WASHINGTON--For a second year in a row, Latino Leaders Magazine organized in November its Annual Luncheon Roundtable in Washington, DC celebrating the publication of its 2015's issue featuring the list of the "101 Most Influential Latinos" in the country.
At the historic Willard Intercontinental Hotel and with the support of JPMorgan Chase & Co., this year's gathered 12 of the most distinguished Latino leaders from a wide arrange of fields --from law enforcement to health-seeking ways to multiply their influence.
"I often believe that in order to become it you have to see it to believe it. So others need to know that you all paved the way and the path forward", said Rodney Hood, the National Corporate Responsibility Manager at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Hosted by Jorge Ferraez. Founder and Publisher of Latino Leaders magazine, the discussion was centered on the things that the leaders need to reach the top posts in the ladder in a way that inspires and helps young leaders to have as role models.
"We have this thesis: If we create more leaders and we promote leaders to become successful, then the Latino community will become successful itself', said Ferraez, reminding that the luncheon featured wine from Latino producers in the West.
Considering that for many people in the country the only information they have about the Latino community is what is provided by some media channels. Leaders at the luncheon agreed that along with role models, facts and actions matter.
But, what exactly were the recommendations of the participants in this event considering the bad rap that Latinos have had to endure during the past years.
"What do you need in order to advance yourselves and with your advancement pull your group further up?", said Ferraez, who came to DC from Dallas to host the event.
In addition to those quoted below, other participants in the dialogue were: Lisette Garcia, Senior Director at the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), Attorney Michael A. Ramos from The Ramos Group and Frank Lopez, VP of Corporate Development at ALPFA.
"We are a very small group. There's only been 5% since the 1970's, so we know our work is to find those leaders, and also to help train the non-Hispanic healthcare leaders and professionals about how to take care of our communities in a more respectful culturally competent way." --Elena Rios, President, CEO National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA).
"I do agree that we can't become leaders until we...