07/02/2012 03:04 pm ET Updated Sep 01, 2012

Counting Down to Lead the Way

On Saturday, July 7, history will be made as National Council of La Raza presents its Annual Conference and National
Latino Family Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada for the first time. And as we are aware, this is all
happening in a presidential election year where the Latino vote is more powerful than ever. Our
theme, "Lead the Way" captures this opportunity for Latinos to influence our future leadership,
and direction of this nation. Our town halls, workshops and guest speakers all represent this
power and this opportunity.

Whether in person or via live stream from our website we invite you to follow the excitement and take part in the valuable exchange of dialogue that will take place in our town halls and general sessions. This year, we are proud to welcome key speakers throughout our events like Vice President Joe Biden, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, financial gurú Suze Orman, media mogol Nely Galán, actor Tony Plana, author Sandra Cisneros, Secretary Shaun Donovan, Attorney General Eric Holder and many more. Thanks to the on-site coverage from our partners at HuffPost Voces and HuffPost Latino Voices, you'll be kept informed of what all the speakers are saying. For a full schedule of live-streamed events please visit here.

The NCLR Annual Conference experience also delivers 50 workshops designated into eleven tracks:

Affiliate/Nonprofit Management
Community and Family Wealth-Building
Community Empowerment
Digital Business
Federal Leadership Training
The Latina Perspective
The LGBT Familia
Workforce Development

This year, we are proud to announce the debut of the Digital Business, Federal Leadership and
LGBT Familia tracks growing the diversity of the dialogue that takes place at Conference.

The NCLR Annual Conference also features four town halls and five key general sessions that
speak to the issues that most impact Latino communities throughout the nation: education,
health, jobs, housing and immigration. These conversations are particularly timely in light of
recent Supreme Court decisions regarding the Affordable Care Act and SB 1070- two issues at
the heart of NCLR's work. Discussion around these topics is certain to take center stage at this year's conference.

Beyond the thousands of participants we look forward to joining us by watching on line, we're
excited to welcome more than 5,000 registrants who represent the Latino community including
community leaders, activists, volunteers, elected and appointed officials, and members of the
corporate, philanthropic, and academic communities.

We look forward to you joining us and contributing to the dialogue on this site, on the NCLR
site, via facebook, twitter and through our mobile app.