The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) hosted its 4thAnnual Trade and International Affairs Symposium at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on September 30, 2015. In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, CHLI held the symposium with this year's theme being "Advancing Global Economic Progress."
The theme came to life with remarks by our honorable speakers: Lincoln Diaz-Balart, CHLI Founder and Former Member of Congress, Ambassador Roger Noriega, Key note speaker John Engler, President of the Business Roundtable, Rodney E. Hood, Office of Nonprofit Engagement at JPMorgan Chase and David Nelson, Senior Manager of Global Government Affairs and Policy-Americas at General Electric.
His remarks were followed by Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMConnector, along with, Josie Goytisolo, Executive Director of Codella, who shared their thoughts on U.S. STEM diplomas being globally competitive. Tyler Deaton, Senior Advisor from Policy and Taxation Group, spoke on taxes and trade policies. Eduardo Cabrera, Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer of the United States Secret Service; and Israel Martinez, President and CEO of Axon Global, informed the audience on cybersecurity and its impact on trade and protecting intellectual property. Randall Popelka, Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs of Herbalife; Sarah Thorne, Senior Director of International Trade of Walmart; Michael Sheridan, Director of International Government Affairs and Global Trade Policy of Ford Motor Company; and David Weller, Head of Global Trade Policy of Google, spoke on the nuts and bolts of trade agreement.Lastly, Andrew Shoyer, Partner at Sidley Austin LLP and Alex Acosta, Dean of Florida International University School of Law shared remarks on the legal and consulting side of trade agreements.
A warm thank you to our speakers: David Olivencia, Senior Vice President of Communications, Media and Technology Industries at Softtek USA; Orlando Padilla, President and CEO of Padilla Networks; Christopher Turner, Head of Government Affairs for the Americas, Dell; Joedis Avila, Manager, Community Outreach, For Motor Company Fund; andSyddia Lee-Chee, Board of Directors for the Greater Washingon Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.A warm thank to our moderators: Andre Arbelaez, President of HITEC/SVP and CSO of Softtek; Emilio Gonzalez, Vice President of Strategic Alliances of Verizon; Juan Carlos Gutierrez, Managing Director for the Hispanoamerica Region of PriceWaterhouseCoopers; and Max Trujillo, President of Tonio Burgos & Associates.
Those who could not join us were able to watch the symposium live through video broadcasting on CHLI’s Periscope channel.
Members of Congress in attendance were: Henry Cuellar, Carlos Curbelo, Mario Diaz-Balart, William Hurd, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.