2019 national Convention: Lifting as we climb
new york city: July 25th – 28th 2019






Para Siempre

This year's National Convention is being held in New York City, home to the largest population of Hermanos in the United States. The weekend will include:

1. A career development conference for undergrads, where Hermanos will be exposed to resources, role models and career roadmaps critical to their short-term and long-term professional success,

2. Our 2019 National Gala: Lifting As We Climb, featuring a premium open bar, our 2019 Hermano Awards Dinner, and keynote speaker Franke Rodriguez, Partner and CEO of Anomaly, Founding Hermano of the Alpha Eta Chapter at Columbia University, and former National Council President,

3. Several meaningful opportunities to reconnect with and meet new Hermanos.

We expect this year's Lambda NC to be the most widely attended legislative convention in our 37 year history. In 2019, all roads lead to NYC! We look forward to seeing you in July and invite you to purchase your ticket at your earliest convenience.

La Unidad Para Siempre,

Hermano George Bahamondes
Interim President and Director


Thursday, July 25th - Sunday, July 28th, 2019


New York Marriott Downtown (Financial District)
Address: 85 West St, New York, NY 10006
Phone: (212) 385-4900

​Call NY Marriott downtown for room reservations. Mention "la unidad latina" to receive a special room rate of $239, or reserve online via the link below.

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The road to 2020

Our Priorities

1. Provide Hermanos with the academic, professional, cultural and social support necessary to excel as undergrads and in life after graduation

2. Build and maintain lifelong bonds as Hermanos

3. Lift as we climb


1. Provide Hermanos with the academic, professional, cultural and social support necessary to excel as undergrads and in life after graduation

Academic: Focus on GPA. Submit GPAs via modified chapter appraisal process to I.D. Lambda Scholars and Hermanos who need assistance

Professional: Select 1 of 8 Lambda Guilds and submit resume using INROADS template via modified chapter appraisal process

Cultual/Social: Regions will host 1 annual retreat/reunion annually (Goal: target attendance of 25-250 Hermanos)

2. Build and maintain lifelong bonds as Hermanos

Chapter: Chapters will host 1 UG-Alumni reunion dinner annually (Goal: target at minimum one alumni Hermano to meet with UG Hermanos)

Regional: Regions will host 1 annual retreat/reunion annually (Goal: target attendance of 25-250 Hermanos)

National: LUL will facilitate reunion opportunities for Hermanos at National Convention

3. Lift as we climb

Chapter: In order to lift, you first need to climb. UG Hermanos will prioritize academics, internships, and preparing for post college life

Regional: Coordinate opportunities for alumni and undergrads with same career interests to connect by leveraging Lambda Guild database

National: LUL's Diversity Career Conference will be held annually at National Convention

2019 National convention Speakers


Ramon Zepeda (USC ‘08, Wharton M.B.A. ‘16):

Ramon Zepeda was born and raised in Hollywood, CA and helped found La Unidad Latina's Alpha Phi Chapter at USC in 2006. As a first generation college student, Ramon leveraged programs like SEO, MLT, and INROADS as an undergrad to prepare himself for post college success.

Ramon is currently an investment banker at CenterView Partners, an independent investment banking and private equity investment firm. The firm offers mergers and acquisitions advisory, takeover defense, capital allocation and divestitures services. He holds a M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. At Wharton, Ramon worked directly with the Dean on long-term strategic initiatives and served as an investment associate on the Wharton Social Venture Fund. Prior to business school, he was a public finance investment banking associate at Stifel Financial.

Ramon is a SEO, MLT and INROADS alumnus, interning with Citigroup and Kaiser Permanente as a USC undergrad. He received a B.S. in Accounting from the Leventhal School of Accounting and a B.S. in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.


Franke Rodriguez (Columbia ‘02):

Franke Rodriguez was born and raised in New York, NY and helped found La Unidad Latina's Alpha Eta Chapter at Columbia University in 2000. He previously served as our National President from 2005-2007. Franke was recently profiled by Hispanic Executive Magazine where he discusses his journey as a first generation college student to the C-suite of Anomaly, one of the most successful marketing and advertising agencies in the world.

Franke is a Partner and CEO at Anomaly, where he helps lead a staff of over 450 people across the agency's New York and Toronto offices.  Anomaly's unique agency model seeks to address advertising opportunities as business issues, analyzing everything from design to product development. His clients have included Nike, Converse, Budweiser, Spotify, Hershey's, Johnnie Walker, Apple's Beats by Dre, and Coca Cola.

Franke holds a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University. At Columbia, Franke founded LUL, discovered his passion for marketing and performed in a hip hop jazz band. He now lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, Faith, and three children.

2019 National convention Agenda

thursday - after hours

* Everyone is welcomed to attend free of charge.

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019

Poetry Slam Night @ Nuyorican Cafe (Hosted by New York Metro Region)
Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm 
Location: Nuyorican Cafe (Lower East Side) 

Proposed agenda
6:00pm: Check-in 6:30pm: Cocktail Hour Reception
7:30pm: Poetry Slam Performances
9:30pm: Open Mic 
10:00pm: Closing Remarks

FRIDAY - Business Hours

Date: Friday, July 26, 2019 

Fraternal Business (Hosted by National Leadership)
Time: 9:30am-6:00pm 
Location: New York Marriott Downtown (Financial District) 

Proposed agenda 
9:30am: Check-in
10:00am: BOD + NC: State of Fraternity + Strategic Plan Presentation
12:00pm: Pizza @ Zuccotti Park
GOLD TRACK (Neo Requirement) - 1:15pm: Neo Retreat
BROWN TRACK - 1:15pm: Legislation
6:00pm: Closing Remarks

FRIDAY - After hours

* Everyone is welcome to attend free of charge.

Date: Friday, July 26, 2019

Hermano Reunion (Hosted by National Leadership + LUL SEF)

Time: 7:00pm-11:00pm 
Location: Pier A Harbor House (Battery Park)

Proposed agenda 
7:00pm: Check-in
7:30pm: Welcome Remarks
10:45pm: Closing Remarks

saturday - business hours

This year’s National Convention will include a career development component for undergrads, where Hermanos will be exposed to the resources, role models and career roadmaps critical to their short-term and long-term professional success. The New York Diversity Career Conference (NYDCC) will closely mirror the format of the Los Angeles Diversity Career Conference (LADCC) held at USC’s Marshall School of Business during the Fall of 2018. NYDCC will feature presentations by leading internship programs and eight career panels across – Education, Law, Engineering, Technology, Business, Public Service, Art, and Medicine.

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 (Hosted by National Leadership and LUL SEF)

GOLD TRACK (Neo Requirement)

New York Diversity Career Conference (NYDCC)

Time: 9:30am-3:00pm 
Location: New York Marriott Downtown (Financial District)

Sector-Specific Tracks:  A) Business, B) Engineering, C) Technology/Computer Science, D) Education, E) Medicine, F) Law, G) Art, H) Public Service 

Proposed agenda 
9:30am: Check-in
10:00am: Welcome Remarks
10:15am: Keynote Speaker: Ramon Zepeda (USC, Spring 2006)
10:30am: Internship Program Presentations (JP Morgan, INROADS, SEO, MLT)
12:30pm: Industry Panels: The Road to Post College Success****Bios for career panelists can be found below at the end of National Convention's agenda****
(Business, Engineering, Technology/Computer Science, Education/Non-Profit, Medicine, Law, Creative/Art)
2:00pm: Networking Lunch
3:00pm: Closing Remarks


LUL 2020: What's Next for La Fraternidad?
Time: 9:30am-3:00pm

Join National Leadership and Hermanos from across the country as we discuss Friday's Legislative outcomes and forge our path forward

Proposed agenda
9:30am: Check-in
10:00am: Welcome Remarks + National Leadership and LUL SEF Overview
10:30am: LUL 2020: Mission, Vision and Goals
11:30am: Explore how 2019 Legislation impacts LUL's Strategic Plan Presentation
12:30pm: Para Siempre Ceremony or Lambda Guild Industry Panel Activity
1:45pm: Networking Lunch
3:00pm: Closing Remarks

saturday - after hours

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019

National Convention Gala: Lifting As We Climb
Time: 6:30pm-11:00pm 
Location: New York Marriott Downtown (Financial District) 

Proposed agenda 
6:30pm: Apertif Cocktail Hour
7:45pm: Welcome Remarks
8:00pm: Keynote Address: Franke Rodriguez (Columbia, Fall 2000)
8:15pm: Awards Dinner
9:15pm: Reception Cocktail Hour + Networking Session
10:45pm: Closing Remarks

industry panels for New york Diversity Career conference (NYDCC): july 27, 930AM-3pm @ new york marriott downtown


Angel Orengo (Cornell '90)
Executive Vice President @Sony Pictures Entertainment

Ramon Zepeda (USC '08, Wharton M.B.A. '16):
Investment Banking Associate @CenterView Partners

Elkin Cabas (Dartmouth '06, NYU M.S. Sports Business '11):
Senior Account Executive @Eventive Marketing

Jonathan Diaz (Univ. of Virginia '17):
Management Consultant @KPMG

Gerardo Perez (Georgia State '19):
Investment Banking Analyst @Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Law / Public Policy

Derek Morales (Yale '05, Fordham J.D. '11): Legal Counsel @Macquarie Capital

Apollo Story (SUNY Albany '08, Harvard Kennedy M.P.A. '18, Northwestern M.B.A. '20):
Police Lieutenant @New York City Police Department

Adam Colon (Cornell '04, Cornell J.D. '07):
Labor & Employment Counsel @Hearst

David Rolla (Dartmouth '12, NYU J.D. '18): Associate, Corporate Law @Paul Weiss

Juan Sempertegui (Univ. of Maryland '98, American University J.D. '07) :
Assistant General Counsel @Bank of America


Dr. Rick Quiles (Brown M.D. '00):
President @Park Pediatrics

Humberto Jimenez (Rutgers '00, Rutgers Pharm.D '03):
Clinical Assistant Professor @Rutgers, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist @St. Joseph's Medical

Dr. Vicente Diaz (Brown '00, Yale M.B.A. '05, Yale M.D. '05):
Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology @Yale School of Medicine

Chris Nunez (Cornell '91, Columbia Ph.D. '01):
Director of Global Medical Affairs @Janssen Pharmaceuticals of Johnson & Johnson

Jamil Alexis (Wesleyan '10, Hofstra M.D. '20):
M.D. Candidate @Hofstra School of Medicine


Emmanuel Smadja (Univ. of Virginia '03, UVA M.S. Engineering '06, INSEAD M.B.A. '10):
Co-Founder and CEO @MPOWER, Former Consultant @McKinsey

Jeffrey Vargas (Brown '95):
Senior Director of Technology @NBCUniversal, Former QA/CMS Manager @BET NETWORKS

Amilcar Javier (NYU '12, Stevens Institute of Technology '12):
Software Developer @Stealth Startup, Former Software Developer @Morgan Stanley

Jose Contreras (Univ. of Maryland '00):
Senior Technology Manager @Capital One

Steve Lucin (RPI '08, Parsons School of Design M.F.A. '10):
Founder @Halucinated Design, Former VRFX @451 Media


Jason Rivera (UMass Amherst '03):
Sr. Civil Engineer @Parsons

Gil Valadez (RPI '99, Columbia M.B.A. '14):
Partner@Jacket River Consulting and Capital, Former Consultant @McKinsey

Hernan Guadalupe (Stevens Institute of Technology '03, Stevens IT M.S. 04, Univ. of Maryland M.S. '17):
Engineer @City of Baltimore Dept. of Public Work

Gil Anthony Bertin (Stevens Institute of Technology '02):
Manager Professional Services @Carbonite

Jose Angeles (Stevens Institute of Technology '19):
Consultant @EY

Education / Non-Profit

Silvestre Arcos (Cornell '00, Columbia M.S. '10): Assistant Principal @KIPP NYC, Math Instructional Coach & Learning Specialist @KIPP NYC

Carlos Velazquez (Syracuse '01, Syracuse M.S.W. '07, Bank Street College, M.S.Ed. '14):
Chief Program Officer @The Boys' Club of New York

Rodolpho Loureiro (Univ. of Pennsylvania '10, Columbia '15):
5th Grade Math Teacher @KIPP NYC, Former Principal @Uncommon School

Miguel Guadalupe (Wesleyan '98):
Director of Donor Relations @Bowery Residents' Committee

Ramon Pena (SUNY Buffalo '06, Baruch M.P.A. '16, Columbia M.A. '16): Executive Director @Crutches 4 Kids

Nicholas Diaz (Cornell '10): Director of Talent Outreach @Ascend Public Charter Schools

Creative / Art

Kevin Lopez (SUNY Buffalo '01, SUNY Buffalo M.A. Film '05): Executive Producer @LPZ Media, Executive Director @LPZ Cinetech

Marc Soto (NYU B.F.A. Music Production & Engineering '10):
Co-Founder and Producer @GrandStaff

Louie Blaka (Montclair B.F.A. Painting '12):
Artist @Blaka Studios

Joseph Ficalora (CW Post '01):
Founder and Artist @Bushwick Collective

Claudio De La Rosa (NYU '07): Photographer @Smurf's EyeView

"London is satisfied, Paris is resigned, but New York is always hopeful. Always it believes that something good is about to come off, and it must hurry to meet it." – Dorothy Parker

“The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline. Particularly when one can’t see the details. Just the shapes. The shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible. What other religion do we need? – Ayn rand

New York City - Financial District

Financial district

​Click Here to book your Room reservation online

New York Marriott Downtown (Financial District)
Address: 85 West St, New York, NY 10006
Phone: (212) 385-4900



Thursday, July 25th - Sunday, July 28th


John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)


Uber / lyft/ cabs or public transportaiton is available to the New York Marriott Downtown from each airport 




We do recognize extenuating circumstances may prevent you from attending National Convention in NYC.  If you are unable to attend convention, please submit an exemption request + any required documentation to the National Council by June 15th, 2019 at 11:59PM ET.

Contact the internal.affairs@launidadlatina.org if you have any questions.

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