Read Highlights and View Photos from our 13th Annual Economic Forum Breakfast
Growing Hispanic Influence in America: From the Ballot Box to the Grocery Store
The 2017 Economic Forum Breakfast featured remarkable guest speakers and panelists including Stacie de Armas, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Consumer Engagement at Nielsen, Jenny Alonzo, Producer/Media Strategist and Co-Chair of the Nielsen Hispanic Latino Advisory Council, and Anita Quillen, President and CEO, Diversified Engineering & Plastics.
Attendees were gifted with a comprehensive report from Nielsen’s Diverse Intelligence Series. The report examined the latest trends in Hispanic demographics, consumption and media behaviors, as well as a close look at the Latino electorate.
Several of these enlightening statistics were highlighted in remarks from our special guest speakers.
Here are a few key takeaways from the economic forum:
- Hispanic buying power growth is outpacing the rest of the United States. “In 2016, Latinos controlled 1.5 trillion in buying power.” – Stacie de Armas
- Facebook and YouTube are by far the most popular social networking sites for Hispanic Millenials. “Latino Millennials are empowered by technology. They’re connected on social media. There are no borders or ceilings.” – Jenny Alonzo
- Reaching today’s Hispanic consumer requires messaging that activates both their American and their root culture touch points. “Latino Millennials feel more connected to their heritage than their parents.” – Stacie de Armas.
MHCC is pleased to have hosted such an informative and valuable economic forum. We would like to express our gratitude and state how proud we are to have such generous sponsors. We thank DTE Energy for being the event sponsor.
We would also like acknowledge some distinguished guests that were in attendance for this year’s forum. We were pleased to welcome the following elected officials:
- State Representative Christine Greig
- Representing Senator Gary Peters, Corri Wofford
- Wayne County Circuit Court, Honorable Judge Patricia Fresard
- Representing the City of Detroit, District 6 Council Member, Raquel Castaneda-Lopez
- Representing Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, Paul Walton
We also were happy to have present the following affiliate and community organizations:
- Association of Latino Professionals For America, Michigan Executive Vice President, Juliette Antwan
- Detroit Cristo Rey High School, President, Michael Khoury
- Endeavor Detroit, Entrepreneurship Selection & Growth Associate, Kate Murray
- Great Lakes Bay Regional Hispanic Business Association, Debbie Vasquez-Hinderliter
- Greater Lansing Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, President, Jose Yanez
- LA SED Detroit
- Southwest Detroit Business Association, President, Kathleen Wendler
- Techtown Detroit, Director of Technology, Paul Riser
- West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Guillermo Cisneros
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We look forward to seeing you at our next event, Tercer Jueves Business Networking on May 18, 2017:
View a complete list of our upcoming events here: Events
The Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce promotes economic advancement, growth and sustainability for its members by enabling access to business opportunities and developmental resources through strategic initiatives. The Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the premier gateway to the state’s 20,000 Hispanic businesses and nearly 500,000 Latino consumers. MHCC serves as an advocate for jobs and economic development by promoting participation in supplier diversity development programs and international trade with Mexico and other Latin American countries. Established in September of 1989, MHCC is a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit business association governed by a Board of Directors that represents the business diversity of its membership.