"If we want America to be strong and to continue to be a leader in the future, we need to ensure that we address American Latino
progress in all areas."
Following NAA tradition and having worked for 14 years to promote the leadership of Latinos on Wall Street, business and government, the NAA Wall Street Summit showcased the gradual evolution on Wall Street and Corporate America acknowledging the market value and contribution of the American Latino
community and a push towards greater inclusion.
The event coincided with the release of the American Latino
Agenda Report, a collaborative 37-page document that provides findings and recommendations on such issues as education, immigration and access to capital.
Huffington shared her family story of immigration, struggle and success as well as her views on the importance of the American Latino
community and the need for continued advocacy.
* Members are nearly 100 American Latino
entrepreneurs, professionals, and business leaders.
The NAA's goal is to increase the participation of American Latinos
on the Boards of Directors of Fortune 1000 corporations, pension funds, and major foundations through awareness, advocacy efforts, and strategic partnerships.
It is time that American Latinos
help our newly arrived brothers and sisters in their "Americanizing" journey.
Concerned with the paltry participation of American Latinos
on Fortune 1000 boards, currently only at 1.97 percent, NAA seeks to recognize corporations that demonstrate excellence in diversity at the Board of Directors and executive management levels.
Los Tigres del Norte, the popular Norteno band, was among the honored for their extensive work towards the advancement of Latinos and the improvement of the quality of life in the American Latino
NASDAQ Chairman and CEO Hardwick Simmons spoke on the issue of board strength, noting that board independence no longer assures astute governance, and bringing more American Latinos
to serve on corporate boards is central to maintaining a strong and diverse partnership.
Developed in collaboration with the USC Marshall School of Business and the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, the certification program was designed to provide professional development and a support structure to American Latinos
who are currently qualified or viable future candidates to serve on corporate and pension/labor union fund boards.
NAA membership is open to American Latinos
who care for their community and share the same mission: Latino leaders united to promote the economic advancement of the American Latino
community with a focus on political empowerment, public advocacy, education and the promotion of philanthropy to improve the quality of life in the United States.