Special Guests 2015

Dra. Maria C. MenesesDra. Maria C. Meneses is also honoring us with her participation at the 2015 Puerto Rican Leadership Summit.

Dra. Maria C. Meneses is a granddaughter of Pedro Albizu Campos. She has a degree in Sociology, a Masters in Theology and a Doctors degree in History. She has published: Una vida de Amor y sacrificio, José Antonio Dávila 1899-1941, and Introducción a la Religiosidad de Pedro Albizu Campos. During her life she has given many conferences like: Estados Unidos y la violación de los Derechos Humanos en Puerto Rico, Vigencia del Pensamiento de Albizu Campos, and Puerto Rico y la Globalización. She has been a professor at several universities. At the moment she is a professor at the School of Fine Arts Pablo Casals in Bayamon, PR.

Nelson Antonio Denis will be honoring us with his participation at the Puerto Rican Leadership Summit. We are so excited and honored to have Nelson as one of our main speakers.

Nelson A. Denis served as a New York State Assemblyman (1996-2000). He was the editorial director of El Diario/La Prensa, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in NYC, where he published over 300 editorials and won the Best Editorial Writing award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Denis has written for the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, New York Daily News, Newsday, and Harvard Political Review. His screenplays have won awards from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). He also wrote and directed the feature film Vote For Me!, which premiered in the Tribeca Film Festival.

Most recently, he authored the book War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony.

Denis is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School.

Dr Luis FernandoDr. Luis Fernando Coss will be joining us as one of the main speakers at the 2015 Puerto Rican Leadership Summit.

He has been a journalist for more than 25 years and is a professor of journalism at the University of Puerto Rico since 1987. He has been director of the “Claridad” newspaper, cofounder of the monthly “Diálogo”, coordinator of the “Periolibros” series, founder of the weekly “Paliques” and special aide to the president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in Puerto Rico. Founder of “Zona Franca”, producing 13 documentaries for PBS, one of them was an Emmy winner.

In 2002 he received the Peace Prize from the UNESCO, Puerto Rico chapter. Since 2010, he is one of the coordinators for the news web page, “80grados” (80degrees) and presided it’s Board of Directors until July 2013. Dr. Luis F. Coss is also the Executive President of Puerto Rico Te Quiero.

We are honored to have Dr. Luis F. Coss with us this year!

Carlos CondeThis year we have the privilege of having the Bass/Baritone Carlos Conde join us for our yearly summit.

He has sung on many of the world’s leading opera stages, including Israel, Spain, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Czech Republic, Canada, Guatemala, Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic. Conde’s performances in the United States include presentations in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic, and his native Puerto Rico.

Carlos Conde received his Doctor of Music Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and is an alumnus of the Juilliard Opera Center. His prestigious awards include the Best of our Community (New York), the Winner from the Sullivan Foundation, International Finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti Competition, First Prize in the Palm Beach Opera Competition, and First-Place District, First-Place Regional Winner, and National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Jane Velez-MitchellWe have the privilege of having journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell, founder, and editor of JaneUnChained.com, join us for our Leadership Summit.

She has won 4 Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the United States. She is also the director/producer of Anita Velez: Dancing Through Life, a documentary about her mother, who was from Vieques, Puerto Rico, which won a 2001 Gracie Allen Award.

She’s worked coast to coast as a TV journalist for including long stints reporting and anchoring at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles and WCBS-TV in New York. #NPRLCEF #PRsummit2015