News Release

NCLR Announces Exciting Lineup of Speakers, Forum, Events at 2016 NCLR Annual Conference in Orlando

Attendees to hear from Education Secretary John King, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Republican Political Commentator Ana Navarro, and Kellogg Foundation CEO La June Montgomery Tabron

July 5, 2016

Julian Teixeira
(202) 776-1812

ORLANDO, Fla.—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) announced last week highlights of its upcoming 2016 Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo®, the preeminent events for NCLR and Latinos across the nation, which will take place in Orlando, Fla., from Saturday, July 23 through Tuesday, July 26 at the Orange County Convention Center. NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía was joined by Mayor Buddy Dyer, local Latino leaders, and representatives from Target and Toyota, presenters of the 2016 NCLR Annual Conference, as well as Sunshine Health, presenter of the 2016 NCLR National Latino Family Expo.

Every year, NCLR’s Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo gather the nation’s most influential and prominent voices in the Latino community, as well as those who support NCLR’s efforts to expand opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Among those in attendance are community leaders, activists, and volunteers; elected and appointed officials; and leaders of the corporate, philanthropic, and academic communities. At Conference, attendees have the ultimate opportunity to learn about current issues impacting Latinos and hear from prominent leaders in the arenas of immigration, voting, education, civil rights, health, workforce development and youth leadership.

“At a time of challenge for Orlando, we are looking to shine a much-needed spotlight on the city’s large and growing Hispanic community at our 2016 Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo,” said Murguía. “Florida is the state with the third-largest Latino population in the country and Orlando represents the impact Hispanics will and are having on our great nation, both economically and politically.”

In addition, voter registration will take place throughout the 2016 NCLR Annual Conference and its theme—Act, Participate, Vote—will be evident in the town halls and panel discussions on issues such as job creation, education, health care and immigration. The spotlight will also be on resolving Puerto Rico’s economic and social crisis, examining the impact of the growing Puerto Rican electorate in Florida, a swing state in recent national elections, and honoring the victims of the nation’s largest mass shooting.

Confirmed speakers at the 2016 NCLR Annual Conference include Sen. Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Secretary of Education John King, Kellogg Foundation CEO La June Montgomery Tabron, television and film actor Wilson Cruz, celebrity chefs Denisse Oller and Ingrid Hoffmann, Telemundo journalist María Celeste Arrarás, and independent media producer Nely Galán.

The National Latino Family Expo, one of the largest events in the country focused on resources and activities for the Latino family, will feature celebrity salsa singer Frankie Negrón and his orchestra, Atención Atención from Puerto Rico, and offer other free entertainment, including bumper cars, an inflatable soccer field for children, and prizes and giveaways, including the opportunity to win a Toyota vehicle. Health screenings and services—such as for vision and dental care—will be available at no cost, and healthy food will be highlighted through cooking demonstrations. During the event, guests can participate in an onsite job fair where they can bring their resumes and be interviewed by onsite recruiters, get free housing counseling, and 6,000 kids in grades K–12 can receive backpacks filled with school supplies courtesy of Target.

“Toyota is a proud partner of NCLR and we are excited to serve as a title sponsor of its Annual Conference for the sixth straight year,” said Patricia Salas Pineda, group vice president of Toyota’s Hispanic Business Strategy Group and member of the NCLR Corporate Board of Advisors. “We have a longstanding relationship with the Hispanic community, and have been the number-one auto company among Latinos for 12 consecutive years. As we move toward our future as a mobility company, we are grateful for the ongoing support of the Hispanic community and look forward to continuing this journey together.”

“This year’s NCLR Conference in Orlando is an extraordinary opportunity to focus on health disparities impacting Florida’s Latino population with policymakers from across the country,” said Chris Paterson, President and CEO of Sunshine Health. “We are excited about working with leaders at the Conference on health care issues that disproportionately affect this growing community in Florida. We look forward to working with NCLR during the Conference and in the future as we continue serving our members, promoting health care services in the community and addressing barriers to quality care.”

Press can register online for credentials for the 2016 NCLR Annual Conference.

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