Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 9 a.m. | A virtual event
The Latin American Association and the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce jointly present “The 2020 Latino Prosperity Conference: A Roadmap for Georgia’s Recovery.” This virtual conference will examine what future prosperity looks like for Georgia’s Latino families in light of their contributions and the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis.
Hispanics are determined, resilient and hard-working. For decades, they have helped drive Georgia’s remarkable economic growth. However, they have been hit harder than other groups by the current crisis. Many have lost jobs or seen their hours cut back, while many others have had to continue working on the frontlines as the COVID-19 pandemic sees a resurgence, with an increasing number of Latinos getting sick.
Some in our community have to face the impossible choice of going to work and risk infection, or not working and risk eviction or foreclosure. Many Latino families have not been included in recovery relief, making it harder for our community to continue to help build Georgia’s future. Nevertheless, as the economy stabilizes, Latinos will fight through these challenges and will help chart a prosperous course forward.
When we were first planning this conference for earlier in 2020, unemployment was low, and the economic landscape was vastly different. But with Latino families determinedly powering through a pandemic and challenging job market, a lot has changed. So, we have recast this into a virtual conference to bring together stakeholders and address the challenges that our community is confronting and discuss the path forward to prosperity. This conference brings to the forefront urgent issues that affect Latinos and all Georgians, and our hope is that this fruitful discussion generates ideas and solutions that will continue to lift our community and the entire state.
We invite you to join us for “The 2020 Latino Prosperity Conference: A Roadmap for Georgia’s Recovery.” The conference is open to the public, and registration is free.
Mariela Romero, Regional Community Empowerment Director for Atlanta, Raleigh and Philadelphia, Univision Communications
Santiago Márquez, CEO, Latin American Association
Gabriel Vaca, Interim President and CEO, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Gov. Brian P. Kemp, Governor of Georgia
PANEL 1: PLENARY PANEL
How the Pandemic and the Economic Crisis Are Impacting Georgia’s Latino Community
Moderated by Ivan Shammas, General Manager, Telemundo Atlanta
Dr. Audrey Arona, CEO and District Health Director, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments
Chris Clark, President and CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Jason Esteves, Chair, Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education
Cynthia Román-Hernández, Managing Director, Family Stabilization & Well-Being Department, LAA
PANEL 2: WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PANEL
How 2020 Is Changing Georgia’s Workforce
Moderated by Kevin Greiner, President and CEO, Gas South
Joe Dan Banker, Deputy Commissioner for Technical Education and Workforce Development, Technical College System of Georgia
Alex Camardelle, Senior Policy Analyst, Economic Mobility, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
Mónica Cucalón, Managing Director, Economic Empowerment, LAA
Adam Forrand, Vice President, Education, Talent and Leadership Development, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
Rob LeBeau, Director, WorkSource Atlanta Regional, Atlanta Regional Commission
PANEL 3: ENTREPRENEURSHIP PANEL
How Latino Entrepreneurs Are Surviving 2020
Moderated by Albert Assad, Founder and Managing Partner, Atlantic Consulting Solutions, LLC
Daniel Acosta, CEO and Founder, Quickly Media
Tania Allen, President and CEO, ItGresa Consulting Group, Inc.
Clara Richardson-Olguin, CEO, CIC Floors
ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEWS WITH GEORGIA’S SENATE CANDIDATES
Mariela Romero of Univision 34 Atlanta talks one-on-one with Georgia’s Senatorial candidates who made themselves available
U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate
Jon Ossoff, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate
Rev. Raphael Warnock, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate
KEYNOTE AND CLOSING
Juan Perez, Chief Information and Engineering Officer, UPS
Introduced by Willie Rivero, Vice President of Automotive Fleet Maintenance and Engineering, U.S. Operations, UPS
The 2020 Latino Prosperity Conference’s
Chief Information and Engineering Officer
Juan Perez is the Chief Information and Engineering Officer for UPS. He is a member of the UPS Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for all technology and engineering functions. He is the executive advisor for the UPS African American Business Resource Group. Juan currently serves on the board of directors of The Hershey Company.
Juan began his UPS career 30 years ago as an intern. Since then, he has held assignments in operations, industrial engineering, process management and technology in the U.S. and international business units. In his current role, he manages a budget of over $6 billion.
His work with the UPS technology and engineering teams helped develop ORION, the On-road Integrated Optimization and Navigation System that optimizes delivery routes to improve service levels and operational efficiencies. ORION was a major technology accomplishment that changed the delivery and pick-up routing process at UPS. Juan holds 17 issued patents and has another 20 pending patent applications.
Juan is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he received a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering and an M.S. in computer and manufacturing engineering. For seven years, Juan was a lecturer at USC.
Juan was born in Mexico City, the son of Cuban immigrant parents who sacrificed everything to give their children the opportunity for a better life and the hope for freedom.
Vice President, Education, Talent and Leadership Development
Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Audrey Arona
CEO and District Health Director, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments
Joe Dan Banker
Deputy Commissioner for Technical Education and Workforce Development
Technical College System of Georgia
Regional Community Empowerment
Director for Atlanta, Raleigh and Philadelphia
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The 2020 Latino Prosperity Conference Organizing Committee
Established in 1984, the GHCC’s primary focus is on business formation, business growth, and civic and leadership development and engagement. It serves entrepreneurs and business owners through consultations, workshops and seminars and partners with organizations such as the Small Business Development Center to bring quality programming to the Hispanic business community. With over 1,000 members, the GHCC is one of the largest Hispanic Chambers in the United States.
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