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The Discussions



TheAmericano.com 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

Break

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

Speakers: 

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

 

Speakers:

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

 

Speakers:

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

 

Speakers:

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

 

Topics:

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

 

Speakers:

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

 

Topics:

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

 

Speakers:

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

 

Speakers:

Bettina Inclan, Political Strategist

Alfredo Ortiz,  Boston Consulting Group

Jenny Korn, Esperanza

 

4:30 pm

Break Out Session 2:  Blogging and Social Media

 

Topics:

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

 

Speakers:   

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

 

Speakers:

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

 

Topics:

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

 

Speakers:

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

 

Speakers:

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

 

Speakers:

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!