Nov 18th The Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus FoundationNov 9th 2016

Nov 18th The Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation
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The Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation (ILLCF) was established as a strong new voice and resource for the Illinois Latino population and for those who work and live within Latino communities statewide.

Through scholarships, the Illinois Latino Public Policy Institute, and its annual conference, the Foundation seeks to empower Latinos to confront community issues successfully and to increase access to federal, state and community programs in such critical areas as employment, leadership, public policy, education, business growth, technology, transportation and other issues.

In this way, the ILLCF positively influences today’s communities and is an important factor in training the state’s next generation of Latino leadership.

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November 18th Schedule @ Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL


    Friday, November 18, 2016

    7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

    Registration & Continental Breakfast

    Second Floor Grand Entrance

    9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    Opening General Session & Special Awards


    Sen. Iris Martinez

    ILLCF Co-Chair

    Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez

    ILLCF Co-Chair

    Michael Gonzalez

    ILLCF Vice-Chair

    Keynote Address

    Ruben Castillo

    Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

    10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

    Concurrent Sessions

  • Employment Pathways in:

    Education K-12 & Post-Secondary


    Dr. Jose Torres, President, Illinois Math and Science Academy

    Gabriela Medina, School Counselor, Rolling Meadows High School

    Dr. Carmen I. Ayala, Superintendent, Berwyn North School District 98

    Dr. John Avendano, President, Kankakee Community College

    Juan Salgado, President/CEO, Health Science Career Academy

    Entrepreneurship & Economic Development


    Julio Rodriguez, Deputy Director, Office of Employment & Training, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

    Rodrigo Garcia, Chief Investment Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Office of Illinois State Treasurer

    John Trotta, Senior Vice President/Regional Business Manager – Central US, WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Antonio Guillen, Senior Vice President, Lending, Wintrust Bank/North Shore Community Bank

    Tom Alexander, Chief Operating Officer, 1871

    Jose Ignacio Sordo Galarza, Founder & President, Hispanic Innovation Center

    Neli Velazquez, Founder & President, Safe Haven Foundation



    Isabel Martinez, Immigration Attorney

    Fred Tsao, Senior Policy Counsel, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

    Ana Guajardo, Executive Director, Immigrant Workers Project, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos

    Manny Rodriguez, Senior Director of Replication and Strategic Partnerships, Jane Addams Resource Corporation

    Health & Wellness


    Mireya Vera, Director of Interpreter Services & Community Relations, Sinai Health System Holy Cross Hospital

    Silvia Villa, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement, Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness

    Susana Gonzalez, President, National Association of Hispanic Nurses – Illinois Chapter; Associate Dean of Academic Operations, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Chicago Campus

    Dr. Marta Alvarado, Director, Wellness Program, Westlake Hospital

    Carmen Velasquez, A Legislative Update from HEALTHY ILLINOIS

    Gladys Lopez, Chief of Human Resources, Cook County Health Systems

    Energy Industries


    Anne R. Pramaggiore, Chief Executive Officer, ComEd

    Melvin D. Williams, President, Nicor Gas Corporation

    Charles Matthews, Chief Executive Officer, Peoples Gas

    Warner L. Baxter, Chief Executive Officer, Ameren Corporation

    Christopher M. Crane, Chief Executive Officer, Exelon Corporation

    12:00 noon – 1:45 p.m.

    Scholarship Awards Luncheon

    Masters of Ceremonies

    Lourdes Duarte and Dan Ponce

    WGN News

    Special Recognitions ILLCF Scholarship Speaker

    Nancy De Los Santos-Reza

    Award Winning Film Producer & Writer

    ILLCF College Scholarship Recipients for 2016

    2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

    Café con Leche

    An opportunity to meet directly with the State Senators and State Representatives who are members of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus

    3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


    (cash bar)

The Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation

Article by: Virna Souza [BrazilChicago]


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