This year's National Council of La Raza's annual conference promises to be bigger than before.
The 4-day conference will be held will July 7–10 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center and will offer over fifty workshops, four town halls, five key meal events including the Latinas Brunch and the NCLR Awards Gala along with multiple networking events.
At the same time, the NCLR is bringing the National Latino Family Expo--a free event for everyone in the community-- to Las Vegas, Nevada. The Expo will be a family fair that will not only be educational but fun with games, prizes, and live entertainment.
Vice President Joe Biden
Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. is the 47th and current Vice President of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama. A Democrat, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Biden" target="_hplink">he was a United States Senator from Delaware</a> from January 3, 1973 until his resignation on January 15, 2009, following his election to the Vice Presidency.
Susan Lynn "Suze" Orman is an American financial advisor, author, motivational speaker, and television host. Orman was born in Chicago and received her B.A. in social work. She worked as a waitress in Berkeley, California before becoming a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. In 1983 she became the vice-president of investments at Prudential Bache Securities and in 1987 founded the Suze Orman Financial Group.
Richard Louis Trumka is an organized labor leader in the United States. He was <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Trumka" target="_hplink">elected President of the AFL-CIO on September 16, 2009</a>, at the labor federation's convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, from 1995 to 2009, and prior to that was President of the United Mine Workers from 1982 to December 22, 1995. Mr. Trumka was named in Esquire Magazine's 2011 Americans of the Year.
Richard Cordray is an American politician, who is serving as the Director of the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which officially began operating in July 2011. Before that he was Attorney General of Ohio. On July 17, 2011, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Cordray" target="_hplink">President Barack Obama announced</a> he would nominate Cordray to lead the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On January 4, 2012, the White House announced that it would make a controversial recess appointment of Cordray to the post.
Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. is the 82nd and current Attorney General of the United States and the first African American to hold the position, serving under President Barack Obama. Holder is the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Holder" target="_hplink">first sitting member of the Cabinet</a> of the United States to be held in Contempt of Congress by the House of Representatives, for withholding documents related to the ATF gunwalking scandal.
Maria Hinojosa is a Mexican American broadcast journalist. She was (2005-2010) Senior Correspondent for the PBS news magazine, NOW on PBS. She is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Hinojosa" target="_hplink">currently also the host of her own show on PBS</a>, Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One, an interview talk show that features one-on-one interviews with a diverse group of guests, including actors, writers, activists, and politicians. Hinojosa's first journalism experience was as host of a Latino radio show while she was a student at Barnard College, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Latin American studies.
Morrell John Berry is an <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Berry_(administrator)" target="_hplink">American administrator and director</a> of the United States Office of Personnel Management. He held posts in the U.S. Treasury Department, the Smithsonian Institution, and the U.S. Department of the Interior until 2000, and worked as director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Zoological Park until 2009, when he was nominated by President Barack Obama as director of the United States Office of Personnel Management. Berry took office after being confirmed by the United States Senate in April 2009, becoming responsible for managing the human resources of the federal government.
Representative Shelley Berkley
Rochelle "Shelley" Berkley is the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelley_Berkley" target="_hplink">U.S. Representative for Nevada's 1st congressional district</a>, serving since 1999, and a candidate for U.S. Senate. She is a member of the Democratic Party.
Shaun L.S. Donovan is the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaun_Donovan" target="_hplink">United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development</a>, serving in the cabinet of President Barack Obama. Prior to this he headed the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. On December 13, 2008, in his weekly national radio address, President-elect Barack Obama announced that he would appoint Donovan to his cabinet. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate through unanimous consent on January 22, 2009 and sworn-in on January 26.
Born as Arnely Alvarez in Santa Clara, Cuba. Her parents moved to Teaneck, New Jersey in 1965 when she was two years old. During high school Galán submitted an article to Seventeen magazine which was so impressive she was asked to be a guest editor and led to a permanent position. At the age of 22,<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nely_Gal%C3%A1n" target="_hplink"> Galan embarked on her career in entertainment</a> as the nation's youngest station manager for WNJU TV Channel 47 in New York. Owned by Jerry Perenchio and Norman Lear, the station became the launchpad for what is now the Telemundo Network.
A Cuban-American journalist and television anchorman. He is currently the anchor for Noticiero Telemundo, the network's news program as well as the network's <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jose_Diaz-Balart" target="_hplink">Washington DC-based public affairs Sunday morning program Enfoque</a>. Sometimes described as the Brian Williams of Telemundo, Diaz-Balart delivers news that affects the Latino community. In August 1996 he made history by becoming the first Cuban-American to host a network news program when he became anchor for the CBS News program This Morning. He co-hosted Telemundo Network's first morning news and entertainment show, "Esta Mañana," as well as its public affairs show "Cada Día."
Maria Celeste Arrarás
Maria Celeste Arrarás is a Puerto Rican journalist and actress and the host and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar%C3%ADa_Celeste_Arrar%C3%A1s" target="_hplink">producer of Spanish language news program</a> Al Rojo Vivo Con Maria Celeste.
A Tejano/Norteño musical group from Zapata, Texas that was started by friends Ricky Muñoz and René Martínez in the early 90's.
Sandra Cisneros is an American writer best known for her acclaimed first novel The House on Mango Street (1984) and her subsequent short story collection Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (1991). Her work <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandra_Cisneros" target="_hplink">experiments with literary forms and investigates</a> emerging subject positions, which Cisneros herself attributes to growing up in a context of cultural hybridity and economic inequality that endowed her with unique stories to tell. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and is regarded as a key figure in Chicana literature.
Jaime Luis Gómez who is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taboo_(rapper)" target="_hplink">better known by his stage name Taboo</a>, is an American singer, actor, and rapper best known as a member of the group The Black Eyed Peas.
Wilson Cruz, born Wilson Echevarría, is an American actor, known for playing <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_Cruz" target="_hplink">Rickie Vasquez on My So-Called Life</a> and the recurring character Genito on Noah's Arc. As an openly gay person of Afro-Puerto Rican ancestry, he has served as an advocate for gay youth, especially gay youth of color.
Abraham Isaac Quintanilla III who is better known as A.B. Quintanilla III or simply A.B. Quintanilla, is an <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A.B._Quintanilla" target="_hplink">American songwriter, record producer and musician</a>. He is the older brother of "The Queen of Tejano music" Selena. Along with Selena, his other sister Suzette, and his father Abraham, he became a member of Los Dinos in 1980 which would later include Selena's husband Chris Pérez as a guitarist. As a member of Los Dinos, A.B. would play bass guitar, produce and write songs for Selena which became successful singles such as "Como La Flor", "Amor Prohibido" and "No Me Queda Más".