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Hispanic Leadership Summit

The McCombs School brings together leaders from all over the United States to collaborate and discuss important issues in Texas and across the nation, and the key role Hispanic Americans share in addressing these issues.

The school also presents original data and research analyzing key trends.

These events have hosted near-capacity crowds focused on sharing innovative ideas and addressing the challenges of the future.

Quick Fact

The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in Texas increased from 319,340 in 2002 to 447,589 in 2007, a 40.2 percent increase.

Survey of Texas-Hispanic Owned Businesses with Paid Employees
Bureau of Business Research
IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin

Our Generous Sponsors 

Hispanic Entrepreneurship & the Road to Recovery

Friday, November 22, 2013

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

Hispanics are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the United States and represent a large and growing segment of the economic environment in Texas. In 2007, Hispanic-owned businesses (HOBs) accounted for 20.7 percent of all businesses in Texas and the number of these HOBs have increased rapidly since 2002. Despite this trend, why do HOBs lag behind the mainstream for business? The 5th Annual Hispanic Leadership Summit explores this trend, while also offering panel discussions on tips and advice every future entrepreneur should know from the experts.    


12:00 – 1:30 Lunch with Marc A. Rodriguez, Chairman, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

$40 per person | $35 for UT Faculty and Staff | Free for UT Students

1:45 3:00 How to Succeed in Entrepreneurship

    Confirmed Speakers
    • Moderator: Brett Hurt, Founder, Bazaar Voice
    • Robert Fairlie, PhD, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz
    • Rudy Garza, Founder and Managing General Partner, G-51 Capital Management
    • Gary Hoover, Founder, CEO, and Chief Game Designer, Bigwig Games, Inc.
    • Yolanda Garcia Olivarez, Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

3:15 – 4:30 Surviving Year 1 and Beyond: Improving Business Opportunities

    Confirmed Speakers
    • Moderator: Luis Patiño, Senior Vice President, Univision Television Group
    • Orlando Arriaga, Owner, Taco Shack
    • Elsie Echeverri Carroll, PhD, Research Scientist, IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin
    • Frank Garza, Founder and President, Vamos Marketing
    • Thomas "Tomás" Miranda, founder and President, Sparkovation IT, LLC

4:30 – 6:30 Texas Exes Hispanic Alumni Network Happy Hour at Gabriel's Cafe


Attire for the Hispanic Leadership Summit is business or business casual. 


Parking is available at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center (click for more information and pricing).

Quick Fact

According to the Census Bureau, 50.5 million Hispanics were counted by the 2010 Census, up from 35.3 million in 2000. Over the same decade, the number of Latino eligible voters—adults who are U.S. citizens—also increased, from 13.2 million in 2000 to 21.3 million in 2010.

Mark Hugo Lopez, The Latino Electorate in 2010: More Voters, More Non-Voters

Our Generous Sponsors 

Hispanic Vote 2012: Understanding Our Strength

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, Connally Ballroom

Hispanics are the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the United States, comprising 6.9% of the electorate. How will this changing demographic affect the 2012 presidential election? What are the issues most important to the Latino community? 


12:00 – 1:30 Lunch with United States Congressman Charles A. Gonzalez 

1:45  3:15 Changing Demographic, Limitless Potential

  • Moderator: Jim Henson, PhD, Lecturer; Associate Director of LAITS; Director, Texas Politics Project, University of Texas at Austin
  • Jason Casellas, PhD, Assistant Professor of Government, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin
  • Claudia Ortega-Hogue, Texas Director of Civic Engagement, National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund
  • Lloyd Potter, PhD, Texas State Demographer
3:30 5:00 Grasping the Issues: Education, Health Care, Immigration & Jobs
  • Moderator: Julián Aguilar, Reporter, Texas Tribune
  • Sylvia Manzano, PhD, Senior Project Manager, Latino Decisions 
  • Jessica Lavariega Monforti, PhD, Assistant Dean, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Texas - Pan American
  • The Honorable Aaron Peña, Texas State Representative, District 40 - Edinburg

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A special thanks to our generous sponsors:

  • AT&T
  • Univision 62
  • Subiendo Advisory Council

Doing Well and Doing Good: Ethical Business Leadership

Friday, April 1, 2011 at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

Presented by AT&T

How can business leaders act with integrity in good economic times as well as downturns?  What are our expectations for corporate social responsibility? The 2011 Hispanic Leadership Summit convenes experts and leaders from across the country to examine the role of the business community in our society.  


12:00 – 1:00    Lunch

  • Welcome: Veronica Vargas Stidvent, Lecturer and Director, Hispanic Leadership Initiative, McCombs School of Business 
  • Opening Remarks: Thomas Gilligan, Dean, McCombs School of Business, Univeristy of Texas at Austin
  • Opening Remarks: William Powers Jr., President, University of Texas at Austin
  • Keynote Speaker: Ralph de la Vega , President & CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets 

1:00 – 1:30      Special Press Conference for Subiendo: The Academy for Rising Leaders

1:30  – 3:00       Crisis Management: Public Policy, Public Perception, and Business Reality

  • Introduction: Teresa Arnold, Inclusiveness Consultant, Ernst & Young's Inclusiveness Center of Expertise
  • Moderator: Leslie Enriquez, Noticias Univision Talent, Univision 62 
  • Dan Bartlett, President and CEO, Public Strategies
  • Bob Inman (Admiral, U.S. Navy Ret.), Chairman of the Board, Massey Energy Company
  • Sol Trujillo, former CEO, Telestra, Orange and US West; Director, Target Corporation, WIND TELECOM S.p.A. and WPP plc

3:15 – 4:45      New Expectations for Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Introduction: Robert Prentice, JD, Associate Chairman, Business, Government and Society
  • Moderator: Pablo Schneider, Contributing Editor, Latino Leaders Magazine
  • Roel Campos, Senior Partner, Cooley, LLP and former SEC Commissioner
  • Sonia Perez, President, AT&T Louisiana 
  • Hector Ruiz, CEO, Bull Ventures, LLC and former CEO, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD)
  • David Spence, Associate Professor, Department of Business, Government and Society, McCombs School of Business

5:00 – 6:00    Reception

  • Recognition of the 2010 Class of Subiendo: The Academy of Rising Leaders
  • Wolfgang Niedert, Principal/Financial Planner, E. Wolfgang Niedert and Associates, LLC  
  • Entertainment: The University of Texas Mariachi, the Mariachi Paredes de Tejastitlan
  • Student Art Exhibit sponsored by the Center for Latin American Visual Studies and the Visual Arts Center

Education: The Key to Unlock our Future

Thursday, March 25, 2010 at he Texas Exes Etter-Harbin Alumni Center


 Opening Remarks

  • William Powers, Jr., President, University of Texas at Austin 

Panel Discussion: Closing the Education Gap 

  • Moderator: Richard Flores, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Sylvia Acevedo, President and CEO, Communicard
  • Mark Hugo Lopez, PhD, Associate Director, Pew Hispanic Center
  • Raymund Paredes, PhD, Commissioner, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Pablo Schneider, CEO, Career Educational Services and Contributing Editor, Latino Leaders Magazine


  • Keynote Remarks by Julián Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, Texas 

Panel Discussion: The Role of Universities in Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

  • Moderator: Dr. Jim Henson, PhD, Director, Texas Politics Project, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Antonio Flores, PhD, President and CEO, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities 
  • Robert Hutchings, Dean, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
  • The Honorable Diana Maldonado, Texas State House of Representatives
  • Victor Saenz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Administration, The University of Texas at Austin
  • The Honorable Michael Villarreal, Texas State House of Representatives

Closing Remark

Hispanic Leadership Initiative Launch

Monday, May 4, 2009 at Etter-Harbin Alumni Center


Introduction to the Hispanic Leadership Initiative

  • Veronica Vargas Stidvent, Director, LBJ School Center for Politics and Governance

Opening Remarks

  • Admiral B. R. Inman, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Interim Dean and LBJ Centennial Chair in National Policy, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Keynote Speech “The Road Less Traveled”

  • Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., Chancellor, The University of Texas System

Panel Discussion

  • Henry Bonilla, Former U.S. Congressman
  • Ted Cruz, Former Texas Solicitor General
  • Pete Gallego, Texas State Representative
  • Orlinda Naranjo, 419th District State Judge

Closing Remarks

  • Susana Aleman, Chair, Texas Exes Hispanic Alumni Steering Committee


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