Retreat united LOFT Network members from across the country
WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) Leaders On Fast Track (LOFT) program hosted a semiannual LOFT Retreat on September 19, 2014 from 1-5 p.m. at 1625 I St NW in Washington, DC. The event welcomed new members to the LOFT Network and featured a series of “charlas” by LOFT members. Each short charla was on a topic of the speaker’s choice, ranging from education and career paths to community service initiatives to personal anecdotes and more. A reception followed at Mission in Dupont Circle (1606 20th St NW), which was open to all ages.
“As a dynamic network of tens of thousands, we wanted to bring together our outstanding young leaders to share their innovative spirit,” said Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of HHF. “We believe in our community and believe in our youth. The LOFT Retreat recognizes these outstanding individuals for sharing those beliefs.”
The LOFT Retreat followed HHF’s annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, a celebration of Hispanic pride, leadership, and accomplishments. The September 18, 2014 ceremony honored Zoe Saldana, Congressman Hinojosa, Pepe Aguilar, Carlos Vives, and more. In the spirit of the Awards, LOFTies at the Retreat shared their experiences, insights, and visions.
LOFT Retreat attendees represent industries touching all ten LOFT “tracks,” or priority fields for America. The tracks include Education, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare & Science, Innovation & Technology, Latinas, Law, Media & Entertainment, and Public Service. LOFTies from these fields and more will come together as a community to lay out a path for LOFT to move forward with greater impact on the Latino community and America.