Greater Milwaukee Hispanic Leadership Summit
Press Release

Empowered Leadership: Local Corporations Host Fourth Annual Greater Milwaukee Hispanic Leadership Summit

The summit featured employee leaders from prominent Milwaukee-area corporations and Hispanic organizations.

By - Apr 24th, 2017 12:12 pm

MILWAUKEE, April 21, 2017 – Milwaukee area corporations hosted the fourth annual Greater Milwaukee Hispanic Leadership Summit (GMHLS) “Empowered Leadership: Critical Skills to Lead Your Career” on Thursday, April 20th at Kohl’s Innovation Center at the company’s corporate headquarters.  The event seeks to develop a collaborative grassroots forum of a myriad of Hispanic leaders to foster professional growth, leadership development and best practices at participants’ companies and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).

The summit featured employee leaders from prominent Milwaukee-area corporations and Hispanic organizations speaking about such topics as: Defining Your Future Purpose Today, Reaching Your Pinnacle, Leveraging Your ERG for Success, and Empower Your Success. Attendees enjoyed morning networking and an evening reception featuring live flamenco music.

“The impressive growth of this annual event is reflective of the widespread interest in Hispanic-centric professional development and the power of intra-organizational partnerships,” said Samantha Maldonado, co-chair, Greater Milwaukee Hispanic Leadership Summit. “The impact of this effort is twofold: employees and companies are better able to compete and lead in the rapidly changing demographics of this nation, and we enrich Milwaukee’s thought leadership potential.”

The summit’s keynote presentation was Jerry Ascencio, broker-owner of San Fernando Realty, and the current chairman of the  National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) Foundation, the largest minority real estate trade association in America. Ascencio, a native of Michoacán, Mexico, is an advocate for minority homeownership and economic empowerment. Ascencio performed “53 Million & One,” a one-of-a-kind theatrical presentation that chronicles his extraordinary journey from immigrant to successful entrepreneur.

“The immigrant’s story is this nation’s story,” said Ascencio. “My mission is to empower individuals to leverage their cultural heritage as a means to access economic opportunity and aspire to the American dream. These types of thinkers are irreplaceable for organizations that aspire to be on the forefront of innovation in an increasingly diverse United States.”

The summit is supported by funds raised through professional organizations and corporate sponsorships. Proud sponsoring companies include Kohl’s, We Energies, Northwestern Mutual,  Johnson Controls, GE Healthcare, MillerCoors, ManpowerGroup, Rockwell Automation, Eaton, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Prospanica (fka National Society of Hispanic MBAs), Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee and Marija Temo. A portion of the contributions will be used to fund scholarships for Prospanica.

For more information about the Greater Milwaukee Hispanic Leadership Summit visit For event highlights, “like” the Greater Milwaukee Hispanic Leadership Summit or follow @GMHLS_MKE on Twitter. To join the conversation, explore #MKEHispanicLeaders online.

About Greater Milwaukee Hispanic Leadership Summit (GMHLS)
The mission of the Greater Milwaukee Hispanic Leadership Summit is to develop a collaborative “grassroots” forum of Hispanic leaders from prominent corporations and professional organizations that fosters professional growth, leadership development, best practice sharing for their respective companies and Employee Resource Groups.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. While it is believed to be reliable, Urban Milwaukee does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

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