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Latinos and an Equitable Labor Market Recovery Latinos and an Equitable Labor Market Recovery

Friday, October 15, 2021
12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. ET
11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. CT

The underlying economic inequities in Massachusetts have been uncovered and magnified as we’ve faced the challenges of a pandemic this past year and a half. The goal of this forum is to understand the contributions made during the height of the pandemic by Latino workers—many of whom were deemed essential and kept vital services running. Through this lens, we will examine how and why an equitable labor market recovery for Latinos in Massachusetts is essential, now and in the future.

Together, we will seek a path forward. We will identify steps toward investing in equitable recovery and socioeconomic well-being across all communities.


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12:10 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks: Latinos and the Massachusetts Economy

Prabal Chakrabarti

Executive Vice President and Community Affairs Officer,
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

12:30 p.m.

From Legacy to Equity: A Conversation with the Latino Equity Fund

The focus of the Latino Equity Fund has changed. From the name of the fund to the focal point of its core work around the economic prosperity and health equity for Latinos. What has changed? Why, and why now?

Juan Fernando Lopera

Co-chair of the Latino Equity Fund,
The Boston Foundation & Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer,
Beth Israel Lahey Health

Phyllis Barajas

CEO and Founder,
CONEXION - Advancing Latino Leadership

12:40 p.m.

The Role of Philanthropy and Business: What is the change that we wish to see?

Philanthropy and businesses have shifted their giving and hiring to address the needs of the community, in particular communities of color. What role can they play in the equitable economic recovery for Latinos? What is happening in these two industries? What needs to happen in the future?

Lee Pelton

President and CEO,
The Boston Foundation

Bob Rivers

Eastern Bank

Vanessa Calderón-Rosado

Chief Executive Officer,
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción

1:00 p.m.

Message from Governor Charlie Baker

Remarks on economy, workforce and introduction of the new initiative

Charlie Baker

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

1:05 p.m.

Presentation of the Diversity Dashboard: Latinos in Massachusetts

Discussion of new research initiatives aimed at better understanding and responding to inequities in the workforce for Latinos

Secretary Rosalin Acosta

Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development,
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Mahesh Ramachandran

Chief Economist, Economic Research Division,
Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

1:25 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Prabal Chakrabarti and Phyllis Barajas


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