We’re looking forward to a great conference! Learn more about our incredible speakers we have featured at this year’s event.

Keynote

Dr. Ramon Resa – Pediatrician, Author, Speaker

Dr. Ramon Resa is a full-time practicing pediatrician, author, speaker and the subject of the upcoming documentary entitled RAMON RISING.

Ramon was born in Carlsbad, NM and was 2 years old when given away by his mother to a migrant farm working couple in Central Valley, California. He was raised as one of 15 children in their two room house and grew up in severe poverty, neglect and abuse. From early childhood on, Ramon was


hired out to perform back-breaking farm labor with any earnings going to his so-called guardians. It was Ramon’s second grade teacher who explained that he didn’t have to be a farm worker for the rest of his life. She encouraged him to get a college education, mentioning that with a degree he could choose any career he wanted. Her words gave Ramon hope for the first time in his life and he set his sights on making it to college.

Despite his Dickensian childhood and against all odds Ramon made it through college and medical school. When he received his license to practice medicine, Dr. Resa returned to the same area of Central Valley where he grew up and went to work as a pediatrician. His life’s a testament to the universal truth that every child, including an abandoned migrant farm worker boy with a speech impediment, no family, and zero resources has the potential to become a valuable, contributing member of our society.

Dr. Lisa Ramirez – Chief Innovation Officer, Lubbock ISD

Dr. Lisa Ramirez previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Policy and Programs in OESE and was the former Director of the Office of Migrant Education and School Support and Rural Programs with the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Ramirez has a long and distinguished career as an educator serving in a number of various positions including as a teacher, principal, and founder of a charter school.

Dr. Ramirez is also a military veteran. Dr. Ramirez received her B.A., M.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees from Texas Tech University. She is an alumna of an Executive Leadership program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and in 2016 became a member of the Senior Executive Service.

Eduardo Chavez – Director, Actor, Activist

Eduardo is making his directorial debut with the feature documentary, “Hailing Cesar,” released in April 2018. He is the co-founder of Latindia Studios and a member of the Speakers’ Board for the Chavez Institute for Law and Social Justice.

Eduardo is making his directorial debut with the feature documentary, “Hailing Cesar,” released in April 2018. He is the co-founder of Latindia Studios and a member of the Speakers’ Board for the Chavez Institute for Law and Social Justice.

Eduardo attended Loyola Marymount University on a golf scholarship and graduated with a B.A. in communications. After college, he played professional golf and studied acting in Miami and Los Angeles.