The Discussions is the top information source created to meet the demands for balanced news on issues of importance to American Hispanics, while celebrating the vibrant and rich traditions of Hispanic heritage. We strive to make The Americano the place for those who care about issues relevant to the Hispanic community to give voice to their opinions, engage with like-minded individuals who value traditional principles, and make a positive difference through sharing insights that will have a direct impact on the Hispanic community.

We created this Forum because we believe that American Hispanics play an important role in shaping the conservative dialogue in Western civilization. We stand for liberty and democracy in the U.S. and throughout the world and defend those who have this right taken away.

At this Forum you will be invited to engage in this dialogue with us as we hear from top experts.

So What's on the Agenda?


Thursday, December 2nd

8:00 am Registration and Breakfast (Back Terrace)
9:00 am

Democracy, Freedom, Terrorism in the 21st Century from US Perspective


Speaker: Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House

Spain: The West Self-Defeating Terrorism Strategy 

Speaker: Prime Minister José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain

Mexico: The Struggle Against Transnational Crime


Speaker: Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan


10:30 am


10:45 am

Conservatism Throughout the Americas and the Hispanic World


Topics: Why Hispanics are Natural Conservatives. Melting Pot or Salad Bowl? Hispanics and the American Experiment: The Greatness of Conservatism.


Moderator: Miryam Lindberg, Political Strategist


Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, former Secretary of Commerce

Helen Aguirre-Ferre, Diario de Las Americas

Lionel Sosa, Bromley Communications


12:00 pm

Latino Consensus Lunch Discussion: A Truly Bipartisan Agreement for the Development of the Hispanic Community


Moderator: Ambassador Roger Noriega, American Enterprise Institute



Dr. Alfonso Pino, Conservative Hispanic Society

Ricardo Gonzalez, Bilingual America                                                              

Mario Lopez, Hispanic Leadership Fund

Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Juan Rangel, UNO

Nick Gutierrez, Gutierrez, Zaraluqui, Franco LLP

Maria Cardona, Dewey Square Group  

12:00 pm

Young Conservatives Networking Luncheon, Hosted by SUNPAC


Moderator: Jorge Hurtado, The Americano



Jeb Bush, Jr., SUNPAC

Octavio Hinojosa, Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute

Armando Regil, IPEA

Pablo Casado, FAES


1:30 pm Break
1:45 pm

Immigration and National Security Debate


Moderator: Adolfo Franco, Direct Selling Association



Helen Krieble, Red Card Solution

Alfonso Aguilar, Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles

Adolfo Franco, Direct Selling Association

Al Martinez-Fonts, Jr., Command Consulting Group

Pablo Schneider, Latino Leaders Magazine


2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm

Break Out Session 1: The Effects of “Big Government” on U.S. and World Economies



Economic Challenges Faced in Socialist Countries. How Small Businesses are affected by Big Government. How Big Government and Big Business Hurt the Entrepreneurial Nature of American Hispanics.


Moderator: Alex Chafuen, Atlas Economic Research Foundation



Mike Gonzalez, The Heritage Foundation

Hector Barreto, The Latino Coalition

Rosario Marín, SBC Global

Nina Vaca, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


3:00 pm

Break Out Session 2:  Hispanic Media and Its Impact



Reality vs. Perception: The Immigration Issue in the Media. The Ever Growing Power of Hispanic Media vs Mainstream. Does the Conservative Message Get Lost in the Hispanic Media?


Moderator: Gustavo Bujanda, The Axis Agency



Ruben Navarrete, The Washington Post Writers Group

Guillermo Martinez, The Americano

Jorge Plasencia, República


4:00 pm

Coffee/Tea Break: Meet and Greet – The Americano Authors/Exhibitions

4:30 pm

Break Out Session 1: The Hispanic Challenge: How to Effectively Reach Hispanics through Grass Roots


Moderator: Melissa Blair, The Texas Puente Initiative



Bettina Inclan, Political Strategist

Alfredo Ortiz,  Boston Consulting Group

Jenny Korn, Esperanza


4:30 pm

Break Out Session 2:  Blogging and Social Media



The Immense Power of Internet: Freedom at its Best. Like Never Before: Access to Knowledge at Your Fingertips and Knowledge is Power. Bloggers: The “Unshuttables”.


Moderator: Sherrie Madia, Social Media Expert



Lance Rios,“Being Latino

Val Prieto, Babalu Blog



Gala Agenda

6:45 pm Private VIP Reception with Speaker Newt Gingrich and Prime Minister José María Aznar
7:00 pm

General Reception

8:00 pm

Gala/Dinner (black tie optional)


Miami Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Eduardo Marturet


Speaker Newt Gingrich – Host

Rachel Campos-Duffy – Emcee


Freedom Award – President Alvaro Uribe

Lifetime Achievement Award – Lincoln Diaz-Balart

Outstanding Hispanic Award - Dr. Orlando Silva



Silent Auction



Friday, December 3rd

8:00 am Breakfast Served
8:30 am

Healthcare Debate


Moderator: Michelle Stein, Center for Health Transformation



Dr. Andrés Perez, Healthways

David Merritt, Center for Health Transformation

Dr. Lawrence A. Lavery, National Healing

Dr. Orlando Silva, Emmaus Medical Missions


9:30 am Break
9:45 am

Break Out Session 1: Education



How Our Schools are Failing Hispanic Students.

Charter Schools: A Real Chance for Quality Education.

The Dream Act Where it Stands.


Moderator: Frank Alvarez, Hispanic Scholarship Fund



Israel Ortega, The Heritage Foundation

Romanita Matta-Barrera, Fluent Strategy Group


9:45 am Break Out Session 2: Creating Effective Change (Young Conservatives)


Moderator: Jorge Hurtado, The Americano



Octavio Hinojosa, Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute

Andro Nodarse-León, SUNPAC

Armando Regil, IPEA


10:30 am Break
10:45 am

Communism and Socialism in The Americas


Topics: Redeeming the Promise of Democratic Capitalism in  the Americas. Cuba: Life after the Castros.The Dangers of Populism in the Americas. Chávez: From the Inside Out. Iran in Latin America.


Moderator: Ambassador Roger Noriega, American Enterprise Institute



Nestor Carbonell, Government and Business Consultant

Alvaro Vargas Llosa, The Independent Institute

Gonzalo Tirado, Command Consulting Group

Peter Brookes, The Heritage Foundation


12:30 pm

Raffle- Thank you and Goodbye!