A couple of weeks ago, I met with Latino business leaders in New York City. This past week, I was in Dallas doing the same. The thrust behind the meetings is to start to build a network of Latino business professionals who could assist us in building our program and spreading the word about our L’ATTITUDE event. We met with eighteen high-level professionals in NY and about the same in Dallas. Our plan is to visit twenty cities over the next few months. So far, the discussions have been fascinating and there is tremendous enthusiasm for what we are trying to do at L’ATTITUDE. However, the subject of Latino leadership seemed to come up frequently along with the lack of alignment among the hundreds of smaller Latino organizations. Essentially, there seems to be a common opinion that Latino political and economic progress would benefit if there was more collaboration among Latino business and organizational leaders. I think this is true for any community or demographic, however the devil is always in the details and there may be some cultural reasons why there hasn’t been more collaboration in the past. It’s encouraging that there was plenty of alignment in the room and everyone we met with so far has been optimistic about what L’ATTITUDE is capable of providing. People have also been unanimous about another issues; There has never been a better time to be Latino in America. #latinprivilege
Author: Gary Acosta
Gary Acosta is an entrepreneur, public policy advocate, investor, and thought leader passionate about advancing prosperity for Latinos and other underserved communities.