This virtual conference will bring together Latinx leaders, community organizations, businesses, and power-building groups from across Massachusetts to strengthen relationships and co-create a Latinx policy blueprint that advances our collective prosperity. The COVID-19 pandemic and the virus of racism have laid bare the socio-economic disparities faced by Black and Latinx communities. Bold action and structural policy and systems change are needed for Latinx upward mobility, and shaping our shared future.
During this conference, you will have the opportunity to help continue developing a Latinx Policy Blueprint for our community and activate the Latinx Power Coalition for the Commonwealth.
What To Expect:
The Amplify Conference will convene Latinx leaders across multiple sectors, including political leaders, community organizers, advocates, business executives, cultural leaders, and the artistic community to recognize our power and provide an understanding of the state of the Latinx community in Massachusetts. Our conference this year will focus on activating our Latinx Power Coalition and further developing a Shared Policy Blueprint. Through our keynote speakers, Firestarter storytellers, and interactive workshops, you will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to take action in 2021 and beyond.
During This Convening We Will:
ACTIVATE our Latinx power to take bold action towards change, including amplifying the work of Latinx leaders, businesses, and community organizations.
BUILD a coalition of Latinx leaders and organizations that support our Amplify Latinx mission of increasing Latino economic and political power.
CREATE a shared policy blueprint that advances a collective vision for prosperity and upward mobility of the Latinx community.
ANNOUNCING OUR SPEAKERS!
Journalist & TV News Anchor
BRIAN CASTELLANOS M.S, LSW
Lynn School Committee Official
CEO & Executive Director
Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce
State Senator – Hampden
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
City Councilor, Ward 9
City of Waltham
DR. ALEXANDRA PIÑEROS SHIELDS
Youth Community Leader
Lynn English High School
GLENDA L. COLÓN BUSHER
Connery Elementary School
Friday, June 11, 2021
10:00 AM – Conference Begins
Opening Remarks & State of Latinos in Massachusetts
Economic Engines of Our Future: Fueling Our Growth Through Coalitions, Creativity, and Cultural Intelligence
POWERUP SUMMIT 3.0
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
WHAT TO EXPECT
Join Amplify Latinx for the PowerUp 3.0 Latinx Business Summit where we will celebrate the diversity and contributions of our Latinx business community.
The U.S Latinx market generates $2.6 Trillion in GDP per year, which would make U.S. Latinos the 8th largest economy in the world if we were a country! As the fastest growing business segment and talent base, Latinos are vital to the post-COVID economic recovery.
Join Latinx entrepreneurs, investors, advocates, policy-makers, and coalition partners to learn how the entire MA business community can play a role in advancing Latinx business growth and innovation to power our economy. We will highlight ways to fuel our growth through coalitions, creativity, and cultural Intelligence. We are thrilled to have Lili Gil Valetta, CEO of CulturIntel as this year’s keynote.
Bilingual Meteorologist at NBC10 Boston, NECN & Telemundo Boston
Research Analyst, Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative
Executive President, Latino Donor Collaborative
CEO, The Vieras
General Manager-Villa Mexico Cafe
Member of the Board-Massachusetts Restaurants United
Founder and CEO of Drift
Founder, Your Home Detox
CEO, CTO and Founder, Domitek Inc.
BREAKOUT SESSION ONE
Unleashing Latino Innovation
The COVID pandemic and economic crisis has pushed Latino entrepreneurs to pivot and leverage new technologies to do businesses. Business owners are using this opportunity to innovate as a strategy for survival and growth. In this conversation, we will explore how to unleash Latino creativity and innovation, and how the funders can help fuel this untapped Latino talent to restart the economy.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Investors of Color Network
Chief Technology Community Officer, Kapor Center
Co-Founder and CEO, Hello Alice
Founding Director, Expert Collective Cooperative & Affiliate to the MIT LinQ Catalyst Program on Biomedical Innovation
BREAKOUT SESSION TWO
Building an Equitable Small Business Ecosystem
Massachusetts business service organizations, capital providers and advocates have been working together intensely over the last several months to support small businesses of color through emergency funding programs, advocacy and technical assistance. These groups are exemplifying the power of collaboration and coalition-building to support small businesses owned by people of color, immigrants and those with low incomes. Learn some of the best practices in ecosystem-building as a way to fuel an inclusive and equitable business economy and close the racial wealth gap in the Commonwealth.
Deputy Director, The Lawrence Partnership
Executive Director, The Foundation for Business Equity
Executive Director, BECMA
Program Officer for Economic Inclusion and Special Projects, The Boston Foundation
Identify & Connect
Identify and map growth oriented Latinx owned businesses in Massachusetts
Facilitate connections among Latinx entrepreneurs through curated networking opportunities and an online digital platform
Access Existing Resources
Foster relationship building and access to existing business resources, such as capital, education, mentors, accelerators, and growth opportunities
Advance a policy agenda focused on driving economic opportunity and growth for Latinx businesses
During this two-day virtual conference we will bring together Latinx leaders, community organizations, businesses and power-building groups from across Massachusetts to strengthen relationships and co-create a policy agenda that advances our collective prosperity. The COVID-19 pandemic and the virus of racism has laid bare the health and wealth disparities faced by Black and Latinx communities. More importantly, these crises have also highlighted the indispensable value we bring as essential workers, innovators, creatives and sustainers of our economy. Bold action and structural policy and systems change are needed to be counted and be heard at decision-making tables that are shaping our future. During these two days, you will have the opportunity to develop a new vision for our community and solidify the Latinx Power Coalition for the Commonwealth.
We will showcase never-before-seen polling data on the impact of COVID-19 on our Black and Latinx communities and share results of what were seen as the biggest needs and policy concerns across Massachusetts. This convening will help facilitate the creation of a shared policy agenda that will inform our ongoing policy advocacy and stakeholder engagement.
The Amplify Conference will convene Latinx leaders across multiple sectors, including political leaders, community organizers, activists, business executives, cultural leaders and the artistic community to recognize our power and provide an understanding of the state of the Latinx community in Massachusetts. Our conference this year will focus on identifying the key policy issues for the MA Latinx community that will become part of a shared policy agenda. Through our keynote speakers, Firestarter storytellers and interactive workshops, you will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to take action in 2020 and beyond.
During This Convening We Will:
ACTIVATE our Latinx community to take action towards change, including participating in the Census 2020, increasing voter registration, amplifying the work of Latinx leaders, businesses and community organizations.
BUILD a coalition of Latinx leaders and organizations that support our Amplify Latinx mission of increasing Latino economic and political power.
CREATE a shared policy agenda that advances a collective vision for prosperity and upward mobility for the Latinx community.
Join Amplify Latinx for the 2nd Annual PowerUp Business Summit to recognize the economic imperative for Latinx business growth. Latinx-owned businesses are the fastest-growing entrepreneurial segment in the US and Massachusetts, yet only 3% generate over $1 million in annual revenue. We will convene over 200 Latinx business leaders, resource partners, and the broader entrepreneurial community to learn about PowerUp Latinx Biz, a collaborative, Latinx-led initiative focused on activating Massachusetts’ untapped economic potential by increasing visibility, growth and economic opportunity for Latinx businesses. You’ll be inspired by a group of successful Latinx entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders innovating in key industries driving our economy. You will also learn how the entire MA business community can play a role in advancing Latinx business growth and innovation that fuels new jobs and revenue creation to power our economy.
Former News Reporter at WCVB TV 5
Founder and CEO, O³ and Author of LEAPFROG,
The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs
President and CEO of Consumer Reports
JUAN CARLOS MORALES
Managing Partner at Surfside Capital Advisors
Director, The Civic Innovation Project Faculty,
Boston College Carroll School of Management
Hispanic Heritage Month Cafecitos: Honoring our 2019 Latinx Amplifiers at Northeastern University
Fenway Center 77 Stephen St. , Boston, MA 02115
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month The Latinx Student Cultural Center at Northeastern University & Amplify Latinx Invite you to the Fall 2019 Cafecitos Breakfast Honoring Our Latinx Amplifiers
Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera
This Cafecitos will feature special guest, Dan Rivera, Mayor of the City of Lawrence, MA. The presentation will then be followed by a recognition of the 2019 Latinx Amplifiers representing 20 Latinx leaders have been identified by their peers and community as risk takers, quiet disruptors and outspoken advocates who are leading positive social change by amplifying in our communities.
An evening at the Museum of Fine Arts, celebrating Latinx heritage and culture.
LATINX HERITAGE NIGHT AT THE MFA
Amplify Latinx is proud to host our first evening at the Museum of Fine Arts,
celebrating Latinx heritage and culture.
Join us as we host our first evening at the Museum of Fine Arts, celebrating Latinx heritage and culture. Enjoy an incredible line-up of live music, dance performances, a fashion show/designer meet-up, and a photography exhibition of local artists. Tour the galleries exploring works of art from North, Central, and South America and network with friends and family, all in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month!
Attendance is free and pre-registration is encouraged but not mandatory.
¡Acompáñennos en esta gran celebración de nuestra cultura y herencia Latina en conmemoración del mes de la Hispanidad! Amplify Latinx celebra por primera vez en el Museo de Arte en Boston.
En nuestra noche en el Museo, estaremos presentando música en vivo, presentaciones de baile, un desfile de modas donde conocerán a los diseñadores, y una exposición de fotografía de artistas locales. ¡También tours en el las galerías de arte enfocados en Norte, Centro y Sur América y la oportunidad de compartir con amigos y familiares!
Apreciamos su registración a este evento gratis, pero no es mandatorio.
Welcome | 6:30 pm | Welcome remarks from Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director; and Rosario Ubiera-Minaya, executive director, Amplify Latinx.
Musical Performance | 6:45–7:15 pm | Sociedad Latina Youth Artistry Band – Enjoy a performance by the Youth Artistry Band. Sociedad Latina is a Boston organization that aims to create a world where Latinx youth see themselves as change makers through arts and culture combined with education and leadership.
Musical Performance | 7–8:15 pm| Franco Leon ` – Listen as Peruvian-born, Boston-based pianist Franco Leon performs short classical pieces by Latinx composers.
Performance| 8 pm | Yo Soy LOLA |Experience a one-of-a-kind performance from Yo Soy LOLA (Latinas Orgullosas de Las Artes), reclaiming the Latina narrative through spoken word, acting, dance, music, film, and more.
Musical Performance| 8:30 pm | 3nity and SambaVivaHear blended sounds of Latin, American, and African cultures from 3nity – Boston’s first all-female Latin band. Experience the color, movement, and energy of SambaViva’s bold choreographies and contagious rhythms.
Musical Performance| 9 pm | Los Sugar Kings Catch a performance from Los Sugar Kings, a Boston-based group specializing in Cuban rock and reggae fusion.
The City Talks | 7–8 pm | Join Boston-area thinkers, entrepreneurs, activists, and artists for a discussion on themes in MFA exhibitions that affect the Latinx community in Boston, culturally, socially, and politically.
Fashion Show and Designer Meet-Up | 7:15–7:45 pm | See the newest trends in dress at a fashion show curated by Jay Calderin, founder of Boston Fashion Week, highlighting local Latinx and student designers. Afterwards, meet with the designers.
Dominican Carnaval: “Diablos Cojuelos” | 8–9 pm | Experience the vibrancy and diversity of the Dominican Republic through dance, history, and folklore.
Photography Exhibition: “Estelas de Maria” | 8–10 pm | See “Estelas de Maria,” a photo montage by photographers Jesse Costa and Simon Rios chronicling the devastation in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, and engage with the photographers. Presented in partnership with WBUR.
José Luis Falconi Latinx Poetry | 8:15–9:15 pm | Join José Luis Falconi, curator, poet, and professor at Brandeis University, as he reads a selection of poems by Latinx authors.
Art Making: Weaving with Gold | 5:30–7 pm | Discover Colombian artist Olga de Amaral’s Strata II, on view in “Women Take the Floor,” | Learn about her techniques and inspirations and make your own glittering wall hanging to take home.
Drawing in the Galleries | 6–8:45 pm | Stop by and sketch from a live model while learning drawing tips and techniques.
TOURS, TALKS, AND WALKS
Pop-Up Tours | 5:30 pm | Art of the Americas Wing |Join ongoing tours highlighting art by Latinx artists whose work is on view throughout the Museum.
Highlights of the Museum Collections | 6:15 pm | Meet at Sharf Visitor Center
We invite you to join us on Saturday, June 1st at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the 3rd Amplify Conference: Claiming Our Power. We will convene a broad set of Latinx leaders, Latinx-led community organizations, and power-building groups across Massachusetts to build new relationships, strengthen existing partnerships and develop the Latinx Power Coalition for the Commonwealth. As the Latinx population in Massachusetts continues to grow and drive our economy, Latinx leadership is lagging behind. Now more than ever, we need Latinx leaders in positions of power. Bold action and disruptive structural change is needed to claim our power and add our voices in decisions impacting the Latinx community. The conference is hosted by Amplify Latinx, The Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy and The Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy in collaboration with our partner organizations.
What To Expect
The Amplify Conference will convene 350 Latinx leaders across multiple sectors, including political leaders, community organizers, business executives, cultural leaders and the artistic community to recognize our Latinx elected leaders and develop and understanding of the state of the Latinx community in Massachusetts. Through our keynote speakers, Firestarter storytellers, interactive workshops and networking reception, participants will build powerful partnerships and relationships that amplify our work. During this convening we will begin to:
Build a sustainable coalition of Latinx leaders and organizations that support our Amplify Latinx mission of increasing Latino civic engagement and leadership representation
Develop an deploy diverse leaders who will disrupt the status quo and advance the priority issues of the Amplify Latinx coalition
Identify key policy issues for the Massachusetts Latino community that will become part of an Amplify Latinx policy agenda for Latino upward mobility.
Co-Founder, Latina Circle and Amplify Latinx
Founder/Principal, Roman Law Offices
Co-Founder, Latina Circle and Amplify Latinx
General Counsel, Compass Working Capital
Principal at Sánchez Strategies
Former MA State Representative, 5th Suffolk/Norfolk
Former Chair of the Ways & Means Committee
Massachusetts State Senator,
First Suffolk and Middlesex
United States Congresswoman
MA 7th Congressional District
Republican Strategist and Political Contributor
to CNN, ABC News, Telemundo and Co-host of “The View”
CECY DEL CARMEN
Meteorologist, Telemundo New England Noticiero
Mayor of the City of Lawrence
Bilingual Meteorologist at NBC10 Boston, NECN and Telemundo
Massachusetts State Representative, 9th Suffolk District
Chelsea City Councillor District 5
Advocate for Nonviolent Civic Engagement
Education, Disability and Civil Rights Attorney at Ramos Law LLC
Springfield City Councilor
Research Analyst at Commonwealth of Massachusetts
AMAAD RIVERA PANEL MODERATOR
Government Affairs and Political Advocate
AMANDA FERNANDEZ PANEL MODERATOR
CEO and Co-founder of Latinos for Education
Salem School Committee Member
Massachusetts State Representative, 3rd Essex
ANGELINA CAMACHO PANEL MODERATOR
MA Women of Color Coalition
ARTHUR (ARTURO) NATELLA
Director of Communications for the Mayor’s Office of
Health & Human Services for the City of Boston
Director at the Massachusetts Voter Table
DOUG CHAVEZ PANEL MODERATOR
Executive Director, Chica Project
Chief Of Staff for Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards
GAIL JACKSON-BLOUNT PANEL MODERATOR
Founder and Principal of
Executive Director at Chelsea Collaborative
Co-Director | Lead Coordinator at MassVOTE Neighbors United for a Better East Boston
National Organizer at American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Political Coordinator at SEIU
JUAN CARLOS MORALES PANEL MODERATOR
Managing Partner at Surfside Capital Advisors
Chief Operating Officer at MassINC
Voter Service Co-Chair at League of Women Voters of Massachusetts
Interim Director for the Center for Women
in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston
DR. LORNA RIVERA
Director of the Mauricio Gastón Institute for
Latino Community Development & Public Policy
Senior Manager, Economic Growth at
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
MARIA ELENA LETONA, PH.D.
Director at Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts
MARY SKELTON ROBERTS
Co-Director for Climate at Barr Foundation
Vice President at Latino Victory Project
Director of Small Business,
Executive Director of Imagine Boston 2030 for the City of Boston
State Director, Senator Elizabeth Warren at United States Senate
DR. RAUL FERNANDEZ
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education
& Human Development & Brookline Select Board Member
Assistant Vice President, Regional and Community Outreach
at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Cheryl Clyburn Crawford
Elke A. Trilla-Bamani
Mary Ann Ashton
Sendy Vaughn Suazo
Tariana V. Little
Recognizing 10 outstanding Latina leaders nominated as part of the Advancing Latina Leaders series.
March 29, 2019
6 – 9 PM ArtsEmerson
Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre
559 Washington Street
We recognized 10 outstanding Latina leaders nominated as part of the Advancing Latina Leaders series and debuted our community “story-tellers,” activists, organizers, business and civic leaders who shared their personal journeys of how they are uplifting a new generation of leaders in our city. Our storytellers engaged in a fireside chat led by Julio Ricardo Varela from El Futuro Media Group.
Award-winning Latin Dance Specialist, Educator, and Womanpreneur
Professional Dancer and Dance Coach
JULIO RICARDO VARELA
Digital Media Director, Futuro Media Group
Co-host, In The Thick
Founder, Latino Rebels
We are recognizing 10 outstanding Latina leaders nominated as part of the Amplify Latina Leaders series.
EGAN RESEARCH CENTER
IN THE RAYTHEON AUDITORIUM, NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
On behalf of the Latina Circle team, thank you for joining us on Saturday, March 10 at the Egan Research Center at Northeastern University for the Amplify Conference. The conference convened over 100 leaders and many of our partner organizations to address the most pressing issues affecting the state’s Latinx community and foster the relationships to table these issues collectively. The conference was the second convening of the new Amplify Latinx Initiative, a non-partisan, collaborative movement aimed at advancing the next generation of civically engaged and empowered Latino leaders.
A very special thank you to Northeastern’s Latino/a Student Cultural Center for hosting us, and to our Advisory Board, Steering Committee, Sponsors, Partners, Speakers, and Volunteers, without whom we could not have made this conference and the Amplify Latinx initiative possible. Your dedication and passion are living proof that AMPLIFY LATINX will leave a mark in Massachusetts and beyond.
FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT
Closing the Latinx Representation and Civic Engagement Gap in Massachusetts
Thank you for attending our Spring 2018 Cafecitos Power Breakfast on the State of Latinos and Race in Massachusetts. We are grateful to E&Y for hosting us in their beautiful space and for welcoming this important conversation. We hope you enjoyed the dialogue with our distinguished speakers about our Latino identity and the intersection with our beautifully mixed mestizo heritage.
We thank them for joining us, and for their commitment and service to our community in their different capacities. Their stories of perseverance, courage, and strength to stand out and excel as Latino-Americans resonated with all of us in the room. They spoke their truth as they shared their journeys of assimilation with the mainstream culture, as well as their thoughts on overcoming systemic inequality that have shaped our experiences. If you were inspired by the conversation, we invite you to follow the pearls of wisdom they shared with us on Friday morning.
Massachusetts ranks at the top in education, healthcare and the economy. In stark contrast, Latinos in Massachusetts face the steepest socio-economic inequality in the country. The Boston Globe recently featured its Spotlight series about the disparities Blacks face in Massachusetts, yet Latinos also share this unfortunate invisibility and disadvantage across the Commonwealth.
Join us for a town hall style dialogue about Latinos & Race in Massachusetts. Our lively discussion will address the inter-relationship between race and inequality and the major factors that impact wealth creation and inter-generational wealth. Learn about the challenges and opportunities for our community, and how we can use our power to make a difference for underserved Latinos in Massachusetts.
This event is open to all genders.
State Senator, Second Suffolk District
JOSÉ MASSÓ, III
Director of Policy at Massachusetts Port Authority
EVP & Chief Strategy Officer for Steward Healthcare System
DR. DIGNA SAAD
Consultant and Board Chair for Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy
at University of Massachusetts Boston
Empowering our community leaders and building sustainable partner coalitions.
NUESTRA VOZ CONFERENCE
THE NUESTRA VOZ CONFERENCE
The Latina Circle launched Amplify Latinx at the inaugural Nuestra Voz Conference on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Together with our co-host at the Center for Woman in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston, Amplify Latinx hosted action-oriented training sessions around political leadership, advocacy and positioning oneself for government boards and commissions. We welcomed over 250 Latino leaders more than 70 community partners committed to the mission of truly amplifying the voice of the Latino community on every level. Our sponsors and partners understand that by coming together to help develop more Latino leaders, every community is strengthened and our economic conditions are improved in direct and tangible ways. Morning speakers included local Latino elected officials who served as ‘Firestarters’ with their inspirational stories; and a keynote address by Maria Hinojosa, host and executive producer of NPR’s Latino USA. Afternoon events at UMass Boston included leadership workshops and a fireside chat moderated by MA Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz with former U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea. The Nuestra Voz Conference is the first in a series of collaborative convenings that will include four summer workshops and a Fall Summit aimed at empowering our community leaders and building sustainable partner coalitions.
Almost 57 million strong, Latinos in the US represent over 17% of the population and have more than $1.5 trillion in buying power. in Massachusetts, Latinos comprise 12.4% of the state’s population and in Boston 20% of the population is Latino. The Latino population is also growing rapidly representing over 90% of Boston’s growth in since 1980.
Yet Latinos are grossly under-represented in civic leadership roles of impact. Only 5 percent of US congressional seats and 4 percent of state legislature seats are held by Latinos. These disparities are most glaring on the local level, where Latino representation is lacking in elected leadership and in government appointed positions. In addition to being under-represented in elected and appointed leadership positions, Latinos also exhibit low participation in the civic process. In Massachusetts, for example, only 42% of Latino voters eligible to vote are registered. Increasing Latino political participation rates today will have deep impact for the future generation, and for this reason intentional interventions are necessary.
Given the gross under-representation of Latinos in civic leadership roles of impact, a more holistic approach, beyond just voter engagement is needed. Civic education, organizing, and advocacy, for example, can give Latinos meaningful participation that may lead them to vote, pursue electoral politics, seek appointment to City and State Boards or Commissions or seek other leadership opportunities within their communities, states or even at a national level.
Amplify Latinx is a vehicle to accelerate power building, civic engagement, and socially impactful leadership within the MA Latino community.
Sonia Chang-Diaz, MA State Senator, Second Suffolk; Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island Secretary of State; and Carmen Ortiz, Former United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts
Nellie Gorbea: Why we need next generation of Latinx to run for office
Nellie Gorbea, Secretary of State of Rhode Island, shares why we need the next generation of Latinx to run for office and engage. It’s how change is made. The best public policy solutions are made when there’s a diversity of perspectives, opinions, and backgrounds around the table.
Aixa Beauchamp: Inspiring Next Generation of Latinx Leaders
Aixa Beauchamp, Founding Member of the Latino Legacy Fund, tells us why it’s important for her and others to return in her roots to inspire and help spur the next generation of Latinx leaders.
Andy Vargas: Why He Ran for Office
Haverhill City Councillor Andy Vargas shares why he ran for office. He shared his experience at the Amplify Latinx: Nuestra Voz Conference in June 2017.