15th Annual Hispanic Leadership Conference

Hosted by the Coalition for Hispanic/Latino Issues and Progress (CHIP), one of the County’s oldest Hispanic advocacy organizations the conference invites expert speakers and professionals to inform attendees on the major issues affecting Latinos and the at-large community throughout the United States and beyond. It serves as a forum where civic leaders, educators, students, social workers, non-profit organizations, Union and corporate representatives, Hispanic-Latino advocacy groups and concerned citizens, can exchange views, network, and review information provided by national, state, and local presenters, enabling us all to better address the major issues facing the Hispanic-Latino and greater community. Additionally, we promise all an atmosphere of friendship, rejuvenation, and inspiration through out the Friday Speaker /Media/Sponsor reception, Saturday conference and Saturday Evening Formal Gala.

Editor’s note:  The date of the event is May 1st.  Please act quickly if you wish to register (by Friday of this week).  I received a registration form by email, but don’t have the tools to post it here. $70 for all the activities of the conference, $35 for just the Gala (fiesta!), or $35 for just the daytime speeches and workshop presentations.  For registration, you may contact Michael or Dina Ferrer by email (mf777df@msn.com) or by phone (440-989-1178).  I have attended some of these conferences in the past, whenever my calendar permits.  I highly recommend it.  For those of Hispanic-Latino heritage, this is tailored to you.  For those not of Hispanic-Latino heritage, like myself, this is fun, highly informative, and an is excellent chance to mingle & network.  From my own experience, I would estimate that 98% to 99% of what is spoken by the presenters is in English, so there is no reason for anxiety if you don’t know the Spanish language.  There’s nothing else like this in all of Ohio! More information continued below:

15th Annual Hispanic Leadership Conference

Scheduled for May 1, 2010

The 15th Annual Hispanic Leadership Conference hosted by the Coalition for Hispanic Issues & Progress (CHIP) will be held at Lorain County Community College’s Spitzer Conference Center and Stocker Theater on May 1, 2010 from 8:00am-4:00pm followed by the Saturday Evening Formal Gala, a celebration of culture, entertainment, fellowship and dancing from 6:00pm to midnight at the Lorain Party Center. Tickets are $70 for Conference and Gala, $35 each for the conference or Gala Only tickets, and $15 for dance only tickets after 9:00pm on Saturday. College students are ½ priced and limited scholarships are available for high school students. Conference and Gala tickets include a continental breakfast, lunch and dinner.

This year’s conference, directed by CHIP Conference Directors, Michael & Dina Ferrer in collaboration with 62 Hispanic serving organizations, will feature:

Keynote Address: Border Angels Founder & President, Enrique Morones will address the more than 10,000 deaths that have occurred on the Borders of this great nation and the human compassion mission of the organization he founded in 1986 after leaving his position as the first Hispanic Director, then Vice-President of the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball. In December of 2009 Mr. Morones was presented with Mexico’s highest honor, the OTHLI, Mexico’s National Human Rights Award, by Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon and the National Human Rights Commission.

Featured Main Stage Presenters:

Honorable Richard Cordray: Attorney General of Ohio–will speak on the efforts of his office to curb Human Trafficking and prevent scams perpetrated on vulnerable populations within Ohio.

Max Rodas: Executive Director of Proyecto Luz and Executive Director of the Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center will address Health Disparities affecting Minority populations in our communities.

Gabriela Garcia-Medina: Acclaimed Spoken Word Artist, author and poet will inspire and motivate our audience with her hard hitting and rejuvenating poetry.

Julissa Reyes: A 14 year old storyteller who learns about, and passes on, Hispanic/Latino culture by learning and telling our stories to audiences.

Colombian Champion dancers Adriana Salgado and Orlando Reyes, will present the passion and excitement of the Tango along with 2007 U.S. National Champion Eduardo Goytia and Jennifer Wesnousky who studied with masters in Spain and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Two Major Panel Discussions:

Human Trafficking: An Epidemic in America: This discussion will identify combative strategies and solutions to this devastating criminal enterprise as Ohio was recently identified as the 4th leading State in the nation in the Trafficking of Human Beings.  The Human Trafficking Panel will include Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, Domestic Relations Judge Debra Boros, Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will, Farm Labor Organizing Committee President Beldamar Velasquez, Coalition to End Human Trafficking representative Dana Vaughn-Mgunda, Lorain Police Chief Cel Rivera, Morning Journal Senior Editor Tom Skoch, James Moroney, Director, U.S. Attorney’s Office of Northern Ohio, Conference Keynote Speaker and Founder/President of the Border Angels, Enrique Morones and Panel Moderator Tina Staigers, Esq., Policy Director for the Ohio Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

Critical Issues in Latino Health – Preventing Premature Dying in Latino Communities: This panel sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic will examine Critical Health Issues in Hispanic/Latino Communities and seeks solutions which can help prevent the premature dying currently occurring in minority communities throughout the nation. The panel will be moderated by Max Rodas, Executive Director of the Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center, Founder/Executive Director of Proyecto Luz, an HIV/AIDS faith based initiative in Cleveland, Ohio. Panelists participating in this Critical Issues discussion will include Dr. Leonor Maria Osorio, a Doctor of Internal Medicine, specializing in Women’s and Preventive Health, Gabriela Sehinkman, a Clinical/Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Social Worker from WSEM in Cleveland, Victor Leandry, MSW, Executgive Director of El Centro de Servicios Sociales, and Gloria Badillo, N.D., whose diverse clinical experiences include working with drug and alcohol rehabilitation, migrant communities and the National Diabetes Prevention Pilot, Save Our Sons in collaboration with Morehouse School of Medicine.

Workshops: The Conference will also present the following 55 minute workshops from 1:30pm – 3:30pm

  1. Identity Theft, Scams and Vulnerable Populations: This workshop will be conducted by Ms. Susan Choe from the office of the Attorney General and will identify and offer preventive strategies to prevent these crimes from happening in our communities.
  2. Danger OnlineCyber Predators and Sexual Exploitation on the Internet: This workshop will be presented by Ms. Kathy Nicols from the Office of the Attorney General with a special presentation to high school students attending this year’s conference.
  3. When Walls Talk – Art as a Catalyst for Change: This workshop will be presented by internationally renowned Visual Artist and Muralist Maria Dominguez whose murals have appeared throughout the United States, Italy, Africa and Europe. Her work will be introduced by Dr. Raquel Ortiz of Kent State University.
  4. New Puerto Rico Birth Certificates & the Undermining of Puerto Rico’s Economy: this workshop will be presented by Luis Balzac, North East Regional Director for the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration and will examine the realities, myths and intent of the new law requiring those born in Puerto Rico to secure new birth certificates. The workshop will also discuss the factors that allowed the U.S. Virgin Islands to uproot Captain Morgan from Puerto Rico and its effect on the Puerto Rican economy.
  5. Border Angels: A tribute to Human Compassion: Keynote Speaker, Enrique Morones will present this workshop on the work of the Border Angels and the necessity for human compassion in preventing needless death near the borders areas surrounding the United States.
  6. The 2010 Census: Beyond the Fear: This workshop will be presented by Guadalupe Lara, Regional Migrant Partnership Specialist for Michigan and Ohio and will highlight the implications of the 2010 Census and the need to move beyond the fear and insure that this year’s census results in maximum benefits and services to our communities.
  7. Budgeting in a Recession – Waking Up Your Dreams: This workshop will show participants how to maximize their purchasing power through budgeting and basic research techniques that will help in making it through the current recession. Speaker to be announced.
  8. Latin Dance: The conference will also feature a hands-on Introduction to Tango workshop.

Youth attending this year’s conference will have a special leadership tract on Cyber Predators and Sexual Exploitation on the Internet, a training session on expression with Spoken Word Artist and author Gabriela Garcia-Medina and can also select one workshop from conference offerings at the end of the day. Youth must attend the conference to be sponsored for the Saturday Evening Formal Gala. CHIP and the Nordson Corporation Foundation will provide 120 full scholarships to the conference and evening gala to area high school students.

On Friday, April 30, 2010 CHIP will feature a Speaker/Sponsor/Media reception sponsored by the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration and Rums of Puerto Rico at the Elyria Holiday Inn starting at 5:30pm for invited guests and open to the public beginning at 7:00pm. The reception will feature a special multi-media presentation compiled by Conference Co-Director Dina Ferrer to original music from Jazz Artist Justo Saborit, a presentation on the work of Visual Artist Maria Dominguez, an original Tango dance performance by Colombian Tango Artists Adriana Salgado and Orlando Reyes, a special presentation by 8th grade storyteller Julissa Reyes and opportunities to meet and interview this year’s speakers, panelists, entertainers and sponsors. To set-up Friday interviews with speakers and guests contact Michael Ferrer at 440-336-1501 or via email at mf777df@msn.com.

CHIP’s 15th Annual Hispanic Leadership Conference will innovative and inspirational presentations designed to rejuvenate, excite and invigorate conference attendees. For more information please contact Conference Directors Dina and Michael Ferrer at 440-989-1178 or via email. Those interested can also visit our website for updates at www.chiplorain.org.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to this year’s Title Sponsor, STATE FARM and to the Co-Sponsors listed below:

15th Annual Hispanic Leadership Conference SPONSORS

Title Sponsor

State Farm Insurance

Platinum Sponsor

The Morning Journal

Diamond Sponsor

Cleveland Clinic

The Hispanic Fund

Lorain County Community College

Puerto Rico Federal Affairs/Rums of P.R.

Gold Sponsors

U.S. Census Bureau

Lorain City Schools

Sunnyside Toyota

Key Bank

UAW Local 2000

Nordson Corporation Foundation

Community Foundation of Lorain County

Coalition for Hispanic/Latino Issues & Progress

North Coast Latino/LC Magazine

La Prensa

Silver Sponsors

Anonymous Donor

Lorain County Commissioners

Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office

Lorain County Urban League

Nord Family Foundation

Community Health Partners

UAW Local 2192

Bronze Sponsors

LC Board of Mental Health

Lorain National Bank


Lorain County Metroparks

First Federal Savings of Lorain

Ohio Business College

Rita’s Christian Academy

Jim Smith-Lorain City School Board

Coalition for South Lorain

Lorain Port Authority

Lorain County Democratic Party

El Centro de Servicios Sociales

LC Children Services

Puskas Flowers

Thank You to Our Pre-Conference Reception Sponsors

Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration

Rums of Puerto Rico

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