July 20 2009




Jul 20, 2009

Sherria Cotton
(202) 785-1670


White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett; Cabinet Secretaries Solis, Donovan, and Duncan; Bank of America President and CEO Ken Lewis, and Philanthropist Melinda Gates to Speak at Largest National Latino Event of the Year

Washington, DC— NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, will draw some of the nation’s foremost business and community leaders, government officials, and entertainers to participate in the 2009 NCLR Annual Conference held July 25–28 at McCormick Place West in Chicago, Illinois.

Workshops, Town Halls, and Latino Expo USA are free and open to the public. Members of the general public can register for all other events on site at McCormick Place West, located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. All members of the media interested in attending any of the following events at no cost can register on site or online at For a complete list of workshops, including speakers, dates, and times, please visit


Saturday, July 25

9:30 a.m. U.S. Citizenship Application Processing Session. Conducted by NCLR, the ya es hora campaign, ConAgra Foods, Inc., the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and Erie Neighborhood House—Room W-375bc
10:00 a.m. Career Fair. Title Sponsor, Kraft Foods—Room W-375a
10:15 a.m. Latino Expo USA Opening Ceremony and Ribbon-Cutting. Exhibit Hall F1

Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO
Mariachi band and Sparky, mascot for the Major League Soccer team Chicago Fire

10:30 a.m. Latino Expo USA, Title Sponsor, UPS
Featuring more than 200 exhibitors and a Health Fair, Career Fair, and Home Rescue Fair
10:30 a.m. Health Fair, Title Sponsor, UnitedHealthcare
Offering dental screenings by Clear Channel’s Wellness Mobile and comprehensive vision exams by Johnson & Johnson—Exhibit Hall F1
12:30 p.m. National Affiliate Luncheon. Co-Sponsored by Citi, FedEx Corporation, PepsiCo, Inc., Southwest Airlines Co., and State Farm Insurance Companies—Ballroom W-375de
Emcee: Theresa Gutierrez, Journalist, ABC 7 Chicago
Keynote Speaker: Melinda Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
President’s Message: Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO
Mayor Richard M. Daley, City of Chicago
U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) invited
Daniel Ortega, Chair, NCLR Board of Directors

3:00 p.m. Town Hall: A New Era of Philanthropy: A Look at the Current Economic Climate and Its Impact on Latino Organizations. Funded by The Chicago
Community Trust—Room W-181abc
Moderator: Dr. Douglas X. Patiño, Trustee, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Andrea Bazán, President, Triangle Community Foundation, NCLR Board Member and Immediate Past Chair
Luz Vega-Marquis, President and CEO, Marguerite Casey Foundation
Ramón Murguía, Trustee, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Patricia Salas Pineda, Group Vice President, National Philanthropy and the Toyota USA Foundation

Sunday, July 26 9:30 a.m. Líderes Town Hall: Plug In to the Power of New Media! Lead Sponsor, Hyundai, Co-Sponsored by Hyatt Hotel and Resorts—Room W-181abc

Moderator: Kety Esquivel, New Media Manager, NCLR
Ariel Cerrud, Peer Educator, Advocates for Youth and Program Director, Boys and Girls Club
Jill Victoria Garvey, Manager of Communications and Operations, Center for New Community in 2007 and Managing Editor for the CNC-affiliated blog Imagine 2050
Amaury Nora, Editor and Publisher of

10:00 a.m. Home Rescue Fair.Room W-375bc
NCLR is hosting the Home Rescue Fair as part of the Alliance for Stabilizing Our Communities, in partnership with Bank of America, the National Urban League, and the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development. Co-sponsors include Citi, Freddie Mac, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo.
11:00 a.m. Latinas Brunch: Perspectiva Latina: The View Latina Style. Co-Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, GEICO, General Mills, Inc., TOYOTA, and Wells
Fargo—Ballroom W-375de
Featured Speakers:

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
U.S. Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus

3:30 p.m. Town Hall: A Pound of Cure: The Role of Prevention in the Health Care Reform Debate. Co-Lead Sponsors, AARP, Office of Minority Health, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.—Room W-181abc

Welcome: Dr. Maria E. Rosa, Vice President, Institute for Hispanic Health, NCLR
Featured Speaker: The Honorable Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor
Moderator: Teresa Rodriguez, Anchor, Univision
Dr. John O. Agwunobi, Senior Vice President and President for Health and Wellness, Wal-Mart

Jennie Chin Hansen, President, AARP
Dr. Garth Graham, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Mary Medina, Board Member, National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives
Miguel Palacio, Associate Director, Association House of Chicago

Monday, July 27 12:30 p.m. Monday Luncheon Monday Luncheon. Co-Sponsored by AT&T, BP America, Microsoft Corporation, Univision Communications Inc., and The Walt Disney Company—Ballroom W-375de
Emcee: Paula Gómez, Univision News Anchor
Keynote Speaker: U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)
Featured Speaker: Soledad O’Brien, National News Correspondent, CNN
Spotlight on ALMA Awards®: Raul Yzaguirre, Professor of Arizona State University and President Emeritus of NCLR
Heroes & Heritage Award: Presented to Benito Morales, Cicero, Illinois, WWII Veteran

3:30 p.m. Town Hall: Putting Our Communities on the Map: The Economic Road to Recovery. Lead Sponsor, JPMorgan Chase and Co-Sponsored by ExxonMobil, Nationwide, and VantageScore Solutions, LLC—Room W-181abc
Featured Speaker: The Honorable Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Moderator: Julian Posada, President and Founder, Café Media, LLC
Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO
Marc Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League
Henry Cisneros, President and CEO, CityView, Inc.
Alan Jenkins, Executive Director, The Opportunity Agenda

Tuesday, July 28 12:30 p.m. Tuesday Luncheon: Co-Sponsored by Bank of America, Kraft Foods, Shell Oil Company, Sodexo, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.—Room W-375de
Emcee: Tsi-tsi-ki Felix, Anchor, Telemundo Chicago
Keynote Speaker: Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP
Ken Lewis, President and CEO, Bank of America
Governor Pat Quinn, State of Illinois invited
Governor Tim Kaine, State of Virginia

7:30 p.m. Awards Gala/Dinner: Co-Sponsored by Amtrak, Ford Motor Company, JCPenney, McDonald’s USA, and UPS—Palmer House Hilton, Grand and State Ballrooms
Emcee: Natalie Martinez, Journalist, NBC 5 Chicago
Featured Speakers:
The Honorable Arne Duncan, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education
Don Thompson, President, McDonald’s USA
Award Winners:
Instituto del Progreso Latino, based in Chicago, will receive the Affiliate of the Year Award.
Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), will receive the Graciela Olivarez La Raza Award.
Actress Rosie Perez will receive the Maclovio Barraza Award for Leadership.
John Quiňones of ABC’s Primetime will receive the Ruben Salazar Award for Communications.
Anthony Muñoz, former Cincinnati Bengals player, will receive the Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence.
Monica Lozano, former NCLR Board Chair and Publisher and CEO of La Opinión, will receive the Raul Yzaguirre President’s Award.

For more information, please visit or contact NCLR’s Office of Media Relations at (202) 785-1670.


Issues: Advocacy & Empowerment, Civil Rights and Justice, Economy and Workforce, Education, Health and Nutrition, Immigration