The Honorable Julián Castro to Receive the Eagle Leadership Award at the Latino Leaders Luncheon Series During the Democratic National Convention

WASHINGTON - July 24, 2016 - PRLog -- The Honorable Julián Castro to Receive the Eagle Leadership Award at the Latino Leaders Luncheon Series During the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Hon. Julián Castro will receive the Eagle Leadership Award at the Latino Leaders Luncheon Series on Tuesday, July 26th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room (100 Penn Square East) during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

The Latino Leaders Luncheon Series is hosted by the Latino Leaders Network (LLN), a non-profit based in Washington, DC, and the Hon. Mickey Ibarra, Chairman and author of MICKEYISMS: 30 Tips for Success, to provide a platform for prominent Latino leaders to share their personal stories of obstacles overcome to achieve success. Launched in 2004 during the Democratic National Convention in Boston, the Latino Leaders Luncheon Series will convene its 48th event of the series honoring national Latino leaders.

First elected to the San Antonio City Council in 2001, Castro became the city's youngest councilman in its history at age 26. After his tenure on the council from 2001-2005, he ran for Mayor of San Antonio in a highly competitive race. He ran again in 2009 and won with 56 percent of the vote, later winning re-election in 2011with 82 percent of the vote.

Castro became the first Latino to deliver the keynote address at a Democratic National Convention in 2012 during the convention in Charlotte. In May 2014, President Obama tapped him as the next U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He was confirmed by the Senate on July 9, 2014. Since becoming Secretary, Castro has focused on making HUD as transparent, responsive and effective as possible for those it serves.

"We are proud to recognize Julián Castro's outstanding leadership. His personal story of obstacles overcome inspires us all," said Mickey Ibarra, Founder and Chairman of the Latino Leaders Network. During the LLN luncheon, Castro will share his personal story as a third-generation Mexican-American.

Confirmed speakers include House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Linda Sánchez, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Ben Ray Luján and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Additional special guests include former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, California State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leόn, California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Puerto Rico Senate President Eduardo Bhatia, H.E. Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S. Carlos Sada, H.E. Ambassador of Spain to the U.S. Ramon Gil Casares, and more.

Voto Latino President and CEO Maria Teresa Kumar will speak at the event as LLN's community partner.

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Past honorees include the Hon. Joaquin Castro, Hon. Antonio Villaraigosa, Hon. Tom Perez, Hon. Hilda Solis, Hon. Bill Richardson, Hon. Ken Salazar, Hon. Xavier Becerra and more. Details and photos from each of these events are available on the Latino Leaders Network website www.LatinoLeadersNetwork.org.

Support for this event is provided by Anheuser-Busch, Premier Sponsor; NextGen Climate, Co-Sponsor; GEICO, Network Reception Sponsor; and Southwest Airlines, the Official Airline of the Latino Leaders Network.

The Latino Leaders Network (LLN)

The Latino Leaders Network is dedicated to "Bringing Leaders Together" to establish relationships, build unity, and share our personal stories. Mickey Ibarra, Founder and Chairman, served as Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House for President Clinton.
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