September 26-28, 2021


Las Vegas, NV


Breakout Sessions


Learn & Network

About the 2021 United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Conference

The 2021 USHCC National Conference is the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America. Our annual conference brings together local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, Hispanic business leaders, and corporate partners to foster Hispanic economic development for the greater American economy. This year’s conference will take place in person from September 26-28, 2021, at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.

Each year, our National Conference attendees engage in policy-driven interactive discussions with America's business leaders, members of Congress and the Administration, and other partners, as we provide informational sessions on strengthening and growing Hispanic-owned businesses, network, and advocate as one unified voice for our country's 4.7 million Hispanic-owned businesses.

We look forward to seeing you in person and virtually soon!

2021 USHCC National Conference
Registration Tickets

USHCC National Conference Attendee 

This ticket gives you access to all 3 (three) days including plenaries, workshops, business matchmaking, USHCC Networking Lounge, Welcome Reception on Sunday, September 26 and the USHCC National Conference Closing Gala on Tuesday, September 28. Additionally, you will also have full access to our new virtual platform.

USHCC National Conference Attendee - VIRTUAL

This ticket gives you virtual access to our plenaries, workshop, business matchmaking, virtual exhibit hall and virtual networking lounge where attendees will be able to connect with others and schedule audio and video calls with all attendees without leaving our virtual platform.

USHCC National Conference FULL DAY Pass 

This ticket will provide a 1(one) day full access to our conference. Access to event and meal functions will depend on the date you will choose to attend.

Business Matchmaking

This ticket will give you access to the business matchmaking event being held Tuesday, September 28, in person or virtually. Access to other conference educational content or meal functions are not included under this ticket.


This ticket is available only to official press and media.


This ticket is available only to current students. A valid student ID will need to be provided during registration.


Registration Times:

  • Sunday, September 26: 2PM-6:30PM
  • Monday, September 27: 7:30AM-5:30PM
  • Tuesday, September 28: 8:00AM- 5:00pm and 6:30pm-8:00pm


 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Enhancing Hispanic Chamber Board Effectiveness Training


This training is designed for Nonprofit Board Members, Executive Directors, Presidents, and CEOs

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5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The State of Latino Business: La Gran Bienvenida and National Welcome Reception


J. Reymundo Ocañas, Southwest Territory Executive, PNC Community Development Banking

Ramiro A. Cavazos, President and CEO, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Alice Rodriguez, Head of Community Impact Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Chair, USHCC Board of Directors

Anthony Gladney, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, MGM Resorts International, Conference Co-Chair

Chef Leticia Mitchell, Executive Chef and Owner, Leticia's Cocina & Cantina / Letty's De Leticia's, Conference Co-Chair

Peter Guzman, President, Latin Chamber of Commerce of Nevada

The Honorable Carolyn Goodman, Mayor, City of Las Vegas

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7:30 am - 5:30 pm


8:30 am – 10:00 am

Employee Resource Group Summit & Challenge: Building Capacity Through Supplier Diversity Plenary Breakfast


Barbara Dugas-Patterson, Supplier Diversity and My Workplace Executive, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Rosa Santana, President & CEO, Santana Group, USHCC Executive Board Member

Ying McGuire, President and CEO, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)

Mayra Pineda, President and CEO, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, USHCC Board Member

Rachel Kutz, Vice President, Consumer Supply Chain & Global Logistics, AT&T - Global Connections & Supply Chain, USHCC Board Member

The Honorable Katherine Tai, Ambassador, United States Trade Representative

Nelson Reyneri, USHCC Board of Directors

The Honorable Janet Yellen, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Jessica Cavazos, CEO, The Wisconsin Latino Chamber of Commerce, USHCC Board Member

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10:00 am – 3:00 pm



10:15 am – 11:45 am


Workshop #1: Scaling and Revitalizing HBEs Through Public Private Partnerships


Importance of segmenting HBEs as we think of solutions to expand access to capital, capacity-building, and connection opportunities.

Jessica Taylor, National Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Monika Mantilla, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Educational Fund Chair

Diana Doukas, Manager, Economic Impact, U.S. Policy Programs Facebook

Laura Simao, Vice President, Urban Investment Group, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Mark Madrid, Associate Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

Luis Rosero, Vice President, Corporate and External Affairs NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

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Workshop #2: Puerto Rico as a Business and Investment Destination: A discussion on available tax and economic incentives


Puerto Rico is an island paradise, filled with beauty and history that attracts tourists from around the world. However, what many may not be aware of is that it's also an attractive business and investment destination. Puerto Rico offers an abundance of tax and economic incentives to investors and businesses across many industries. To learn more about this topic, join us as we examine these incentives and answer questions about how they work and what needs to be done in order to qualify and grow Latino/a business opportunities in Puerto Rico.

Jorge Salichs, Carrasquillo Law Group P.C.

Rogelio Carrasquillo, Managing Shareholder, Carrasquillo Law Group P.C.


12:00 pm – 2:00 pm




Christina Kolbjornsen, Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate and External Affairs, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

Ramiro A. Cavazos, President & CEO, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Carlos A. Becerra, Group Manager – Strategy, Toyota Financial Services, Toyota, Introduction of Deputy Secretary

The Honorable Don Graves, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

Alice Rodriguez, Head of Community Impact Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Chair, USHCC Board of Directors

Dr. Chris Wheat, Co-President , JPMorgan Chase

Panel 1 – Economics and Demographics of America’s Latino Future

Christine Rice, Executive Vice President, VisionIT

Carolina Jannicelli, Head of Business & Community Integration and Implementation, JPMorgan Chase

Jens Manuel Krogstad, Pew Research Center

Arturo Cázares, Chief Executive Officer, Latino Business Action Network

Panel 2 – The Role of Corporations, Governments, and Foundations in Uplifting Hispanic and Minority Entrepreneurs Through Procurement

Regina Heyward, Head of Supplier Diversity, MassMutual, USHCC Executive Board Member

Barbara Dugas-Patterson, Managing Director CAO Supplier Diversity and My Workplace Executive, JPMorgan Chase & Co

Brad Clark, President and CEO, The Gill Foundation

Rhonda Davenport, EVP Retail and Small Business Banking, Comerica Bank

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1:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Post-Luncheon Conference Break


2:15 pm – 3:45 pm


• Workshop #3: Bridging The Gap Of The Digital Divide In America


The COVID-19 global pandemic has led to dramatic changes in how businesses compete in the American economy and with it an expanded focus on the role that technology and telecommunications policy impacts the economic opportunities made possible by innovations in computers, communications technology, and the Internet. Join business leaders and industry experts as they explore how government design of technology policy helps maintain or disrupt the flow of new ideas, products, and what they can do to promote equitable access and support for minority-owned businesses.

Alejandro Roark, Executive Director, HTTP

Brent Wilkes, Senior Vice President for Institutional Development, Hispanic Federation

Jacquelyn Puente, Executive Director, External Affairs Comcast NBC Universal

Celeste Carrasco, Director of Public Affairs, AT&T

Joanna Diaz Soffer, Senior Manager Strategic Alliances and External Affairs, T-Mobile




Workshop #4: Power of Capital


Sandra Magallon, West Division Senior Business Consultant, JPMorgan Chase

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8:00AM- 5:00pm


8:30 am – 10:00 am

Plenary Breakfast: In Her Footsteps: Women in Business and Leadership


Women’s Economic Power and Redefining Role in America


William Porter, Head of Procurement, MassMutual

Patty Juarez, National Diverse Segments Director, Wells Fargo Bank

Jessica Taylor, National Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Panel 1: The Need for More Latinas in the Board Room.

Esther Aguilera, President and CEO, Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA)

Valerie Insignares, Board of Directors, Del Taco Restaurants, Inc.

Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, Senior Associate Dean, Stanford University

Cid Wilson, President & CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR)

Award Presenter: Betty Manetta, President & CEO, Argent Associates Inc., USHCC Executive Board Member

Award Presentation: USHCC Entreprenurial Spirit Award

The Ascension of Latina Executives into Positions of Power

Alba Castillo Baylin, Vice President, Stakeholder and Community Management, North America Operating Unit, The Coca-Cola Company

Yammel Sanchez-Ocaña, Executive Director Global Procurement, Merck, USHCC Board Member

Silvana Montenegro, Global Head of Latinx Affairs, JPMorgan Chase

Jenny Brosseau, Affluent Diverse Segments Leader, SVP, Consumer & Small Business Banking, Wells Fargo

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10:00 am – 3:00 pm

USHCC “Nuestros Negocios” Lounge

10:15 am – 11:45 am


Workshop #5: Brand U 2.0 Masterclass with Lili Gil Valletta


Lili Gil Valletta, Founder & CEO, CIEN+

Lory Burgos, Senior Consultant, Enterprise Diverse Marketing

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10:15 am – 11:45 am

Workshop #6: The Role of the Latino Business Community in Modern American Infrastructure 


Congress has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring our infrastructure system into the 21st century, to put millions of Americans to work and to improve our overall quality of life by passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This session will discuss the benefits of this legislation, how Latino/a businesses can access the procurement opportunities that will be created by this bill, and define capacity-building efforts in our community to succeed in accessing these multiple supply chains.

Yuri Cunza, President and CEO, Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, USHCC Board of Directors

Rhett Buttle, Principal/Owner Public Private Strategies

Xiomara Peña, Vice President, Engagement, Small Business Majority

Tammy Halevy, Reimagine Main Street

Zach Butterworth, Director of Private Sector Engagement, The White House


12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Plenary Luncheon: Hispanic Business after the Global Pandemic


Ginger Siegel, Mastercard North America Small Business Lead, Mastercard

Brad Barnett, VP Enterprise Marketing Management, Nationwide

Juan Carlos (JC) Liscano , VP MIA Hub Operations, American Airlines, USHCC Executive Board Member

Chef Leticia Mitchell, Executive Chef and Owner, Leticia's Cocina & Cantina / Letty's De Leticia's, Conference Co-Chair

Lucy Perez, Senior Partner, McKinsey, McKinsey & Company

Lily Rocha, CEO, Latino Restaurant Association

Victor Arias, Managing Director and Practice Leader Consumer and Retail, Diversified Search Group, USHCC Executive Board Member

Dr. Angel Colón-Rivera, Chief for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S Census Bureau

Ruben Barrales, Senior Vice President, External Engagement, Wells Fargo and Board Member, USHCC Educational Fund

Fireside Chat #1

Ramiro A. Cavazos, President and CEO, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Charles Scharf, Chief Executive Officer & President, Wells Fargo

Fireside Chat #2 - Public Policy Matters: How Government is Powering our American Economic Recovery

Ernie C’De Baca, President & CEO, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, USHCC Board Member

Raul F. Salinas, Los Angeles Managing Shareholder, AlvaradoSmith, APC, USHCC Executive Board Member and General Counsel

The Honorable Isabella Casillas Guzmán, U.S. Small Business Administrator

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1:40 pm – 2:15 pm

Conference Post-Luncheon Break


2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Workshop #7: The Supplier Empowerment Symposium Presented by The Coca-Cola Company 


Unlock your full business power to achieve your best performance and accelerate your procurement transformation by hearing experts tips that you can put into action in just minutes. Learn about access to powerful and unprecedented opportunities to make your procurement experiences and sources incomparable. Highlight your access to capital, partnership secrets, leadership growth and community involvement quality experience at the best scale needed for your business & personal growth.

Master of Ceremonies: Fernando Meersohn, Senior Manager of Corporate Relations, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Ramiro Cavazos, President & CEO, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Hope Field, Senior Manager, National Groups, Public Policy & Government Relations at The Coca-Cola Company

Fernando Hernandez, Senior Director, Supplier Diversity, Global Procurement · The Coca-Cola Company


Veronica Maldonado Torres, President & CEO, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Jose Niño, President & CEO, El Niño Group LTD.

Ruth E. Hedges, CEO & Co-Founder Rise Up Crowdfunding LLC

John Sanchez, President, Essex County Latino American Chamber of Commerce

Moderator: Esperanza Porras Field, HopeSeasons, LLC President & CEO; President Emeritus & Founder Morris County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Workshop #8: Bank of America: Pivoting a Small Business



Ray Vasquez, Senior Vice President, Market Executive Commercial Banking, Bank of America

Sergio Rivas, Senior Vice President, Small Business Performance Manager, Bank of America

Chris Porro, Vice President, Small Business Banker, Bank of America

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 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

USHCC Business Matchmaking Powered By: Possible Missions


 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

USHCC National Conference Closing Awards GALA


Lori Lizarraga

Carlos Santos, Actor, Netflix’s Gentefied

The Honorable Steve Sisolak, Governor, The State of Nevada

Mikal Quarles, Executive Director, Chase for Business

Peter Guzman, President, Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce

H.E. Julián Escutia,Consul of Mexico, Las Vegas, Nevada

The Honorable Luis Gutierrez Reyes, Director del Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior, Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, México

USHCC Awards Ceremony

  •     Entertainer of the Millennium Award
  •     Hispanic Chambers of the Year Awards (Small, Medium, and Large Chambers)
  •     Hispanic Businessperson of the Year (Female)
  •     Hispanic Businessperson of the Year (Male)
  •     Presentation of Mexico’s Ohtli Award

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Frequently Asked Questions

For billing questions, please email For questions about registration, please email Laura Sosa at
It is different for virtual and in-person attendees, please see below:

Virtual: Cancellation as a virtual attendee is non-refundable.

In-Person: Cancellation of registration must be submitted in writing via email to and must be dated on or before 5:00 p.m. Central Time on Friday, September 3, 2021, to receive a refund minus a $100 USD registration cancellation processing fee. After September 3, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. ET, no refunds will be granted.
Hotel reservations are being made through a reservation link directly with the hotel. The link is included in your confirmation email. To secure USHCC’s special group hotel rate, your hotel reservation must be booked by Monday, September 13, 2021. For additional informaton visit our transportation and travel page.
In addition to our in person networking events, we will also provide our virtual lounge on our conference website, where any attendee will be able to chat and have video calls with other virtual and in person attendees without leaving our conference website. Make sure to visit our virtual lounge to start connecting with other attendees.
All sessions will be available to watch for 30 days after the event. To watch a session on-demand, go to the Agenda Page, select the session you wish to view and click the "Watch Recording" button. Recorded sessions will be available to view within 48 hours after the end of the conference.
The USHCC’s Business Matchmaking provides a unique forum for Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs) to connect with procurement officers from federal agencies and Fortune 500 companies, representing hundreds of millions of dollars in business opportunities. Small businesses or suppliers must pre-register for the event using individual North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes or business categories. Each meeting lasts approximately 20 minutes. All meetings are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

The USHCC In-Person/Virtual Business Matchmaking event will take place on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm PT. There is no cost to attend in person or virtually. If you already registered, you will receive a separate email from Possible Missions with additional details. If you didn’t sign up for business matchmaking during the registration process and would like to participate, please email Monica Garza at
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Fernando Meersohn at