Advancing the Hispanic Community's Diversity of Thought
Founded in 2003, CHLI is a 501(c)3 non-profit and non-partisan organization. CHLI is dedicated to fostering a broad awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests and views of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent.
Advancing the Hispanic Community's Diversity of Thought.
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is the premier organization founded by Members of Congress to advance the Hispanic Community's Economic Progress with a focus on Social Responsibility and Global Competitiveness.
I am profoundly grateful to all who have supported CHLI throughout the last decade. I am extremely pleased that CHLI has been able to help so many deserving young people and am proud of the outstanding success they have achieved professionally and in serving their communities. This would not be possible without your assistance and support. Again, a heartfelt THANK YOU!
As we embark on 2014, I am pleased and honored to welcome Juan Carlos Gutierrez of Oracle and Nicolas Perez Stable of General Electric to CHLI's Board of Directors. I would also like to Congratulate Belinda Garza of Univision on her election as Secretary of CHLI's Executive Committee. I welcome their wisdom, experience, and leadership as they join our extraordinarily talented team. I look forward to working with them as we continue to advance CHLI's mission. And, a special welcome to Alejandro Luis Sarría, of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, as our new Pro-Bono General Counsel.
Finally, I would like to sincerely thank outgoing Board Members Bert Gomez of Univision, Brian Doran of Popular Community Bank, and Vicki Iseman of Alcalde & Faye. Their leadership, vision and guidance helped build CHLI into what it has grown to today. While they may be stepping down from the board, their presence and influence shall always be felt. I am pleased that Brian will continue to serve CHLI as member of the Corporate Advisory Council.
Together, we have made a difference. And with your ongoing support, we will continue to build upon our achievements and develop the next generation of Hispanic leaders.
Executive Director's Message
Join CHLI in welcoming four outstanding future global leaders! Our 2014 CHLI Fellows are currently serving with Members of Congress. In a few weeks, they will begin their internships at corporate government/federal affairs offices, gaining valuable experience and developing important contacts to help them advance in their chosen careers. They do all this while enrolled in a political management course at the George Washington University. I'd like to welcome Alexander Alba, Lyana Cortes, Ivan Marchena, and Nancy Talamantes and congratulate them for being selected to participate in CHLI's Global Leaders Internship and Fellowship Spring 2014 Program!
Our first CHLI Regional Future Leaders Conference will be held in Miami, Florida on the campus of Florida International University on February 20th. CHLI will be hosting Members of Congress and corporate leaders who will inspire college and high school students with their personal experiences and offer career advice. Various companies and non-profit organizations will be present to share information on scholarships, internships and entry level jobs.
Mark your calendars for CHLI's 10th Annual Gala and Leadership Awards at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. on May 8th. This year's gala promises to be an exciting celebration! We will be reuniting with longtime friends, founders, supporters and program alumni who were there when CHLI started and who have joined us through the years.
We recognize that none of our successes would be possible without the support of our sponsors, partners, staff, volunteers and the very dedicated board of directors and corporate advisory council members. Thank you for your continued support.
See you at a CHLI event!
Annual Gala & Leadership Awards
This year's Annual Gala and Leadership Awards will be held on May 8th, 2014 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington.
CHLI held its 9th Annual Gala and Leadership Awards on May
15th in Washington, D.C. The evening was dedicated to recognizing leaders who showed exemplary leadership in helping advance the U.S. Hispanic Community.
The CHLI Leadership in Public Service Award was presented to the bi-cameral, bi-partisan Immigration working groups, represented by Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (IL). Senator Graham noted that "The support CHLI has provided the immigration reform effort, in a bipartisan fashion, has been invaluable and greatly contributed to the progress we have made in 2013." Rep. Gutierrez proudly accepted on behalf of his colleagues in the House, proclaiming "When partisan politics keep us from solving problems on so many issues, I am proud of my colleagues in the House bipartisan group and proud that we are working together to address immigration reform. We continually remind ourselves what is at stake, the families, the working men and women, people facing deportation and an economy that must grow. We are crafting a sensible immigration policy and it is within our grasp and will benefit all Americans."
Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), was presented with the CHLI International Leadership Award. He was recognized with the award for his unwavering commitment to advancing democracy. "Despite the threat to democracy and human rights in the hemisphere, the opportunities for democratic progress are actually growing. The region's populist autocracies are failing politically and
economically and the Cuban dictatorship is now entering what I believe to be the final stage of its inexorable decline and inevitable fall. But we can't take advantage of these
opportunities without a new rebirth of democratic solidarity," said Mr. Gershman.
Linda Alvarado, President of Alvarado Construction, received the CHLI Corporate Leadership Award for her entrepreneurial achievements. Ms. Alvarado is also the owner of the Colorado Rockies and is a nationally recognized role model for her commitment to the advancement of the Hispanic community. Ms. Alvarado said, "I am honored to receive the Corporate Leadership Award. I am also humbled because I view this as not just about me, but about our entire community as an inspirational symbol of the ability of not just Latinos, but also the ability of Latinas, to succeed as entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and directors of Fortune 500 Companies."
Trade & International Affairs Symposium
CHLI held its Second Annual Trade and International Affairs
Symposium on October 9th at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. the event brought together international business leaders, experts on trade, members of the diplomatic community, foreign ministers and U.S. government officials to discuss trade issues and international affairs that affect U.S. global competitiveness.
It was spearheaded by CHLI's Vice-Chairmen Congressman
Henry Cuellar (TX) and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL).
This year, the Symposium focused on the United States/European Union (EU) trade agreement. Panelists shared their thoughts on why trade is positive for America and business, and how trade impacts the economic engine of the Americas. Th ey also discussed global trade partners, where the opportunities for growth are, and shared their observations on pending agreements.
The plenary session, "Intellectual Property & Trade," revolved around the topic of intellectual property as it relates to trade negotiations and how reservation of it is crucial to encouraging innovation and competition in the global economy. This session was led by Jason Llorenz, a Senior Fellow at the School of Communications and Information at Rutgers University. Maria Cristina Capelo of Google shared her insights on the corporate perspective on challenges and opportunities in growing business outside the U.S. Liz Lopez of Barnes & Thornburg, LLP presented the legal aspects of trade as it relates to intellectual property and other cyber-related activities.
The first panel consisted of CHLI Chairman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, CHLI Vice-Chairmen Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and Congressman Henry Cuellar, and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to offer their perspectives on how trade affects the communities they represent.
The second panel, "US-EU: US Implications," provided analysis of the effects of a United States-European Union trade agreement and its impact on the US economy. This discussion was moderated by Lori Montenegroo of Telemundo. François Rivasseau, Delegation of the European Union in the United States shared the point of view from the European Union. David Spooner of Squire Sanders contributed his perspectives of assisting clients navigate international opportunities. Governor Luis Fortuño of Steptoe & Johnson, LLP spoke about the finance perspective and analysis on how trade agreements navigate the legislative process. Rebecca Karnak of Dell highlighted the corporate perspective on policy issues affecting global opportunities.
The third panel "US-EU: Latin America Implications," moderated by Armando Guzman of TV Azteca, covered the effects of a free trade agreement and its implications for the Western Hemisphere. Fabrizio Opertti of the Inter-American Development Bank highlighted investment potential and effects in Latin America from a US-EU agreement. Ricardo Ernst, Ph.D. of Georgetown University contributed the academic point of view and specific perspectives based on experience in South America. Ambassador David Nelson of General Electric talked about the corporate point of view on trade and from his experience in South America. Alice Ancona of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce reinforced the perspectives on how an agreement may effect small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Juan Rodríguez Inciarte, President of La Fundación Consejo España-Estados Unidos provided some insights to the opportunities of public-private partnerships.
This event was made possible by the generous contributions of Wal-Mart, The Ford Motor Company, General Electric, Comcast/NBCUniversal/Telemundo, Google, and Squire Sanders. Special thanks to Altria, National Beer Wholesalers Association, Embassy of Spain - Washington D.C. and La Asociación de Líderes Hispanos for their support.
2013 Global Leaders Internship & Fellowship Program
In 2013 CHLI welcomed eight students to the Global Leaders Internship and Fellowship Program.
The program enables outstanding young Americans with a strong interest in the U.S. Hispanic community, to expand their professional horizons and enhance their understanding of government and business by conducting policy and business oriented research and professional activities in Washington D.C. for an academic semester.
Twice a year (Spring and Fall semesters), the Global Leaders Internship and Fellowship Program provides scholarships to four qualified university-level students from around the country. The CHLI scholarship includes round-trip airfare to D.C., a stipend, housing and matriculation at George Washington University (GW) for the semester. Participants are exposed to a comprehensive teaching approach. The students work on project-based programs that provide hands-on experience and also strengthen their understanding of public policy. The students are enrolled in an applied politics course for the semester at GW.
Additionally, the students are placed in Congressional offices where they intern for eight weeks and then transition to a corporate government affairs office to intern for another eight
weeks in Washington D.C. This approach makes it possible for the students to immediately put into practice the concepts they learn in the classroom, and develop the skills that are needed to succeed in the modern business and political environment.
The CHLI Global Leaders Program would not be possiblewithout the contributions of corporations that are dedicated to the
development, education, and training of the future leaders of our nation. "CHLI is committed to prepare and promote the development of our nations' future leaders of Hispanic and Portuguese descent. Congratulations to our Class 2013 fellows,"said Mary Ann Gomez, CHLI's Executive Director.
Congratulations to all our 2013 Interns!
Spring 2013: Pamela Ascon, Miguel Loeza,
Michael Perez, Barbara Sostaita
Fall 2013: Irene Castro, Rony Gonzales, Daniel Rosario,
CHLI Future Leaders Conference
CHLI held their 7th annual Future Leaders Conference on July 19th in Washington, D.C. The conference provided students and young professionals the opportunity to hear from and network with local, national, and international leaders.
Welcome remarks were delivered by CHLI Executive Director Mary Ann Gomez; CHLI Chairman, the Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Peter Arapis of the Ford Motor Company. CHLI Congressional Board Members shared their advice on leadership, and their paths to Congress: Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL), CHLI Vice-Chair, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL); CHLI Vice-Chair,
Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX); Rep. Bill Flores (TX); Rep. David Valadao (CA); and Rep. Albio Sires (NJ). Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC) also joined the other distinguished members and shared his path to the Hill.
Barbara Sostaita, a CHLI Alumnus moderated both panels with spoke to the topic of Innovation and Global Competition. Speakers included: Peter Arapis, Ford Motor Company; ElmyBermejo, U.S. Department of Labor; Juan Carlos Gutierrez, Oracle Corporation; Katie Harbath, Facebook; Jennifer Bernal, Google; Ray Dempsey, BP America; and Howard Moon, Amgen.
The speakers answered questions from university and high school students regarding their careers, the paths they took to get where they are, and advice about career advancement. Michelle Guzman, a USDA intern, said the most helpful piece of advice she heard were Mr. Gutierrez's comments about possessing strong communication skills. "I am from Puerto Rico so my first language is Spanish. I can see myself achieving more if I have a wider English vocabulary," Ms. Guzman shared.
The event closed with a networking lunch that allowed the audience members to network with companies and organizations, such as Florida International University, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Teach for America, and the George Washington University Semester in Washington Program. The networking lunch gave participants the opportunity to search for internships and jobs in areas of interest.
Ray Dempsey said "The CHLI Future Leaders Conference is a really important part of what CHLI does through its programming in support of the young future leaders of this country. The opportunity to be here in Washington, D.C. and to be exposed to the way policy is made, the way legislation works, and to be able to interact with other young people, colleagues, and friends and people from around the country and around the world makes a huge difference. Young leaders are able to shape their ideas, shape their ambitions, and the main choices about what they want to do to contribute to our great country. I am really glad to be a part of CHLI. I'm really glad that my company, BP America, is a key sponsor of CHLI, and I look forward to being at this event every year."
"Students who have been involved in our programs have been very successful and are in their professional careers in government, corporate, and non-profit sectors," said Lincoln Diaz-Balart, CHLI's Chairman and Founder.