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Democracy in Latin America: Where are we headed? CHLI Future Leaders Conference Gathers Experts

Thursday, July 9, 2009  
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Washington, D.C. – The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) will soon hold its Third Annual CHLI Future Leaders Conference, which will focus on the current economic and political challenges facing the Western Hemisphere today. This very timely half-day conference, titled, Democracy in the Americas: Challenges and Opportunities for the Leaders of Tomorrow, will be held Friday, July 17, 2009 from 8:30am – 2:00pm at the Congressional Auditorium of the Capitol Visitors Center, U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Corporate partners include Comcast Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., MillerCoors Lideres, and Univision Communications, Inc.

A diverse panel of experts from Argentina, Mexico, Spain, and the U.S. will come together for two informative and thought-provoking panels: The Emerging Role of the Millennial Generation in the Economic Integration of the Americas; and Democracy in the Americas: New Directions in the 21st Century. The half-day conference will be followed by a networking lunch at the Capitol Visitor Center cafeteria.

"The CHLI Future Leaders Conference is our premier annual event that brings together a growing level of interest from student leaders, policy makers and corporate supporters,” said Octavio A. Hinojosa Mier, CHLI Executive Director. "This year, the topic of Democracy in Latin America is very timely given the current challenges of free and fair elections, rule of law and legitimacy. Our goal through the CHLI Future Leaders Conference is to actively engage emerging young leaders from diverse backgrounds in the future economic and political relations within the Americas.”

The CHLI Future Leaders Conference is a free annual conference that brings together summer interns, young professionals and policy makers for an opportunity to share viewpoints and offer solutions to the challenges facing the region today, as well as to network with local, national and international leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

First held in 2007 at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., CHLI has also hosted this important conference series nationally. Most recently, the CHLI Future Leaders Conference was held in San Antonio, Texas in March 2009 featuring former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, as the keynote speaker on the role of emerging young leaders in U.S.-Mexico relations.

"Presently, the spotlight in foreign affairs is the situation in Honduras concerning which government will remain in power to further democracy in the country and in Latin America,” said Romy Portuondo Remior, from Miami, FL currently interning with the office of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart. "The [CHLI Future Leaders] Conference is a perfect opportunity to learn more about the types of issues facing current leaders and how we, as future leaders with an interest and concern for the diverse countries and peoples of Latin America, will be able to make an impact."

Confirmed speakers include: Mr. Hector Romero, Director of Financial Analysis, Grupo Salinas (Mexico); The Honorable Roger Noriega, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (AEI); and The Honorable Esteban Bullrich, Argentina Chamber of Deputies; CHLI Board Member Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), U.S. House of Representatives; Congressman Mike Pence (IN-6), Chairman of the House Republican Conference, among other prominent leaders and experts in Latin American history, politics and affairs.

For a complete agenda, visit www/

The conference is free for all interested participants, but space is limited and registration is required. Guests should RSVP at by 5:00pm Thursday, July 16, 2009.

About CHLI:

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI, pronounced "chile”) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, based in Washington, D.C., that advances the diversity of thought in U.S. Hispanic community in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, as well as in the international community. For more information, please visit You may also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Vanessa Bilanceri


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