2010 Keynote Speaker
Edward James Olmos
Known as the “Olivier of the Latino world,” Edward James Olmos is an individual flowing with talent and creativity. The multi-talented actor, producer, director, and community activist was born and raised in East Los Angeles, and spent many years in theatrical roles until his most mesmerizing performance in the musical play Zoot Suit, which led to a Tony Award nomination. He later recreated the role for film, and went on to star in such films as Wolfen and Blade Runner. He then scored a personal success with his role as a Mexican cowboy in The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, directed by Robert M. Young, who also directed Olmos in Saving Grace, Triumph of the Spirit, Talent for the Game, and Caught. Currently Olmos can be seen in current role as Commander Adama on the Sci-Fi series Battlestar Galactica.
In April 1999, Olmos launched a nationwide multimedia project called Americanos: Latino Life in the United States, a celebration of Latino culture through photography, film, music, and the printed word. The project was co-sponsored by Time Warner Inc., and designed to inspire Latino pride, and to build bridges among Latinos and others. Americanos included a five-year traveling photography exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution; a music CD featuring Latino artists; a documentary that aired on HBO; and a book co-edited by Olmos of essays, photos, and commentary by today’s most notable figures in the Hispanic community.
2009 Keynote Speaker
Carlos Ojeda Jr.
Carlos Ojeda Jr. received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a Minor in Marketing and a Minor in Law from Bloomsburg University, his Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in business development, entrepreneurship and organization development from Kutztown University. He is a member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. He has served on the Board of Directors for ASPIRA, Inc of Philadelphia, Board of Director for the Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition and Board of Director of Raices, Inc. He is the founder and president of Distinct Communications and Carlos Ojeda Jr.,Inc, yet still finds time to be a devoted husband to his wife, dedicated father to his son and committed to his family and community.
More recently he took on the role of Assistant Director of Admissions, Latino School and Community Liaison for Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and helped increase the enrollment of students of color from 4.6% to 16% in three years and then went on to become the youngest, first and only Latino business professor in the history of the University’s College of Business. He currently serves as project coordinator of the Kutztown University AREYTO Project and is the Director of the Latino Business Resource Center.