WASHINGTON DC (Press Release – October 6, 2011) – American Latinos are key to the U.S. economic recovery and expansion, stated the New America Alliance (NAA) today as it announced its 11th Annual Wall Street Summit in New York City to be held at the Waldorf Astoria on October 26-28, 2011.
The Alliance, an organization of the most influential Latino business leaders committed to leading the process of Latino empowerment and wealth-building, will convene NAA members with CEOs, entrepreneurs, institutional investors, Wall Street leaders, members of the Administration, and state and municipal treasurers to examine the state of the U.S. economy from the standpoint of the American Latino community around the theme, “Restoring Economic Growth, Job Creation and Prosperity in our Nation”.
Critical issues such as access to corporate and pension fund boards, greater availability of private equity funding at major institutional investors, and investing in education and mentoring for American Latino students and entrepreneurs, continue to be of vital concern to the American Latino business community and will be centerpieces of in-depth discussions at the three-day program. Summit participants will take part in outlining a comprehensive strategy to achieve economic expansion, emphasizing the untapped talent and opportunity contained in the Latino community that is helping rebuild the economic vitality of the nation.
The Summit will feature such luminaries as Jaime Dimon, CEO & Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co.; The Honorable Carlos Gutierrez, 35th U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Citigroup’s Vice Chairman of Institutional Clients Group; The Honorable John C. Liu, New York City Comptroller; Cesar Conde, President, Univision Networks; and Arianna Huffington, President & Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group. The event will also include a fireside chat with U.S. Securities & Exchange Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar and NAA Inc. Chair of the Board and former U.S. Securities & Exchange Commissioner Roel C. Campos.
In the first of several special moments at the Summit, the Alliance will recognize Jamie Dimon and JPMorgan Chase & Co. with the Distinguished Service Award for Advancing American Latinos and American Business during the Opening Luncheon. The NAA will also recognize the extraordinary leadership of The Honorable Robert Menendez, United States Senator, for his contribution to the Latino community and our nation with the NAA Legislative Leadership Award to be presented during the Thursday Luncheon. The Summit will also feature a posthumous tribute to The Honorable Jack Kemp, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, presented to his son, Jimmy Kemp, President of the Jack Kemp Foundation at the Wednesday Opening Dinner.
The Capital Advocacy session will feature a panel of high-ranking government officials for a dialogue on “Building Latino Business Financial Capacity and Adding Investment Management to Supplier Diversity Efforts in Corporate America and Federal Agencies”. The accomplished group of speakers will include Lorraine Cole, Ph.D., Director, Office of Minority & Women Inclusion, U.S. Department of the Treasury; D. Michael Collins, Director, Office of Minority & Women Inclusion, The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); Michael L. Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor; Bibi Hidalgo, Senior Policy Advisor, The White House Office of Public Engagement; and Zixta Q. Martinez, Assistant Director, Office of Community Affairs, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Latino representation on corporate boards of directors will be the focal point for the Board Initiative session featuring industry advocates during a discussion entitled “State of Diversity on Corporate Boards and the Business Case for Inclusion”. Panelists include Carlos Orta, President & CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR); Meesha Rosa, Director of Corporate Board Services and Marketing Operations, Catalyst; and Anne Sheehan, Director of Governance, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS).
As NAA advocates for higher participation of Latino financial services firms in the institutional investor space, the Pension Fund Initiative session, “Access to Capital in an Era of Limited Institutional Liquidity”, will gather key decision-makers, including Dr. Lou Moret, Board of Trustees, California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) ; Jerry Albright, Director, Texas Teachers Retirement System; Harry M. Keiley, Board of Trustees, California State Teachers’ Retirement System; Barry Miller, Private Equity Division, New York City Comptroller’s Office; Mina Pacheco Nazemi, Director, Credit Suisse; and Steve Westly, Founder and Managing Partner, The Westly Group.
The Human Capital Session will focus on “Investment Opportunities in Education and How Latino Leaders can Impact Latino Educational Access and Achievement”. Speakers will include Anthony J. Colo?n, President, A J Colon Consulting, LLC; Victor Maruri, Partner, HCP & Company and NAA Board Member; and Dudley Benoit, Senior Vice President and Division Manager, JP Morgan Chase.
Having worked for over a decade to promote the leadership of Latinos on Wall Street, business and government, the NAA showcases at its Summit the gradual evolution on Wall Street and Corporate America acknowledging the market value and contribution of the American Latino community and a push towards greater inclusion.
Founded in 1999, the New America Alliance is comprised by a 501(c)6 and a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to advancing the economic development of the American Latino community. The Alliance is organized on the principle that American Latino business leaders have a special responsibility to lead the process of building the forms of capital most crucial to Latino progress – economic capital, political capital, human capital and the practice of philanthropy.
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