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Workforce Development Summit

The UnidosUS Workforce Development Summit is a platform for stakeholders from across the local, state, and national levels to discuss issues affecting the Latinx workforce.

Given the economic impact that Hurricane Fiona had on Puerto Rico, it’s more important than ever to support the island’s economy. The UnidosUS team is committed to engaging local vendors for Summit-related services, and our La Placita event will bring together artisans who will sell an array of products so that you can take a little piece of Puerto Rico home with you while supporting the local economy.

This year’s summit, Crea, Conecta, Cambia”— Create Pipelines, Connect People, Change Practices: Investing in the Latinx Workforce” will address the needs for innovative workforce development programs that prepare Latinx workers for successful careers. The three-day event will bring together businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and training providers to examine how stakeholders can work together to change systems and practices to allow Latinx individuals to access more training and employment opportunities.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network, cultivate professional relationships, and learn from each other so that we can create pipelines, connect people, and change practices while investing in the Latinx workforce!

Caribe Hilton: 1 San Geronimo Street, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901


At the Summit, you will

  • Learn best practices to take your job performance to the next level through professional development seminars
  • Forge connections with leaders from across the country through our networking events
  • Keep up to date with trends impacting the Latinx workforce
  • Engage in thoughtful discussions through our dynamic and interactive workshops that will explore the following tracks:
  • Create Pipelines: Building Opportunity and Equity in the Latinx Workforce
  • Connect People: Closing the Digital Divide in the Latinx Community
  • Change Practices: Building Capacity-From Conversation to Action

As of August 19, 2022- Agenda subject to change


2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.        Registration

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.        La Placita Market

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.          Plenary:

The Missing Link: How Cross-sector Collaboration can Address Systemic Barriers to Quality Careers within the Latinx Community
Track: Create Pipelines: Building Opportunity and Equity in the Latinx Workforce 

While demand-driven skills training is core to supporting the economic advancement of Latinx jobseekers, it will take intentional collaboration with employers, workforce agencies, and educational providers to create access to quality jobs. This session will convene representatives from all angles of the workforce ecosystem: employers, government agencies, local job readiness training providers, and funding intermediaries to introduce several effective methods to address systemic barriers that limit opportunities for workforce development organizations serving Latinx job seekers. 

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.         Welcome Reception



8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.       Registration

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.      Continental Breakfast

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.       Workshop Sessions

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.        Luncheon:

Abriendo Paso: Building Pathways for Women in Tech
Track: Connect People: Closing the Digital Divide in the Latinx Community 

Despite being the largest group of women workers in the U.S., Latinas are the most underpaid demographic in the country, earning just 57 cents to the dollar when compared to white men. High-paying jobs in tech fields are projected to grow at nearly twice the rate of other sectors over the next decade. Can these tech jobs be the “great equalizer” to help close the Latina pay gap? 
In this panel discussion, you will hear from trailblazing Latina representatives from government, the private sector, and nonprofit programs discuss overcoming barriers to access and the significant role that digital skills development can play in the advancement of Latinas in the workforce.  

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.          Workshop Sessions

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.        La Placita Market

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.         Workshop Sessions

6:00 p.m.                                Dinner

7:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m        La Gozadera



8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.       Breakfast of Champions:

Creating Strong Partnerships: How Employers and CommunityBased Organization Can Best Prepare the Workforce
Track: Change Practices: Building CapacityFrom Conversation to Action 

The role non-profit organizations play within their communities is invaluable. These organizations are the lifelines providing critical services that contribute to the social and economic well-being of their local communities. To do this work effectively, non-profits need reliable partners in the business sector.  

Private and public partnerships are crucial for developing sustainable talent pipelines and career development. This panel will show how partnerships between employers and non-profit organizations are crucial for sustainable upskilling of careers across industries. Attendees will learn about how these partnerships are formed, why they are important to the current workforce ecosystem, and hear from those who have successfully navigated the complexities of building new partnerships.   

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.       Workshop Sessions


You’ll have the chance to connect with practitioners, program directors, program implementers/front line staff, community leaders, funders, intermediaries, and more. You’ll walk away with an expanded understanding of the workforce development field, particularly as it impacts the Latinx workforce.



Early Bird Rate
(Through September 30, 2022)

(Through October 26, 2022)

On-site Registration
Nov. 2nd

UnidosUS Affiliate Members $250 $325 $400
General Attendees $350 $425 $500
Group discounts (3 or more attendees from the same organization) 20%  20%


Cancelation and Refund Policy: Cancelations will be accepted in writing to registration@unidosus.org until Friday, September 30, 2022 and subject to a $95 cancelation fee.  After Friday, September 24, registrations are nonrefundable but may be transferred to someone else.  After Friday, October 28, no substitutions may be made.


Caribe Hilton  November 2 – 4, 2022

Single Double hotel rates: $220.50 + $42.00 Resort Fee per night, a one time $5.49 Porterage fee, plus applicable tax, currently at 10.5% state tax and 1% municipality tax.

A limited number of double bedrooms are available in our block and $30.00 will be added to the room rate per night per each additional adult guest over 18 years staying in the room as 3rd and 4th occupant.

All reservations will be guaranteed with the first night non-refundable deposit due at time of booking.

Group discounted rate rooms will be available until Monday, October 10, 2022 or once the block sells out.

Once you register for the Summit, you will receive the discounted hotel booking link in your registration confirmation email.

Do not wait and register to secure your room before they sellout.


2022 Workforce Development Summit Call for Workshops

Please submit workshop proposals via this form by Friday, September 30, 2022, 11:59 PM EST. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by October 7th, 2022. Please contact Elyin Garcia with any questions: wfdconsultant@unidosus.org.

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