Pep Talks Presenters: Dr. Hugo Morales, Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, Angelica Cruz, Maria Luna, Juan Guillen, Janna Rodriguez, Julio Guzman, Danel Padilla

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Washington, DC.– The 18th Annual Conference of the Dominican American National Roundtable included a plenary session featuring “pep talk” presenters, including Dr. Hugo Morales, Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, Angelica Cruz, Maria Luna, Juan Guillen, Janna Rodriguez, Julio Guzman, and Dan-el Padilla, Ph.D.

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The session took place on Friday, October 30, 2015 at the Proshansky Auditorium at The City University of New York’s Graduate School and University Center at 365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016.

In this interactive multifaceted session, speakers  used different focal points to talk about the challenges of empowering the next generation of advocacy leaders. They spoke representing six existing generations in USA.  In fast-pace lively remarks they spoke about their life stories and concluded by providing pragmatic advice about empowering the next generation of leaders. Emphasis was put on discussing how these generations have lived their lives and how have they put into practice innovative leadership, leadership styles, rules for radicals, and on understanding the importance of supporting advocacy organizations dedicated to community empowerment and to the socio-economic, cultural and political advancement of new generations of leaders.

In explaining the six generations, Dr. Miguel Hernandez, who is Vice President of the Dominican American National Roundtable, said: “The GI Generation are those born between 1901 and 1924. The Mature/Silents Generation are those born between 1927 and 1945. Baby Boomers are those born during the years between 1946 and 1964, and who now in 2015 are between the ages 51 to 69. Generation X are those born between the mid 1960’s and the early 1980’s and are now in 2015 between the ages 35 and 50. Generation Y, known as “Millennials”, are those born between the 1980’s and the year 2000, and who now in 2015 are between ages 18 and 34. And finally, Generation Z/Boomlets are those born after the Year 2000.”