Dr. Juan Andrade, President, United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
USHLI is led by Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr., one of only two Latinos in history to receive a Presidential Medal "for the performance of exemplary deeds of service for the nation" and "promoting leadership and civic participation," and the 11th Latino in history to be decorated by a U.S. President (Bill Clinton).
In May 2011, Dr. Andrade became the 4th Latino in history to be decorated by both the government of Mexico and the government of the United States, when he received the Ohtli Award, Mexico’s highest honor presented to a civilian not living in Mexico “in recognition of his contributions to the empowerment of the Mexican and Mexican-American communities in the United States.”His predecessors include the late Cesar E. Chavez, the late Dr. Hector Garcia, and the late Mario Obledo.
Omar Duque, President & CEO, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Omar Duque is the President & CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC), the leading Hispanic business, networking, advocacy and development organization in Illinois.
Duque is a member of the Board of Trustees of Northeastern Illinois University where he serves as the Secretary of the Board as well as Chairman of the University’s finance committee. Duque is a member of the state of Illinois’ Business Enterprise Council as well as a Mayoral appointee to the City of Chicago’s Community Development Commission. He previously served on the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation board, on the state of Illinois Economic Recovery Commission and the City of Chicago’s Affirmative Action Advisory Board.
Duque has served as an advisor on major economic development projects in the Chicago area. Duque has also served as a communications and public relations advisor. He has experience in government and has served as an advisor to different elected leaders. In 2011 Duque was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency as the 2011 Minority Business Advocate of the Year.
Susana Gonzalez, President, Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association
Susana González is the Director of Women’s Services at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn Illinois. In this role she is responsible for developing and leading her department to great quality care, nursing services, & promoting educational gains. In addition, she has extensive knowledge in program management, resource development, public policy and advocacy, and community health outreach program development. She has progressive supervisory experience in directing; managing, and providing leadership in many settings. Susana directs & sets standards for the delivery of competent, humane, and individualized nursing care to patients and families. She enjoys the challenges of creating a culture, which promotes professional growth and development in her staff.
Throughout her career Susana has role modeled true servant leadership and served on various committees and board of directors of great organizations. She has been loyal and active on issues that relate to women, youth, children, and the nursing profession. She is active on several advisory committees for Illinois Latino elected officials and participates with policy recommendations; addressing issues of main concern for their constituents.
Susana volunteers on several board of directors; such as the March of dimes, Chicago Chapter, the Chicago bilingual Nurse Consortium, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, and currently is the president, of the Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association (IHNA) a National Association of Hispanics nurses (NAHN) chapter and she serves on the NAHN scholarships & awards committee. In addition, she is an active member of the Illinois Organization of Nurse leaders (IONL).
Kisha Tate, Director of Strategic Partnerships, National Sales Network
Kisha Tate is the National Officer Director of Strategic Partnership with National Sales Network (NSN). In this role, she leads the development of building strategic partnerships with key professional associations with local NSN chapters to support NSN Conference and Diversity Career Fair and other major organizational initiatives. Kisha is a dynamic and highly skilled Healthcare Leader with broad experience in the clinical, pharmaceutical, and business sector. Before joining Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, she spent her career in various healthcare leadership positions with companies such as Pfizer, Roche, Favorite Healthcare Staffing and NYU Medical Center. Kisha holds a MBA degree in Global Management from the University of Phoenix and Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing with Hampton University.