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11th Hispanic Leadership Conference features education, culture, and entertainment


Elyria: Under the able leadership of Mike and Dina Ferrer and Angie Martínez and her UAW Hispanic Council, last year the 10th annual Hispanic Leadership Conference offered tremendous exposure to Latino culture and awesome discussions of many of the problems confronting Latinos.


This year is no different thanks to, otra vez, La Familia Ferrer and CHIP. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 29 at Lorain County Community College’s Spitzer Conference Center and features a host of speakers and entertainment. 


Speakers include: Cónsul Oscar de la Torre (Mexican Consulate, based in Detroit), Dr. Lourdes Bermudez (author and educator), José E. López (Director of Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center, www.prcc-chgo.org), Roberto Carmona, and Bruno G. Romero.


Entertainment includes: Sammy De León y Su Orquesta, Renta Nitscheova-Knaus and Ilia Volokh, Los Tres Sonidos, and DJ Abner Santiago.


As in past years, a movie will be viewed on Friday, April 28, at the Lorain Palace. This year the movie is “¡Palante, Siempre Palante!” which depicts the Young Lords—a group of young, motivated Puerto Ricans organized to fight for economic, racial, and social justice in the barrios from Chicago to New York during the 1960s and 1970s.


Mariachi Acero is depicted in La Prensa’s page one photo, as the group appeared last year.  



Speakers/Presenters 2006 Hispanic Leadership Conference

Saturday, April 29, 2006


Bruno G. Romero, Program Manager for the Supreme Court of Ohio

M.S. Human Resources, Labor & Policy Studies from State University of New York

B.S. Economics, Business Administration from State University of New York

Workshop: Interpreting Services for Hispanics/Latinos – Laws, Services & Ramifications


Emily Gantz McKay, President, MOSAICA: Center for Nonprofit Development & Pluralism

B.A. & M.A. in Communications with emphasis on professional juournalism, communications research, race & ethnic relations from Stanford University

Workshop: Securing Non-Profit Funding in a Depressed Economy


Lourdes Bermudez, Ph.D., author, educator & public speaker – graduate of Universidad del Turabo in Caguas, Puerto Rico

Authored ¿Victimas?’ (“Victims” in English) in 2002 which discusses ways to break the cycle of abuse and mistreatment.

Worshop: Breaking the Cyle of Abuse – A Woman’s Story Mandate for Conscientious Communities


Luis Miranda, President, MirRam Group, a marketing enterprise assisting individuals, corporations, and institutions in learning about and effectively communicating with the latino community

B.A. from University of Puerto Rico and graduate work in psychology at New York University

Workshop: Effective Political Compaigns in Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Communities


Roberto Carmona, Executive Search & mgmt. Consultant at David Gomez & Associates

B.A. from Northern Illinois University, M.A. in Political Science from Northeastern Illinois Univeristy & M.A. from Harvard University

Much experience with organizational development, economic development and political strategy. Has worked for civil rights, farmworker justice and with U.S. DOL and U.S. Dept. of HUD.

Workshop: Will present to youth about leadership and higher education along with LCCC representative, Cindy Kushner, Vermilion High School teacher, Marlayna Jacinto, and retired Southview principal, Ramon Pagan


Oscar de la Torre, Consulate of Mexico in Detroit, former Deputy Consul &Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of mexico in Saudi Arabia

Keynote on Immigration Reform


Jose E. Lopez, Executive Director of Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center


Workshop: National Issues Affecting Hispanics/Latinos


Voices & Choices community conversations will take place with adults and youth to engage citizens in future challenges and solutions that affect Northeast Ohio.






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