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Thursday, April 6 • 9:40am - 11:00am
Addressing America's Diversity from Crisis to Opportunity

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Multiculturalism is under fire in the midst of the most racially and ideologically divided, politically partisan America we have seen in decades.  Fomented in part by political agendas on both extremes of the spectrum, "fake news" and more, misguided anger has cast an ominous cloud over diverse communities, the very demographic growth engine of our nation.
In this town hall, several leading thought leaders from diverse fields and backgrounds will have a candid discussion about why this is happening in America and what diverse communities, leaders and even brands can do to ensure that they too rise above the fray.  
Among the tough questions we'll examine:
  • What are the implications of the hostility against immigrants for brands?  What are brands to do?
  • Are Latinos being lost or ignored in Hollywood every time Tinseltown talks about embracing diversity?  What is being done about it?
  • What policies, patterns or cultural tendencies contributed to the extreme backlash against political correctness?  Did political correctness itself run amok, and if so, where?
  • Is America ready for a new definition of tolerance?  One that can be embraced by progressives and conservatives alike?

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Audrey Ponzio

Founding Partner, APC Collective
Audrey Ponzio is the founding partner of APC Collective, where she develops communications, marketing, and social programs to help clients simultaneously grow their reach, influence and impact. Specializing in integrated marketing and community engagement, Audrey has counseled and... Read More →

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Semhar Araia

Managing Director, Diaspora & Multicultural Partnerships, UNICEF USA
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Natalie Boden

Managing Director and Founder, Boden
Natalie Boden is Founder & President of Boden. Named one of PRWeek’s Top 40 under 40 Heavy Hitters and one of PRWeek's 2017 PR Champions, Natalie has succeeded in building Boden into an award winning communications agency and winner of PR News’ Best Places to Work. Her thought... Read More →
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Ramon Escobar

Vice President of Talent Recruitment and Development & Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, CNN Worldwide
Ramon Escobar is vice president of talent recruitment and development and the vice president of diversity and inclusion for CNN Worldwide. He is responsible for the recruitment of all on and off-air talent for CNN U.S., CNN International, CNN en Espanol and HLN. He also advances the... Read More →
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Mekahlo Medina

Anchor-Reporter / Immediate Past President, NBC Los Angeles / National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Mekahlo Medina is the Emmy Award-winning technology and social media reporter for NBC4 Southern California. Joining the station in 2006, Medina can be seen weekdays on the NBC4 News at 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. His most recent stories can be viewed here.  Follow hi... Read More →
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Rick Najera

Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor, Director, Speaker, Author, Coach
Rick Najera is an American sketch comedian, screenwriter, director, producer, actor, author, playwright, coach and national speaker with an expansive portfolio of credits in all forms of entertainment. From starring in films with George Clooney to directing Perez Hilton in Britney... Read More →
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Gloria Rodriguez

Founder, President and CEO, Comunicad, LLC
Gloria Rodríguez is the Founder / President & CEO of Comunicad, LLC, a full-service, cross-cultural public relations and marketing communications agency. Comunicad is a Latina-owned, Virginia-certified Small, Women, and Minority (SWaM)/Disadvantaged Business. Gloria founded Comunicad... Read More →

Thursday April 6, 2017 9:40am - 11:00am EDT
JW Marriott Marquis, 3rd Floor, (MET 2/3)