DemDaily: Rising Latinx Stars

May 3, 2021

Julian Castro

Join former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, and a host of Latino leaders for an intergenerational conversation about the rising Latinx electorate and leaders on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 2:00 pm ET.

Moderated by award-winning journalist and CBS News contributor Maria Elena Salinas, the event is part of the Latino Leaders Network's Cafecito Series and will honor Judge Hidalgo with the Latino Leaders Network's Rising Star Award.

The nonpartisan Latino Leaders Network, established in 2004, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to "Bringing Leaders Together" to grow relationships and build unity. The Rising Star Award was established in 2019 to recognize an emerging Latino/Latina leader who has demonstrated exceptional promise, leadership, and commitment to the well-being of their community.

Hidalgo, a Colombian immigrant who came to the US as a teenager, graduated from Stanford University and was pursuing a graduate degree through New York and Harvard universities when she began her run for county judge. In 2018, at age 27, she defeated a two-term incumbent by 19,000 votes, drawing national attention to her underdog victory.Lina HidalgoLina Hidalgo is the first woman and first Hispanic elected Harris County Judge in southeast Texas, the third most populous county in the United States. The nonjudicial position functions as the county's chief executive and oversees a budget of over $4 billion.

Hidalgo was featured on the cover of Time in January 2018 alongside dozens of notable women who were running for office, and in December 2019, was named one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Law and Policy.

Cafecito Series


Other speakers include Latino Leaders Network Chairman Mickey Ibarra, Texas State Senator Carol Alvarado, and emerging Latinx leaders featured in the "Our Stories Move Us Forward: Then, Now & Tomorrow" video campaign.

The Cafecito Series is LLN's new digital platform aimed to educate, inspire, and prepare the next generation of leaders through the stories of iconic Latino leaders.

Their goal is to connect seasoned leaders with emerging Latinx and Afro-Latinx leaders "to uplift our community."

The event will take place on Cinco de Mayo, the annual holiday that commemorates the date of the Mexican army's victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

The Latino Leaders Network's Cafecito Series is sponsored by Wells Fargo, AnheuserBusch, Southwest Airlines, GEICO and Verizon
Register HERE
Watch Live on Wednesday, May 5th at 2:00pm ET

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