Latino Leaders Luncheon Series Honors California Secretary of State Alex Padilla

SAN ANTONIO - Sept. 25, 2017 - PRLog -- The Latino Leaders Network (LLN), a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing leaders together, will convene its 51st Latino Leaders Luncheon Series event to honor California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Thursday, September 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The St. Anthony Hotel (300 E Travis St, San Antonio, TX 78205). Since 2004, the luncheon series has provided a national platform for prominent Latino leaders to share their personal stories of obstacles overcome to achieve success.

Padilla was sworn in as California Secretary of State on January 5, 2015. He is committed to modernizing the office, increasing voter registration and participation, and strengthening voting rights. He previously served in the California State Senate (2006-2014) where he chaired the Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications. As chair, he shepherded legislation to combat climate change and create a greener and more sustainable economy. He pursued an ambitious agenda in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, and broadband deployment.

Padilla's parents emigrated from Mexico and raised their family in the working class community of Pacoima, California. His father worked as a short order cook and his mother cleaned houses. Padilla attended local public schools and went on to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. He recently completed a five-year term as a member of the MIT Corporation (Board of Trustees). Padilla moved from engineering to public service because in many ways they are similar; the goal of each is solving problems.

"We are proud to honor Alex Padilla with the Eagle Leadership Award for his outstanding service to our community," said Mickey Ibarra, Founder and Chairman of the Latino Leaders Network. "His powerful personal story inspires us all to dream big, get prepared, and get ready to lead."

Mr. Ibarra is an acclaimed author, recently publishing his most recent book, Latino Leaders Speak: Personal Stories of Struggle and Triumph. It features 33 keynote addresses delivered at the Latino Leaders Luncheon Series by prominent national leaders from a wide variety of occupations, including government, sports, entertainment, education, journalism and more. A book signing event open to the public is scheduled for The Twig Book Shop, Wednesday, September 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Guest speakers at the "by invitation-only" luncheon include former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and The Honorable Henry Cisneros, and CEO of the Girl Scouts Southwest Texas, Major General Angie Salinas, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret). Past honorees expected to attend in addition to Julian Castro and Henry Cisneros, include Leticia Van de Putte, former Texas State Senator and President of the National Conference of State Legislatures, Lionel Sosa, top Republican consultant and veteran corporate advertising executive, and Gaddi Vasquez, former Director of the Peace Corps, Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, former Chancellor of the University of Texas System, and Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez (Ret).

Sponsors include the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, Southwest Airlines, GEICO, Waste Management, Edison International and Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.

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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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