LOFT & PWC Host Megatrends Event in NYC

Alberto Avalos

Innovation and Technology Program Manager

Effort designed to encourage minorities to think and impact globally as well as present opportunities in the fields of technology, policy, finance, business, and management

WASHINGTON, DC (April 1, 2015) – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and PwC US hosted the second LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) Global Megatrends Event on April 1st, 2015 at The City University of New York at Elebash Recital Hall (Graduate Center), 365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY. PwC discussed the five Global Megatrends which will be catalysts for global impact going forward.  The event was developed to expose and encourage minorities to think and impact globally, as well as present opportunities in the fields of technology, policy, finance, business and management. A group of panelists led by PwC’s Vice Chairman Tim Ryan discussed the Global Megatrends with interaction from the audience followed by a networking reception.

The Global Megatrends include:
•    Rapid Urbanization
•    Climate change and resource scarcity
•    Social and Demographic Change
•    Economic Shift
•    Technological Breakthroughs

“This is an exciting direction for the LOFT program and we are looking forward to an open discussion on the importance of these trends in shaping the world today,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.  “It’s important our developing leaders have a global perspective and I applaud PwC for sharing its vision with our network.  PwC has made it clear that as a company, it wants to benefit from our community’s diverse perspectives in its workforce.   Tim Ryan is the perfect spokesman for PwC’s commitment to diversity.”

Joining Tim Ryan in the discussion were:
•    Ann-Janette Twombly, Senior Manager, American Express, Member of the Board, Hispanic Heritage Foundation
•    Emanuel Pleitez, former McKinsey & Co. and Goldman Sachs Analyst, Chairman of the Board, Hispanic Heritage Foundation
•    Georgie Bernadette, Co-Founder of OrchardMile.com and Shopbeam.com
•    Santiago Montoya, President, Grupo Provincia

“The Global Megatrends are driving societal change and provide great opportunities for Hispanic and other professionals to contribute their diverse perspectives and creative solutions,” said Ryan. “At PwC, diversity and the innovation it drives are central to our business model. We strive to create the type of environment that’s not only good for business but good for society.”

About HHF and LOFT
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation – a nonprofit established by the White House in 1987 – inspires, prepares, and connects minority leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities.  HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions.  HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and the LOFT Institute is housed at Michigan State University (Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org.)

LOFT is HHF’s award-winning, leadership and workforce-development program focused on 10 “Tracks” or industries including science, healthcare, technology, engineering, education, entrepreneurship, finance, public service, media and entertainment, and Latinas.  Tens of thousands of vetted students and young professionals (aged 15-35) are connected to each other, mentors and resources; over 75 trainings, workshops, and online Charlas (informal chats or presentations) are hosted across the country; creative initiatives are executed; and hundreds of minorities are placed into internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.  Join http://loftnetwork.org to get on the fast track.

About PwC US
PwC US helps organizations and individuals create the value they are looking for. We are a member of the PwC network of firms, which has firms in 157 countries with more than 195,000 people. We are committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.pwc.com/US.

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Event Contact: Belen Marquina, Belen@HispanicHeritage.org