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Day 1 Breakout Sessions

October 12, 2023

First Session starts at 11:00 AM | Second Session starts at 1:30 PM 

Attendees will have two opportunities to join all Breakout Sessions on the corresponding day.

9:15 AM 
Opening Keynote Speaker
Dario E. Collado
Vice President of Strategic Development Hispanic Heritage Foundation
2:30 pM 
Keynote Speaker
Melody Gonzales
E.D. of the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics
Embracing Risks: Unlocking Opportunities for Latinx Leadership

This workshop takes a deep dive into the role of risk-taking in shaping Latinx leadership. Risk is not just a challenge, but a catalyst for both personal and professional evolution, especially within the Latine narrative. We'll unpack practical tips, proven strategies, and motivating anecdotes to help participants courageously navigate risks, surpass obstacles, and grab hold of opportunities. With the goal of uplifting Latinx professionals, and understanding the dynamics of risk is key to molding influential leaders. Through this dialogue, we envision nurturing a proactive attitude, building resilience, and kindling a go-getter spirit, all vital in amplifying impactful leadership.


Facilitated by Louis Garcia, CEO at Media Garcia

Latinos and Hispanics in Corporate: The journey, The challenges and Keys to Success

In this moderated session, panelists from diverse areas and organizations will share insights about their career journey focused on discussing personal learnings, highlighting the key moments that have shaped and defined their path as well as discussing what practices make a difference when seeking for avenues to grow and succeed in your career.

Moderated by Isaias Zamarripa, Consultant. Panelists include Marlene Lopez Ibarra, Strategy Director CG&S and Separation Management Office at 3M; Monica Diaz, Program Lead, Early Careers at Best Buy; Santi Strasser, Co-Founder of Carbe Diem (G-Works Venture Studio) at General Mills; Lola Velazquez-Aguilu, Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel, Neuromodulation at Medtronic

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Leveraging Emotional Intelligence to Become a More Human-Centered Leader

Engage in an interactive exploration of Emotional Intelligence, a vital tool that's reshaping modern workplaces. Delve deep into its facets, from enhanced communication to fortified trust, and witness its power in nurturing leaders and teams that champion humanity, equity, and inclusivity. Learn actionable strategies to harness EQ, fostering an environment that not only thrives on results but also prioritizes meaningful relationships and inclusive practices. Join this session to elevate your professional toolkit and drive impactful change in your organization.

Facilitated by Luis Moreno, Trainer, Speaker, Writer, Consultant, TCBPN

The AI Assistant: Using artificial intelligence to optimize your workday

The latest developments in AI is viewed as a threat to some while others have embraced the new technology. Where do you stand? Join this session to discuss and learn about how to use AI as your personal assistant. Learn about how to use one of today's most popular AI's to your advantage and get a better grasp at what its limitations and concerns are. 

Panelist (left to right) Best Buy's Randi De La Cruz-Johnson, Senior Product Manager; Ana Tafur, Associate Product Manager; Jess Malvin, Senior Product Manager; Ben Ortega, Associate Director of Engineering.

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Access & Opportunities for Latino Business Owners of Today & Tomorrow

Boost your business! Gain invaluable development skills, enriched with insights from esteemed panelists from MEDA, WomenVenture, Minnesota Cup, and the Center for Economic Inclusion. These experts will demystify the avenues to acquiring pivotal resources and share strategies to propel your business to new heights. This is a golden opportunity to gain unparalleled knowledge and develop robust business skills that will empower your entrepreneurial journey.

Moderated by Mónica Romero, Economic Development Specialist, CPED Business Development at City of Minneapolis. Panelist (left to right) Rosemarie Ndupuechi, Chief Advancement and Marketing Officer at Women Venture; Kailin Oliver, Associate Director of the Minnesota Cup Tony Tolliver, Vice President, Engagement and External Relations at Center of Economic Inclusion; Belén Rodríguez, Founder & CEO at Quebracho Empanadas; Robert Harper, Senior Director of Business Consulting, MEDA

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Transforming Generational Curses into Legacies: Achieving Generational Wealth as a 1st Gen. Latino-American

The pursuit of generational wealth is a noble aspiration that transcends borders and backgrounds. This idea is more than mere financial success; it represents a profound shift in mindset and a commitment to break free from antiquated patterns that have plagued families for generations. Generational wealth is more than just accumulating riches; it’s about reshaping our financial habits, values, to leave a legacy that can be passed down to future generations. Yet, for first-generation Latino-Americans, this journey is often marked by unique challenges and hardships that is full of resilience and determination. From confronting systemic obstacles please, join us for a narrative of ambition, adversity, and the unwavering pursuit of a better future for themselves and their families.

Facilitated by Isaac Alcantara, Wealth Management Banker at US Bank

Ebracing Risk
Corp Panel
AI Session
Emotional Inteligenc
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LC23 Location

LíderCon Venue

This year, the conference will be hosted at the 3M Center in Maplewood, MN.

3M Center, Maplewood, MN 55119

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