It’s hard to belive it’s been a little over a week since I was in Miami attending Hispanicize. For those who don’t know, Hispanicize is a conference that’s slowly but surely becoming a melting pot where Latino trendsetters in social media, marketing, journalism, film, music and innovation meet, mingle, collaborate and celebrate how far we’ve come in all genres. This merge causes so much excitement among the participants that it kind of leaves you a little overwhelmed, exhausted and exhilirated all at the same time. This is also the first conference I’ve attended where you’re booked from 7:30am until 1am, everyday and participants actually make it a point to attend everything from start to finish, everyday of the conference. It’ s because of this that some have coined it more of an event vs. a conference (Ted Rubin) and I tend to agree. 🙂
During the four day time frame I was there, I was fortunate enough to met new people, make connections and get inspired. Below you’ll find a quick recap of what all the buzz is about. 😉
Day One was all about catching up with old friends and getting reuinted with the Filly Brown cast. I enjoyed watching my second screening of the film and if you haven’t seen it yet, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. It’s a great story that will make you laugh and cry. This weekend was their opening weekend and I of course went to see the film for the third time. 🙂 You should check it out soon too!
Day Two brought about great sessions and opportunities to meet with brands (like P&G – Crest, McDonalds, Tide and Target), check out new products and hear from Latinovator Carlos Ponce (who by the way, was extremely charming and personable when we shared a few moments trying to get our picture taken).
Our evening was then kicked off by the Target Opening Ceremonies which brought out synchronized swimmers and Emilio Estefan (who greated everyone with a kiss and his wonderful personality as we took pictures together), showcasing his Sound Machine™ by Monster Headphones.
It was already an amazing day, but McDonalds topped off our night by booking us a yatch to take us around Miami and then cleared out one of their restaurants to treat us to the new Premium McWrap, along with any McDonalds treat our hearts desired. A great end to a wonderfully full day.
Day Three brought about more great sessions and opportunities to meet with brands (like Swiffer, Visit Orlando, Disney and Coca-Cola), check out new products and hear from Latinovator and Zumba creator Beto Perez. He was intereviewed by Maria Celeste, a news anchor for Telemundo who was also vary gracious as we bombarded her for a pic after she, Beto and Disney characters got their Zumba on at the end of the interview. A great time was had by all!
The good times were kept going by Nely Galan’s Adelante Movement, legend Rita Moreno and the ever entertaining Charo. 🙂
Then our night was kicked into high gear when we met Telemundo actress Ahrid Hannaley and musician Fabian Hernandez, followed by AT&T and Pandora’s private concert at the New World Symphony. I was so inspired by these events, that I’m working on separate, detailed posts to share my excitement.
Day Four, although only a half day since that is the day I was flying out, brought about a few more great sessions and opportunities to meet with brands (like Cover Girl and Clorox), check out new products and enjoy a few last opportunties to mingle with new friends. Although saying goodbye was bitter sweet, I was excited to have been able to make it out again this year to this wonderful event. 🙂
If you’re so inspired join us for Hispanicize 2014! 😉
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What’s the last great conference/event you attended? What do you look forward to most when you’re at a conference?
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