NHCSL - National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators rhina@nhcsl.org 202 434 8070
NHCSL is the preeminent organization serving and representing the interests of Hispanic state legislators from all states, commonwealths, and territories of the United States. Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for joint action on issues of common concern to all segments of the Hispanic community; a forum for information exchange and member networking; an institute for leadership training; a liaison with sister U.S. NHCSL - National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators http://nhcsl.org/img/layout/logo.png US United States Washington 20001 444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 40


Online Registration will be open until November 11th, 2015. Please note: November 19th - 21st onsite registration only

Dress code for all events is business attire and all events will take place at Loews Atlanta Hotel unless otherwise specified

For accurate headcount, please indicate all events you plan to attend

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time Info
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Summit Registration
Mercer Ballroom Pre-Function           
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Policy Committee Meeting
Legislators only
Mercer Ballroom Salon G/H

5:00 PM ‚Äď 6:00 PM

Latinas Lead Initiative
Keynote Speaker: Honorable Lucy Flores
Ellington Ballroom Salon E

This initiative has been developed as a result of the need to have more females engaged in politics and represented in state legislatures.  Latinas Lead will serve as a support group for women in state legislatures, providing networking opportunities, effective leadership strategies and skills training to advance in leadership positions within the legislature.

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Welcome Reception
Ellington Ballroom Salon E

8:00 PM Dinner On Your Own
Friday, November 20, 2015
Time Info
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Summit Registration
Mercer Ballroom Pre-Function

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

A Look into the 2016 Presidential Race
Breakfast Session
Speaker: Jeff Horwitt, Senior Vice President, Hart Research Associates
Mercer Ballroom Salon H/I

This session will explore key projections on the presidential elections and the 2016 candidates. Recent debates have greatly sparked media attention resulting in the public's continuous interest in what polls are saying. Many have set predictions as to who will be the candidates for both political parties. The ultimate question is, who should be the next president for the American people? Discussions in this session will focus on key successes or failures made by both Democrat and Republican candidates to connect with voters, and the key battleground states.

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Mapping the Latino Vote & Policy Perspectives
Moderator: Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck (UT)
Panelists: Jens Manuel Krogstad, Writer & Editor, PEW RESEARCH;
Emmanuel Caicedo, Senior Campaign Strategist, DEMOS;
María Urbina, Vice President of Politics and National Campaigns, VOTO LATINO

Mercer Ballroom Salon G

Several states have passed laws that restrict the voting rights of many. Experts will discuss what states are doing to protect voters' rights and what has proven most effective in increasing voter turnout. Furthermore, this session will include information on voter mobilization and registration as well as efforts done in underrepresented communities to engage young voters. Speakers will highlight Latino voting trends, demographics, and top issues prioritized by Latino communities.

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM Luncheon Keynote Address
Keynote Speaker:
Leslie Sanchez, Award-Winning Political Analyst, And Author
Mercer Ballroom Salon H/I
2:15 PM ‚Äď 3:45 PM

Prescription Medicine: Innovation, Costs and Disposal
Speaker: Kristin Parde, Deputy Vice President for State Advocacy, PHARMA
Mercer Ballroom Salon G

Innovation is essential to the development of new medicines thus experts continuously discuss the costs of medications, the structures of pricing and tiers medicines fall under for patients. The session will explore the factors for pricing, while taking into account innovation when producing medicines. Furthermore, the disposal of these drugs will be presented by analyzing current states prescription take-back programs.

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM Business Board of Advisors Meeting
BBA Members only
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Host State Reception
Location: The World of Coca-Cola
Please meet in the lobby at 6:15 p.m.

Experience the World of Coca-Cola. Awards will be given to leading community organizations in Georgia: Clinic for Education, Treatment, and Prevention of Addictions (CETPA), Hispanic Organization Promoting Education (HOPE), and Aurora Theater.

Support Provided by: The Coca-Cola Company

*Cyber lounge available from 10:00 a.m. ‚Äď 4:00 p.m. at Candler
Support Provided by: The Coca-Cola Company and Wal-Mart

Saturday, November 21, 2015
Time Info
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Summit Registration
Mercer Ballroom Pre-Function
8:30 AM – 10:15 AM

Hispanics and the U.S. Economy
Breakfast Session
Speaker: Stacie deArmas, Vice President Strategic Initiatives & Consumer Engagement, NIELSEN GLOBAL

According to 2010 census, from 2000 to 2010 the Hispanic population increased by 43 percent while the growth in the total population was 10 percent. This number is projected to continue to grow while also increasing the economic power within the Hispanic community. In the 2013 Nielsen article, "Latina Power Shift," it states that Latinas are a driving force behind the Latino purchasing power in the U.S. This session will explore what has influenced this shift in power as well as how Latinas' buying power compares to other populations.

10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

NHCSL Annual Executive Committee & BBA Meeting
Legislators and BBA only
Mercer Ballroom
Resolutions Adopted/Ratified & Leadership Elections

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Noche de Celebraci√≥n ‚Äď Awards Presentation
Master of Ceremony: Wendy Corona

Mercer Ballroom

The John S. Martinez award will be presented to Representative Louis E. Ruiz from Kansas and the Corporate Leadership Award will be presented to Mark Reed, Director of State & Local Government Affairs at Intuit, Inc.

*Cyber lounge available from 8:30 a.m. ‚Äď 2:00 p.m. at Candler
Support Provided by: The Coca-Cola Company and Wal-Mart