CHLI 2016 Spring Global Leaders Graduation
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Posted by: Roberto Cervantes
The 2016 Spring Global Leaders Program Graduation Ceremony
Washington, D.C. - The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) hosted a graduation for their 2016 Global Leaders on Capitol Hill on Thursday, May 12, 2016. The ceremony honored Global Leaders Lucinda Borque, Pamela Lopez and Joseph Ortiz-Rivera.
Ethan Starkey, CHLI Internship and Success Manager, welcomed everyone to the reception and recognized the CHLI Global leaders interns for their hard work and dedication. “The CHLI Global Leaders Program exemplifies our commitment to preparing young leaders in the Hispanic community to succeed in leadership roles. Tonight, we honor them.” he said.
Mary Ann Gomez, CHLI President and CEO, congratulated the interns, parents and friends in attendance. She introduced the CHLI Founder, and Chairman, former Member of Congress, the Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) to present the Global Leaders with the certificates of completion.
“Today is another joyful occasion and one of the wonderful things about our lives is to have been able to contribute,” said the Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart, as he and Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen were about to present the first Global Leader, Lucinda Borque.
“It has been a pleasure and honor to have you as part of our family,” said Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen before presenting Ms. Borque her certificate.
Borque, a recent graduate from Rutgers University, proceeded to give a heartwarming speech about her struggles before joining CHLI, what it was like interning at Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen’s office and what she intends to pursue now that her internship is complete.
“A gentleman said to me I have a powerful walk, he thought I was a congresswoman. I smiled and said yes I will be one day! Four months ago I would not have been able to verbalize my dream, but because of CHLI, I verbalize and I believe,” said Borque.
Joseph Ortiz-Rivera, interned in the office of Congressman Carlos Curbelo’s (FL-25).
“I can honestly say that all the hard work was all worth it; it’s incredible to know that I have made it this far. It just goes to show how great life can be and that if you put your mind into anything, you can achieve any goal put forth,” said Ortiz-Rivera.
Ortiz-Rivera will return to Puerto Rico to finish his senior year at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR), making him the first in his family to receive a bachelor’s degree.
“Joseph has been a true asset to our team this semester. Each day he came to his internship with a positive attitude—ready and eager to learn. We are thankful to CHLI for connecting us, and I’m confident that he will have a very successful last semester in college. Joseph is always welcome in my office,” said Congressman Curbelo.
After Ortiz-Rivera concluded his speech, Hector Arguello, Legislative Assistant for Congressman Curbelo, encouraged the program’s graduates to promote CHLI’s mission by serving as mentors in their own communities. He thanked Joseph for his assistance to the Curbelo team and offered all the graduates some final advice, “Keep thinking, keep talking and never let anyone put you down for it.”
Unfortunately the third Global Leader, Pamela Lopez, wasn’t able to attend the ceremony.
“Pamela Lopez is a remarkable and intelligent Global Leader, and I am sure she will find success in anything she applies herself to. While we’re sad she cannot join us today, we celebrate her accomplishments this semester,” Starkey said.
CHLI Communications Fellow, Roberto Cervantes, will graduate alongside the fall Global Leaders as he has accepted to extend his fellowship with CHLI.
We are excited to see what the next group of Global Leaders will bring, which are set to start in August.
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The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is the premier organization founded by Members of Congress and corporate executive leaders to advance the Hispanic community's economic progress with a focus on social responsibility and global competitiveness. 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.