The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) today released highlights of its upcoming 2012 Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo®, the country’s premier annual gatherings for Latinos, held for the first time in Las Vegas, Nevada and scheduled to run from Saturday, July 7 through Tuesday, July 10 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center.

NCLR’s Annual Conference and Expo have consistently been the mecca for some of the most powerful, prominent and influential voices in and working with the Latino community; including, community leaders, activists, volunteers, elected and appointed officials and members of the corporate, philanthropic and academic communities.

Attendees will have the opportunity to brush up on current issues in education, health, workforce development, youth leadership,nonprofit management and other topics that impact not only Latinos, but all American communities. Most notably, with this year’s theme of “Lead the Way,” conference and expo attendees will see firsthand how the nation’s growing Latino population is shaping America’s political future.

“Choosing Nevada as the home for this year’s conference is a natural fit given the state’s growing Latino population and electorate,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía . “This is a tremendous opportunity for Latinos from across the country to come together and learn about current and newly emerging issues facing our community at the local, state and national levels.”

The 2012 NCLR Annual Conference, promises to be one of NCLR’s largest conferences to date, featuring more than 50 workshops, four town halls, five key general sessions including the Latinas Brunch and the NCLR Awards Gala, and multiple networking opportunities. This year’s conference includes a list of impressive speakers and participants, including a keynote address by Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, a host of national and local elected officials, financial expert Suze Orman, media mogul Nely Galan, Actor Tony Plana, Actor Wilson Cruz, Actress Gina Rodriguez, Author Sandra Cisneros and many others.

In addition, the 2012 NCLR conference also brings some of the best entertainment talent in the
Latino community to Las Vegas, such as the Sunday night concert featuring Intocable and Prince Royce and the Monday night concert brought to you by Walmart featuring Taboo, AB Quintanilla III and a special performance from one of the world’s top mariachi performers to be announced later this week.

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