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Second Annual CHLI Future Leaders Conference - Washington, DC
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When: July 16, 2008
8:00 AM
Where: Organization of American States
17th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20006
United States
Contact: Yisel Cabrera

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The 2007 CHLI Future Leaders' Conference at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) was the first full day conference of its kind in Washington, DC to unite student leaders aged 18-25 to discuss critical issues relating to the U.S. Hispanic community and the Hispanic population throughout the Western Hemisphere. The conference offered students the opportunity to discuss current events and issues with top policy makers, analyze concepts, and then implement their new skill.

Following the success of the 2007 CHLI Future Leaders' Conference, the Inter-American Development Bank and CHLI once again partnered n to bring the CHLI Future Leaders' Conference to Miami, Florida for the Board of Governors of the the Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank and the Inter-American Investment Corporation on April 4, 2008. During this important meeting, the IDB Youth Program hosted 100 Agentes De Cambio (Agents of Change) for a parallel set of meetings, programs and leadership development seminars. The opportunity to unite the Agentes De Cambio with student leaders from the South Florida community allowed CHLI to develop an open dialogue on key issues facing the U.S. Hispanic community from a public policy perspective, as well as from a leadership and career development perspective.

The Second Annual CHLI Future Leaders Conference: "Advancing Democracy & Strengthening the Rule of Law in the Americas" will be held on July 16, 2008 at the Organization of American States (OAS) and will provide students with an opportunity to network with national and international leaders, meet government and corporate executives, and learn about exciting careers in Washington, DC.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.                 Registration & Continental Breakfast


9:00 a.m. – 10: 30 a.m.             Opening Session & Welcome Remarks

                                                 Octavio Hinojosa Mier, Executive Director of CHLI

                                                 Hector Morales, U.S. Ambassador to the OAS

                                                 Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the OAS

                                                 Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL-19), CHLI Chairman

                                                 Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
10:30 a.m – 10:45 a.m.             Morning Break
10:45 – 12:00 p.m.                   Panel One: Promoting Economic Development in the      
                                                Ambassador Federico Humbert, Embassy of Panama
                                                Anna Escobedo Cabral, U.S. Treasurer
                                                Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.             Networking Luncheon


1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.               Panel Two: Political Survey of the Americas
                                                Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, Embassy of Mexico
                                                Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-18)
                                                Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-17)
                                                Ms. Wendy Martinez, Department for Electoral Cooperation
                                                and Observation in the Secretariat for Political Affairs, OAS
                                                and former Ford Motor Company CHLI Intern

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.             Panel Three: Public/Private Partnerships in the Americas

                                               Mr. Hector Romero, Banco Azteca/Grupo Salinas (Mexico)

                                               Mr. Fabian Koss, Inter-American Development Bank


4:00 p.m.                               Closing remarks

                                              Octavio Hinojosa Mier, Executive Director, CHLI


Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL-19), CHLI Chairman

The Hon. Hector Morales, U.S. Ambassador to the OAS
H.E. Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the OAS
H.E. Ambassador Federico Humbert, Embassy of Panama
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)
Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
The Honorable Anna Escobedo Cabral, U.S. Treasurer
Ms. Wendy Martinez, former CHLI Intern, OAS

Rep. Eliot Engel (NY-17), Chairman, Subcommittee, Western Hemisphere

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
H.E. Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan of Mexico
Mr. Hector Romero, Banco Azteca/Grupo Salinas (Mexico)
Ms. Georgina Salguera, Ford Motor Company Fund
Mr. Fabian Koss, Inter-American Development Bank


Invited Washington, DC Internship Programs include:

  • American University
  • Asian-Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APACS)
  • American Jewish Committtee (AJC)
  • Center for American Progress
  • CIP- Center for International Policy
  • Coalition for American Leadership Abroad
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF)
  • Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI)
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)
  • Congressional Summer Interns
  • Council on Hemispheric Affairs
  • George Washington University
  • George Mason University
  • Georgetown University – the Fund for American Studies
  • IGCC- University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  • The Inter-American Dialogue
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  • Human Rights First
  • International Law Institute
  • Latin American Working Group
  • Pan American Development Foundation
  • New America Foundation
  • OMB Summer Internships
  • Organization of American States (OAS)
  • (REE) Foreign Service Specialists, Student Program
  • The Delegation of the European Commission
  • The World Bank
  • The U.S. – Mexico Chamber of Commerce
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • University of Maryland
  • U.S. Department of State Interns
  • Washington Center for Internships and Academic Studies
  • White House Interns
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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