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4WARD AMERICAS LGBTQI HUMAN RIGHTS, BUSINESS EXPO & LIFE SYMPOSIUM

4Ward americas lgbti Human Rights, Business Expo & Life symposium

STATE of our community luncheon speakers

Mayor dan gelber

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Mayor; City of Miami Beach

Chance Mitchell

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Co-Founder & CEO; National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Steve Rothaus

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Long time Journalist covering LGBTQ issues for more than 20 years for the Miami Herald

Jorge richa

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Director of Marketing & Programming; Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Symposium speakers: Human Rights Track

Jaevion Nelson

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Executive Director; J FLAG

(Jamaica)

Meghna Lama

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Transgender Rights Activist & Business Entrepreneur

(Nepal)

Kyle Knight

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Researcher; Human Rights Watch

(New York, NY)

Michael Lavers

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Reporter; Washington Blade

(Washington D.C.)

Heather burdick

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Co-founder/Co-director; Miami Girls Rock



Ron Miles

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Educator at FSIL in Haiti and Co-founder of the Global Citizens Cultural Exchange



Adam ropizar

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Youth Leader and Global Civic Engagement Advisory Board Director



ALLAN HAll

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Holocaust Survivor, Educator and Author


Alexandra Figueredo

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Founder & Executive Director; Latina Founders;  & Board of Directors, United Nations Association of Miami 

Nicole Alvarez

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Criminal Defense and Immigration Attorney; Law Offices of Nicole Alvarez P.A.; & Council of Miami Beach Pride Board of Directors

Paul Cheung

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Director of Journalism + Technology Innovation; Knight Foundation


pauline green

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Executive Director, The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth  


Lynare Robbins

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International Relations Consultant; Robbins Global Innovations    


symposium speakers: Health track

Dr. kester nedd

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Founder & CEO, JIPA Network

Dr. Diane Bruessow

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Practitioner at Healthy Transitions; Editorial Advisory Board Member of the medical journal Transgender Health. 

(New York, N.Y.)

Dallas Bauman, P.A.

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HIV Specialist, AHF Healthcare Center- Kinder

Brian Huggins

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Vice President, Finance; JIPA Network

Dr. Casey Messer, PA-C

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Ryan White Clinic

Dr. Daniel Careaga

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Careaga Plastic Surgery

Jessica Oliveira, MSPAS, PA-C

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Guatemala Programs Director/Saving Mothers

Myka osorio

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PrEP Navigator & Advocate/Care Resource

sheryl zayas, d.o.

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Medical Director/Care Resource

misty eyez

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Director of Women's, Transgender Services and Training/ Sunserve

Mary showstark, m.s., pa-c

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PA Instructor/ Yale School of Medicine

Paul Thomas

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Health Care Advocate; & Board of Directors, Miami Beach Pride

Symposium speakers: Spirituality track

Rabbi Amy L. Morrison

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Senior Rabbi; 

Temple Israel of Greater Miami


august gold

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Educator, Spiritual Leader and Author of "The Prayer Chest"


Dr. Ursula Wright

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Founder and CEO Faithruption United

Juan del Hierro

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Associate Minister; Unity on the Bay

leo harley

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Massage Therapist & Holistic Healer

Brian mcnaught

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Christian Spiritual Leader

Jonathan Hammond

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Usui Reiki Master & Faculty Member; Shamanic Reiki Worldwide

christian de la huerta

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Author and Spiritual Facilitator

Symposium speakers: civic engagement track

Nadege Green

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Staff Reporter; 

WLRN Public Radio & Television


HOuston Cypress

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Editor-in-Chief, Two-Spirit Times; and Board of Directors, Love the Everglades 


olivia collins

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Director of Programs; 

The CLEO Institute


Marisol Zenteno

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President; League of Women Voters of Miami Dade County


Dani Dominguez

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Community Education & Youth Leadership Coordinator; YES Institute


Victoria Kirby York

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Deputy Director of Advocacy & Action; National LGBTQ Task Force

(Washington D.C.)

Rebecca Mandelman

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Vice President for Strategy and Engagement; The Miami Foundation

Ariel rodriguez

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Meteorologist/Environmental Reporter; WSCV Telemundo 51

Jason jenkins

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Senior Vice President, Communications & Community Affairs; Miami Dolphins

Melody Maia Monet

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Professional photographer, writer, singer, and YouTube video creator

DANIEL RODRIGUEZ

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Co-founder and CEO; 

Blue Missions Group

Grace Lopez

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Interim Executive Director, Aqua Foundation for Women;  Founder & CEO, iManage Law Firms, LLC.

Cindy Brown

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Senior Program Manager, Lambda Living, Jewish Community Services of So. Florida


Liebe Gadinsky

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Co-chair of the Board of Directors; 

National LGBTQ Task Force


Orlando Gonzales

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Executive Director; 

SAVE


JAVIER ESTEVEZ

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Candidate for FL State Representative, District 105

RICKY JUNQUERA

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Candidate for FL State Representative, District 118

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Eileen Higgins

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Miami Dade County Board of County Commissioners, District 5

Vice Mayor David Richardson

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Miami Beach City Commission, 

Group 6

Commissioner Michael gongora

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Miami Beach City Commission, 

Group 3

Symposium speakers: business, Life Planning, trade & Tourism

Fabrice houdart

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Manager of Global Initiatives;

Out Leadership

(New York, N.Y.)

David Treece

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Investment Advisor;

Treece Financial Group



John tanzella

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President & CEO; IGLTA


Dan Rios

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Director of LGBTQ Marketing; 

Greater Miami Convention &

Visitors Bureau


Andrew Wobensmith

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Director of Research & Business Intelligence; Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau


Damian Pardo

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Financial Advisor at The Pardo Group at Morgan Stanley; & Chair of 4Ward Miami

The HOnorable Susan Harper

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Consul General; 

Consulate of Canada in Miami

The Honorable Jonathan Chait Auerbach

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Consul General, Consulate General of Mexico in Miami

keynote speaker

Fred Hochberg

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Highest-ranking LGBTQ government official of the Obama Administration 


Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (2009 - 2017) 


Author of "Trade Is Not a Four Letter Word"