Archive for September, 2013

#Latism13 #NYC

Posted: September 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

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For the first time in my life I made it to New York City, I got to stay at the Waldorf Astoria and got to Play Tennis at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  I ate at the first ever Pizzeria in America (Lambardi’s) and got to experience my first Festival (San Gennaro) in Little Italy.  It was also my very first time on the Subway.

Although #Latism has had their Conference in NYC in the past, this year was the year of the Firsts for the Conference as well. The Family Atmosphere, the Incredibly talented Speakers and Panelists discussing the most interesting and relevant topics and the Great Entertainment that you’d come to expect was Amazingly Present as Always!  What pushed this edition of the Annual Conference over the Top were the Firsts!

Abe Delgado (@AbeDelgado)
Juan Carlos Grajeda (@Grajedajc)

The addition of a Tennis Tournament was the first ever Sporting Event for the Conference.  It was a huge success & not only because my Partner Juan Carlos Grajeda (@Grajedajc) and I won it!  It was very well organized by Larry Pedroza (@MiamiLawrence) and Sponsored by SOWEB (www.sowebinc.com) and the USTA.  The event took Place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the venue that just weeks earlier crowned Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams as the winners of the US OPEN.  It was definitely an unforgettable experience.

One of my personal Favorites was the addition of the first ever Hackathon, organized by Oscar G. Torres (@Oscargt).  I didn’t know what to expect because I didn’t know what a Hackathon was.  By the end of the conference I was in awe of what the young talents were able to come up with.  Legitimo was the overall Winner followed by MailTuCan and Student Dream.  I’m now a Hackaton Fan!

Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (Latism) is a Non Partisan, Non Profit Organization.  It is definitely a Family that includes and embraces everyone.  The Organization is a melting pot of all types of races, ethnicity’s and cultures.  This year #Latism13 had it’s first LGBTQ Panel, that had powerful stories and shared information regarding how Technology is helping break down health, cultural and social barriers.

#all4immigration

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The most impactful addition to the Conference, for me,  was the March for Immigration Reform (#all4immigration).  I had never been a part of such a Powerful Event.  Walking through the streets of NY with our Signs, singing our chants and listening to the comments as we walked, was amazing.  When we made it to the Park near the UN, it was Great listening to the Motivational Speakers and seeing Elianne Ramos (@ergeekgoddess) bring out the Chancla.  This is truly an experience that I will never forget.

Overall, the #Latism13 Conference was a Great Success! I can’t wait til Next Year!!!

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Making a Difference

Posted: September 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Do you Volunteer or work with an Organization that Helps your community or environment in any way?  Has anyone ever done something for you that inspired you to do something for someone else?  My Friends at Johnson & Johnson have a program called Care Inspires Care that encourages acts of kindness.  The Program, “centers on the idea that every act of care, large or small, can inspire another act of care-thus, creating a more caring world.”  By sharing our stories we can start making a a difference.

Growing up in our Family it seemed that we were always helping someone out.  We didn’t have much money but my Folks could never say no to anyone that needed a helping hand.  We had folks stay at our house until they got back on their feet, my dad fixed our friends cars, he helped others Roof their houses, whatever was needed my parents were there.  In return, i remember that we always had help from our friends.  If the A/C Broke, or we needed to paint or repair something at our house we could always count on someone.  These experiences are engraved in my mind.

Today I do many things based on those experiences.  One of my favorite volunteer opportunities is that I sit on the Board of The Backpack Coalition in Round Rock TX.  The moment I found out that this organization existed, i knew that I had to be a part of it.  I couldn’t believe that Children in my community, in my daughters class, were struggling to have a meal, especially on the weekend.  The backpack Coalition provides a bag of food with enough meals to help get the children through the weekend.  It’s a Non-Profit Organization that works only because our Community backs it up.  Tears have come to my eyes from just hearing the stories that the children share with us.  They are truly grateful for our efforts and I know that we are making a difference.

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