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Tuesday, July 17, 2007  
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WASHINGTON, DC – The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) hosted its first annual Future Leaders Conference where more than 180 DC summer interns attended.  The interns listened to speeches from CHLI Chairman Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, U.S. Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Hector Morales and IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno. U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez provided keynote remarks to the students and spoke about the importance of successful leadership skills. 
Following the speeches, the interns asked questions to a panel of young corporate leaders from companies and organizations such as Wal-Mart, PepsiCo, and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  They then participated in workshops on "Credit Smart: Freddie Mac’s financial literacy program” and "Charting a Career in Think Tanks and How to Write an Effective Op-Ed.”

The all-day conference provided students with an opportunity to network with other young leaders, meet government and corporate executives and learn about exciting careers in Washington, DC.  "Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders and CHLI is proud to host such an important conference that brings together student interns from all over the country to learn about the workings of the federal government and corporations,” said Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, CHLI Chairman, "This conference is another example of CHLI’s commitment to helping students achieve their career goals.”

"I was honored to be a part of the conference today.  Through events like this, CHLI is helping develop the future leaders of our communities.  These programs demonstrate the importance of giving back to our communities both economically and socially,” said Hector Morales, U.S. Executive Director of the IDB,  "CHLI has undertaken the same mission as the IDB—that is to provide the people of this hemisphere, both North and South of the border, the tools they need to improve their lives and their communities.”

The conference is one of the many CHLI’s programs and initiatives designed to advance diversity of thought in our nation within the Hispanic community.  For more information on CHLI, please visit the website at



The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to creating a broader awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests and views of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent.

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