8:30am – 4:30pm Career Fair and Exhibition Hall
9:00am – 10:00am
Opening Remarks Maria P. Rodriguez, executive director, MDHBC
Presentation of Colors Maryland National Guard, Honor Guard
National Anthem Jordan Waters, Burleigh Manor Middle School
Welcome Remarks Alexander Nuñez, senior vice president, regulatory and external affairs, BGE
Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett
Congressman Chris Van Hollen
A Conversation with Leading CEOs moderated by Veronica Cool, CEO,Cool & Associates, LLC featuring:
Andres Echeverri, president, ACSI Translations
Maria Martinez, founder and chief executive officer, Respira Inc.
Ricardo (Rick) Martinez, president and chief executive officer,
Project Enhancement Corporation
Natalie Martz, owner, Chick-Fil-A
Special Remarks: Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Montgomery County
Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Salvadoran American Chamber of Commerce of Washington, DC
10:15- 11am Session I | Latinos in the Workforce- the Untapped Opportunity
One in 4 Kindergartners is a Latino and over 1 million Latinos turn 18 every year. Additionally, 1 in 5 Millennials today is a Latino. How can you harness this diverse, yet complicated talent pool? Join State & National Leaders as we discuss Trends, Tools and Tactics to Attract, Recruit and Retain Latinos.
11:15am -12pm Session II | Economic Contributions of Hispanics
The Latino $1.5 Trillion Dollar Market is booming, contributing to economic revival and growth. What are the latest trends? Where are the pockets of opportunities that you can leverage?
11:15-12pm Session III | Conviértete en un Empresario de Éxito
Latinos están estableciendo negocios 15 veces más que todos-Ahora, descubre cómo crecer y apoderar esta ola de visibilidad efectivamente. Escucha de expertos motivadores y exitosos, de lo básico a lo complicado.
12:15pm – 1:45pm
Emcee Yolanda Vazquez, Emmy-Award Winning Reporter and Anchor
Benediction William (Bill) Villanueva, a founding father, MDHBC
Keynote Speaker Boyd K. Rutherford, Lieutenant Governor of Maryland
Special 15th Anniversary Conference Tribute
Stellar Awards Presentation
Lanaea C. Featherstone, President, William & Lanaea C. Featherstone Foundation
Latino Innovators’ Pitch Highlights
Veronica Cool, CEO, Cool & Associates, LLC
Juan Barbaran, #JuanOfaKind Foods
Latino Pitch Award Winner (2015)
2016 Sponsors Recognition Ceremony
2:00 pm. – 3:45 p.m.
2:00-3:45pm Session IV | READY, SET, ÉXITO!
With millions of dollars in government contracting available, how do YOU learn to prepare, bid, team and WIN? What Certifications should you acquire and how to use them for sustainable growth?
2:00-2:45pm Session V | Where’s The Money?
From Loans to Investors, how to fund your business! The number one reason Businesses fail is lack of CAPITAL. Meet the experts from bankers to grants, investors and alternative lenders to hear how you can fund your business to scale profitably.
3:00-3:45pm Session VI | How to Market to Sell & Grow- From Digital to Events
Get the needed knowledge to understand and market to your local customers- Creating loyalty and driving sales and retention. Hear from experts that will share DIGITAL, RADIO, TV, PRINT and EVENT Marketing tactics to grow your business!
2016 Latino Innovators’ Pitch Winner Announcement
Recognition of media sponsors
Recognition of conference planning committee