Details & Agenda

Telling Our Story Forum - September 15, 2019


Date, Time, Location

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM

McNichols Civic Center Building
144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202


Please register HERE for the event.


$40 - General Admission Price

$20 - Older Adult Pricing (Age 60+)

$10 - (Youth 21 and under)

$100 - Familia Package - any four registrants)

All prices include Forum lunch, breaks, and dessert reception.
For groups of 5 or greater please contact or 720.923.7614.

Interpretation Services

The program is bilingual. Spanish and English interpretation will be available for monolingual speakers. The LCFC is committed to language justice, which means removing all language and cultural barriers as a standard component of events that impact communities.

Child Care

Child care will be provided for attendees. During the registration process you will be able to provide information on number of children, age, etc.

Meals & Snacks

The event includes a lunch during part 1 of the event, breaks with food and beverages and a dessert reception. During the registration process you will be able to provide information on dietary restrictions.

Location & Parking

Parking available at Denver Post ($5 weekend rate), Sheraton Denver or Cultural Center parking lots. Click here for parking and map information.

Need a little help to attend?

The Telling Our Story Forum is for all Latinos, regardless of income. Limited scholarships are available. Current students and those who are in-between jobs will have priority. Please email Diana Aldapa at to inquire about scholarships.

Event Photography

We will have a professional photographer and videographer capturing images of our attendees and program participants throughout the day at the Forum. As a participant, you authorize the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado the right, license and permission to use and distribute photos, voice, image, likeness, in future promotions or campaigns around its work. If you would like to withhold your image, please contact the LCFC staff at



Learn more about all Forum speakers on the bios page.

10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Registration open (Floor 1)

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.         Advocacy Central / Networking (Floor 3)

PART 1: Civic Commitment (Floor 3)

One who is willing to make positive contributions to society

11:00 a.m. Welcome - Carlos Martinez, President and CEO, LCFC and Tariana Navas-Nieves, Director, Cultural Affairs, City and County of Denver

11:05 -11:15 a.m. Lunch Service

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.  Opening Artistic Performance - Laura Soto, bilingual writer, performer, professional interpreter, activist, cultural broker and community leader

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  Program Opening – Carlos Martinez, President and CEO, LCFC and Maribel Cifuentes, Portfolio Director, Colorado Health Foundation 

SOL Award Presentation – San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center. Presented by LCFC Board Members – Antonio Parés and Elaine Torres

Introduction of Keynote – Susana Salamun, Latino Services Officer, Alpine Bank

Keynote Remarks:  Latino Empowerment: Learning, Leadership and Resilience

David Ayón, author of Power Shift: How Latinos in California Transformed Politics in America

Q&A, Community Reflection 

12:45 p.m. BREAK/TRANSITION/MOVE to Floor 2                                                       

PART 2: Civic Skills (Floor 2)

The ability for one to be involved in civil society, politics and democracy           

1:10 p.m. Carlos Martinez, President and CEO, LCFC – Welcome back

Introduction Remarks – Gloria Schoch, Community Relations Director at Molson Coors

·       ENGAGE – Dominick Moreno, State Senator, District 32

·       AMPLIFY – Gina Millan, Community Organizer, C.O.L.O.R


Introduction Remarks - Debbie Herrera, Human Resources Director, CHFA

·       ACTION – Jesse Ramirez, Executive Director & Founder INSPiRE

·       HEALING – Angell Perez, Executive Director Colorado Circles for Change


3:00 p.m.  Facilitated reflection by attendees                        

3:30 p.m. Final Comments: Carlos Martinez, President and CEO, LCFC

                                    BREAK/TRANSITION/MOVE to Floor 1


PART 3: Social Cohesion (1st Floor)

A sense of reciprocity, trust and bonding to others

3:30 pm – 4:30pm         Dessert Reception and Community Voice Gallery

Learn more about all Forum speakers on the bios page.


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