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LISTA's South Florida Emerging Technology Leadership Summit
Campeones de Nuestra Comunidad Awards Luncheon 
and Business Match Making Event - March 4-5, 2013
With over 120 + attendees Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA) held their 2-day South Florida Emerging Technology Leadership at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus in Miami, Florida.  

Day one began with a warm welcome from the college’s President, Madeline Pumariega along with opening speeches made by Rosanna Durruthy, Chief Diversity Officer of Cigna Corporation, LISTA’s National Chair, Javier Polit and LISTA’s National President, Jose Marquez. This day was filled with panel discussion by experts such as Javier Polit, CIO of Coca-Cola Bottling Investments Group, Adriana Garcia Espinoza, Regional Director of South East Praxis, Eduardo Cortez, 
With over 300 + attendees Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA) held their 6th Annual National Emerging Technology Leadership Summit at the Melia Hotel in Atlanta, GA. 

The ETL Summit theme was a "Call to Action" and it concentrated on diversity and inclusion, and enabled leaders to develop core competencies in Employee Resource Groups, while discussing issues affecting Latinos in the technology industry. 

Summit began on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 with a Special VIP Welcome Reception, hosted by the LISTA Georgia Technology Council and the Georgia Black/Latino Council, featuring a special message from Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of the Martin Luther King Center and Academy Acclaimed actor Pepe Serna. 
LISTA's Emerging Technology Leadership Summit & National TechLatino Achievers Awards in Atlanta, GA - May 23-24, 2012
Dr. King spoke on the strength of her mother Coretta Scott King and Pepe Serna spoke on how to continue to reinvent yourself in your career in order to find work in a difficult job market.


Community Bank Specialist of World Pay, US, Inc., Cesar Melgoza, President & CEO of Geoscape, Nilda Cid Gumbs, Senior Director State & Local Government of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), Carlos Blanco-Sposito, Vice President & General Manager of South Florida for AT&T, Wendy Rivera, Legal Council for the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC), Gabriel Cespedes, Network Application Engineer of Time Warner Telecom, Hon. Luz Weinberg, Vice President, National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), Rosanna Durruthy, Chief Diversity Officer of Cigna Corporation, Rod Colón, CEO of Rod Colón Consulting, LLC, Annia Zavala of New York Life, Millie Herrera, Southeast Regional Representative from the US Department of Labor, Raquel Lee, Enterprise Release Manager of Cigna Corporation, Manny Ruiz, Co-Founder & Chairman of Hispanicize, Tony Hernandez, Co-Founder – Producer of Immigration Archive Project, Jean Manuel Jimenez, Media Manager of CONCACAF and Lynn Ponder, President & CEO of Web City Girls.  
During the luncheon, awards were bestowed upon the Campeones de Nuestra Comunidad for their contribution and tireless work towards uplifting the Latino Community. Recipients were, Ileana Ros Lehtinen , Congresswoman, Florida’s 27th District (Government Beacon of the Year 2012), David Hernandez, President & CEO, Liberty Power (CEO of the Year 2012), José M. Hernández, Engineer, Politician & NASA Astronaut (Trend Setter of the Year 2012), Tony Hernandez, Co-Founder – Producer, Immigration Archive Project (Visionary of the Year 2012), Rosanna Durruthy, Chief Diversity Officer – Cigna Corporation (Corporate Citizen of the Year 2012). Attendees were able to obtain a personal autographed copy of “Reaching for the Stars: The Inspiring Story of a Migrant Farm Worker Turned Astronaut” written by our own Astronaut, José M. Hernández, who also delivered inspirational and thought provoking words to the attendees as our keynote speaker. Other highlights of the luncheon included the induction of LISTA’s National Chair, Javier Polit, CIO, Coca Cola – Bottling Investments Group and remarks by Millie Herrera, Southeast Regional Representative – US Department of Labor. In the evening, everyone was able to unwind during our networking reception.
Day two began with informative seminars delivered by Jonel Hein, Deputy District Director – Florida District Office - Small Business Administration, Frank Velasco, Business Development Specialist, Small Business Administration, Rod Colón, CEO, Rod Colón Consulting, LLC and Gandy Thomas, Consul General of Haiti. During the second half of the day, local suppliers were able to participate in 15-minute face-to-face meetings with local and national buyers during our Business MatchMaking Event powered by MyBusinessMatches.com.
Testimonies include:
Kelly Owens, Nation Wide Testimonial:
"We met some quality supplier that we feel will help to further our initiative of finding talent within the Hispanic markets. Great resource to network in the effort to promote diversity and inclusion in the work space. Great experience!"

Carl Padilla, FPL FiberNet Testimonial:
"This event was a great success both personally and professionally. Professionally I was able to meet other business professionals and have quality networking meetings. Personally it was also good as my further plans point towards self-employment. Thank you!"

Nathalia Avelar, CBIL360 Testimonial:
" Thank you very much for such a great Business Matchmaking Event. My Business Matches did an amazing job! The meeting format was very efficient and I made great connections! Come back to Miami soon! I highly recommend My Business Matches." 

On behalf of Latinos and Information Sciences and Technology Association, we want to Thank all of our attendees, participants and sponsors for their support and helping us make this event the success it was.
simmonsj's SFETLS 2013 PICTURES album on Photobucket
LISTA Brings Their Emerging Technology Leadership Summit to Silicon Valley
October 2nd & 3rd - 2014
LISTA's Emerging Technology Leadership Summit and National Latino Technology Achiever Awards is the must attend annual event for Latino Technology professionals and trendsetters.  The Emerging Technology Leadership Summit will feature thought leadership on Diversity & Inclusion in social media, marketing, entertainment and innovation.
LISTA Emerging Technology Leadership Summit brings brands, media, bloggers, celebrities, nonprofits, government officials and technologist together in unique conversations focused on creative ideas and best practices.
LISTA (www.a-lista.org) promotes the utilization of the technology sectors for the empowerment of the Latino Community.  We are an organization that is committed to bringing various elements of Technology under one central hub to facilitate our partners, members and the community with the leverage and education they need to succeed in a highly advanced technologically driven society. LISTA's mission is to educate, motivate and encourage the use of technology among Latinos and to empower them to bridge the digital divide. @lista1, #techlatino247
Join us on October 2nd & 3rd as we bring our Emerging Technology Leadership Summit, Business Match Making event and National Latino Technology Achiever Award Gala to Silicon Valley, California.