LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will host a Charla – an informal, intimate dialogue – for Latinos on Fast Track (LOFT) members about his inspiring journey to City Hall, community work, and opportunities for emerging Latino leaders to get involved in politics, public service and beyond. The LOFT Charla will take place on Tuesday, May 15th, 2:30-3:30 p.m., at the Mayor's Press Room in City Hall, 200 Spring St, Los Angeles, CA. The special Charla, which is at capacity, is free and exclusive to LOFT members.
The effort with the Mayor is being headed by Shelli Victorino, who is the LOFT LA Region Leader. “It’s important Latino students and young professionals are not only exposed to opportunities to make an impact on our community but also to inspirational Latino leaders like the Mayor,” said Victorino who has led several LOFT Charlas and Symposia in LA and her Alma Mater Stanford University. “LOFT provides our members the connectivity, support and platforms to move America forward.”
LOFT "Charlas" are informal chats with leaders in our community in various fields. This Charla will feature Antonio Villaraigosa, who is currently serving his second term as the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles. He is the first Latino Mayor of Los Angeles in 130 years, overseeing the nation's second-largest city. Mayor Villaraigosa will share his background and journey from growing up in Boyle Heights to his current position as Mayor. Prior to serving as Mayor, Mr. Villaraigosa served on the Los Angeles City Council and in the California State Assembly. After graduating from Theodore Roosevelt High School in L.A, Mr. Villaraigosa attended UCLA, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in History. He went on to graduate from the People’s College of Law.
LOFT (Latinos on Fast Track
LOFT is a leadership and workforce development program which connects emerging Latinos to each other, to experts, to resources, to platforms, and to career paths in various fields. LOFT connects and prepares 75,000 vetted Latino students and young professionals to each other; LOFT conducted more than 30 LOFT summits, symposia, network events and charlas a year; and LOFT has placed hundreds of Latinos in internships, mentorships and full-time positions.Join LOFT Network at http://loftnetwork.org and follow LOFT on Twitter @LOFTInstitute. Southwest Airlines is the Official Airline of LOFT.
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Established in 1987 by the White House, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) is a 501c3, nonprofit which inspires, identifies, prepares and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF also provides Latinos in America with role models, cultural pride and a promising future through public awareness campaigns and special events. What distinguishes HHF from other organizations is a focus on helping “a Latino to help hundreds." Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org and follow HHF on twitter @HHFoundation for more information.