Kansas Hispanic & Latino American Affairs Commission to Hold Latin@ Leadership Summit

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly’s Kansas Hispanic & Latino American Affairs Commission (KHLAAC) announced its annual Latin@ Leadership Summit to take place Saturday, July 29, from 9-4pm at Wichita State University. This year’s theme is “Raising Our Voices Through Advocacy.”

“Conversations like this are important to affecting change,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Good policy centers on the people most impacted by the decisions being made, and that requires Latinos to have a seat at the table.”

The leadership summit features a day of workshops and panels designed to give Latino leaders the information and support needed to effectively advocate for the community in the areas of education, healthcare, business, and civic engagement.

“KHLAAC is proud to host this event as part of other civic engagement workshops we have conducted across the state, empowering Latinos to advocate for ourselves through participation in the democratic process,” said Carla Rivas-D’Amico, KHLAAC’s Executive Director.

The keynote speaker is Sulma Arias, Executive Director of People’s Action. A networking event for registered attendees will take place on Friday, July 28, from 6-8pm at Wichita State University. Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish will be offered.

Register for the Latin@ Leadership Summit at khlaac.ks.gov.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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