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Dear Colleagues,

I would like to extend an invitation to you to join us in New York City for our third annual HPNG Latino Leadership Conference.

There is an even higher level of priority for this years conference because of the growing sense of urgency regarding Latino talent initiatives in corporate America due to the results of the 2010 U.S. Census. Corporations looking to tap into the growing Latino purchasing power realize they must first invest in their internal Latino talent initiatives. HPNGs 2012 Latino Leadership Conference will focus on developing and utilizing these initiatives to positively benefit both individuals and organizations.

This year the conference will continue the tradition of gathering influential leaders from diverse fields for inspiring and thought provoking discussions on how to advance the Latino leadership agenda. The panelists and presenters this year come from some of the most innovative corporations in America and they have been selected to share best practices, provide new perspectives and to challenge our thinking of how to generate a steady pipeline of Latino leaders.

As the conference chairman, Im excited to see more and more Latino leaders asserting their ethnicity with more confidence than ever before. These leaders realize that their Hispanic heritage can be a source of strength. This conference is so important because it will investigate and help identify ways new ways for Latino leaders to positively collaborate. Moreover, this event will focus on how we can work together to remove obstacles that prevent Latino advancement.

Im particularly excited about the emphasis that is being placed this year on helping corporations create internal Latino talent pipelines and how they can leverage their Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) as talent engines. As always, there will be commentary and discussion throughout the event to promote open dialogue and debate in regards to what it takes to be a Latino leader.

Join me and other leaders at this one-day event where well be guiding, teaching and paving the road to expand the horizons of hundreds of Latinos.

Robert Rodriguez, PhD
Conference Chairman