Events Planned for September 27-28 Focus on Increasing Economic Opportunities for New York’s Growing Hispanic Community


The New York State Senate today announced that hundreds of community, business, and elected leaders will be attending the third annual Unidad Latina conference on September 27th and 28th, 2013, at the Hilton New York in Manhattan. Unidad Latina is a two-day conference designed to help increase economic opportunities for the growing Hispanic community in New York State.


“Each year, Unidad Latina brings bright and energetic leaders from throughout our region to work together to create new opportunities for New York’s Hispanic population,” Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Dean Skelos said. “As we begin our third annual Unidad Latina conference, I am excited about the potential to continue finding innovative ways to generate jobs, improve health care, and reach out to a growing community with unique needs.


“The educational workshops, distinguished speakers, and other events taking place during Unidad Latina will help inform and inspire participants so they can bring back valuable information to their communities,” Senator Skelos said.


José Calderón, President of the Hispanic Federation, said, “Hispanic Federation again welcomes the opportunity to engage our Senators in Albany and discuss issues critical to improving conditions and opportunities for Latino New Yorkers. We thank Leader Skelos for his commitment to engaging our community and hope the Unidad Latina Conference yields needed reforms for the 2014 Legislative Session.”


The conference will include policy workshops, networking opportunities, and presentations featuring prominent speakers from the private and public sectors. Senator Skelos is among the speakers scheduled to address conference attendees, and other members of the Senate and Assembly are scheduled to participate in this bipartisan event. 


The featured speaker for Saturday’s Líderes Luncheon is Sergio Fernández de Córdova, an internationally recognized entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist.


The luncheon will also include an awards presentation for the second annual Unidad Latina scholarships to 20 college-bound high school seniors. Each of the students was nominated by Senators to receive $2,000 for college. The awardees were chosen by an independent committee upon demonstrating academic achievement and community service.


In addition, special awards will be presented throughout the conference to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Hispanic community, including:

  • The Unidad Latina Legacy Award
  • The Unidad Latina Businesswoman of the Year Award
  • The Unidad Latina Businessman of the Year Award
  • The Unidad Latina Humanitarian Award
  • The Unidad Latina Community Advocate Award
  • The Unidad Latina Excellence in Public Service Award


Unidad Latina’s workshops are being held on Saturday morning and afternoon. They will bring together recognized experts in the areas of business, media, education, health care, and government, as well as students from CUNY colleges to share ideas about ways to address the challenges facing Hispanic communities. 


Organizations and businesses with representatives participating in the Unidad Latina conference include: Círculo de la Hispanidad, Inc., Latino Commission on AIDS, Hispanic Counseling Center, Comunilife, City University of New York, Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network, Inc., POV, Univision, Telemundo, NY1 Noticias, Buenavision, New York State Federation of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, New York City Taxi Alliance, Baruch College, Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, Office of the New York State Comptroller, New York State Department of Labor, Orange County Health Department.  


Sponsors of the event through their support of Unidad Latina and the Hispanic Federation include: Time Warner Cable, Inc, Walmart, Altria, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Molloy College, City University of New York, Rent-a-Center, Waste Management, Coca-Cola, AT&T, Cablevision, Con Edison, Baruch College, Catholic Charities, and Airstream.


Additional information about the conference is available at


“I am excited for this year’s Unidad Latina conference and the opportunity it presents to celebrate the achievements of the Hispanic community and develop new ways to create bright futures for individuals, families and businesses,” Senator Skelos said.