Community Conversation: Latinx Leadership

The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and Emporia Spanish Speakers are excited to announce a community conversation about diversity, representation, and the importance of community engagement on Saturday, August 27, 2022. The event will be held at the Emporia Granada Theater, 807 Commercial St., from 2-5 p.m. and will feature distinguished guest speakers from around the state.

Speakers in attendance are Huascar Medina, Poet Laureate of Kansas; Daniela Rivas, Assistant City Administrator and Finance Director of McPherson; and Ernestor De La Rosa, Assistant City Manager of Dodge City. De La Rosa is a DACA recipient and was appointed by Governor Kelly to serve on the Kansas Hispanic Latino American Affairs Commission and the Kansas Racial Equity and Justice Commission.

“We are going to have a wonderful conversation about the importance of representation and diversity in community leadership. I hope, at the very least, attendees will walk away knowing that diversity is a strength and feel empowered,” said Medina.

Following the presentations, the speakers will be available for a Q&A session. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the guest speakers questions regarding their experiences and community involvement. The event is free to the public and all are encouraged to attend.


The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization of more than 350 area businesses that join forces to accomplish collectively what no one business could do individually. Our mission is to be proactive in creating an environment for business and community success. The organization is currently focusing on business advocacy and development, leadership, and membership development.


Emporia Spanish Speakers was founded in October of 2017 to facilitate Spanish language learning. The organization strives to broaden the understanding and tolerance of diverse communities by expanding individuals’ knowledge of language and culture.

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