Last week I made a call to action to all the Latino Tech Start-ups and Smart Investors Who Care About Diversity. Guess what??? I’m humbled by the 130 volunteers who said presente to my call. Crazy to see who answered the call. Latin@s and non from all the corners of the country and even from Mexico and Spain. I am humbled by the turnout and inspired by the ideas each volunteer is already sharing. It feels fresh, it fills me with energy and shows that there is indeed hope in a community that is dying to make something HUGE happen.
Now the action starts. We’re putting together a strategic team that will move the agenda forward. It’s one of those moments when I have no clue how this whole thing will unfold. But all I know is that it will be amazing. A group of leaders are getting together to begin what we always dreamed of. Not all can be directly engaged this week. However everyone will eventually have a role. A core team will be contacted to start key committees. Then they in turn will engage a larger team until every leader can bring on his/her unique granito de arena until we build what we want together.
I want to take the opportunity to thank all the corporations and organizations that have offered to help with the LATISM 2012 line-up. It gives me chills to see the level of support. We cannot accept everything we’re offered and trust me, it’s really hard to say no sometimes. But we must stay true to our strategic goals and give priority to those organizations that have a credo in line with ours.
We have a busy month ahead of us. Full of planning, organizing, moving and shaking. I am humbled by the work of the LATISM Chapter Directors. By the partnerships we are all building and the alliances that are literally quilting our differences in a creative and productive way. Most often me queda grande. That’s why I rely on our strong leaders who can bring forward a genuine agenda that places the greater good of our Latino community on top of any personal agenda. The passion that we all share about the many issues affecting our community is what quilts LATISM. I’m totally stealing this from our dear Edwin, but only out of admiration for what he is doing. You should check it out and see what I mean. No doubt that LATISM is on fire! Let’s keep up the momentum and make it happen for real.