Our Chicago: Town hall explores how Latino tech leaders are creating career pathways

Hosted by ABC7's Rob Elgas
CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC 7, Chicago's No. 1 station for news, presented a virtual town hall exploring what Latino leaders in technology related fields are doing to educate and create pathways for the next generation of Latinos.

ABC 7 Eyewitness News anchor/reporter Rob Elgas moderated this hourlong event, "Our Chicago: Voices of the Community," available on abc7chicago.com Thursday, Sept. 23, at 2:00 p.m.

ABC 7's Rob Elgas led a discussion with some Latino leaders focusing their work on encouraging and nurturing tech and other STEM careers by focusing on three primary pillars: education, sponsorship and mentorship. Dynamic individuals representing local organizations elaborated on their plans to develop successful leaders among the next generation of Latinos, armed with professional skills to take them from the classroom to the boardroom. Viewers heard about their passionate mission as they explain how they believe the promotion of STEM careers can translate to C-Suite level careers.

Guest panelists included the following:
- Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago
- Omar Duque, HITEC (Hispanics in Tech Executive Council)
- Angie DeAlba, Primera Engineers
- Andrea Minhas, Latinas in Tech

The virtual town hall was also exclusively streamed live on ABC 7's Facebook Live, YouTube, ABC 7's app, and ABC 7's connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku.

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ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago is the No. 1 local news source and most-watched television station in Chicago. With top-rated daily newscasts spanning decades and the largest social media presence in the market with more than 2.3 million Facebook followers, ABC7 Eyewitness News provides breaking news, investigative reporting, weather, politics, traffic and sports in the multiplatform space to Chicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana. Named Best News Operation by the Associated Press for four consecutive years, the station produces 41 hours of local news weekly and Chicago's only local weekday entertainment talk show, "Windy City LIVE," as well as its highest-rated New Year's Eve special. ABC7's award-winning programs such as "Heart and Soul," "The Ñ Beat" and "Asian Influences" showcase the city's diversity, while being the only Chicago station producing and broadcasting parades representing Chicago's rich cultural history. In addition to producing town halls focused on current social issues, the station has a long and proud tradition of broadcasting political candidate debates keeping Chicago's electorate informed. ABC7's outreach efforts include annual partnerships with the Red Cross for life-saving blood drives and, most recently, spearheading an effort to raise more than $1.5 million for area food pantries.
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