Sessions

WEDNESDAY 9/12

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Concurrent Sessions

CAREER MANAGEMENT

Your Personal Career Narrative
You have a professional resume, a list of volunteer accomplishments, and a solid GPA.   But if you haven’t thought of the story your experience, your plans, and your background tells, you could be missing a vital part of your career strategy.  In this session, we’ll look at how to identify and share the arc of your work experience, as well as the multiple diversities you might reflect, that can make you more attractive to a potential employer.
Speaker: TBA

Strategic Board Service - A Pathway To Strengthen External Credibility
Your qualification gets you a job or a promotion. But it’s your credibility that gets you a board seat. Non-profit board service when planned strategically can strengthen your external professional credibility. Over time, that credibility can magnify your professional development and yield enhanced opportunities including corporate board appointments, high-profile non-profit appointments, political appointments, and even C-suite corporate opportunities. This session will help you think strategically about non-profit board service as part of your overall professional development strategy and long term success trajectory.
Speaker: Cid Wilson

LEADERSHIP

Leadership Styles: Assess, Adjust, Empower
Are you the type of leader people want to follow and emulate, or do they roll their eyes and run for the hills when they see/hear you coming? Do you apply blanket leadership principles to every member of your team, or do you take the time to know each person’s strengths and growth opportunities and adapt your leadership style to bring out the best in them? Learn to recognize the kind of leader you are through self- and external assessments so you can enhance your skillsets, transform work relationships and effectively lead others where they originally did not want to go.
Speaker: Glorimar Maldonado

BUSINESS TRENDS & INNOVATIONS

Harnessing the Power of the Social Entrepreneur
Social enterprise has taken off in the last ten years, with high numbers of new businesses exploring creative ways to solve social problems while also turning a profit.  Success for these entrepreneurs doesn’t require magic but a creative approach to large problems and a balance between solution and fiscal responsibility.  This session looks at how to bring the creative problem-solving skills of the social entrepreneur to your existing enterprise, company, or department.
Speaker: Jennifer Siaca Curry

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm Concurrent Sessions

CAREER MANAGEMENT

Your Financial Legacy Begins Today
Today’s paychecks are tomorrow’s opportunities.  Your potential impact on your family and community will be defined by choices you make now.  But, compared to other demographics, Latinos traditionally demonstrate less financial literacy, and two-thirds of Millennials have nothing saved for retirement.  This session explores how to approach your financial future to not only protect yourself and your loved ones but to maximize possibility and impact.
Speaker: TBA
Sponsored by: Edward Jones

LEADERSHIP

Using Creativity to Solve Problems
This dynamic presentation addresses one of the primary soft skills that hiring managers feel college graduates lack, per the recent Workforce-Skills Preparedness Report: critical thinking and problem solving.  An experienced senior leader will share how to approach problems with a positive mindset to seek multiple options. The interactive session uses individual and group activities to reinforce key concepts. Leveraging group diversity can generate innovative ideas to solve problems in the workplace and our personal lives. 
Speaker: Joseph Garcia

New to Management: What I Wish I'd Known
The classroom won’t fully prepare you for your first experience managing a staff.  Experienced and successful managers discuss their early experiences and the lessons they learned.  This session looks at common management pitfalls and how to inspire, develop, and motivate, all while meeting deadlines and achieving department objectives.
Speakers: Cyndi Ramirez Ryan, Frances Correa, Jim Huerta

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

A Plan Worth Funding
Studies show that Latinos have begun businesses at far greater rates than any other demographic, yet a majority of those start-ups obtain no financing during early stages.  A foundational aspect for securing financing is a business plan that can withstand scrutiny.  Learn to avoid the common mistakes minority business owners make and where to focus your attention when crafting a plan for your new venture.
Speaker: Candice Matthews

THURSDAY 9/13

9:45 am - 11:00 am Concurrent Sessions

CAREER MANAGEMENT

Corporate Social Responsibility: Keeping Values in the Career Equation
Corporate practices and policies increasingly reflect a commitment to making a positive impact in communities – locally, nationally and globally. This discussion centers on the latest developments in CSR (corporate social responsibility) and the Hispanic community, how technology both influences and hinders corporate social change, and how to develop an influence for social good within your position.
Speakers: TBA  
Sponsored by: Microsoft

BUSINESS TRENDS & INNOVATIONS

The Innovation of Work
The nature of work has changed.  Everything from how we communicate to the products we design has shifted dramatically, and those changes will only continue to happen more rapidly.  In this session, sponsored by Northwestern Mutual, local and corporate tech entrepreneurs will walk us through how they’ve impacted the corporate landscape, highlighting what’s next on the horizon and how you and your team can incorporate the workplace shifts to come.
Speakers: TBA
Sponsored by: Northwestern Mutual

LEADERSHIP

Women Leaders: Be Assertive without Being Labeled
Sheryl Sandberg campaigned to eliminate the word “bossy” in its gender-specific application to women.  Critics of Hillary Clinton suggested she should smile more and raise her voice less.  Implicit biases toward women who lead can hinder their impact.  This session looks at effective methods to exercise influence, leadership, and assertiveness while minimizing the damage from sexist stereotypes.
Speakers: Dr. Isaura Gonzalez, Priscilla Alvarado, Ilka Rodríguez-Díaz

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

State of Latino Entrepreneurship
This session covers the latest research, trends, and expectations from the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (SLEI). As a collaboration between the Latino Business Action Network (LBAN) and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, SLEI explores and expands our knowledge of the Latino entrepreneurship segment in the U.S. economy through research and education programs. SLEI research conducts the largest national survey of U.S. Latino business owners to better understand the opportunities and challenges among Latino-owned businesses in an effort to close the $1.47 trillion opportunity gap.  Entrepreneurs and companies interested in learning about the entrepreneurial landscape can hear about the latest research on Latino entrepreneurs, as well as impactful stories from experienced entrepreneurs who participated in the SLEI-Education Scaling program.
Speakers: Mark Madrid, Marlene Orozco