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#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 ( 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.



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!!!


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.

What’s your story?

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If you ask anyone in the world what they want out of Life, most people will give you the same answer, “To Be Happy”.  Happiness means something different to all of us.  It doesn’t make a person right or wrong instead it identifies us as individuals capable of making our own decisions.  Stop trying to convince people that what makes you happy will make everyone else happy.  Life is too short to worry about what other people are doing or thinking about you.  Live, Laugh and Love with all you’ve got and most importantly Be Happy!!


Doug Williams

Today is a Big Day for Football Fans around the World.  One notable statistic is that there has only been one African American Starting Quarterback to win the Super Bowl (Doug Williams 1987).   Today there is an opportunity to make that Two with Colin Kaepernick starting for the San Francisco 49ers.  Although race is not the top story in the media, Like in 1987, it’s still something that is in the back of many Football Fans minds.


Jim Plunkett

For Latino’s, we had Jim Plunkett who was the first Latino to win the Heisman Trophy as Quarterback (1970) and also the first Starting Latino QB to win a Super Bowl (1981,1984).  Although it wasn’t as highly publicized as was Doug Williams win, maybe because of the Non-Latino Last name, it’s something that is as significant for us. Although Latinos have had some success in the NFL’s Past, Tom Flores was the first Hispanic NFL QB in History (1960) & Steve Van Buren First Hispanic elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1968), we now see more Latino Last Names on Jersey’s across the NFL than ever.


Victor Cruz

When I was growing up in the early 90’s I remember the perception was that Latinos didn’t have the size or speed to play in the NFL, especially not at the QB position.  In 2012 we had two starting Latino QB’s in Romo and Sanchez, although I wouldn’t bet on either one of them to win the big one, we’ve come a long way.  We have other standout players like Arian Foster, Victor Cruz, Aaron Hernandez, Willie Colon and Tony Gonzales.  You can also feel the Latin Flavor when Victor Cruz, does his Salsa Dance after a touchdown.  There are countless other up and coming players as well, including NCAA QB Taylor Martinez of Nebraska.  With Sports, you can break down many walls, the game has certainly changed and the future looks bright for our Latino Youth.

Dell World 2012

Posted: January 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Happy 2013!  I totally ended the year with a Bang and have been so busy catching up with everything. I’m just now getting around to writing about a couple of great events I attended during the end of the year.  One of my favorites was definitely Dell World 2012 which was held at the Austin Convention Center Dec. 11-13th.  I must let it be known that #Iwork4dell so I may be a little biased but it’s definitely an event I would recommend to anyone.  


This was only the 2nd time that they’ve had Dell World but I would have sworn that they’ve been doing it for years.  There were many great sessions that consisted of Brand Managers explaining certain products and or services.  There were also many Customers sharing their experiences and best practices.  Most were very candid and shared their opinions about what they liked and disliked.  Of course there was a petting zoo with many of the Cool new Dell Products and many vendors showing off their products as well.  


The Highlights for me were really getting to rub shoulders with some big wigs.  I took a picture with our CEO Michael Dell and chatted with him for a minute.  I also sat down for a few Social Media Sessions, which were all great, but the one where “Freakonomics” Authors Steve Dubner and Steve Levitt sat in on were extra special for me.  The biggest highlight I would have to say was being able to see President Bill Clinton Speak about his Foundation and then answer questions from Michael Dell.  It was truly a special moment.  I can’t wait to go next year!!



One of the Great Benefits of growing up Latino in America is that you get double the food during the Holidays!  Thanksgiving and Christmas doesn’t just mean Turkey & Ham for us.  I remember when I was a kid I would wake up and the house smelled like heaven.  Of course my mom had the “American” Spread with Turkey and all the fixings but we also had all of our traditional Mexican dishes.  The whole family would get involved in the preparations. I remember helping my mom embarrar the tamales or trying to help with the Tortilla rolling, which I could never get perfectly round.  In addition to the Tamales my mom would make a big batch of Pozole and Guisados with Beans and Rice which we covered with a Fresh batch of Salsa and shoveled with our Homemade Flour Tortillas right off the comal!  Our Neighbors and Family Members would arrive throughout the day with Pan Dulce, Buñuelos, Capirotada, Pumpkin pie and other desserts and side dishes.  There was never really a set time when we all sat and ate, we just pretty much ate all day.  

I’m glad to say that the traditions continue in my own home with my wife and children.  Although we still hit my Mom’s house during Christmas we’ve decided to start our own Thanksgiving Tradition at our own home.  We’ve done it now for the past three years and it seems like it just keeps getting bigger and better.  This past Thanksgiving, my wife who is originally from San Luis Potosi, outdid herself again.  This year we had a HUGE pot of Chicken Mole and I’m not talking about a store bought paste, I’m talking about the made from scratch family recipe.  She added Homemade Beans, Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Mac & Cheese and of course a twenty pound turkey!! (Pictured Above)  My wife worked night and day to make sure that everything was made from scratch.  She cooked so much that we’ve had wave’s of friends come over and eat the Recalentado & of course everyone loves it!