ALAS Announces Keynote Speakers for ALAS National Summit this October in Washington D.C.

Tatyana Ali and Carlos Cobián provide keynote presentations

The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) 18th Annual National Summit, which takes place in person Oct. 7-9, 2021 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International World Trade Center in Washington D.C., will feature inspiring speeches from entrepreneur Carlos R. Cobián, actress, singer and humanitarian Tatyana Ali, and actor and director John Leguizamo, who will be awarded the 2021 ALAS National Inspirational Award. The Summit will also include informative workshops, networking opportunities, student presentations, the annual State Affiliates meeting and On the Hill Day to meet with state legislators, including U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Congresswoman Kathy Manning, and an Awards Gala (ticketed separately) to celebrate the leadership within and outside of the organization.

For information about the summit and to register, visit Discounted rates of $900 for ALAS members and $1,150 for non-members are available through September 15, 2021. Registration includes a two-night hotel stay, materials, most meals, keynote speakers, breakout sessions and after hour networking activities.

ALAS is also currently offering opportunities for companies to sponsor the event, which draws district leaders from across the country. For information on sponsorship packages, visit Attendees can download the Whova app at to connect with other attendees prior to, and during, the conference.

“Our National Summit is our biggest event of the year and we are thrilled to have Tatyana Ali, and Carlos Cobián among the keynote speakers and to present John Leguizamo with a national ALAS award. It is simply incredible and an honor to have these amazing Latinos represent our diverse familia,” said ALAS Executive Director Dr. Maria Armstrong. “The Summit provides a great opportunity for superintendents, along with aspiring administrators, central office leaders and school board members, to connect, share and learn how to better support students and staff. We look forward to learning, networking and celebrating just being together again as familia, as friends. See you all in October!”

About the speakers

Carlos R. Cobián is an accomplished Puerto Rican entrepreneur recognized for developing innovative, successful businesses in Latin America. He is a prominent, dynamic and insightful international keynote speaker in the areas of entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation and marketing.

Tatyana Ali, who was born in Brooklyn, NY, is a Broadway-trained actress, a singer, a producer, an activist and a Harvard University graduate. Ali, of Latina Panamanian familia, has spent the majority of her career engaging in humanitarian efforts, grassroots efforts and activism.

John Leguizamo, who will be awarded the ALAS National Latino Leader of Inspiration Award 2021-2022 during the Summit’s Awards Gala, is a multifaceted creator with boundless energy and creativity. He has established a career that spans film, theater, and television in a variety of genres. His directorial debut, Critical Thinking, was selected to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival.

The Summit takes place Oct. 7-9, 2021 with Oct. 7th being reserved specifically for State Affiliate business. Highlights include:

  • Legislative Day on Oct. 7th in which State Affiliate committees meet with legislators to discuss policy issues relevant to their schools and communities
  • Keynote speakers and formal and informal networking opportunitieson Oct. 8th and Oct. 9th
  • A Superintendent Plenary Panel on Oct. 8th, “Principled Practices in Times of Turmoil and Triumph,” featuring Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools in Connecticut; Dr. Jesus Jara, Superintendent of the Clark County School District in Nevada; Dr. Guadalupe Guerrero, Superintendent of Portland Public Schools in Oregon; and Jerry Almendarez, Superintendent of the Santa Ana Unified School District in California
  • Breakout sessions on Oct. 8th and Oct. 9th on policy, leadership, academic acceleration, and SEL, as well as student voices
  • A Black Tie Gala and Awards Dinner on Oct. 9th at the Arena Stage Mead Center for American Theater honoring outstanding leaders from across the nation, including Congresswoman Manning for her work in early education and Senator Murray for her education advocacy work. A separate ticket is required for the Gala and attendees must be vaccinated.
  • A Scholarship Golf Tournament on Oct. 7th. A separate fee is required to participate.

The National Summit brings together hundreds of ALAS members, education industry leaders, law firms, consultants, the U.S. Department of Education, and White House representatives from across the country together to discuss mutual national, state and local challenges, particularly those impacting Latino and other historically marginalized youth, and share strategies to address them in an ever-changing education system. The National Summit is one of a variety of events that ALAS offers throughout the year.

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