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Hispanic National Summit to Feature Panel Hosted by Maria Elena Salinas

Sept. 5, 2012

Maria Elena Salinas

Hispanics in Florida are developing new avenues for community outreach programs designed to improve corporate responsibility and one of the latest efforts is the 1st American Latino National Summit in Miami this month.

Scheduled to take place September 24 at Miami Dade College, the inaugural summit is sponsored by the Florida Minority Community Reinvestment Coalition (FMCRC) and the New America Alliance (NAA). The all-day event will take place at Chapman Conference Center.

The Hon. Henry Cisneros is scheduled to present opening remarks for the National Summit, which kicks off with breakfast and registration from 7 to 8 a.m. Cisneros, former mayor of San Antonio and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton, is a co-founder of NAA.

The opening session, "The American Latino Agenda: A National Imperative," features a panel discussion hosted by Maria Elena Salinas, co-anchor of Noticiero Univision and a founder of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Salinas will moderate a panel with Ana Maria Fernandez-Haar, a vice-chair of the NAA Board and Institute; Carlos Orta, president and CEO of Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility; and Arturo Vargas, Executive Director of the National Association of Latino and Elected Officials (NALEO).

Additional events scheduled for the all-day summit include: Economic Capital: "American Latino Entrepreneurs"; Education: "America's New Economic Engine"; and Immigration: "A Vehicle for America's Economic Prosperity."

Change National Discourse

"The FMCRC is proud to participate as a supporting organization of the National Summit," FMCRC Chairman Al Pina stated in a press release. Pina emphasized that FMCRC's objective is to "change the tone and tenor of the national discourse concerning American Latinos."

The National Summit has a twofold purpose focused on the overriding themes of economic and human capital. Both are vital to the national discourse on the role Hispanics play in community development, "with an overarching emphasis on the economic case for Latino sectors," according to Pina.

"This Hispanic summit comes at a critical time when both in Florida and nationally Hispanics are denied economic, social and corporate equality," Pina continued. "Hispanics are missing in the corporate boardrooms."

In addition, Pina stated that Hispanics are "targeted through immigration laws and lack access to capital to allow their businesses to thrive."

1st American Latino National Summit on Sept. 24: Miami Dade College, Bldg. 3000, Chapman Conference Center, Rm. 3210, NE 4th St., Miami, FL 33132

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