2017 NCLR Annual Conference Recap: Day Two

Day two of the 2017 NCLR Conference has now wrapped up. It was a day full of truly informative workshops, an inspiring Latinas Brunch and an interesting debate on what is at stake for Latinos in the tax reform debate. And, after a long day, it was time for attendees to let their hair down and enjoyed several receptions that honored some of our community’s strongest advocates.

One of the first sessions of the day was an up-close conversation with the head writer of Disney’s Elena of Avalor, Silvia Olives. She shared her own story about how she made it in Hollywood, and what needs to be done to encourage more Latinas to enter the business.

The morning also featured a policy and legislative update from the NCLR policy team.

Our Lideres summit has also been running concurrently with the 2017 NCLR Annual Conference.

After a morning of sessions, it was time for some brunch! The ever popular Latinas Brunch hit it out of the park again with some inspiring words from Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick of Maricopa Community College, activist and author, Julissa Arce, and journalist Sandra Guzman.

First to address the crowd was Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Maricopa County Community College President.

After brunch, activist and author of My (Underground) American Dream, Julissa Arce shared her inspiring and remarkable story.

Journalist Sandra Guzman closed out the brunch with a call for Latinas to do what they need to do to take care of themselves.

Watch the livestream of the entire event below:

Next up was the second Town Hall of the conference. Today’s event was the economy town hall and was focused on tax reform and what’s at stake for the Latino community.

The Town Hall was introduced by former U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor.

The night ended with some receptions to honor some of our best advocates, including the Helen Rodriguez-Trias Health Award and the LGBTQ and Allies Champions Award.

El Centro Hispano of North Carolina received our LGBTQ Champions Award for their long-time work on supporting and fighting for LGBTQ Latinos in the South.

And, for their tireless work to promote and advance good health in the Latino Community, Mary’s Center received the Helen Rodriguez-Trias Heath Award. Congratulations to both of these amazing Affiliates!

Check back here tomorrow for a recap of the final day of the 2017 NCLR Annual Conference!

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