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2019 SCHEDULE

(As of July 18, 2019 • Information and Schedule Subject to Change)

Friday, August 2

8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Conference Registration

Saturday, August 3

7:00–9:00 a.m. UnidosUS SuperHero Family 5K
7:45–8:45 a.m. Coffee Networking Hour
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Conference Registration
8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Affiliate Concierge Lounge
9:00–10:30 a.m. Workshops

FUTURE CHANGEMAKERS
The “You” Advantage: Using Your Uniqueness to Build a Bridge of Possibilities 
“It’s better to give than to receive.” We’ve all heard that, but Pedro David Espinoza takes it a step further: “If serving is beneath you, then leadership is beyond you.” That motto has been the basis of Pedro’s journey, from growing up in Peru to attending UC Berkeley and becoming the founder of a Silicon Valley startup at 19. In this session, join Pedro as he tells the story of his life, and how he used his talents for a better purpose—to make a social impact—and push yourself to go beyond your comfort zone, to ask yourself “what bridges am I building today?”

FEATURED SPEAKER 
• Pedro Espinoza, Internet Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Author, and The Robin Hood of Technology, according to the Voice of America

Technology: Improving or Hurting Latinos’ Chance at Homeownership? 
In the aftermath of the foreclosure crisis, obtaining a loan to buy a home is harder and comes with new challenges. A new tool “Artificial intelligence” has emerged and influencing how lenders serve potential homebuyers, and affecting the chances of Latinos and low- and moderate-income families to obtain a mortgage loan. How this is this growing lender strategy impacting Latino homebuying? In this workshop, learn about the new technologies and the ways lenders and service providers are managing this new tool.

SPEAKERS
• Ayanna Fortson, Director Housing and Community Development, National Urban League 
• George Gonzalez, Director of Communications, Oportun 
• Joshua Sledge, Senior Director, Financial Health Network  

Invisible No More: Making Sure Latinos Count in the 2020 Census
The 2020 Census will be one of the most important ever for the growing Latino population, and we are facing a major risk of being undercounted. The quality of Census data has implications in the areas of political representation, voting rights, and allocations of billions of dollars of funding for health, education, and housing across the nation. Given aggressive efforts to thwart the Census count among immigrant populations, and new methods of data collection, the stage has been set for a potentially major undercount that would have implications for the well-being of our communities for years to come. This workshop will bring participants up to date with the newest information on preparations for Census 2020 and will discuss strategies to ensure that all Latinos are counted—including best practices for outreach and education, the role of clear and culturally appropriate messaging and messengers, the importance of establishing trusted locations, and continuing advocacy efforts to hold the government accountable for producing an accurate picture of America.

SPEAKERS 
• Diali Avila, Senior Field Manager, The Leadership Conference Education Fund
• Josie Bacallao, President and CEO, Hispanic Unity of Florida
• Nancy Maldonado, Chief Executive Officer, Chicano Federation

Supporting Resilient Latino Children Living in Poverty
More than three-quarters of Latino children suffer from experiences that can negatively influence their development. Addressing Latino kids’ social and emotional well-being is in the nation’s best interest. Yet, current anti-immigrant rhetoric, parental separation, and other factors are exacerbating trauma, impacting children’s ability to thrive. How can organizations help by integrating social and emotional well-being in current programming geared to children? What sources of strengths and cultural assets do Latino children living in poverty experience that can help foster resilience? In this workshop, learn about models and practices that address the whole child and help foster positive social and emotional well-being.

SPEAKER
• Monique Davis, Executive Director, El Sol Science and Arts Academy of Santa Ana

Collaborative Leadership: How Nonprofits Can Partner for Greater Impact 
Both the nonprofit sector and philanthropy scene have been changing dramatically over the last several years. Increasingly, funders want to support effective partnerships led by organizations that can manage cross-sector stakeholders to leverage strengths, resources, and expertise to achieve greater impact in their communities. Through an exploration of Promise Neighborhoods grantees and other examples, learn from Affiliate leaders about how they developed successful partnerships by designing collaborative projects to present to funders, managing the application process, and managing reporting. Attendees will receive tips on how to secure and apply for collaborative models effectively and how to avoid and manage some of the challenges. Come prepared with questions and get feedback specific to your organization’s needs!  

SPEAKER
• Lisa Cuestas, Chief Executive Officer, Casa Familiar 

Policy Update: What We Need to Know for 2020
Last November, America elected the most diverse group of legislators in U.S. history, Democrats took back the majority in the House, and new political voices emerged. What does this new representation mean for Latinos, especially with the 2020 elections rapidly approaching? How can we build on the midterm elections momentum to further elevate Latino voices and concerns? In this workshop, UnidosUS policy and legislative experts will share the state of play in Washington on health, economic, immigration, and education policies. Together, we will bring into focus significant lessons learned in the past year to determine expectations for the remainder of this Congress and to shape our vision for 2020 and beyond.
10:30–11:00 a.m. National Latino Family Expo® Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Workshops

FUTURE CHANGEMAKERS
Embracing Our Afro-Latinx Identities
Afro-Latinx young people face unique challenges as they navigate defining their own identities. They must do this while combating the perceptions of others, including their own communities. In this session, join us in an honest discussion about being Afro-Latinx on college campuses and in early careers as three guests share their experiences. This interactive workshop also brings together our Affiliate leaders and Afro-Latinx experts as we develop a framework to continue striving to support all Latinxs.

Financing Our Future: Managing Loans and Avoiding the Student Debt Trap
More and more Latinos are achieving their goals of pursuing higher education, but because of the rising costs of attending college, more Latinos are also taking out student loans to finance their dreams. This rise in the balance of student loans among Latinos has serious implications for the financial security of Latino students and their families. Latino borrowers are more likely to struggle to repay their student loans than their White peers, and repayment is particularly difficult if they did not complete their degrees. This workshop will discuss the ins and outs of student loans and how they can impact Latinos’ financial well-being. We’ll also dig into some of the options available to help borrowers who are struggling, including a Q&A with experts and financial coaches, and opportunities for advocacy around this issue.

21st-Century Settlement Houses: Modern Possibilities for Immigrant Integration 
Contemporary immigrants to the United States are part of the largest wave of migration in the nation's history, and instead of efforts to welcome and integrate them into our society, they're met with indifference or hostility. Despite the current climate, the United States has led successful immigrant integration initiatives, an example being the settlement houses of the early 20th century, transitional spaces where immigrants could live and receive the information and services they needed to become integrated into U.S. society. This conversation will highlight the need for a modern strategy to better weave new Americans into the fabric of the nation. We'll discuss ongoing efforts to meet the economic, linguistic, and civic integration needs of immigrants, and report on promising strategies.

The 2020 Health Care Debate: What’s at Stake for Latinos? 
A recent UnidosUS poll of Latino voters found that health care is a top issue. Despite the historic gains from the Affordable Care Act, work remains to expand coverage and lower costs; with the 2020 presidential election on the horizon, health care is poised to be a key issue. With various proposals ranging from Medicare for All to improvements to the ACA being introduced, what’s at stake for Latinos? In this workshop, attendees will gain insight on key policy ideas to expand coverage and lower costs, understand the potential impact on Latinos, and learn about opportunities to influence the national conversation on health care.  

All-Star Boards: Practices of Highly Effective Nonprofit Boards of Directors
Great boards of directors are essential to strong and healthy nonprofits. Board members have an important responsibility to advance the organization’s mission and to make tough governing decisions. In this workshop, look inside the board room across diverse UnidosUS Affiliates and hear directly from board members who are modeling the type of leadership, engagement, and commitment that moves nonprofits forward. Whether you want to learn how to attract, retain, and inspire board members, or want to pick up tips to prepare you to serve on a board, this workshop will motivate you to build the best board for an organization that matters to you!

SPEAKERS 
• Araceli Sandoval-González, Board Chair, East Los Angeles Community Corporation
• Joe Jiménez, President & CEO, AAMA, Inc. 

The “BA Challenge” in Early Childhood Education: How Increasing Degree Requirements Are Impacting Latina Teachers
One in five early childhood education teachers nationwide are Latinas, many of whom are especially impacted by federal and state-funded program policies that have raised qualifications for ECE teachers, requiring bachelor’s degrees for them to keep their jobs. UnidosUS conducted ten focus groups with teachers at UnidosUS’s Affiliates to examine this “BA challenge” and how it is impacting Latina teachers. In this workshop, a panel of administrators and teachers will present some key findings from the study and add perspectives on how programs are adapting to support staff who are working full-time and pursing degrees. Teachers will also present best practices based on their extensive experience.

Tech for Good: Latinx Entrepreneurs Using Tech for Social Impact
As the technology continues to evolve, we have the opportunity to leverage it to create solutions that can be transformational for our communities. In this workshop, Latino entrepreneurs will talk about what inspired them to leverage technology to empower their communities, how they got their start, the bumps along the way, and their advice for future entrepreneurs. Walk away from this session with the necessary knowledge of the skills needed to put your ideas into practice.

SPEAKER
• Tony Aguilar, Founder and CEO, Chipper App
11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. National Latino Family Expo
1:00–3:00 p.m. National Affiliate Luncheon: Transforming Communities
The official program kickoff offering a special tribute to the nearly 300 Affiliates and staff across the country. It is also the prime opportunity to engage with Conference attendees in one setting.
3:30–5:00 p.m. ECONOMY PLENARY SESSION
Is the American Dream Still Achievable for Latinos? A Conversation About Affordable Housing 
The United States faces a housing crisis for Latinos and other low- and moderate-income families. Homeownership rates have not improved since the Great Recession and availability of affordable rental units continues to be a struggle in communities across the country. Perspectives on how to address this crisis range from focusing on more efficient market mechanisms to fostering the political will to make affordable housing a greater national priority. The plenary session will explore these strategies to help attendees better understand the issue of affordable housing and advocate for policies that could help our community find affordable homes. 
6:00–9:00 p.m. Welcome Reception

Sunday, August 4

7:45–8:45 a.m. Coffee Networking Hour
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Conference Registration
8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Affiliate Concierge Lounge
9:00–10:30 a.m. Workshops

FUTURE CHANGEMAKERS
Interns: A Force to Be Reckoned With
We’ve all been encouraged to pursue internships, whether unpaid, for credit, or a stipend, but what’s the real value of an internship? Internships aren’t just a resume-builder; they offer the chance to try out work in a specific filed, to work alongside experts and can give you a real taste of the work for a particular career and help you decide if it’s the right one for you.

SPEAKER 
• Bianca Quesada, Director, Scripted Film & TV Development, Live Nation Productions  

Housing in 2020: What Do Candidates Need to Focus On
Latinos consistently rank access to quality, affordable housing opportunities as a top priority, but Latinos have struggled to regain their footing in the housing market since the Great Recession. The 2020 election presents a tremendous opportunity to discuss Latinos’ access to affordable housing, and several presidential hopefuls have already announced proposals to tackle housing challenges across the nation. In this workshop, Latino leaders will discuss housing priorities that presidential candidates should include in their campaign platforms and strategies. Participants will learn about the proposals, policies, and critical actions needed to close the wealth gap through increasing homeownership, advance new initiatives to increase housing affordability, and what presidential candidates should do to take a stand and bolster housing opportunities for Latinos.

SPEAKERS 
• Judith A. Canales, Executive Director, The Southside First Economic Development Council 
• Luis Granados, Chief Executive Director, Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) 
• Barry Zigas, Director of Housing Policy, Consumer Federation of America 

Closing the Achievement Gap for Students of Color
Despite the Trump administration rolling back students' civil rights protections, school leaders on the national, state, and local levels have stepped up to offer bold and innovative policy solutions that are poised to be game changers for Latino students and English learners. In this workshop, join two prominent education leaders for a discussion about how they’re protecting the civil rights of students, their vision and plan of action to close the achievement gap for students of color, lessons learned and opportunities ahead, and how they're paving the way forward for all students.

SPEAKER
• Richard A. Carranza, New York City Schools Chancellor, New York City Department of Education. 

MODERATOR 
• Kristen Taketa, K-12 Education Reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune

SNAP At Risk: How We Can Keep Our Kids and Families Healthy
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a vital source of nutrition for the one in eight American households lacking access to affordable, healthy food. Though it’s the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, SNAP and similar programs have been threatened with changes several times, potentially limiting access and participation for America’s families. In this workshop, experts will discuss the current threats these programs face, and show how advocacy and community-driven actions have improved the health and well-being of Latinos.

SPEAKERS 
• Cynthia Kaser, Chief Community Programs Development Officer, La Maestra Community Health Centers 
• Susan Vega, Senior Program Manager, Alivio Medical Center

Delivering Your Mission Through Strategic Planning
Many community-based organizations are so committed to serving that they don’t make time to step back and see if small changes can make them more impactful and sustainable. With a little strategic planning, organizations can set goals, measure impact, and focus energy. This hands-on workshop, facilitated by an experienced nonprofit management leader, will provide an overview of organizational strategic planning, covering the issues that need to inform or direct the strategic planning process. This workshop will help Latino-serving organizations better understand the process for strategic planning and help define a model for their own organization.

FEATURED SPEAKER: 
• Luis Sandoval, Development Director, Building Skills Partnership

A Generation At Risk: Fighting Family Separation Policies at the Border and Beyond
In the spring of 2018, America watched in horror as nearly 3,000 children began being forcibly separated from their parents on the southern border. Civil society groups have done incredible work to respond to those policies, but what is often lost in the national conversation today is a deeper recognition that the family separation policy is just the tip of the iceberg, and millions of Latino youth are being affected across the whole country. There are also implications for the rest of the nation, with possible damage being done to the country’s economy, health, education, and safety. In this workshop, panelists will discuss local responses to the humanitarian crisis and explore a broad range of family separation policies and their long-term impact on an entire generation of Latino youth. The panel will also discuss how organizations and community members can defend immigrant and Latino communities against the action of the current administration.

SPEAKERS
• Carlos Guevara, Senior Policy Advisor, UnidosUS  
• Karina Spilker, Director of Community Development & Engagement, MAAC 

MODERATOR 
• Andrea Lopez-Villafaña, Staff Writer, San Diego City Beat 

Latinas in Tech: Breaking the Digital Ceiling
The evidence is clear. A more diverse workforce leads to higher revenue for a company and more inventive teams, but despite well-intentioned diversity and inclusion initiatives, minorities and especially Latinas continue to be underrepresented in the tech industry, making up only 1% of working tech professionals. Join us for an honest conversation with Latinas who are breaking the glass ceiling in this male-dominated field to discuss their journey. How were they able to get their foot in the door? How did they find mentors? They’ll answer these questions and break down the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the field.
11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. National Latino Family Expo
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Latinas Brunch: Power and Influence
One of the most popular events, honors and celebrates Latinas everywhere.
1:30-3:00 p.m.  Workshops

FUTURE CHANGEMAKERS
Familia es Familia: A lesson in Leadership from Latinx Youth

The next wave of LGBTQ Latinx youth are emerging as resilient leaders ready to fight for equality. As these new leaders establish their voices, they face new challenges. In this session, learn about real-world examples of efforts to build a more inclusive society through civic engagement and intersectional advocacy. This workshop features a new tool kit to assess and improve services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Latinx youth.

A Dynamic Duo: Broadening Your Nonprofit’s Reach with Fintech
Every nonprofit wants to broaden its reach and increase its impact, but the question of “How?” is all too common. Based on successful partnerships between nonprofits and financial institutions, the emerging field of financial technology, or fintech, may be the key. In this workshop, case studies of partnerships between nonprofits and fintech organizations will illuminate some best practices and lessons learned in better serving underserved communities. By leveraging fintech companies and resources and integrating them into their operations, community-based organizations can deepen financial inclusion and improve the financial health of their clients.

SPEAKERS 
• Ayanna Fortson, Development Division Director, National Urban League 
• George Gonzalez, Director of Communications, Oportun

SPEAKER/MODERATOR
• Joshua Sledge, Senior Director, Financial Health Network

The First-Gen College Journey: Beating the Odds
As the number of Latino students graduating from high school reaches an all-time high, these students continue to fill more seats in college classrooms across the country. Unfortunately, enrollment gains have not translated to an increase in degree attainment for Latino students. This session will showcase the innovative initiatives being implemented at several campuses to make sure Latinos graduate. Panelists will highlight best practices in Latino student success and strategies to institutionalize these practices, moving them from siloed programs targeting special populations to embedding student success in the institutional culture. In addition, current college students will share their experience of being a college student in midst of shifting trends in higher education.

Making Health a Shared Value: Coming Together to Build a Culture of Health
Leading healthy lives is about so much more than eating well and doctor visits. Our health is shaped by where we live, work, learn, play, and pray, along with social factors like our ability to access safe and affordable housing, quality education, healthy food, and employment. How can all of us come together and make health a shared value to drive transformative change in communities? How do we build a culture of health when diverse goals and needs are at play? In this workshop, learn about cross-sector approaches and comprehensive strategies for advancing health equity among Latinos.

Gathering Insights: What Are the Emerging Needs of the Latino Community?   
As Latinos continue encountering new challenges, community organizations have a frontline perspective on what our community is facing. How do these new challenges present new needs, and how do they inform the future of your organization and how you measure success? In this session, join Raza Development Fund (RDF) for a dialogue about recent challenges and emerging needs Latinos are facing. During this discussion, RDF hopes to gain insight regarding challenges, opportunities, and needs of Latino-serving organizations across the country. Together, we can begin a dialogue about tools and methods used to track outcomes to reach goals and targets.

Puerto Rico and Maria: What Are the Challenges Two Years Later?  
After two years, Puerto Rico still has not fully recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. For many of those that remain as well as for the thousands of families who have left Puerto Rico for the states, housing, health, employment, and education challenges have been daily struggles, exacerbated by inadequate help from the federal government. In this workshop, UnidosUS Affiliates will share the perspectives they’ve gained while providing workforce training, mental health, and other critical services to Puerto Ricans both on the island and the mainland. Attendees will learn more about the current issues the government is facing, and how they will impact Affiliates and other organizations serving Puerto Ricans.

“Immigration Reform: The Corpse That Will Not Die” a Fireside Chat with the Author
UnidosUS Senior Cabinet Advisor Charles Kamasaki literally wrote the book on immigration—“Immigration Reform: The Corpse That Will Not Die.” Kamasaki’s new book and this session revisit the last time a comprehensive immigration reform package passed into law and how this important history pertains to breaking the current impasse on immigration policy today.

FEATURED SPEAKER
• Charles Kamasaki, Senior Advisor to Cabinet and Author, UnidosUS

MODERATOR
• Alfredo Corchado, Mexico Border Correspondent, Dallas Morning News
3:30–5:00 p.m. HEALTH PLENARY SESSION
Trauma is a Reality for Our Kids: How to Protect Them So They Can Thrive 

Latino children are integral to our future success as a country. Yet, in the current environment, various forces are threatening our children’s physical and emotional well-being. Join us as we explore how trauma, adversity, and toxic stress impact the health and well-being of Latino children and their families, and as we explore strategies to help our children, families, and communities thrive. This conversation will highlight specific issues impacting our community, like family separation, and will present policies and practices aimed at supporting our children and protecting their overall physical and emotional health. 
 
The Helen Rodríguez-Trías Award Presentation will follow after the plenary.
5:00–6:00 p.m. Helen Rodríguez-Trías Award Reception 
• Honoring San Ysidro Health 
• Featuring the music of Tres Souls  
6:00–8:00 p.m. Networking Receptions: 
• LGBTQ & Allies Reception: A Night Out with UnidosUS
     • Honoring The Wall Las Memorias Project
• Diversity Drives Innovation Reception brought to you by Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo 
• Young Professionals and Future Changemakers Reception

Monday, August 5

8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Conference Registration
9:00–10:30 a.m. Monday Breakfast: Leading into the Future
A youth-focused session catering to the interests of the next generation’s leaders.
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. EDUCATION PLENARY SESSION
The Future Is Latino: Breaking Barriers in the Age of Innovation 

In an era of low unemployment rates, automation, and an increasingly digital workplace, Latinos have unique needs that must be addressed to be prepared for the workforce of tomorrow. With Latinos accounting for 25% of U.S. school students, and poised to be one-third of the workforce by 2050, we need Latinos with dynamic skillsets not only to advance our community, but to advance the nation as a whole. Join education and workforce development experts to discuss expanding access to opportunities in schools to give more Latinos pathways to college and strong careers as well as targeted and effective investments to help those already in the workforce advance in growing industries. Our experts will also discuss policies, programs, and effective strategies to turn today’s students and workers into tomorrow’s leaders. 
1:00–3:00 p.m. Monday Luncheon: Vision 2020: A Conversation with the Candidates
An opportunity for the Democratic presidential candidates to address Latino leaders and community members from across the United States.
3:30–5:00 p.m. Networking Session
6:30–7:30 p.m. Awards Gala Pre-Reception
8:00–10:00 p.m. Awards Gala Dinner
Our closing ceremony featuring several distinct honors to national and local leaders throughout the country.
10:00 p.m.–Midnight Awards Gala After-Party

Tuesday, August 6

9:00–11:00 a.m. Affiliate Leadership Breakfast 
(Closed Meeting - Affiliate Leadership Only) 

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