Media Advisory

NCLR Workforce Development Forum in Las Vegas to Focus on Future of Latinos in the Labor Market, Changing Dynamics of Immigrant Workforce

April 29, 2016

Camila Gallardo
(305) 215-4259

WASHINGTON, D.C.— From Wednesday, May 4 through Friday, May 6, Las Vegas will be home to NCLR’s (National Council of La Raza) 2016 Workforce Development Forum, a unique event that will bring together nearly 300 participants interested in learning best practices, sharing tools and information, and participating in policy discussions about the future of Latinos in the workforce. The event will largely focus on immigrant integration as an important element in setting Latinos on the path to economic success.

Today, Latinos account for nearly 15 percent of the national workforce, and by 2020, one in five American workers will be Hispanic. With this growth comes the increasing need to provide tools of support to ensure that such a significant portion of our nation’s labor force is well-equipped to meet the requirements of today’s evolving employment sectors. The Forum provides a critical opportunity to bring together stakeholders, including business leaders, employers, community-based organizations and community members, to discuss how to best close any education and skill gaps that stand as roadblocks to economic self-sufficiency.

The event’s dynamic panelists will include industry representatives from McDonald’s Corporation, Wells Fargo, Walmart, and JPMorgan Chase & Co., among others. National, state, and local officials, including Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn Goodman, as well as leaders of community-based organizations from across the country will also attend. Media are invited to all panels and those interested in attending should RSVP to Camila Gallardo at Below, please see an agenda of scheduled events.




2016 NCLR Workforce Development Forum



Wednesday, May 4 through Friday, May 6; see schedule below for times



Treasure Island Hotel


3300 S Las Vegas Boulevard


Las Vegas, NV 89109



NCLR; industry and business leaders; community organizations; national, state, and local officials; and the broader community


Wednesday, May 4
Opening Reception (5:30–7:00 p.m. PDT)

  • Dr. Peggy McLeod, Deputy Vice President, Education and Workforce Development, NCLR (Welcome)
  • Alberto Senior, Latino Community Affairs Lead, MillerCoors
  • Peter Guzman, President, Latin Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas

Thursday, May 5
Breakfast (7:30–9:00 a.m. PDT)

  • Renata Soto, NCLR Board Chair; Co-Founder and Executive Director, Conexión Américas (Moderator)
  • Mark Espinoza, Senior Director, Public Affairs, Walmart
  • Chauncy Lennon, Managing Director and Head of Workforce Initiatives, JPMorgan Chase
  • Dewey Norwood, Wells Fargo Government and Community Relations, Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic Partnerships, Wells Fargo
  • Monica Tijerina, Director, Global Community Engagement, McDonald’s Corporation

Luncheon (Noon–1:30 p.m. PDT)

  • Kirk V. Clausen, Nevada Regional President, Wells Fargo Bank (Sponsor Remarks)
  • Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO (Keynote Speaker)
  • Carolyn Goldmark Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada (Featured Speaker)

Friday, May 6
Luncheon (Noon–1:30 p.m. PDT)

  • Dr. Peggy McLeod, Deputy Vice President, Education and Workforce Development, NCLR (Moderator)
  • Margie McHugh, Director, MPI National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, Migration Policy Institute
  • Julio Rodriguez, Deputy Director, Office of Employment and Training, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Hermelinda Sapien, Executive Director of Center for Employment and Training, San Jose and Member, California Workforce Development Board


NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.