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Hispanic/Latino Summit to Address Pressing Social Issues

Hispanic business leaders, award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa and Rice University sociologist Stephen Klineberg will gather at Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management for the Hispanic/Latino Summit to discuss some of the most pressing social issues affecting Texas Hispanics on May 14 from 1 to 7 p.m.
 
The summit will feature local and regional Hispanic business leaders conducting panel discussions. "The Hispanic/Latino Summit will focus on overarching issues, such as immigration and economic opportunity, and more specific topics that relate to Hispanics in the corporate world,” said Cecilia Orellana-Rojas, co-chair of the summit and associate director of corporate diversity for AT&T.
 
The first panel discussion, “Deconstructing the Texas Glass Ceiling: Hispanic/Latino Leaders in the Corporate World,” speakers include Sonia Perez, senior vice president of external affairs for AT&T; Ron Acosta, regional general manager of Wal-Mart Stores; Lora Villareal, senior vice president and chief people officer of Affiliated Computer Services; and Alfonso Lujan, executive vice president of CPS Energy. Vicente Arenas, anchor and reporter for KHOU-TV, will moderate.
 
“This panel will discuss characteristics of successful leadership, a road map to success, the role of mentors and challenges and opportunities for Hispanics in corporate America,” Orellana-Rojas said.
 
Two panels will run concurrently. “Immigration Debate: Public Policy, Business and Non-Profit Perspectives” include panelists Jacob Monty, managing partner with Monty Partners LLP; Beto Cardenas, attorney with Vinson & Elkins LLP; and Stephen Klineberg, Rice professor of sociology. Hope Andrade, executive director of Mexicans & Americans Thinking Together (MATT), will be the moderator.
 
“Our current immigration system is broken, and attempting to expand the immigration debate is too politically toxic for congressional leaders,” said Aracely García-Granados, co-chair of the summit and MATT’s director for Mexico. “Our distinguished panel members will address the immigration debate from a public policy and business perspective.”
 
The other panel, “Entrepreneurship Among Hispanics: Avenues to Creating Wealth and Opportunities,” will be paneled by Regina Montoya, CEO of New America Alliance; Sonia Clayton, president of Virtual Intelligence Providers LLC; and Bill Treviño, executive vice president of the Treviño Group. Laura Murillo, president and CEO of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will moderate.
 
The panels will be followed by a reception in the Ley Student Center's Farnsworth Pavilion. At 6 p.m., Maria Hinojosa, an awarding-winning journalist and author, will deliver the keynote speech. Hinojosa is also senior correspondent for the PBS newsmagazine "NOW" and is managing editor and anchor of National Public Radio’s "Latino USA."
 
The summit, sponsored by the Jones Graduate School of Management, Rice University’s Public Affairs Office, and MATT, is part of the fourth annual Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference hosted by the Texas Diversity Council.
 
“I am very excited to offer a venue for Hispanic voices at our conference,” said Dennis Kennedy, founder and CEO of the Texas Diversity Council. “Texas is home to 8.4 million Hispanics representing 36 percent of the state’s population, and my hope is that this inaugural summit contributes to the understanding of Latino issues in our state.”
 
Summit Schedule

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.            “Deconstructing the Texas Glass Ceiling” (Room 312)
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.        “Immigration Debate” (Room 312)
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.        “Entrepreneurship Among Hispanics” (Room 314)
5 p.m.                               Reception at Ley Student Center's Farnsworth Pavilion
6 p.m.                               Keynote speech: Maria Hinojosa, awarding-winning journalist and author

The summit will cost $99 to attend. Register at here.
 
For more information on the Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference, visit www.texasdiversityconference.com.
 
CONTACT:
David Medina, 713-348-6753
dmedina@rice.edu