2018 TRADE MISSION & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

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InterContinental San Juan, 5961 Av. Isla Verde, Carolina, 00979, Puerto Rico

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH 2018

Please note that the program is subject to change

WORKSHOP – SILVER LININGS IN THE STORM

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

ROOM: ATLANTIC

September 20, 2017 is a date that has a forever impact on Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria has been the most devastating natural disaster in over a century to affect the United States. Puerto Rico was already in a deep financial crisis, and since the Hurricane the story has unfolded; almost 3,000 deaths, tens of thousands fleeing the island out of desperation, until only August was full power restored to those home that could receive it, widespread devastation as homes were torn apart. Out of the darkness comes light – volunteers, human rights organizations, and trade associations – many from New York – have made it their mission to help Puerto Rico rebuild. Hundreds of homes, families, and communities have benefitted from the kindness and generosity of a wonderful coalition that are continuing to impact the island. This is their story.

WORKSHOP – WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? NY PERSPECTIVES

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

ROOM: ATLANTIC

New York is in the midst of a construction and development boom, with major capital projects planned throughout NYS.  Over $5 billion dollars is earmarked for major capital improvement projects throughout the State.  Our “sister state”, Puerto Rico, is implementing a number of initiatives to spark an economic upturn and development of infrastructure, and rebuilding of industries and capital improvement to help pull Puerto Rico through its financial crisis.  Progressive diversity program initiatives spearheaded by New York State, New York City and private businesses affirm that inclusionary programs are in place to include certified Minority, Women and Locally based Business Enterprises and firms from Puerto Rico. Join these industry and government leaders as they discuss the NY perspective of investment, rebuilding and diversity. Followed by:

12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
NETWORKING LUNCH – EVERLASTING BONDS PUERTO RICO AND NEW YORK

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WORKSHOP – EMPOWERMENT – LATINO INFLUENCE!

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

ROOM: ATLANTIC

Today, the growing Latino influence in the U.S. marketplace, demographic trends, and political election impact demonstrates the increasing and pivotal importance of the Latino community throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.  Recent reports underscore that the Latino demographic is essential to growth and inclusion strategies across all market sectors, media, and politics.  This panel of experts examines the Latino influence and how this can empower our communities in New York, the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

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TASTE OF PUERTO RICO & BRIDGEBUILDERS AWARDS

6:00PM-9:00PM

ROOM: PRECIOSA

The BridgeBuilders Award recognizes individuals that are committed to the growth of businesses in Puerto Rico and New York by providing opportunities that stimulate its economy and communities. Our Bridgebuilders have been instrumental in engaging both the Puerto Rico and New York communities by making them active participants in business development, cultural exchanges, and civic participation.  Our honorees share the fundamental belief that together we are stronger.

The Award will culminate with the TASTE OF PUERTO RICO – Cultural Celebration and Networking Reception featuring traditional Puerto Rican Music.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH 2018

STATE OF PUERTO RICO & RECOGNITION BREAKFAST
Mistress of Ceremony: Marlene Cintron – President of Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp (BOEDC)

8:30AM-10:30AM

ROOM: ATLANTIC

The NYCHCC will be hosting a Breakfast with the Mayors of Puerto Rico for a report on the current conditions of their respective town. 

We are excited to be joined by the Mayor of Loíza, Honorable Julia María Nazario and Mayor of Luquillo, Honorable Jesus Marquez Rodriguez.

Recognition Ceremony – The breakfast will conclude with a recognition ceremony for organizations in Puerto Rico that are continuously working on getting the island back on its feet. The NYCHCC will recognize the work of  Flamboyan Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer and Board Chair Kristin Ehrgood and her collaboration with Dianne Morales, Executive Director and CEO of Phipps Neighborhoods to provide resources to the Island after Hurricane Maria.  Since launching Flamboyan in 2008, Kristin has led the Foundation’s work to ensure a day where every child, particularly those most impacted by inequity, will have the opportunity to live a fulfilling life. Kristin oversees the Foundation’s efforts to ensure students are prepared to succeed in school and beyond, tailoring programs to meet the unique contexts in which the Foundation operates. Dianne is a Latina who grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and has focused her life on supporting communities in creating sustainable change for social and economic justice. Phipps Neighborhoods is a $24 million multi-service agency helping 12,000 children, youth and families overcome poverty each year.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH 2018

PHENOMENAL WOMEN – PURA ACCION RECOGNITION RECEPTION
Mistress of Ceremony: Dianne Morales – Executive Director & CEO of Phipps Neighborhoods

6:30PM-8:30PM

LOCATION: PLAZOLETA

The reception will recognize the  phenomenal women of Comerio who played a key role post-Maria by organizing and supporting their communities.  Ms. Mariangelie Ortiz Ortiz, Ms. Sofia Unanue Banuch and Ms. Lizaimi Rivera Rivera were  key leads in facilitating aid and ensuring that resources did not bypass Comerio.  With limited resources, they became their hometown she heroes!  These women did not set out to make a name for themselves, their action plan was simply to revive their family and community.   The reception will also consist of a conversation moderated by Dianne Morales CEO of Phipps Neighborhoods to learn their stories and find out how we can further support their initiatives.

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2018 Phenomenal Women

Mariangelie Ortiz Ortiz

Lizaimi Rivera Rivera

Sofía Unanue Banuchi

Featured Speakers

Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez

La-Verna Fountain
President, Meaningful Communications Matter, LLC

Teresa Gonzalez
Principal, DalyGonzalez

Kristal Haynes
Program Director, Airbnb

Zenaida Rodriguez
Assistant Director, MTA Dept. of Diversity and Civil Rights