BY MANNY RUIZ
It may surprise you to see that I would put our Hispanic Journalist Showcase at the top of my event highlights but that’s because I believe Hispanicize 2013 will be remembered as an event that began to turn the tables for long embattled Latino journalists. In an age of layoffs, furloughs and other hurtful cutbacks for journalists Hispanicize brought together speakers and sessions that offered Hispanic journalists new hope and tangible ideas for monetizing their talents.
(Watch Soledad O’Brien’s Latinovator interview here: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/3556448/events/2024619/videos/16270529)
Three years ago we wouldn’t have done this but today there are so many Hispanic marketing dollars available for smart content creators like journalists turned bloggers / media entrepreneurs that its shortsighted for journalists to not tap into those possibilities. Post Hispanicize 2013 you can expect me to play a leading role in helping Hispanic journalists discover their inner entrepreneur. I believe they will play a crucial role in the next wave of Latino media entrepreneurs and bloggers.
Diversity Tech Leaders Summit
As many of you know, Hispanicize consistently gathers Latino and multicultural tech entrepreneurs so this year we decided to up the ante and together with Sprint launched the first annual Diversity Tech Leaders and Social Media Entrepreneurs Summit. The four hour program kicked off with a keynote by Batanga CEO Rafael Urbina, continued with a series of 10-minute talks by various social media entrepreneurs and culminated with a Shark Tank-style $1,000 competition that was judged by Andy Unanue , Managing Partner/Founder of AUA Private Equity, Jorge Consuegra of The Fearless Group and Michele Ruiz of Ruiz Strategies. This year’s winner? Lanugo, a new online children’s apparel and family products line. The full video for this four hour summit is available here: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/3556448/hispanacizediversityleaders