Bienvenido! Welcome! I want to thank you all for a successful 5th Annual Hispanic Leadership Summit; also, our sponsors for their contributions to making this event memorable for years to come. I would like to take the time invite you, your colleagues, your friends and your family to join us as we celebrate our 6th Annual Hispanic Leadership Summit on October 29, 2016. This year's summit will be held at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, and shall commence at 9 a.m. This year we anticipate another sold out event. During last year's summit, we hosted over 550 people from all walks of life, and this year we want you to join us again as we continue to make history in New Jersey.
We are looking forward to engaging conversations that will birth ideas and will continue to move the Hispanic community Pa'lante (Forward), thanks to your efforts and support. This is vital that we continue to work together to create positive change that benefit us all. This is a great opportunity for all Hispanics and non-Hispanics to come, experience, learn and share.
It is no secret that Hispanics in New Jersey and around the nation have been affecting tremendous positive change in our communities. Hispanic leaders from all sectors and industries have been able to move our communities "Pa'lante" (Forward) thanks to hard work, commitment and dedication.
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, this once a year Hispanic Summit provides opportunity for professionals, public and private organizations, corporations, high school and college students, veterans, civic and grassroots leaders to focus on the many Hispanic Americans whose lives have shaped our history, tradition and heritage. Of course, this year-long celebration, recognizes and embraces our diverse history and by working together we can achieve our goals.
Our members of the Board of Directors are already hard at work as they are gearing up to provide you with a world class event. They are relentlessly organizing this year's educational workshops, compiling resources and coordinating with renowned speakers across the state of New Jersey and country; and lastly, putting together a signature awards ceremony and evening gala that I know you will be proud of. With your support, the Hispanic Leadership Association of New Jersey will continue to provide a forum where professionals and students alike can engage, connect, collaborate, develop leadership skills, and bring to the forefront issues that are of great importance to the Hispanic community.
We are extremely grateful to our sponsors for their financial contributions to our association; also, congratulations to this year's awardees and scholarship recipients. In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments or recommendations for workshops, speakers, awardees, please email us.
Friends and Sponsors, stay tuned for our 2016 keynote speaker, workshops, symposium, cultural celebration for morning, afternoon and the evening gala.