate for the rights of Latinos in the US.

We are honored to award


Dr. Héctor P. Garcia Legacy Award

Consuelo Kickbusch

Consuelo Kickbusch

Founder and CEO
Educational Achievement Services, Inc.

Consuelo Kickbusch
Consuelo Kickbusch
Founder and CEO
Educational Achievement Services, Inc.

Born and raised in a small barrio in Laredo, Texas, Consuelo Kickbusch overcame poverty, discrimination, and illiteracy to become a successful community leader. Lacking material wealth, Consuelo’s immigrant parents taught her to value her culture, traditions, values and faith.

Throughout her education at Hardin Simmons University and rise to highest- ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the U.S. Army, she embodied their invaluable lessons, eventually retiring to fulfill her mother’s dying wish –that she return to her roots and become a community leader. She founded Educational Achievement Services, Inc. maintaining a strong dedication to saving the youth of America by mentoring students and parents across the United States. In addition to her work with American youth, Consuelo reaches audiences in corporate, professional, non-profit and multicultural markets.

Proud mother of five daughters, and grandmother of 5 grandchildren, Consuelo resides in Nevada with her husband, David.

Agenda

Time  
8:00am – 9:00am ET
North Foyer
REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
9:00am – 10:00am ET
Salon E
Palm
Hibiscus
CONCURRENT SESSION I
Workshop: Closing the Gap: Hispanics Leading in STEM
Panel: Latinx LGBTQ+: Living Authentically
Panel: Latino Influence: Increasing your Power in the Workplace
10:15am – 11:15pm ET
Salon E
Palm
Hibiscus
CONCURRENT SESSION II
Workshop: How Latino Businesses & Organizations Can Implement Effective DEI Initiatives
Roundtable: Latino Men in Leadership
Panel: The Many Dimensions of Hispanic Racial Identity
11:30am – 1:00pm ET
South Ballroom
TOP LATINO LEADERS AWARDS CEREMONY & KEYNOTE LUNCHEON
1:15pm – 2:15pm ET
Salon E
Palm
Hibiscus
CONCURRENT SESSION III
Workshop: Closing the Health Gap in Latinx Communities
Panel: Latinos in Entrepreneurship, Leadership, & Elevating the Next Generation
Panel: Latinas in Law
2:30pm – 3:30pm ET
Salon E
Palm
Hibiscus
CONCURRENT SESSION IV
Panel: Latino Authors; a Spanish Speaking Panel
Panel: Young Latinas in Leadership: Representation Matters
Panel: Latino to Latino – What I Wish I Had Known Entering the Workforce
Time  
8:00am – 9:00am ET
North Foyer
REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
9:00am – 11:00am ET
South Ballroom
LATINAS IN LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM
11:30am – 1:00Pm ET
South Ballroom
TOP EMPLOYERS FOR LATINO LEADERS AWARDS CEREMONY & KEYNOTE
1:15pm – 2:15pm ET
Salon E
Palm
Hibiscus
CONCURRENT SESSION I
Workshop: The National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional Overview
Panel: Allyship to Impact
Panel: Colorism: Why Skin-Color Privilege & Prejudice Matter in the Workplace
2:30pm – 3:30pm ET
Palm
Hibiscus
CONCURRENT SESSION II
Panel: The Diversidad of our Latinx Community – Identity, Culture, and Nationality
Panel: Latino ERGs in the Workplace: Demonstrating Value & Creating Connections

Sponsored By

Cross Country HealthcareFirstKey Homes, LLCJanus HendersonMemorial Healthcare SystemPTC TherapeuticsRicohTD SYNNEXTeach for America - Latinx AlliancesUltimate Medical AcademyUSAAWheeler Health
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For more information, please contact: Emily Pickett at [email protected]

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