AMPLIFY CONFERENCE: CLAIMING OUR POWER

June 1, 2019

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

210 Morrissey Blvd, Boston

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About the Conference

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 misison 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

About Amplify Latinx

Amplify Latinx is a non-partisan, collaborative convener that builds Latinx economic and political power by significantly increasing Latinx civic engagement and representation in leadership positions across sectors. Amplify Latinx was founded by The Latina Circle, a Boston-based social venture founded in 2012 that is advancing Latina leaders across industries into positions of power and influence.

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS

Eneida Roman

Eneida Román

Co-Founder, Latina Circle and Amplify Latinx
Attorney, Roman Law Offices

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Betty Francisco

Co-Founder, Latina Circle and Amplify Latinx 
General Counsel, Compass Working Capital 

HONORARY CO-CHAIRS

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Jeffrey Sanchez

Former MA State Representative, 5th Suffolk/Norfolk
Former Chair of the Ways & Means Committee

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Joseph Bancore

Massachusetts State Senator, First Suffolk and Middlesex

Speaker Lineup

KEYNOTES

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Opening Keynote

Ayanna Pressley

United States Congresswoman
MA 7th Congressional District

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Closing Keynote

Ana Navarro-Cárdenas

Republican Strategist and Political Contributor
to CNN, ABC News, and Telemundo

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Grace Gomez

News Presenter, Telemundo New England

FIRESTARTERS

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Dan Rivera

Mayor of the City of Lawrence

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Denise Isaac

Bilingual Meteorologist at NBC10 Boston, NECN and Telemundo

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Jon Santiago

Massachusetts State Representative, 9th Suffolk District

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Judith Garcia

Chelsea City Councillor District 5

Julian Lopez-Leyva

Julian Lopez-Leyva

Advocate for Nonviolent Civic Engagement

Teresita Ramos

Tere Ramos

Education, Disability and Civil Rights Attorney at Ramos Law LLC

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

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Adam Gomez

Springfield City Councilor

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Adrian Velazquez

Research Analyst at Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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Panel Moderator

Amaad Rivera

Government Affairs and Political Advocate

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Panel Moderator

Amanda Fernandez

CEO and Co-founder of Latinos for Education

Ana Nuncio

Ana Nuncio

Salem School Committee Member

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Andy Vargas

Massachusetts State Representative, 3rd Essex

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Panel Moderator

Angelina Camacho

MA Women of Color Coalition

 

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Beth Huang

Director at the Massachusetts Voter Table

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Panel Moderator

Doug Chavez

Political Activist/Consultant

 

Gabriela Coletta

Gabriela Coletta

Chief Of Staff for Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards

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Panel Moderator

Gail Jackson-Blount

Founder and Principal of
Jackson Communications

Gianina Chua

Gianina Chua

Communications Director for MA State Representative James O’Day

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Gladys Vega

Executive Director at Chelsea Collaborative

Gloribell Mota

Gloribell Mota

Co-Director | Lead Coordinator at MassVOTE Neighbors United for a Better East Boston

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Jonathan Rodrigues

National Organizer at American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

Juan Jaramillo

Juan Jaramillo

Political Coordinator at SEIU

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Panel Moderator

Juan Carlos Morales

Managing Partner at Surfside Capital Advisors

Juana Matias

Juana Matias

Chief Operating Officer at MassINC

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Judy Zaunbrecher

Voter Service Co-Chair at League of Women Voters of Massachusetts

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Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson

Interim Director for the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston

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Dr. Lorna Rivera

Director of the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development & Public Policy

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Marcela Merino

Senior Manager, Economic Growth at
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

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Maria Elena Letona, Ph.D.

Director at Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate at Barr Foundation

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Mayra Macias

Vice President at Latino Victory Project

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Natalia URTUBEY

Director of Small Business, Executive Director of Imagine Boston 2030 for the City of Boston

Nikko Mendoza

Nikko Mendoza

State Director, Senator Elizabeth Warren at United States Senate

Nurys Camargo

Nurys Camargo

Founder and Board Chair, Chica Project
Regional Director of External Affairs AT&T MA and RI

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Dr. Raul Fernandez

Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development & Brookline Select Board Member

Sol Carbonell

Sol Carbonell

Assistant Vice President, Regional and Community Outreach at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

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Sonia Chang-Díaz

Massachusetts State Senator, Second Suffolk

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Yulkendy Valdez

Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Forefront

CONFERENCE PERFORMERS

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Opening Session Performer

Pedro “FLAKO” Cruz

Spoken Word Artist and Documentary Photographer

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Closing Session Performer

Jorge Arce

Actor, Singer, Composer, Dancer, Choreographer

Sandra Sasi Marcelino

Closing Session Performer

Sandra “Sasi” Marcelino

Dancer & Choreographer

NETWORKING RECEPTION LATINX CHEFS 

OUR PLANNING COMMITTEE

Alexandra Valdez
Amaad Rivera
Amanda Fernandez
Angelina Camacho
Cheryl Clyburn Crawford

Christa Kelleher
Christine Jauregui
Daniela Bravo
Douglas Chavez
Elke A. Trilla-Bamani

Judy Zaunbrecher
Kate Boland
Keri Rodrigues
Lorna Rivera
Mary Ann Ashton

Nicole Castillo
R.D. Leyva
Sendy Vaughn Suazo
Seymour-James Quiles
Tariana V. Little

Call for Conference Ambassadors!

We’re calling our Amplifiers to help us with our biggest event of the year: The Amplify Conference: Claiming our Power on Saturday, June 1st 12-7 pm.  The Conference will convene more than 400 Latinx leaders from across the Commonwealth to recognize our Latinx electeds, community activists and policy makers. 

This is a great opportunity to engage with valuable members of our Latinx network, learn more about the state of the Latinx community in the Massachusetts and enjoy a beautiful afternoon by the sea, at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute. 

 

Conference Agenda

  • OPENING KEYNOTE:

    Ayanna Pressley, United States Congresswoman, MA 7th Congressional District

    FIRESTARTERS:

    Denise Isaac, Bilingual Meteorologist At Nbc10 Boston, Necn and Telemundo
    Julian Lopez-Leyva, Advocate for Nonviolent Civic Engagement
    Tere Ramos, Education, Disability and Civil Rights Attorney at Ramos Law LLC
    Dan Rivera,
    Mayor of The City of Lawrence
    Jon Santiago, Chelsea City Councillor District 5

  • Amplifying Latino Voices in Education Policy

    Organized by: Latinos for Education

    Latinx voices are still missing in advancing state education policy that impact Latinx students. Given our population’s growth and our significant contribution to the Massachusetts economy, we must work to organize and mobilize a collective Latinx voice that influences policy to ensure educational opportunity for all Latinx children.

    Facilitator – Amanda Fernandez, CEO & Co-Founder, Latinos for Education

    Careers in Politics and Public Service

    What does it mean to work on a political campaign? And what does it entail? Working on a political campaign can be a launching pad for working in politics. For those without political aspirations, being involved in a campaign can add value to your career beyond the campaign. This workshop offers real world input from leaders who transitioned from campaign jobs to elected roles and beyond.

    Moderator: Gail Jackson Blount, Former President & Current Board Member, Mass Women’s Political Caucus

    Panelists: 
    Nikko Mendoza, State Director, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
    Gianina Chua, Director of Programs & Community Engagement, Asian-American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI)
    Gabriela Coletta, Chief of Staff, Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards
    Juan Jaramillo, Political Coordinator, 32BJ SEIU

    Economic Inclusion through Latinx Entrepreneurship

    Latinx-owned businesses are the fastest growing segment of the US economy. They contribute more than $700 billion in sales every year and hire 2.3 million workers. Yet, Latinx companies face significant barriers to growing. This interactive panel will address the challenges for Latinx small businesses, highlight available resources and supports, and share success strategies for Latinx-owned business in Massachusetts.

    Moderator: Juan Carlos Morales, Managing Partner, Surfside Capital Advisors

    Panelists:
    Sol Carbonell, Assistant Vice President, Regional & Community Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
    Marcela Merino Dominguez, Senior Manager, Economic Growth, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
    Natalia Urtubey, Director of Small Business, City of Boston
    Yulkendy Valdez, Co-founder / Managing Partner, Forefront Cultures

    Getting Latinx on the Ballot: Mission 20 by 2020

    Amplify Latinx is committed to bringing our community together to support 20 Latinx candidates to run for office across Massachusetts by 2020. Our panelists will explain why having more Latinx representation across all areas of government is critical in 2019 and 2020. They will speak about obstacles that prevent our community from running in the first place and demystify what it takes to support Latinx candidates. This practical workshop will give you specific ‘action steps’ to (1) identify and encourage a Latinx community member to run and  (2) support Latinx candidates.

    Moderator: Doug Chavez, Political Consultant/Activist

    Panelists: 
    Dr. Raul Fernandez, Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at BU’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
    Jonathan Rodrigues, National Organizer, American Federation of Teachers
    Adrian Velasquez, Research Analyst, Joint Committee on Financial Services, Massachusetts Legislature
    Juana Matias, Former MA State Representative, Lawrence, 16th Essex District
    Mayra Macias, Vice President, Latino Victory

    Push to the Polls: Strategies to Empower Our Electorate

    Our Latinx population can be one of the most influential voting groups in Massachusetts. Yet, we have not fully used our voting power. Knowing the tools we can leverage to engage voters is key to harnessing our collective power. This workshop will present the “voter engagement spectrum” of action and strategies for individuals and organizations to promote voter engagement among Latinxs.

    Moderator: Angie Camacho, MA Women of Color Coalition

    Panelists:

    Gloribell Mota, Program Coordinator & Co-Director | Lead Coordinator, MassVOTE Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE)
    Gladys Vega, Executive Director, Chelsea Collaborative
    Beth Huang, Director, Massachusetts Voter Table
    Judy Zaunbrecher, Voter Service Co-Chair, League of Women Voters MA (LWVMA)

    Meet Our Electeds: Town Hall with Our Representatives

    The first step to advocacy is educating ourselves on the issues faced by the Latinx community in Massachusetts and then adding our voices to shape policies that will drive change. This interactive discussion will allow you to hear directly from Latinx electeds about the current and upcoming policies relevant to Latinxs in the state, and how you can add your voice and input in the process.

    Moderator: Amaad Rivera, Director of Government Relations & Policy, Massachusetts Parents United

    Panelists:
    Andy Vargas, MA House Representative, Commonwealth of Massachusetts 3rd Essex District
    Ana Nuncio, School Committee Member, City of Salem, MA
    Adam Gomez, City Councilor, Ward 1, City of Springfield, MA
    Sonia Chang-Díaz, Senator, 2nd Suffolk District, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • Closing Keynote:

    Ana Navarro-Cárdenas, Republican Strategist and Political Contributor to CNN, ABC News, and Telemundo

  • Our post-conference reception will be held in the institute’s lobby and include networking, music, bar, and Latin-themed menu offered by notable Boston chefs, including Chef Giovanna Huyke of La Fábrica, Chef Alex Pineda, and other chefs TBA.

Become a Sponsor

We invite you to become a sponsor organization for our 3rd Amplify Conference. Your support will help the development of a coalition that builds Latinx economic and political power by significantly increasing Latinx civic engagement and representation in leadership positions across sectors.

PRESENTING $25,000

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Your company name and logo showcased as the Presenting Sponsor on all Amplify marketing communications to over 2,000 donors, volunteers, community leaders, and Amplify Latinx members
Opportunity to kick off event with brief opening remarks
Your logo and hyperlink on Amplify Latinx’s home page throughout all 2019 events
Inclusion in all official social media as the Presenting Sponsor
Exclusive feature profile in our bi-monthly e-news along with your logo and hyperlink prominently displayed
Opportunity to have an action station at Amplify Conference
(15) tickets to the Amplify Conference
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AMPLIFY $10,000

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Your company name and logo showcased as an Amplify Sponsor on all Amplify marketing materials
Your logo and hyperlink on Amplify Latinx’s home page through the Amplify Conference
Multiple features on social media as an Amplify Sponsor
Special feature profile in our bi-monthly e-news along with your logo and hyperlink prominently displayed
Opportunity to have an action station at Amplify Conference
(5) tickets to the Amplify Conference
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IMPACT $5,000

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Your company name and logo showcased as an Impact Sponsor on all Amplify marketing materials
Your logo and hyperlink on Amplify Latinx’s home page through the Amplify Conference
Feature on social media as a sponsor of the week
Opportunity to have an action station at Amplify Conference
(4) Tickets to the Amplify Conference
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ENGAGE $2,500

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Your company name and logo showcased as an Engage Sponsor on all Amplify marketing materials
Your logo and hyperlink on and Amplify Latinx’s home page through the Amplify Conference
Mentions on social media
Opportunity to have an action station at Amplify Conference
(2) Tickets to the Amplify Conference
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How To Become A Sponsor

For more information about sponsorship details, email Betty Francisco at [email protected] or (617) 875-6642.

Sponsors

AMPLIFY LATINX is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors.
Thank you for supporting Latinx civic engagement and leadership advancement.