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Hispanic Leadership Summit at United Nations

Hispanic Leadership Summit at United Nations Calls Hispanics to Unify.

By Gloria Romano Barrera.

Claudia Romo Edelman, founder of the We Are All Human Foundation.

With a mission to use her voice to build bridges, Claudia Romo Edelman, founder of the We Are All Human Foundation, a foundation dedicated to advancing the agenda of equity, diversity, and inclusion, has immersed herself in advocacy for many years.

Romo Edelman’s passion for public service and advocacy started at a young age while volunteering to help on the aftermath of the earthquake in Mexico City.

“While on the ground I heard a voice coming from the rubble,” shares the Mexican-Swiss Diplomat. “I started shouting really loud, got the attention of the adults and together we pushed a rock that had a little girl trapped. From that experience, I learned that speaking out is one of the most powerful things we can do, especially if we use our voice to convene others to a common and just cause. We know that people around the world are not being heard, and in the broadest sense, I have made it my life’s purpose to listen to their voices and bring their messages to those who can help make a difference.

Advocating for representation, inclusion and equity, on December 10th, 2018, she demonstrated her passion for public service by hosting the first-ever Hispanic Leadership Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York where more than 300 leaders from the worlds of business, news media, policy and politics were present.

The Summit is a nonpartisan event that plans to go beyond sectoral interests and insights from the November midterm elections to discuss and reflect on what unites America’s many Hispanic and Latino communities and what should be done to ensure their importance to the U.S.’s future is understood.

In 2018, she commissioned an online study with the We Are All Human foundation, which was conducted by Zeno Group, to see the outlook that the U.S. Hispanic/Latino demographic has on the political landscape, business and education, and personal values.

In October 2018, the Foundation unveiled the results of its Hispanic Sentiment Study which was conducted September 15-19, 2018 where more than 2,500 Hispanics/Latinos, aged 14 and older, across the United States were surveyed.

According to the Hispanic Sentiment Study 77 percent of Hispanics don’t know their own power and own contributions. “We have to get this number down and that’s what our 10×10 campaign is all about,” she states. “The goal is to have a vision 2020 for the Hispanic Community, a vision that allows us to fight for the same things, to sing from the same song sheet. Hispanics are a powerful but fragmented community that has yet not realized their own power and will do so when we stop focusing in our differences and start creating a shared dream and a shared agenda. We have to be able to discuss the things that matter the most to us so that we have a common goal. I believe it’s very important to bring this agenda to places where it has not been before, such as the United Nations this past December, as Davos and the Cannes Advertisement Festival in 2019. Because united we are strong, because we all need neutral platforms to discuss things that are above our own daily issues.”

The three items that leaders agreed should top a common agenda for U.S. Hispanics are: access to education, financial empowerment and improving the image of Hispanics and Latinos as a community.

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Participants standing up to make a commitment.

Hispanic Sentiment Study Key Findings

1) Throughout the last decade, 86 percent of all new businesses in the United States have been launched by U.S. Latinos.
2) Latinas create businesses six times faster than any other group in the United States.
3) There are currently 11 Hispanic / Latino CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies.
4) Hispanic buying power reached $1.4 trillion in 2016, and is expected to reach $1.8 trillion by 2021.
5) Hispanics / Latinos account for 12 percent of the business activity in the U.S. economy.
6) 69 percent of Hispanics are optimistic about the long-term future of the community.
7) In 2016, a record number of Latinos were eligible to vote in the election – 27.3 million.
8) By 2016, the U.S. Hispanic population surpassed 57 million people – almost 18 percent of the population of the U.S. By 2045, Hispanics / Latinos are expected to represent almost 25 percent of the U.S. population.
9) The high school dropout for Hispanic Americans has greatly decreased through the past two decades, falling to 12 percent in 2014 from 32 percent in 2000.
10) More Hispanic Americans are enrolling in 2 or 4-year college programs – 35 percent in 2014, up from 22 percent in 1993.

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