Hispanicize 2015 Brings More Than 2,000 Latino Trendsetters to Miami

Hispanicize 2015 breakout sessions and general photos (186)See photo galleries below
By Lyanne Alfaro for Latin Life Denver Media

In Miami’s beautiful Intercontinental Hotel , a medley of Latino media trendsetters, including professionals in video, blogging, music, public relations and journalism met for the sixth annual Hispanicize 2015 conference on March 16-20. Latin Life Denver was pleased to return for a second year to cover this incredible media movement.

The event, founded by public relations expert and entrepreneur Manny Ruiz, enabled more than 2,000 participants to meet with influencers and pick up new skills to apply to online media.

A “Latinovator” lunch, where a top media influencer was honored for his or her contribution to Latino media took place daily in a week packed with panels and workshops led by professionals in the field.

Latinovator awardees featured Mexican beauty and fashion blogger Dulce Candy Tejada Ruiz.
The 27-year-old, who started her YouTube channel in 2008, has nearly two million subscribers today. Well-known magazines, including Seventeen and Style Watch have also taken note of the YouTube sensation.

The conference came at an opportune time for the blogger-turned-writer to share the debut of her recent book, “The Sweet Life,” where Ruiz said she will share her “tips for success.”

Legendary Chilean television host Mario Luis Kreutzberger, better recognized in most Spanish-speaking households as Don Francisco, also received a coveted Latinovator award. The television enthusiast has been recognized by the Guinness World Records for leading the world’s longest running television variety show. Don Francisco stunned the audience when he commented on how far television has come from when he first started. “Your viewers are my shoplifters”  was the response he said he received when he tried to make his first advertising sale on Spanish language television. The statement drew a collective gasp from the crowd.
At the Latinovator lunch on Tuesday, Kreutzberger had a message for professionals invested in Latino media – which he chose to communicate in Spanish: “La responsabilidad de la comunicación es importante,” he said, to stress the responsibility that comes with the role of a communicator.

Other Latinovators included longtime Hollywood actor Luis Guzmán

and Univision’s president of programming and content, Alberto Ciurana, who is responsible for making the Univision  the number one rated television network in the United States in any language. (see Latinovators photo gallery below)

Beyond journalism, branding and social media workshops, attendees saw networking opportunities at award ceremonies, yacht parties and movie screenings, happy hours featuring some incredible up and coming musical artists incorporated into the conference. (see photo gallery below) The 3M Positive Impact Awards, highlighted outstanding journalists and media influencers making significant contributions to Latino communities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Awards were followed by a Luis Fonsi performance. (see this link for related story and photo gallery)

At the Tecla Awards, the first awards ceremony of its kind, influencers were awarded for excellence in Latino blogging, micro-blogging and social media as well as digital marketing. The evening began with an elegant poolside red carpet reception at the Miami Marriott Hotel.

The awards were followed by a special performance from Latin Grammy award-winning pop group Chino y Nacho. (see photo gallery below)

On the concluding day of Hispanicize 2015 participants were treated to farewell concert at the Fillmore Auditorium in South Beach featuring the music of Gente de Zona, from Cuba, one of the most explosive reggaeton groups on the planet today. They have toured throughout Latin America, Europe and currently are touring the United States. (see photo gallery below)


1st Annual Tecla Awards
Photos by Joe Contreras, Latin Life Denver Media


McDonald’s “I’m Lovin It Voyage Yacht Party”

Photos by Joe Contreras, Latin Life Denver Media

Breakout Sessions & General Photos
Photos by Joe Contreras, Latin Life Denver Media

Latinovators 2015…..\Don Francisco

Latinovators 2015….Luis Guzman

Gente de Zona Farewell Concert at the Fillmore, South Beach…Photos coming soon…


Happy Hours at Hispanicize 2015…Photos coming soon…


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