News Release

NCLR Workforce Development Forum Highlights Opportunities for Latino Workers to Achieve Greater Career, Economic Success

Successful immigrant integration a key piece of promoting economic self-sufficiency

May 6, 2016

Camila Gallardo
(305) 215-4259

LAS VEGAS—Community leaders, corporate representatives, and government officials came together at the NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Workforce Development Forum in Las Vegas May 4–6 to discuss ways to eliminate educational and training gaps that exist for Latinos on the road to economic success. Speakers shared ideas and best practices on a variety of topics including how to embark on new career paths, tools for immigrant integration in the workplace, workplace rights and employability in a changing job market, among many others.

The event’s speakers included NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía; Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman; industry representatives from McDonald’s Corporation, Wells Fargo, Walmart, and JPMorgan Chase & Co., among others; national, state, and local officials; as well as leaders of community-based organizations from across the country. The Forum was attended by more than 300 participants.

“By 2020, one in five American workers will be Hispanic. There is a growing need to ensure that such a significant percentage of our future workforce is well-educated, trained and equipped to meet the challenges of an evolving job market. NCLR’s Workforce Development Forum provided a timely and important opportunity for community leaders, policymakers and representatives of our nation’s corporate sector to come together to support the development of Latino workers,” said Peggy McLeod, Deputy Vice President, NCLR.

During the three-day Forum, presenters also discussed the importance of promoting successful methods of immigrant integration, as nearly half of U.S. Latino workers are foreign-born.

“We look forward to taking what we’ve learned at the Forum and further aligning our efforts and continuing the conversation as to how we can promote economic security for Latino workers. We are hopeful that when we convene again next year, we will be able to share marked progress in those efforts,” concluded McLeod.

Please visit the NCLR Economy and Workforce web page to learn more about Latinos and the economy. For more information or to interview one of NCLR’s workforce experts, please contact Camila Gallardo at or (305) 215-4259.

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