Speaker Suggestions For National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month is a month long celebration, from September 15th to October 15th, which aims to recognize the long and important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in North America and honor the contributions that Hispanic and Latino Americans have made to American society. These contributions range from arts, politics, cultural influence, and much more.
This is an excellent time to celebrate the accomplishments of leading professionals and important public figures with Hispanic roots. Leading Authorities speakers bureau is very proud to represent a myriad of exceptional Latino and Hispanic motivational speakers who have excelled in many different fields and can speak about Hispanic heritage and culture, the most important issues facing Hispanic and Latino Americans today, diversity, identity, politics, social justice and leadership development, among a myriad of other hot topics.
Our Hispanic keynote speakers come from many different industries and all have diverse backgrounds. From government and business to the media and business and more, these expert Latinx speakers are ready to share their unique experiences, compelling stories, and thoughtful insights with audiences around the globe. Their memorable messages inspire, motivate, and move event attendees and these individuals are a very popular choice for universities, conferences, and more.
Hosting an event for Hispanic Heritage Month? If you’re celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, an integral part of American history with more than a million Hispanic citizens living in the States, and need help finding the ideal Hispanic speaker for your specific event, or if you're simply interested in learning more about our impressive roster of Hispanic speakers, we would be more than happy to assist you.
In honor of this month and this month's events, we've assembled a list of our most talented and in-demand Hispanic and Latino keynote speakers for you to consider.
Hispanic Heritage Month speakers
- Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, Political Analyst, Social Scientist, and Academic Leader
- Nathan Gonzales, Editor & Publisher of Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales and CNN Political Analyst
- Ana Navarro, Republican strategist and political contributor to CNN and ABC
- Carlos Gutierrez, Former US Secretary of Commerce & Former CEO of Kellogg
- Shayla Rivera, Former NASA Rocket Scientist, Professor, and Comedian
- Ruben Gonzalez, Four-Time Winter Olympian & Business Author
- Bill Richardson, Former Governor of New Mexico
- Leslie Sanchez, Author, Political Strategist, & Former White House Executive Director
- Deborah Rosado Shaw, Senior Vice President, Chief Global Diversity & Engagement Officer of PepsiCo
- Pedro David Espinoza, Transformative Tech Entrepreneur, Investor, and Inclusion Expert
- Raul "Danny" Vargas, Former Chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly & Founder of VARCom Solutions
- Brian Solis, Best-Selling Author, Principal Analyst, & Futurist at Altimeter
Keep reading to learn more about each of these popular Hispanic keynote speakers below and click on their names to visit their individual speaker profile pages for even more information on their speaking topics and watch their speaking video footage from recent keynote talks to get a preview of their speaking style.
Political Analyst, Social Scientist, and Academic Leader
Passionate about making social science relatable to real-time political events, Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto is an analyst, academic, and social scientist with expertise in campaigns and elections, immigration, Latinos, women, racial and ethnic minority politics, and political psychology. A contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo, as well as a sought-after speaker educator, she is currently the Assistant Dean of Civic Engagement at the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas and serves as their chief diversify officer – working with University leadership to cultivate and expand diversity, equity, and inclusion. | See more on Victoria DeFrancesco Soto.
Editor & Publisher of Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales and CNN Political Analyst
Nathan Gonzales is the editor and publisher of Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales, which provides non-partisan analysis of political campaigns for US Senate, House, Governor, and President. He was an editor, analyst, and writer for The Rothenberg Political Report for more than 13 years before taking over the company in 2015. He shares a detailed, highly-nuanced analysis of the current condition of electoral politics and offers audiences some of the most detailed electoral forecasting in the business. A CNN political analyst and can regularly be seen on many of the major news media outlets discussing the latest in politics, including NBC’s Meet the Press and NBC Nightly News, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, and Fox News Channel. His work has also been featured on FiveThirtyEight, WashingtonPost.com and NBCLatino.com, and in Campaigns & Elections magazine. For a detailed, highly-nuanced analysis of the current condition of electoral politics, consider Nathan Gonzales for your next legislative meeting. | See more on Nathan Gonzales.
A Quote from Nathan Gonzales: "I get it. You still can't get over the last election. Or maybe you love the election, but you don't like what's going on in Washington. Or maybe you don't like the media or all of the above. But don't miss the cycle of opportunity."
Republican Strategist & Political Contributor to CNN and ABC
Anna Navarro is a top Republican strategist and political contributor for CNN and ABC who served as the national Hispanic co-chair for Governor Huntsman’s 2012 Presidential campaign, national co-chair of Senator John McCain’s Hispanic Advisory Council, national surrogate for Senator John McCain’s 2008 Presidential campaign, as well as an ambassador for the United Nations’ Human Rights Commission. Ana is an advocate for changes in immigration policies and sustained political outreach efforts for the Hispanic community. Respected on both sides of the political aisle for her straight shooting and candor, Navarro frequently appears on top media outlets, such as Meet the Press, Anderson Cooper 360, and The View, to name a few, where she shares her insights, as well as her personal journey to success. She’s in touch with the topics people care about and discusses the latest hot-button issues from a perspective of a media personality, giving audiences an insider’s view into the upcoming political elections and a road map for where the country is headed. Ana is also a strong advocate for changes in immigration policies and sustained political outreach efforts for the Hispanic community. | See more on Anna Navarro.
A Quote from Ana Navarro: "It's so incredibly important to participate, to help shape your democracy, to help shape the future of your country, to help shape the government that is going to be a part of your life."
Former US Secretary of Commerce & Former CEO of Kellogg
Carlos Gutierrez is the former US Secretary of Commerce and former CEO of Kellogg who was named one of the most powerful Hispanic-Americans in business and “The Man Who Fixed Kellogg” by Fortune magazine. This Hispanic motivational speaker serves on the US-Cuba Business Council, which works to strengthen the commercial and economic relationship between Cuba and the US. | See more on Carlos Gutierrez.
A Quote from Carlos Gutierrez: There are a lot of people who want to be the boss, but they don't all have leadership skills. They don't all want to be the leader. Because leadership is a risky business. You're telling people, 'Follow me. I'm going to go this way and we're going to be successful.' If you're not, successful, you're accountable."
Former NASA Rocket Scientist, Professor, and Comedian
Shayla Rivera is an aerospace engineer and former NASA rocket scientist turned salesperson, corporate trainer, and now international keynote speaker, TEDx speaker, radio host, emcee/host, comedian, actor, writer, producer, seminar facilitator, panel moderator and, as of 2017, director of the ENGR[x] program and Professor of Practice with the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. However, none of these labels tells you much about her. She best describes herself as a spiritually irreverent mystic and awareness expert. What many would call a Renaissance Woman. | See more on Shayla Rivera.
A Quote from Shayla Rivera: "Do you want to live dancing on the edge of chaos. Living, feeling alive? Yes, you do! You don't want to live a life that never changes; You don't want to live a life of routine. We are supposed to are supposed to live thriving on the edge of chaos. If you see chaos coming, say 'bring it on, I'm ready for you.' Because you do it every day already."
Four-Time Winter Olympian & Business Author
A seemingly “ordinary guy,” Ruben Gonzalez wasn’t a gifted athlete. He didn’t take up the sport of luge until he was 21 years ago. Against all odds, he was competing in the Vancouver Winter Olympics only four year later. As a four-time Olympian and internationally-recognized expert on developing mental toughness, Ruben knows how to achieve success again and again. A master storyteller, Ruben uses his Olympic experiences to inspire audiences to think differently, live life with passion, and have the courage to take the necessary steps toward their goals—to push beyond self-imposed limitations and to produce better results. | See more on Ruben Gonzalez.
A Quote from Ruben Gonzales: "You have to take advantage of opportunities. You have to figure out first if it is an opportunity that's good for you and whether it aligns with your dream."
Former Governor of New Mexico
Bill Richardson has had more than 30 years of US government experience and has held many different high-level leadership positions across the government, private, and not-for-profit sectors throughout his successful career. Richardson is the former two-time Governor of New Mexico, serving from 2003 to 2010, he was appointed US Ambassador to the United Nations and Secretary of Energy by President Bill Clinton, and he is well known as the person who secured the release of hostages in Cuba, Iraq, Sudan, and North Korea. Since leaving his government position, he is a nationally and internationally-recognized keynote speaker, serves on numerous public- and private-sector boards, is an MSNBC-Telemundo contributor, and consults for various energy and technology companies in the US and overseas. He is also a frequent contributor for numerous major network news programs, including Meet the Press and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Since 2010, Richardson has operated the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, a foundation focusing on conflict resolution, prisoner release and environmental protection. Bill has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize four times for his work, is the founder of the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife, and has won several domestic and international leadership awards. | See more on Bill Richardson.
Respected Author, Political Strategist, & Former White House Executive Director
Leslie Sanchez is a respected author, political strategist, and the former executive director of the White House Initiative on Hispanic Education under President George W. Bush. Since 2003, Leslie has served as a leader in public opinion research specializing in presidential and statewide elections as well as the women’s and Hispanic-Latino marketplace. She has spent her career at the forefront of predictive data analytics that shift opinion, shape policy and aid the decision-making process for Fortune 500 companies, universities and colleges, as well as global non-profit organizations. In her talks, she shares her personal insights on women working in politics, as well as opportunities and challenges that Hispanics face. She was named one of the nation’s “100 most influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business Magazine, and was also named “Texas Power broker,” by the Houston Chronicle for being among the most influential Texans in Washington, DC. | See more on Leslie Sanchez.
A Quote from Leslie Sanchez: "The line for women's succession politically, economically, and personally is lined with broken hearts and humbling moments. But I think they do more to ignite our determination than to quell it."
Former SVP, Chief Global Diversity and Engagement Officer of PepsiCo
An expert in navigating uncertainty, Deborah Rosado Shaw was raised in the nation's poorest congressional district, where gangs ruled the street corners and her biggest dream was about having heat and hot water. Along the way she discovered strategies for success that formed a bridge from tough inner-city beginnings to award-winning entrepreneur and F50 senior executive and consultant. Since 1996, Deborah has delivered custom executive briefings, seminars, keynotes, and consulting to organizations that include Accenture, American Express, The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, IBM, Microsoft, New York Life, PepsiCo, Sam's Club, Walmart, and many more. Hispanic Business Magazine named Shaw one of "80 Elite Women Leaders" and Hispanic Magazine has several times listed her as one of the "100 Most Successful Latinas in the US". She also joined the ranks of Billie Jean King and Madeline Albright to receive the "Office Depot Visionary Award". | See more on Deborah Shaw.
A Quote from Deborah Shaw: "There is no shortage in commitments to diversity and inclusion. We actually spend $8 billion a year. Yet progress has been really slow. The smartest companies in the world that are really rethinking this space and have a lot at stake for getting this right think about it like gravity, like a natural force. You don't negotiate with gravity, you don't have to like gravity ... gravity is."
Transformative Tech Entrepreneur, Investor, and Inclusion Expert
Called the "Robinhood of Technology" by Voice of America, Pedro David Espinoza is a leader in purpose-driven entrepreneurship who highlights diversity, equity, and inclusion’s impact on success and demonstrates how leaders can help others build bridges to success. He is a young disruptor in the tech space who has founded, supported, and served as a board member for several game-changing companies that are pushing the envelope when it comes to innovation, driving industries into the future, and elevating diverse groups to the forefront. He draws from his personal story to open audience members' eyes to the "differences that make a difference" on the path to achieving their goals. | See more on Pedro David Espinoza.
Former Chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly & Founder of VARCom Solutions
Raul "Danny" Vargas is an American businessman, US Air Force veteran, media personality, and a political activist who served as the chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly from 2007 to 2009. Danny is the founder and president of VARCom Solutions, a nationally-recognized, Washington, DC area-based marketing, public relations, and management consulting firm, and has experience serving as a senior executive for several name-draw companies, such as AOL, Global One, France Telecom, and more. Danny is a well-known and widely-respected leader in business, politics and the Hispanic community. He is a regular media commentator on politics, business, and international affairs, appearing regularly on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Univision, Telemundo, PBS, and other media outlets (speaking in both English and Spanish). Danny maintains a unique access to key media, political, and community figures at the national and regional levels. Danny’s varied background make him an ideal speaker or moderator for a variety of situations and his media expertise provides him a keen ability to ask insightful and thought provoking questions. He inspires audiences with his rags to riches story of overcoming adversity in the slum of Brooklyn. making his keynote presentations, panels, and debates meaningful and memorable. | See more on Raul "Danny" Vargas.
Best-Selling Author, Principal Analyst, & Futurist at Altimeter
Brian Solis, is the prolific author of the book, The End of Business as Usual, was named a “Top 10 Business Book” by Publisher’s Weekly. He was named to Silicon Valley’s “40 under 40” and called one of the “25 Twitter Accounts That Will Make You Smarter” by Mashable. In his keynote presentations, reports, and best-selling books, Brian sets out to humanize technology's effect on industries, markets, and people. He helps organizations understand and embrace the dynamics defining the rise of social business. His current research and speaking topics provides leading—and approachable—insight into a variety of top business trends, such as digital transformation, disruptive technology, disruptive corporate innovation, customer experience design, corporate culture 2.0, social media, the future of business industries/markets, tech, and human behavior. | See more on Brian Solis.
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WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING
Here's a look at the rave reviews our clients have had for our incredibly talented Latino speakers:
- “Ana Navarro was the BEST political speaker we EVER had. She was incredibly insightful and beyond entertaining. She even came to the breakfast and mingled with all the members.” -- BRMA
- “Over 23 years I’ve called on hundreds of speakers; none more pointed and insightful than Nathan Gonzales. Providing a nonpartisan look into political parties and electoral politics, Nathan has the facts, figures and the war stories. He has spoken to our groups 30 times in 3 years and he will be at the top of my call list as long as he wants to be.” -- Government Affairs Institute
- “Carlos Gutierrez contributed enormously to the success of Barron's Top Advisors Diversity Summit. He not only provided valuable insights into what it takes to be an exceptional leader; he delivered this wisdom with clarity and sincerity. He included anecdotes from his business and government experiences that made his comments meaningful to all. Furthermore, he inspired the audience with his heart-felt call to excellence, core values and responsibility in America's leaders. It was an outstanding and memorable speech that ended in a standing ovation that was richly deserved." -- Barron’s Magazine
- “We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Brian Solis for his presence and involvement. The content was just amazing. He was inspiring and relevant. All the comments were fabulous. The audience was thrilled by his presentation, and the Q&A. Brian is truly one of a kind!" -- International Advertising Association
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