NOPA Hosted the Young Portuguese American Leaders Summit on June 10th - Dia de Portugal

Last Friday, on June 10th, Dia de Portugal, The National Organization of Portuguese Americans (NOPA) initiated the first ever Young Portuguese American Leaders Summit (YPALS), or Jovens Líderes Luso-Americanos, in Washington, DC.

Mr. Jose Morais, NOPA Chairman, expressed that is was his and NOPA Founder Francisco Semião's goal to increase awareness of Portugal's emerging issues among young and influential professionals of Portuguese descent living in the United States.

YPALS Participants from L to R: Elizabeth Perry, Miguel Palmeiro, Glenn DaLuz, Mark Lopes, Michael Borges, and Filipe Domingues

The summit focused on Portuguese politics, economics and culture and the state of relations between Portugal and the United States. Likewise, there were presentations on the "Portuguese-American agenda" that is of interest to the Portuguese immigrant community in this country which included proud history and achievements of the Portuguese people, economic opportunities and importance of civic engagement in the US and Portugal.

YPALS Participants with guests at Portuguese Ambassador Nuno Brito's Residence

The group was greeted by Ambassador Nuno Brito at his residence the afternoon before the summit and gave participants a tour of the mansion. The next day during the program, Congressman Nunes' staff greeted participants and gave a tour of the Capitol facilities.

After this year's successful event, NOPA plans to expand the 2012 YPALS program to two days to allow for more presenters and trips to important Washington, DC institutions.

YPALS 2011 Panel Topics
Panel 1
"Identity and Image of the Portuguese American Community in the US and Participation in the US Society" and "Historical and Cultural Legacy in the US and Valuation of Portuguese Heritage/Roots."
Speakers: Dr. George Perry and Mr. James McGlinchey

Panel 2
"Current State of Business Exchanges Between the US and Portugal - Opportunities and Future Prospects."
Speakers: Dr. Jorge A. Vasconcellos e Sá, Dr. Miguel Frasquilho, Dr. Bruno Freitas

Panel 3
"The Portuguese Political System" and "Perception of Portugal by Portuguese American Communities and Plans for a Closer Relationship in the Present Political, Economy and Cultural Climate."
Presenters: Dr. Graça Castanho, Mr. Nuno Pinto, Mr. Antonio Carneiro Jacinto

YPALS 2011 Participants
Beth Santos
Chicago, IL
Program Director
NOPA, Inc.

Daniel Rocha
San Francisco, CA
Client Services Manager

Elizabeth Perry - Student Delegate
San Antonio, TX
University of Texas at San Antonio

Filipe Domingues
College Park, MD
FPD Consulting

Glenn Daluz
Phoenix, AZ
Financial Professional/Underwriter
Wells Fargo Mortgage

Joana Godinho
Washington, DC
News Assistant

Dr. Jorge Pinto Ferreira
Raleigh, NC
Portuguese Association of North Carolina

José Cabral Aniceto
New Bedford, MA
Senior Assistant Director of Finance
Renaissance Boston Waterfront

Mark Grilo
Newark, NJ
Executive Board
Union of Luso-American Clubs of New Jersey

Mark Lopes
Washington, DC
Deputy Assistant Administrator
Latin America and Caribbean Bureau
U.S. Agency for International Development

Michael Borges
Tulare, CA
Attorney/Political Advisor

Miguel Palmeiro
Rockville, MD
Palmeiro Group

YPALS 2011 Speaker Information
Antonio Carneiro Jacinto
Counselor for Press, Public Diplomacy and Trade
Embassy of Portugal

Bruno Freitas
Portos da Região Autónoma da Madeira

Dr. George Perry
Dean, College of Sciences
University of Texas at San Antonio

Dr. Graça Castanho
Regional Director for Communities
Azorean Government

Mr. James McGlinchey
Founding Coordinator
Portuguese American Citizenship Project

Dr. Jorge A. Vasconcellos e Sá
Portuguese Institute for Economic Freedom

Miguel Frasquilho
Economic Research Banco Espirito Santo

Nuno Pinto
Executive Director
World Bank

Thank You YPALS Sponsors