The BHCC Annual Conference is designed to be one of the nation’s premier legislative conferences; bringing together some of the country’s most influential Hispanic state legislative leaders, expert authorities and leaders in industry to collaborate on innovative solutions on a myriad of national challenges both unique to the Latino population and all Americans. The conference is a four day event that features welcome and honorary receptions, policy panels, legislative roundtables, group events including member and sponsordinners. The BHCC conference serves as an arena for the elected officials, academicians, field experts and leaders of industry to come together to discuss ideas and viable solutions for critical issues prevalent to our society. We are honored to bring in leading experts and keynote speakers from a variety of disciplines to inform and educate our members on the most pertinent issues facing our country.
National LSLC Summit
The National Latina State Legislative Caucus (LSLC) is a sub-council of the BHCC that serves as a unique group tailored toward women state legislative leadership and the issues particular to this constituency. In 2010 following the 5th Annual BHCC Conference, a group of prominent Latina BHCC members, led by BHCC Vice Chair Rep. Delia Garcia, Rep. Toni Berrios, Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, & Rep. Lucy Flores with Sarah Saenz, got together to discuss all of the unique issues facing Latina state legislators and future Latina leaders. These members highlighted the need for more Latina leadership and in conjunction with the specific challenges facing Latinas serving in public office and those seeking public office inspired these pioneering Latina state legislators to advance the idea of a group solely committed to this element of the BHCC membership and their exclusive challenges. In the wake of this meeting, the National Latina State Legislative Caucus (LSLC) was created as a part of the BHCC. The LSLC held its inaugural summit at the 2011 BHCC Conference with great reception from the participants. The Summit serves as an opportunity for the BHCC’s powerful network of influential Latina state leaders aim to address these unique issues as well as a myriad of other Latina-related topics. Advancing Latina legislators and collaborating on Latina legislative challenges are the main pillars of the BHCC LSLC and is the main objective of sponsoring the summit. This powerful group continues to make history as the first national Latina group deliberative body of Latina public officials addressing the challenges and issues surrounding Latina state legislators, including local Latinas interested in running for elected and appointed office.