Special Guests 2016

Dr. Fernando JoglarDr. Fernando Joglar is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He attended Cupeyville School graduating as Valedictorian of his class in 1990. He was also selected as the U.S. Presidential Scholar from Puerto Rico for 1990. He completed his bachelor’s degree in molecular biology at Princeton University, class of 1994. He went on to the UPR School of Medicine to obtain his medical degree in 1998. He completed his Surgery Residency at the UPR General Surgery Residency Program in the year 2004. During surgical residency, he participated in a Surgical Research Fellowship at the UPR School of Medicine and at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Joglar joined the faculty at the UPR Department of Surgery, and he was appointed Sub-Director of the San Juan Trauma Center, a position which he held from 2004-2008. He then completed a two year Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Boston University School of Medicine in 2010. During his fellowship, he received various awards including the 2010 Sigvaris Traveling Fellowship.

Dr. Joglar is Board Certified in both General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. He currently specializes in vascular and endovascular surgery and vascular trauma. Dr. Joglar is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and he is currently the Chairperson of the Puerto Rico American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. He is the President of the American College of Surgeons Puerto Rico Chapter. He is also the President of the “Sociedad de Cirugía Vascular y Endovascular de Puerto Rico” as well as a member of multiple national surgical and vascular societies. He is also the Director of the Student Program at the UPR Department of Surgery.

Dr. Joglar performs procedures at the San Juan Trauma Center, the Cardiovascular Center for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and the San Juan Veteran’s Administration Hospital.

Pedro Julio SerranoPedro Julio Serrano, a well-known and respected Latino/an LGBT movement leader. In 1998, he became the first openly gay and hiv+ political candidate in the history of Puerto Rico to run for office.
With studies in communications from the University of Puerto Rico, he worked for the Women’s Affairs Commission, the Puerto Rican Health Department and as communications manager for LLEGO. In 1998, he became the political and media director for the Human Rights Foundation of Puerto Rico. Later, he worked as Voices of Equality coordinator for Freedom to Marry and most recently, he was the Director of Public and Media Relations for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Later, he worked as senior advisor to New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito.

In 2003, Serrano also founded Puerto Rico Para Tod@s (Puerto Rico for All), an organization that advocates for LGBT equality and social justice in Puerto Rico.

He is the former co-chair of the Board of Directors of Unid@s, the National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Human Rights Organization. Serrano has been a member of many advisory boards, including the Commission Against Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, the Puerto Rican Initiative to Develop Empowerment (PRIDE), the Puerto Rican Civil Rights Commission and the Puerto Rican ACLU chapter.

Serrano, who now works as a senior advisor to San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, has been an outspoken advocate for LGBT and human rights, participating in thousands of interviews and public events throughout his more than 20-year-old career as a human rights activist. He has received numerous awards for his activism and he has been chosen one of the 25 most influential LGBT Latinos. He was also named “Orgullo Puertorriqueño” at this year’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC.

He lives by Gandhi’s words: “Be the change that you want to see in the world.”

Shirley Rivera AvilesShirley Rivera Avilés nació en Puerto Rico. Estudió Aeronáutica en la escuela de Aviación de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. Trabajó como periodista 7 años en diversos medios de comunicación tales como El Nacional de Oklahoma, Telemundo Oklahoma City y Univisión Tulsa como periodista. Desde el 2008 se ha desempeñado como activista atea, crítica social, defensora de los derechos de la mujer, autora de varios artículos y video bloguera hispana.

Actualmente Shirley Rivera vive en el estado de Kansas, es presidenta de Ateístas de Puerto Rico y directora regional de la organización de ateos más poderosa de Estados Unidos American Atheists que reúne ateos, agnósticos, humanistas, escépticos y libres pensadores.

Shirley quien fundó Ateístas de Puerto Rico a sus apenas 26 años de edad junto a otros activistas para defender los derechos de las personas sin religión y la separación de iglesia y estado, ha liderado varias luchas en Puerto Rico para detener la intromisión de la organizaciones religiosas en asuntos del gobierno. Su activismo ha llegado a países como Argentina, España, México y Ecuador. Organizó la primera Asamblea de Ateos en Puerto Rico en el 2014 y lideró una contra protesta también en febrero de 2014 a favor de la educación con perspectiva de género en las escuelas que alcanzo los medios internacionales y se logró implementar en el sistema educativo de la isla. Además, ha participado en varios debates sobre religión y derechos humanos a nivel académico en varias universidades, fungió como comentarista en el programa Rubén & Co. de la televisora Univision Puerto Rico.

Juan Agustín Márquez is a three-time Emmy award winning filmmaker best known for his documentaries100,000, The Last Colony, and his national music TV show, Té Para Tres con Pili Montilla.

Juan Agustín Márquez’s passionate commitment to filmmaking, social justice and education trace back to his high school years in the late 90’s. His professional career began after graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in cinema production in 2004 when Juan served as the first producer of Operación Éxito, the international online competition that promotes education and technology across Puerto Rico, Latin America and the USA.

After Operación Éxito, Juan co-founded EyeTour.com, Puerto Rico’s premier online video guide. For three years Juan produced and directed over 120 videos of Puerto Rico’s top tourist destinations. During Juan’s leadership, the company won the prestigious Guayancan Business Plan Award and the website EyeTour.com won Best Puerto Rico Website voted by the Sales and Marketing Association of Puerto Rico (SME).

In 2009, Juan’s professional career took a big leap forward. Juan and his team competed and won the coveted DocTV film and distribution grant. With this grant, Juan directed his first feature length documentary about Puerto Rico’s dog overpopulation problem, called 100,000. The project has been broadcasted in 14 Latin American countries and won numerous awards and recognitions including an EMMY in 2011.

After 100,000, Juan co-directed his second Emmy winning documentary, the inspiring true story of 17 students who saved their school from closing. ‘Los 17’ premiered in Univisión with phenomenal ratings
In 2011, Juan moved to Los Angeles, California. Together with host and actress Pili Montilla, he produced and directed the acclaimed and three-time Emmy nominated television series Té Para Tres con Pili Montilla, a rockumentary style music show where up and coming musical talents get to share their stories with the rest of the world.

His most recent and ambitious project is The Last Colony, a documentary about Puerto Rico’s unique relationship with the United States. The Last Colony puts together Puerto Rico’s top political figures, thinkers, and activists in a multilevel conversation about the Island’s ultimate political status.

Juan’s continued commitment to the arts, entertainment, and education has earned him a spot as one of today’s top Latino filmmakers.

Dr. Dinorah NievesDr. Dinorah Nieves (aka Dr. Dee) is a life coach known for her unique brand of hard-hitting and insightful guidance, which helps others to grow and succeed. She has been featured on ABC’s “The Chew” and is a Coaching Consultant on OWN’s “Iyanla Fix My Life.” Her research-based advice and insightful commentary can also be read on the Huffington Post blog that she authors as well as heard in the many wellness seminars that she offers.

Centering on the “Eight Dimensions of Wellness,” Dr. Dee’s work pushes for growth and balance in the emotional, financial, social, spiritual, occupational, physical, intellectual and environmental sectors. A former mediator, counselor, advice columnist and university professor, Dr. Nieves has spent over a decade helping people to reach their highest potential – both personally and professionally. She has engaged student minds at Fordham and Pace University and has presented on topics ranging from “The Impact of Poverty” to “How to Form and Maintain Healthy Relationships.” With counseling positions at the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation and the Mary J. Blige Center for Women & Girls under her belt, Dr. Nieves specializes in helping people to identify thoughts and behaviors that are keeping them stuck and to learn the tools necessary to get out of their own way. Her clients include individuals, families and businesses and her approach to coaching has been described as a synthesis of experience, training, and spiritual alignment blended with wit, humor, and sass.

A young, vibrant New York Latina, Dr. Nieves’ urban sensibility extends beyond her coaching into her art, poetry, and style. If you are ready to take responsibility for your choices, take control over your life and work toward your goals, she’ll help you build a path toward balance and success.

Ms.Isabel RullanMs. Isabel Rullán is Co-Founder and Managing Director of ConPRmetidos, a nonprofit think-and-do tank that creates public-private partnerships to advance the economic development of Puerto Rico. With a group of other millennial leaders, she co-founded the organization in 2012 and, since then, has been recognized as a pioneer in the implementation of social innovation practices in the Island.

In 2015, ConPRmetidos successfully launched the Puerto Rico Global Initiative in New York City, Washington DC, Miami, and San Juan. Puerto Rico Global is a network that empowers Puerto Rican communities around the world by promoting collaboration in the Island and abroad; attracting investments to the Island, and attracting and retaining top-notch talent to spur the innovation and growth of local industries