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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 11, 2017
Contact: Michelle Archilla
Email: marchilla@chli.org
Phone: 202.347.8280 ext. 305

Website: www.chli.org

CHLI Launches ‘Pillars for Progress’ Tour in Los Angeles, California
 

Washington, D.C. - The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) launched its ‘Pillars of Progress’ tour at the Los Angeles City Club in Los Angeles, California, on August 29, 2017. The first stop of the tour convened distinguished civic and community leaders, experts in workforce development and student leaders to discuss educational opportunities, career strategy and tools for the economic advancement of U.S. Hispanics and Latinos. 

“Hispanics have made huge strides in educational attainment, but still fall behind in rates of employment and other economic indicators, providing an opportunity for improvement than can only be found by enhancing the country’s workforce development efforts,” said Keynote speaker, Justin Vélez-Hagan, Executive Director of the National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, and author of ‘The Common Sense behind Basic Economics.’

Keynote speaker, Justin Vélez-Hagan, Executive Director of the National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce
Richard Verches, the Los Angeles Director of the L.A/Orange County Regional Consortium of Community Colleges (LAOCRC)
Photo left to right: The Honorable Gilbert Cedillo, Los Angeles City Councilman; CHLI Board Member Nathalie Rayes, Vice President of Public Affairs for Grupo Salinas; Ana Guerrero, Chief of Staff to Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti; Mary Ann Gomez Orta, CHLI President & CEO; Dr. Patricia Ramos, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development at Santa Monica College (SMC); and Richard Verches

Following the keynote address, a panel discussion ensued, that focused on jobs, education and financial literacy. Panelists included Dr. Patricia Ramos, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development at Santa Monica College (SMC), Richard Verches, the Los Angeles Director of the L.A/Orange County Regional Consortium of Community Colleges (LAOCRC), and Ana Guerrero, Chief of Staff to Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti.  


Ana Guerrero shared the Mayor’s efforts to encourage Latinos to pursue higher education, “In the Mayor’s Office, we are making LA a city of opportunities by tripling the number of jobs and expanding the types of jobs people have access to.” Last year, the City of Los Angeles launched a program that provides a year of free community college education for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) graduates. 

Richard Verches emphasized the importance of private sector involvement in education in order for students to stay current with the rapid changes in technology. When businesses engage, universities produce the level of talent that companies seek. Dr. Ramos agreed, and emphasized the importance of communities and businesses investing specifically in community college education. In today’s ever-changing landscape, Dr. Ramos shared that most Latinos start their education at community colleges, and a staggering 70% of Latinos who have doctorate degrees, started at the community college level. 

CHLI Board Member Nathalie Rayes, Vice President of Public Affairs for Grupo Salinas, the national sponsor for the Pillars for Progress tour, assured that “Grupo Salinas is committed to create social value and preparing future leaders. We are proud to partner with CHLI in this endeavor, providing the youth of the United States with the elements to succeed in the jobs of the future, inspiring them to achieve higher education and creating a healthy financial plan for their lives.” 

Mary Ann Gomez Orta, Ana Guerrero, Helen Iris Torres, Executive Director & CEO, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE); and Nathalie Rayes, with Pillars for Progress attendees and future leaders

CHLI would like to thank Grupo Salinas and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), for their engagement in educating upcoming leaders about the importance of workforce development. 

Pillars for Progress will continue on to San Antonio, Texas, on October 14, 2017, and wrap up in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, please visit our website: www.chli.org

 
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About CHLI: 
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is the premier organization founded by Members of Congress and corporate leaders to advance the Hispanic community's economic progress with a focus on social responsibility and global competitiveness. Founded in 2003, CHLI is a 501(c)3 non-profit and non-partisan organization. CHLI is dedicated to fostering a broad awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests, and views of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent. 
CHLI Board of Directors 
Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Chairman
Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Vice Chairman
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)
Vice Chairman
Ray Dempsey, Jr., Treasurer
BP America
Emilio X. Gonzalez, Secretary
Verizon

Congressional Board Members
Honorable Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)
Honorable Bill Flores (TX-17)
Honorable Will Hurd (TX-23)
Honorable Raul Labrador (ID-01)
Honorable Devin Nunes (CA-22)
Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)
Honorable Albio Sires (NJ-08)
Honorable David Valadao (CA-21)
Corporate Board Members
Silvia Aldana
PG&E Corporation
Lakeitha Anderson
RAI Services Co
Angela Maria Arboleda
Herbalife International of America
Joedis Avila
Ford Motor Company
Rudy Beserra
The Coca-Cola Company
Juan Carlos Gutierrez
John Hoel
Altria Client Services
Victoria Jeffries
Univision Communications, Inc.
David Olivencia
Accenture
Juan Otero
Comcast | NBCUniversal | Telemundo
Orlando Padilla
Padilla Networks
Nicolas Perez Stable
CHC Helicopters
Nathalie Rayes
Grupo Salinas
Lauren Robitaille
Walmart Stores, Inc.
Susan I. Santana, Esq.
AT&T Services, Inc.
Christopher Turner
Dell, Inc.
Patrice Webb
American Beverage Association
Pro-Bono General Counsel
Alejandro Sarria
Covington & Burling, LLP
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