PRESENTATION OF THE PROGRAM AND OBJECTIVES OF THE CONVENTION The Hispanic Leaders of United States Program was created
in 1998, with the encouragement of the Government of Spain, who entrusted its continuity to the Foundation Carolina. Since 2001 Carolina Foundation, in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, invites each year 15 outstanding Hispanic Americans in different areas of American society. The purpose is to create a network of senior professionals in all States. The program aims to provide participants with the opportunity to make an approach to Spain. It is part of an agenda of high level content and leads to a strengthening of the common links between the two countries and enhances the image of Spain in the United States. In this sense, the Spanish Crown has supported the program since its inception with the presence of HRH the Prince of Asturias in several editions and conventions. Carolina Foundation is aware of the importance of the Hispanic communities in the United States and its growing presence in the various decision-making centers. Thus, for years has maintained a close relationship with this group through this program, which so far has received 185 Hispanic leaders. As a result of this sustained work, the Hispanic Leaders Association was created in 2005. This is an American non-profit organization, constituted by high-level professionals in the public and private, selected to participate in the Hispanic Leaders Program of the Carolina Foundation. To the date, there have been four Hispanic Leaders Conventions. The first two took place in the years 2005 and 2006 in the United States. The following were celebrated in 2008 and 2010 in Spain. All of them were organized and sponsored by the Carolina Foundation. The V Convention of the Hispanic Leaders will be held between 1 and 3 of May, 2013 in conjunction with the activities planned by the Government of Spain on the occasion of the celebration of the V Centenary of the discovery of Florida by Juan Ponce de León. The aim of the Convention is to bring together the most outstanding Hispanic leaders with the highest Spanish partners for addressing the challenges of today. Which are, among others, the role of innovation as a driver of economic growth, the strength of Hispanic creativity in the geo-economic changing context, the new demands of global leadership and the need for closer trade and cultural cooperation between the United States and Spain.
Wednesday May 1 18:00-19:30h Thursday May 2 09:00-9:30h • • • • • • 09:30-10:00h Opening José Manuel García-Margallo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Kent Dentzer, Florida secretary of State Tomas P. Regalado, Miami Mayor Jesus Andreu, director of Carolina Foundation Laura Maristany, president of the Association of Hispanic Leaders Amadeo Petitbò, director of Rafael del Pino Informal meeting of Minister García-Margallo with the attendees of the V Convention U.S. Hispanic Leaders Presentation I - XXI Century in the United States of America: Hispanics as agents for change • • • • • 11:45-13:15h • • • • • • Moderator: Nitza Soledad, CCTV News correspondant Ramon Gil-Casares, Ambassador of Spain in the United States Dina Siegel Vann, director of Latino & Latin American Institute Andres Lopez, national president of The Future Fund Ana Montalvo, senior analyst at the U.S. Census Presentation II - Economy and Business Leadership Moderator: Jose Fourquet, president of Advent Strategies and former executive director of the Inter-American Development Bank Jaime García-Legaz, Secretary of State for Trade at Ministry of Economy of the Government of Spain Joe Garcia, Congressman from Florida's 26th District Luis Fortuño, former governor of Puerto Rico and former Congressman of the House of Representatives of the United States Walter P. Bastian, deputy assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, International Trade Administration Luis Fernandez, president of Univision Studios in the United States Welcome Dinner Cocktail offered by the General Consulate of Spain in Miami
Private lunch for participants and speakers at the meeting, upon formal invitation Presentation III – Promoting Leaders and Leadership: Education and Culture • • Moderator: Jesus Andreu, director of Carolina Foundation Eduardo Padrón, president of Miami Dade College and chairman of the Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans to the White House Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to President Barack Obama on Education Delia Garcia, dean of the College of Education FIU Antonio Flores, president of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Amadeo Petitbò, director of Rafael del Pino Foundation Visit to Juan Sebastian Elcano training ship
• • • • 18:00-19:00h Friday May 9:00-10:00h 10:00-11:30h • • • • • •
Meeting of the Association of the U.S. Hispanic Leaders Presentation IV - Europe, the United States and Latin America: new western horizons Moderator: Daniel Restrepo, founder and director of Restrepo Strategies LLC Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros, High Commissioner of the Government to the Marca España Antonio de Lecea, Senior Advisor for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Union Delegation to the U.S. Joaquin Roy, director of the European Union Center of Excellence, Miami University Emilio C. Sánchez, Executive Secretary of Fundación Spain-Florida 500 Y Javier Quintana, director of the International and Ibero-American Foundation of Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) Closing of the V Convention U.S. Hispanic Leaders Cristina Barrios, General Consul of Spain in Miami Jesus Andreu, director of Carolina Foundation Laura Maristany, president of the Association of Hispanic Leaders Amadeo Petitbó, director of Rafael del Pino Foundation
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PROPOSED TOPICS Day One: Thursday, May 2 Panel I - XXI century America: Hispanics as agents of change Hispanics are expected to become one third out of U.S. population by 2050. This fact points towards a group with a decisive influence on the American public and private spheres. The panel will discuss in a prospective view future trends and changes in several social, economic and political dimensions, as a result of "Hispanic" initiatives and actions. Panel II - Economic and Business Leadership The U.S. Hispanic market is an emerging phenomenon, outcome both of an increased purchasing power and their members professional standing. The per capita income for Hispanics in the U.S. is higher than in Brazil, Russia, India and China, along with a distinctive aptitude for international relations. The panel will find out opportunities for Spanish and Hispanic entrepreneurs created by this new reality. Panel III - Leaders forging leaders: Education and Culture Education and culture are key elements in the history of U.S. economic growth. The emergence of a new Hispanic generation involves a reactivation of the power of this innovative and creative nation. In the session the analysts will discuss on the extent to which these factors become axes of the American symbolic power and about the advantages that shared Hispanic roots and values imply for Spain's projection. Day Two. Friday, May 3 Panel IV - Europe, the U.S. and Latin America: a “New West”. The changes undergone in international relations, due to globalization process and technological advances have led to deep transformation in international relations. The Worldspread free market model opens an extraordinary opportunity for extensive interaction between Spain, United States and Latin America. Panelist will address the possibilities and obstacles of this new “extended West.”