America Alliance Launches
1st American Latino National Summit
MIAMI, FL - The New America Alliance (NAA) launched its 1st American Latino National Summit on Monday, September 24 at Miami
Dade College's Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami, Florida. The purpose of
the National Summit is twofold: first, to define to the nation who we are as
American Latinos by elucidating where we stand and what our contributions are
to our country in terms of economic capital, human capital and political
capital; and second, to articulate cohesive positions on the major issues of
our times as they relate to the American Latino community and our nation, with
an overarching emphasis on the economic case for Latino advancement.
The American Latino Agenda Report 2012, presented by New America
Alliance (NAA) and Miami Dade College (MDC), commemorated the launch of this
1st biennial National Summit. The Report was presented with content
contributions from Univision, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility,
NALEO Educational Fund, Immigration Policy Center, and Edwin Gould Foundation.
View the full report HERE.
brought together the most prominent, respected and eloquent Latino and other
leaders to emphasize the economic case for American Latino advancement,
including wealth building, education, immigration, civic participation and
American Latino leadership across sectors. The opening of the American
Latino National Summit began with remarks by NAA Inc and NAA Institute
Vice Chair Ana Maria Fernandez Haar, NAA Co-Founder The Honorable Henry
Cisneros, NAA Inc Chair of the Board The Honorable Roel Campos, and NAA
Institute Chair of the Board Moctesuma Esparza.
remarks presented by Ana Maria Fernandez Haar, NAA Inc and NAA Institute Vice
Chair of the Board, Managing Partner, Victoriana, LLC; The Honorable Henry
Cisneros, NAA Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, CityView; The Honorable Roel C.
Campos, Chair of the Board, NAA Inc, Board Member, NAA Institute, Partner,
Locke Lord LLP; Moctesuma Esparza, Chair of the Board, NAA Institute, Board
Member, NAA Inc, Chief Executive Officer, Maya Cinemas North America, Inc.
Opening remarks for the first
session, The American Latino Agenda: A National Imperative, were given
by Cesar Conde, President of Univision Networks. This Opening Panel,
including the Summit's co-hosting organizations and moderated by Maria Elena
Salinas of Univision, set the tone and direction for the day by discussing key
American Latino and national issues on economic advancement, corporate and
political leadership, the Latino vote, immigration, and education.
Session Opening Remarks given
by Cesar Conde, President, Univision Networks
||Moderator Maria Elena Salinas, Co-Host, "Noticiero Univision" and "Aqui y Ahora," Univision
Session Panelists (From Left to
Right): Carlos Orta, President & CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate
Responsibility ; Ana Maria Fernandez-Haar, Vice Chair of the Board, NAA Inc
and NAA Institute, Managing Partner, Victoriana, LLC; Maria Elena Salinas,
Co-Host, "Noticiero Univision" and "Aqui y Ahora,"
Univision; Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, NALEO Educational Fund; Jorge
A. Plasencia, Chair of the Board, National Council of La Raza, Chairman &
on behalf of Governor Mitt Romney were given by The Honorable Carlos Gutierrez,
States Secretary of Commerce, who was introduced by NAA Member Juan A. Sabater,
Managing Director of Valor Equity Partners.
Sabater, Managing Director, Valor Equity Partners
||The Honorable Carlos Gutierrez, 35th United States Secretary of Commerce; Vice Chairman of Institutional Clients Group, Citigroup
the economy takes center stage during the Presidential campaign, job creation
and spurring the economy are at the top of the candidates' agendas. Many
American Latino entrepreneurs have seen their innovation and hard work pay off
and many will continue to contribute in strengthening the U.S. economy by
creating new jobs and increasing revenue. The American Latino community boasts
inspiring tales of business success, such as the stories of our distinguished American
Latino Entrepreneurs Lead Job Creation & Wealth Building panelists,
with extraordinary accounts of American Latino success, working to lift up
generations of their own family, as well as the families working within their
businesses, and giving back to the progress of their communities.
|Moderator Maria Contreras-Sweet, Board
Member, NAA Inc; Founding Chairwoman, PROAMERICA Bank
||Economic Capital Session Panelists (From Left to Right): Moderator Maria Contreras-Sweet, Board Member, NAA Inc; Founding Chairwoman, PROAMERICA Bank; Moctesuma Esparza, Chair of the Board, NAA Institute, Board Member, NAA Inc, Chief Executive Officer, Maya Cinemas North America, Inc.; Dr. J. Mario Molina, Board Member, NAA Institute, President & CEO, Molina Healthcare, Inc.; Nely Galán, Media Entrepreneur/Founder, The Adelante Movement Jorge Mas Santos, Chairman, MasTec
Latinos are experiencing an
explosive growth in the U.S. Yet, in terms of attaining college degrees, they
lag behind. Unless we can increase the size of the pipeline of young Latinos
going to college, America will lose its competitive economic edge. The
Education Session, America's New Economic Engine: Ensuring Young Latinos
Have the Education Attainment They Need to Carry Our Nation Forward,
focused on an informative discussion to examine the impact demographic data and
the cost of Latino drop outs as well as the upside to our economy when Latinos
persist to college and career attainment.
Education Session Panelists (From
Left to Right): Moderator Cynthia Rivera Weissblum, President & CEO, Edwin
Gould Foundation; Lisette Nieves, National Director of Strategic Program
Pilots, Year Up; Thomas G. Mortenson, Higher Education Policy Analyst, Post
Secondary Education Opportunity; Dr. Rolando Montoya, Provost, Miami Dade
During the Immigration Session, Immigration - A Vehicle for
America's Economic Prosperity, distinguished panelists discussed the
immigration debate, the contributions and productivity immigrants bring to our
country, and defeating the negative stereotype made about Latinos and
immigrants. As outlined in the American Latino Agenda Report, American Latinos
have a heavy stake in the immigration debate and a vested interest in
dispelling the misinformation that so often clouds public and policy debates.
Latinos are the primary target of one of the most common anti-immigrant
stereotypes in U.S. society: that of the immigrant who "steals" a job
from a native-born worker, drives down wages, and contributes noting to the
U.S. economy. Evidence challenges this stereotype.
is no correlation between
immigration and unemployment.
Immigrants and natives complement
each other in the labor market rather than compete. Immigrants
in myriad ways,
beginning with businesses' response
to the presence
of new workers and consumers by
investing in new restaurants,stores,and
Immigrants and natives tend
to have different levels of education,work in different occupations, and possess different skills, and the jobs they perform are frequently interdependent and complementary. This
the productivity to which increases
their wages. In addition, $1.2 trillion in Latino
purchasing power, entrepreneurship and innovation also impact the growth of the
U.S. job market and the economy.
The Honorable Roel C. Campos, NAA Inc Chair of the Board, Partner, Locke Lord
Immigration Session Panelists (From Left to Right): The Honorable Roel C. Campos, NAA Inc Chair of the Board, Partner, Locke Lord LLP; Clarissa Martinez de Castro, Director of Immigration and National Campaigns, National Council of La Raza; Benjamin E. Johnson, Executive Director, American Immigration Council; Crystal L. Williams, Esq., Executive Director, American Immigration Lawyers Association; Todd Landfried, Executive Director, Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform
Remarks on behalf of President Barack H. Obama were given by The Honorable Charles A. Gonzalez, U.S. Representative of the 20th Congressional District of Texas, who was introduced by NAA Inc Chair of the Board The Honorable Roel C. Campos.
The Honorable Charles A. Gonzalez, United States Congress, 20th Congressional District of Texas
The National Summit is not meant to be a single event, but another
step in our collective continued efforts to improve the quality of life for all
Americans. We invite you to stay connected to the NAA organization as we
collectively do our part in advancing our communities and our country.
Also, please be sure to mark your calendars for the 12th Annual Wall Street
Summit taking place at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City, November 14-16,
2012. View more information HERE.
We would like to thank our Co-Hosts, Sponsors,
Media Partners, and Supporting Organizations for their collaboration and
Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility
NALEO Educational Fund
National Council of La Raza
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Miami Dade College
Edwin Gould Foundation
Raza Development Fund
Valor Equity Partners
Roel C. Campos
De Luna Partners
Maria del Pilar Avila
Ana Maria Fernandez-Haar
CULTURAL ART PARTNER
Artists Of the Americas
Latino Leaders Magazine