Summit 2017 Program

While there is no easy answer on how to address or solve the issues that our Pilipino American communities face, UniPro is making a commitment to centering these conversations and stories of social change through UniPro Summit 2017. Our call for persistence is a push for our community to stand up to the challenges confronting us and organize so that we can move forward together.

Through UniPro Summit 2017, we aim to recognize and celebrate the diverse perspectives of our delegates, whether they are students, young professionals, or community leaders; from our local area or around the world. Our workshops and activities should cater to a wide range of demographics. 

UniPro Summit 2017 Keynote Speakers

We're excited to announce Geena Rocero as the closing keynote speaker for UniPro Summit 2017.

Geena Rocero, born and raised in Manila, Philippines, is a Model, Producer, Trans Rights Advocate and co-host of The Webby Awards honoree TV Show ASPIREist, broadcasted on USA Network. On March 31, 2014, in honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, Rocero came out as transgender at the annual TED Conference, her viral talk has since been viewed more than 3 million times and translated in 32 languages.

Geena is the founder of Gender Proud, an advocacy and media production company that tells stories to elevate justice and equality for the transgender community. She, with Gender Proud Productions produced and presented "Beautiful As I Want to Be" on LogoTV highlighting trans youth, and received the 2016 GLAAD Media Award. Gender Proud also produced "Willing and Able", a 2017 GLAAD Media nominated web series about transgender employment with Fusion TV and most recently worked with Fusion/Univision to produce a TV documentary about transgender athletes, "No League of Their Own".

Our opening keynote speaker is Christina Lewis Halpern, Founder and Executive Director of All Star Code, a leading, nationally-recognized tech inclusion organization based in New York City that fosters entrepreneurial talent among high school boys of color and ensures they have the tools to succeed. 

She was recognized in 2016 as a “Woman of Power” by the National Action Network, in 2014 as a White House Champion of Change for STEM Access and in 2015 as an Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Finalist. She and her work have been featured in Barron’s, Fortune, Fast Company, The Root, Town & Country, The Daily News and PBS among other media outlets. 

A sought-after writer and speaker on the future of the workplace, entrepreneurship, equity, philanthropy, culture and personal transformation, Christina has spoken at NY Ideas, Harvard Law School, The Atlantic Forum in Education, The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurship Forum, SXSW, BET Leading Women Redefined, Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Wall Street Project Economic Summit, and many other venues. Christina is the author of “Lonely at the Top,” a 2012 best-selling Kindle Single memoir about her father, Reginald F. Lewis, the first African-American to build a billion-dollar business. 

Christina is a member of the board of the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, and Chair of the Class of 2002 Associates Committee for Harvard College. She is also an angel investor and an advisor to other entrepreneurs.

Prior to founding All Star Code, Christina worked for five years as a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal. She began her career as a crime reporter in Stamford, Conn. 

Christina has a BA from Harvard College in History and Literature and is passionate about catalyzing change. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children. 

UniPro Summit 2017 Workshops

This year, we have made a conscious efforts to offer specific workshops that will cater to the demographics UniPro serves and works with. Our program will contain three tracks - student/youth leadership, development of young professionals, and community influencers, to offer content that will best serve the diverse delegation we will be hosting at UniPro Summit 2017.

The tracks and workshop presenters are as followed:

Student/Youth Leadership

  • Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue, Inc. (FIND) - "Adapt: (v.) to modify fittingly"

  • Isabella Villacampa - "Who Am I: Intersectionality of Identities"

  • Filipino American National Historical Society - "Say It Well: Enhancing Speaking Skills for Personal Histories."


Professional Development

  • Daniela Pila - "Filipinos in Academia: Why We Need More Filipino Academics"

  • Filipino Kitchen - "How to use Filipino food as catalyst for difficult conversations."

  • National Federation of Filipino American Associations - "NaFFAA 2.0: Rethinking Our National Advocacy, Leadership, and Civic Engagement"

Community Influencers

  • Filipino American Democratic Club of New York - "2017: The Year of the Political Pin@y"

  • AALDEF & APIAVote - "Know Your Rights, Know Your People: The Filipino American Vote in the 2016 Presidential Election"

  • Isabel Cajulis & Stephanie Chrispin - "Antiblackness and AAPI Accountability"

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