Las Vegas—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) today released highlights of its upcoming 2012 Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo®, the country’s premier annual gatherings for Latinos, held for the first time in Las Vegas, Nevada and scheduled to run from Saturday, July 7 through Tuesday, July 10 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center.
NCLR’s Annual Conference and Expo have consistently been the mecca for some of the most powerful, prominent, and influential voices in—and working with—the Latino community, including community leaders, activists, volunteers, elected and appointed officials, and members of the corporate, philanthropic, and academic communities. Attendees will have the opportunity to brush up on current issues in education, health, workforce development, youth leadership, nonprofit management, and other topics that impact not only Latinos, but all American communities. Most notably, with this year’s theme of “Lead the Way,” attendees will see firsthand how the nation’s growing Latino population is shaping America’s political future.
“Choosing Nevada as the home for this year’s Annual Conference is a natural fit. This swing state’s growing Latino population and electorate is poised to play a critical role in the 2012 November elections,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Latinos from across the country to come together and learn about current and newly emerging issues that our community faces at the local, state, and national levels.”
The 2012 NCLR Annual Conference, title sponsored by Walmart, promises to be one of NCLR’s largest conferences to date, featuring more than 50 workshops, four town halls, five key general sessions including the Latinas Brunch and the NCLR Awards Gala, and multiple networking opportunities. This year’s event includes a list of impressive speakers and participants, including a keynote address by Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, a host of national and local elected officials, financial expert Suze Orman, media mogul Nely Galán, actor Tony Plana, actor Wilson Cruz, actress Gina Rodriguez, author Sandra Cisneros, and many others.
In addition, the 2012 NCLR Annual Conference brings some of the best entertainment talent in the Latino community to Las Vegas, such as the Sunday night concert featuring Intocable and Prince Royce and the Monday night concert brought to you by Walmart featuring Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, A.B. Quintanilla III, and a special performance by one of the world’s top mariachi performers to be announced later this week.
NATIONAL LATINO FAMILY EXPO®
Running July 7–9, the National Latino Family Expo®, title sponsored by UPS, is a free family fair open to the public taking place at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center. It is one of the largest events in the country focused on resources and activities for the Latino family, with nearly 200 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. From live entertainment and giveaways to free health screenings and informative demonstrations, everyone will discover something new in a fun and exciting environment that the entire family will enjoy.
“We encourage families of southern Nevada and throughout the region to take part in this three-day Expo full of free services, entertainment, and critical information,” said Ron Estrada, NCLR Vice President. “Understanding that too many members of our community are uninsured or underinsured, we can’t stress enough how much families can benefit from coming to the Expo for free vision, cholesterol, blood pressure, and HIV screenings.”
The National Latino Family Expo® provides something for everyone, from free exercise classes and children’s activities to demonstrations of new products and technology, plus exciting activities, games, prizes, and more. Well-known figures in sports and entertainment will sign autographs for fans, costumed characters such as Dora the Explorer will entertain kids, and all members of the family can learn something new through healthy cooking demonstrations.
A new Conference and Expo tool featured this year is the NCLR Mobile App, which gives users access to exclusive content, promotions, and prizes throughout the Conference. This free App can be downloaded from any smartphone marketplace and also includes navigation tools to help users guide their way through Conference and Expo.
NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.