US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Concludes 43rd Annual Conference in Phoenix with Expanded Opportunities for Hispanic Business Owners

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PHOENIX, AZ – October 11, 2022 – Hosted at the Downtown Sheraton in Phoenix, Arizona, the 2022 U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Annual Conference concluded last week as one of the Chamber’s largest gatherings ever of Hispanic businesses. Over the three-day sold-out summit, nearly 1,500 attendees from local chambers of commerce, business leaders, politicians and corporate partners from across the country descended on Phoenix to discuss the growing opportunities for Hispanic enterprises.

Currently, the more than 5 million Hispanic businesses throughout the U.S. add $2.8 trillion to the country’s GDP, ranking the U.S. Latino GDP is the fifth largest in the world, according to the Latino Donor Collaborative presented at DATOS. While impressive for its size, the U.S. Latino GDP is most noteworthy for its growth. Over the past two years, the growth of real U.S. Latino GDP averaged 5.63 percent, double the rate of the broader U.S. economy. This economic block serves as a driving force for continued economic growth and a broad basis of support for the overall U.S. economy.

During the sold-out, bipartisan, conference running October 2-4, the summit hosted 1,445 attendees, including:

● 480+ corporate visitors

● 200+ small businesses

● 140+ local chambers

● 170+ non-profits

● 55+ government agencies

The event’s agenda included a mix of panels and workshops with influential thought leaders, award winners and guest speakers from around the country.

Event highlights include: ● Town Hall with Arizona gubernatorial candidates, Katie Hobbs and Kari Lake. Refer here for the recording in English. ● Release of new survey in partnerships on ways to turn optimism into confidence for the future for business owners. ● Release of the state of the country’s Hispanic market according to DATOS and the AZ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Awardees include:

● Corporation of the Year award, Raul Anaya, Bank of America

● Large Chamber of the Year, Carlos Medina, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey

● Employee Resource Group of the Year, Belinda Chavez-Imwalle, Kroger

● Medium Chamber of the Year, Marcos Wanless Seattle Latino Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

● Small Chamber of the Year, Joe Aldaz, Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

● Hispanic Business Male of the Year, Gonzalo A. de la Melena Jr., Emerging Airport Ventures

● Hispanic Business Female of the Year, Lea Marquez Peterson, Marquez Peterson Group

● Hector Barreto Sr. “Con Ganas” award, Lisa Urias, Arizona Community Foundation

● Entrepreneurial Spirit award, Maria Jose Palacio, Progeny Coffee

● LGBTQ+ Advocate of the Year, Raul Suarez Rodriguez, Merck

Key speakers include:

● USHCC President & CEO, Ramiro Cavazos

● USHCC Phoenix Chamber President & CEO, Monica Villalobos

● Phoenix Mayor and Advocate for the Hispanic community, Kate Gallego

● Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Isabella Casillas-Guzman

● Senior White House Advisor, Mitch Landrieu

● Under Secretary of Commerce for Minority Business Development, Don Cravins Jr.

● Chairman, NBCUniversal News Group, Cesar Conde

● CEO & President of the Arizona Coyotes, Xavier Gutierrez

“The goal of the USHCC is to elevate and position the more than 5 million Latino-owned businesses around the country, through our 260 active chambers. During this year’s Annual Conference, we shared insight in overcoming the challenges in obtaining capital, capacity and contracts, some of the most basic, yet crucial elements of scaling a successful business,” said Ramiro A. Cavazos, President & CEO of USHCC. “We’re elated to have hosted nearly 1,500 attendees at this year’s Conference and provide business owners with access to invaluable resources and effective programs. As we say in Spanish, ¡adelante!”

“It was a pleasure welcoming nearly 1,000 people to my hometown of Phoenix for this year’s Annual Conference. By bringing together leaders from public and private sectors, we were able to share knowledge and insight that will continue to empower Hispanic business owners throughout the state, and country,” explained Monica Villalobos, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “The energy throughout the event was palpable, and we look forward to hosting more events in the future!”

“Phoenix is one of America’s most dynamic and growing markets. In many ways, we represent the future of this country, given our diversity and economic strength,” said Xavier Gutierrez, President & CEO of the AZ Coyotes. “I applaud the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for selecting our backyard to host their marquee annual event, which celebrates the incredible contributions of the Latino Business community. The US Latino market is critical for overall economic prosperity, which is evident across the country but nowhere more so than Phoenix.”

The conference came ahead of two key moments for the Hispanic community, including:

– The release of $52.4 billion in funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill, slated for later this month, which will provide a slew of grant and loan opportunities for Hispanic business owners.

– The midterm elections on November 8, 2022, which could change political representation in states throughout the country.

Next year, the USHCC’s 2023 Annual Conference will return to the East Coast and will be hosted at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando on September 24 – 26, 2023 in Orlando, Florida.

The NMSDC Equity Honors 2023–Applications Now Open
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The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Equity Honors awards are presented to corporate chief officers who have been recognized by their peers as the true leaders at the vanguard of economic equity and minority business integration.

Submit an application for your CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, CMO, CDO, and CPO of the Year. All applications* must be started** by Dec. 20 to be considered.

Submit Application Here!

*Qualified applications submitted for The Equity Honors in 2022 have been cloned for consideration for the 2023 Equity Honors. Simply log into the NMSDC Awards Portal and update your application, then submit. Previous winners of The Equity Honors are ineligible to apply again for a minimum of 3 years.

**We will reopen the applications in March of 2023 to collect 2022 comparative data that will complete the application. All applications that have been started by Dec. 20 will constitute The Equity Honors Nominees for 2023 with nominees highlighted on the Forum website and invited to the 2023 Minority Business Economic Forum.

For more information about NMSDC visit, nmsdc.org

Over 1,700 Celebrate Diversity in Computing at the 2022 Tapia Conference
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On September 10, 2022, CMD-IT and fiscal sponsor, ACM wrapped up the 2022 CMD-IT/ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference in Washington D.C. This was their first in-person conference since 2019 in San Diego, California.

The 2022 conference theme, “A Time to Celebrate! Resilience, Adaptability and Innovation in Computing,” was brought to life as over 1,700 students, supporters, presenters and volunteers came together at the Marriott Marquis and Washington Convention Center to participate in sessions, reconnect with others in the community and celebrate diversity in computing!

The CMD-IT/ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference is the premier venue to acknowledge, promote and celebrate diversity in computing. The goal of the Tapia Conference is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities in order to:

● Celebrate the diversity that exists in computing.

● Connect with others with common backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities and gender to create communities that extend beyond the conference.

● Engage with computing leaders in academia and industry.

● Be inspired by great presentations and conversations with leaders with common backgrounds.

The Tapia conference brings together CMD-IT’s target communities: African Americans/Blacks, Native Americans/Indigenous People, Hispanics/Latinx and People with Disabilities.

The Tapia 2022 conference offered a variety of intellectually stimulating talks from leaders in computing, along with enrichment opportunities like professional development workshops, a career fair with over 100 supporters and significant opportunities for networking. The conference concluded with its usual, fun-filled dance party.

Mark your calendars for Tapia 2023 on September 13-16 at the Gaylord Texas Resort in Dallas, Texas. Join the CMD-IT mailing list to stay connected with the Tapia Community or visit tapiaconference.org for Tapia conference updates!

The AISES Leadership Summit
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The AISES Leadership Summit delivers on strategies that equip #Indigenous #STEM students and leaders to succeed within the organizational structures in their work or academic lives.

Secure your spot for the April 2 and 9 summit by registering at summit.aises.org #AISESLS21 #AISESLeadership

USHCC 2021 Virtual Legislative Summit
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The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invites DiversityComm readers to join the USHCC 2021 Virtual Legislative Summit at NO COST on March 30-31, 2021 ($50 value).

We invite you to join us as we connect America’s Hispanic Business leaders with elected officials from both sides of the aisle in a bipartisan effort to influence legislative change.

This Summit creates a platform for ideas that help our economy grow, our businesses scale, and our country move forward to reestablish our economic vibrancy. 

Click here to register. #USHCCLegislative

Young Hispanic and Latino Voters are Pushing for Increased Voter Turnout
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Community organizations across Western New York are making the push to get people to vote as Election Day, on November 3, gets closer. This includes the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York.

Esmeralda Sierra is the president of the organization. She told 2 On Your Side’s Karys Belger she’s been helping spread information about voting at the handful events the organization has hosted since the COVID-19 Pandemic started.

She says there’s also been a push to spread information digitally.

“We’re trying to promote to our Facebook, to our Twitter, and our LinkedIn the importance of voting,” she said.

A Pew Research Center report says Hispanic voters will make up the largest Non-White, eligible voting population in this election.

With this knowledge, Sierra says it’s important to make sure every one of those voices is accounted for. She also says she’s noticed increased eagerness among younger voters who are eligible to vote.

“You can see that the younger generations are excited. They’re not afraid to make themselves heard,” Sierra said.

Lilian Mancancela, a recent graduate of the University at Buffalo agrees. She tells 2 On Your Side she’s eager to see the number of Hispanic voters who will head to the polls.

“I’ve always been someone who pushed others to get politically engaged and I’ve also wondered why that wasn’t the case in previous years,” Mancancela said.

Mancancela’s parents immigrated to the United States from Ecuador and she says that experience helped shape her passion for politics. She’s also noticed the increased attention being given to Hispanic voters and she wants to make sure her peers know their votes will make a difference.

“I think it’s long overdue but I’m glad it’s happening at the moment and I think it’s a great opportunity for underrepresented groups to get out there.”

Mancancela is one of the thousands of young voters making up what Pew Research Center says is the most diverse electoral population to date.

Continue to WGRZ to read the full article. 

How Columbus Day became Indigenous Peoples’ Day in over 130 US cities
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It took Christopher Columbus about nine weeks to reach the New World from Spain — and his critics more than half a century to start convincing US cities to ditch the holiday honoring the moment.

In 1992, Berkeley, Calif., became the first city to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day — and now, nearly 30 years later, there are more than 130 cities and 15 states that have either followed suit or chosen to mark both.

“It’s become a trend,” said Baley Champagne, a tribal citizen of the United Houma Nation, to NPR last year, after successfully lobbying Louisiana’s governor to make the switch to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

We’re bringing awareness that we’re not going to allow someone like that to be glorified into a hero because of the hurt that he caused to indigenous people of America,’’ she said of Columbus. “I think it’s long overdue.’’

Shannon Speed, a Chickasaw Nation citizen and director of UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center, was more blunt to the outlet.

“Today we understand that while [Columbus] was an explorer and credited with being one of the first Europeans to arrive in the Americas, we now know a great deal about the history and the way that he and his people behaved when they came to this continent — which included pillaging, raping and generally setting in motion a genocide of the people who were already here.

“That’s not something we want to celebrate,” she said. “That’s not something anyone wants to celebrate.”

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt made Columbus Day a federal holiday in 1934, it’s likely he had no idea the controversy he would create.

The annual holiday was set for the second Monday in October, traditionally feted with parades largely organized by Italian American groups.

But indigenous people — furious at seeing the Italian explorer elevated to hero status while representing the brutal European conquering of their ancestors — fought back against the holiday.

Continue to the New York Post to red the full article. 

Embracing Change, Raising Awareness
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As we are still amid the pandemic, inevitable changes are taking place, which range from social causes to the future of the workforce. We recognize these constantly evolving times, which is why this issue of HISPANIC Network Magazine delves into the current occurrences in the Latino community and the impact COVID-19 has had on businesses.

With the Black Lives Matter movement underway, Latinos are standing in solidarity with the Black community, as they have faced their own racial injustice.

Eric Rodriguez of UnidosUS states, “The movement has given many Latinos, who have also been harmed, aggrieved or offended by police practices, a voice and a means of expressing their frustration in a way that advances social change.”

To read more about how the Black Lives Matter movement and Latino community connect, visit page 82, and learn how YOU can make a difference.

Adam Rodriguez, our cover story, is no stranger to advocating for social change. When it comes to serving Latinos, the actor and family man gives 100 percent.

His new series, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, tackles this very thing: “This show takes place in 1938, and we’re dealing with all the same challenges without having made very much progress in almost 100 years,” he says. Read more about the Magic Mike star’s views, current projects, and how he and his family are seeing the pandemic in a positive light on page 42.

Lastly, as we are still trying to navigate running a business and working from home, we have some good news amid the uncertainty: Business owners are beating the odds (page 66), and you can, too! To follow in their footsteps, learn how to be even more productive while working at home, and cope with unsettling feelings during this time, flip through the issue for some tips.

Samar KhouryAdvocate for change. Discover the future of the workforce. And remember that your business can still thrive.

Samar Khoury
Managing Editor
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See which City is Doing the Most to Stop Discrimination Against the LGBTQ+ Community
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In Early May, the Village of Gambier, in Knox County, Ohio, made history when they passed their county’s first ever LGBTQ anti-discrimination legislation. The village’s council met the night of May 4 via a Zoom Call and passed the law unanimously.

The legislation was passed specifically with the LGBTQ+ community in mind, including people of differing sexual orientations and gender identities to be included in protections from workplace, housing, and public commodity discrimination. The law will be put into effect immediately, with the hopes of not only better protecting people in the LGBTQ+ community in the Village of Gambier but to also encourage the passing of the Ohio Fairness Act.

The Ohio Fairness Act is essentially a much wider spread version of what Gambier passed earlier this month. The Act is set to include the LGBTQ+ community in discrimination protection in the same areas. Though the Ohio Fairness Act has been widely supported by many local fronts, it has yet to pass through the House and the Senate.

In an effort to further push the bill into becoming a law, Gambier’s mayor, Leeman Kessler stated that he wished to join arms with other local communities working to protect LGBTQ+ communities. He believes that as more and more businesses stand together in protecting the LGBTQ+ community, the more it will encourage others to do the same, including those passing the Ohio Fairness Act.

“It puts these protections in place explicitly,” Kessler stated of the new local law, “so folks aren’t left in a legal gray area.”

Silicon Valley honors top Hispanic business leaders
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In accepting the first-ever Latino Business Leadership Awards handed out by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, nine individuals spanning a range of industries — venture capital, finance, technology, nonprofits and more — offered personal remarks that touched on their upbringing and gave hope to the future.

Here are excerpts from their remarks on Thursday, given during a luncheon at the Westin San Jose. Click on each name to read the full profile of each honoree.

Jimena Almendares, vice president of global expansion at Intuit Inc.

“I’m really proud of this. But I really think that I’m just a face of Latinos that came before. When I think about that, I think about my grandad. My grandad came from Mexico every summer to work at the fields picking cotton, and then he learned English. He ended up working at Continental Airlines, so that’s what allowed me to start traveling and have a better future.

“But I also think about all of the people that are making the Latino community at Intuit much better … To give you an example, we launched Mexico in four months — from an idea to actually launching a product in Spanish with care, support, legal entity, and a team and offices there in four months. We did it basically starting with two people, and then all of the Latinos raised their hands to say, ‘I want to help.’ … So what I really want to say is thank you, because I see the hard work from the people that got us here, but also the opportunity that we can have if we all come together. Because we’re Latinos, we work hard, and we have also a bright future ahead.”

Ed Alvarez, chief executive officer of Foundation for Hispanic Education

“My core is very simple. God blessed me with the opportunity after a career in law and sports to be something that I really believed in and was passionate about, and that was education. So, our school served the highest-needs families in East San Jose. We graduate them and we send them to college. I’ve been supported in this by just a great board. Some of us — I can look at three of them right now starting with John Sobrato, we’ve been together for 16 years in this journey — and so the board has just been tremendous. So this award, as far as I’m concerned, is a joint award for the board of the Hispanic Foundation, and the work that we do, so thank you.”

For the complete article, continue on to BizJournals.

Top Organizations to Receive Diversity and Inclusion Honors Award At Annual Conference
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The Association of ERGs & Councils (a practice group of PRISM International, Inc.) released their annual list of the Top 25 US Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Business Resource Groups (BRGs) and Diversity Councils. Honorees are set to receive the tenth annual 2019 ERG & Council Honors Award™ at an award ceremony during the 2019 ERG & Council Conference in Orlando May 3rd.

The 2019 ERG & Council Honors Award™ is the only annual national award that recognizes and honors the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. It was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc.

The 2019 ERG & Council Honors Award™ recipients are a diverse combination of US organizations representing most sectors, geographies and sizes. “This year we had a diverse pool of highly qualified applications representing 1,079 ERGs, BRGs, Diversity Councils and their chapters,” states Fernando Serpa, Executive Director of the Association of ERGs & Councils. “We also had several non-Top 25 groups demonstrate best practices and results that deserve to be recognized and they will be receiving the Spotlight Impact Award™ that highlights the achievements of these select groups in the categories of Organizational Impact, Talent Management and Culture of Inclusion.”

This year, for the first time, the Association of ERGs and Councils will bestow the honor of Top Executive Sponsor of the Year. “We wanted to recognize and call out the important role executive sponsors play in developing, supporting and enabling their ERGs and Councils to succeed,” Serpa said.

The 2019 ERG & Council Honors Award™ Top 25 recipient rankings will be revealed at the May 3 award ceremony at the Disney Yacht & Beach Club Resort in Orlando, Florida. The Award Ceremony and Conference is open to all diversity and inclusion professionals involved with ERGs, BRGs and Councils.  This is a great opportunity for individuals to learn and share best practices, network, grow and celebrate, to become inspired and be renewed…all for the purpose of increasing their impact on key organizational and business objectives. Learn more by visiting ErgCouncilConference.com.

The 2019 ERG & Council Honors Award™ recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – American Airlines Diversity Advisory Council
  • Atrium Health – Atrium Health Divisional Diversity Councils
  • Bank of America – Military Support & Assistance Group ( MSAG)
  • Cleveland Clinic – ClinicPride Employee Resource Group (ClinicPride ERG)
  • Cleveland Clinic – Military/Veterans Employee Resource Group
  • Cleveland Clinic – SALUD
  • Davenport University – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council
  • Entergy Corporation – Entergy Employee Resource Group
  • Erie Insurance – Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council
  • Froedtert Health – Froedtert Health Diversity Council
  • General Motors – General Motors Employee Resource Group Council
  • KeyBank – Key Business Impact and Networking Groups
  • Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals – Mallinckrodt Inclusion & Diversity Council
  • Mount Sinai Queens, part of the Mount Sinai Health System – Mount Sinai Queens Diversity Council
  • Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, part of the Mount Sinai Health System – Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Diversity Council
  • National Guard – Joint Diversity Executive Council
  • Northern Trust Corporation – Advancing Professionals Resource Council (APRC)
  • Northern Trust Corporation – Women In Leadership Business Resource Council (WIL BRC)
  • Northwestern Mutual – Asian ERG
  • Northwestern Mutual – Northwestern Mutual Women’s Employee Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Asian Business Resource Group
  • PNC Financial Services Group – Corporate Diversity Council
  • State Street Corporation – Professional Women’s Network – Massachusetts Chapter (PWN-MA)
  • Texas Instruments – Texas Instruments Diversity Network (TIDN)
  • Turner, Inc. – Turner Business Resource Groups
  • U.S. Bank – Spectrum LGBTQ Business Resource Group
  • U.S. Bank – U.S. Bank Proud to Serve

The 2019 Spotlight Impact Award™ recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • Dominion Energy – Dominion Energy Executive Diversity Council (EDC)
  • FedEx Services – Diversity and Inclusion BRT Council
  • Food Lion – Diversity and Inclusion
  • MUFG Union Bank, N.A. – Women’s Initiative Network (WIN)
  • Summa Health – Diversity and Advisory Council

The 2019 Executive Sponsor of the Year recipients in alphabetical order:

    • FedEx Services Diversity and Inclusion BRT Council – Rebecca Huling
    • Perdue Farms Inclusion Council – Randy Day
    • Southern California Edison Company (SCE) Women’s Roundtable (WR) – Maria Rigatti
    • U.S. Bank Proud to Serve – Mike Ott

About the ERG & Council Honors Award™
The ERG & Council Honors Award™ is the only annual national award that recognizes, honors and celebrates the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils that lead the diversity and inclusion process in their organizations and demonstrate results in their workforce, workplace and marketplace. Learn more by visiting ERG & Council Honors Award.

About the ERG & Council Conference™
ERGs and Diversity Councils are vital links for improving organizational results. However, to remain impactful and effective, they need opportunities to increase their skills and knowledge and to learn and share best practices. They need opportunities to network, celebrate and grow. This is the purpose of the only annual conference designed specifically for ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting ERGCouncilConference.com.

About the Association of ERGs & Councils
The Association of ERGs & Councils is a practice group of PRISM International Inc. and the premier resource for transforming Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and Employee Network Groups to impact key organizational and business objectives. Learn more by visiting the ErgCouncil.com.

About PRISM International, Inc.
PRISM International Inc., a Talent Dimensions company, is a WBENC-certified, full-service provider of innovative and proven consulting, training and products for leveraging diversity and inclusion, addressing unconscious bias, increasing cross-cultural competencies and creating more effective ERGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting PrismDiversity.com.

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Upcoming Events

  1. The Small Business Expo–Multiple Event Dates
    February 17, 2022 - December 1, 2022
  2. National College Resources Foundation Upcoming Events–Mark Your Calendar!
    September 24, 2022 - April 1, 2023
  3. UnidosUS – LatinX Health Equity Summit 2022
    December 6, 2022 - December 8, 2022
  4. Latinx Health Equity Summit 2022
    December 6, 2022 - December 8, 2022
  5. HACE Recruitment Series: Latinas in the Workplace
    December 8, 2022
  6. Elder Customers –Treating Customers with Empathy–Virtual Event
    December 14, 2022
  7. 2023 Prospanica Leadership Summit
    March 9, 2023 - March 11, 2023
  8. CSUN 38th Annual Assistive Technology Conference
    March 13, 2023 - March 17, 2023
  9. CSUN Assistive Technology Conference
    March 13, 2023 - March 17, 2023
  10. USHCC Legislative Summit 2023
    March 20, 2023 - March 22, 2023