Latin American Business Conference to Explore Innovation in Many Contexts, April 4

With the theme “Scaling up Innovation,” the fifth annual Latin American Business Conference on April 4 at the Bancroft Hotel will focus on themes of interest to a community broader than just students and alumni focused on business in Latin America.

This full-day conference is organized by the Latin American and Hispanic Business Association (LAHBA), and will feature speakers and panelists from a variety of backgrounds talking about innovation at all levels, from the idea stage to startup to corporate innovation.

“This conference will be relevant to not only Latin America or Hispanic people, but the whole community interested in innovation,” says conference organizer and former LAHBA president Pablo Cuaron, MBA 14. “We want people to walk away with insights on what it takes to be innovative, whatever they want to do and wherever they want to go.”

The opening keynote will be Allen Taylor, VP of global network at Endeavor, which is an initiative that connects U.S.-based venture capitalists with entrepreneurs across Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. Cuaron notes that Taylor will be able to talk on not only entrepreneurship in Latin America but also Latin America within a global context.

Pablo Peñaloza, CEO at GE Capital Mexico and Latin America; John Magee, CMO at GE Software; and Alejandro Alvarez, senior director in Global Brand Engagement at Banana Republic, MBA 05, will also give keynote talks.

In addition to the keynote addresses, there will be two panels: one on scaling up innovation in Silicon Valley and another on why tech companies should care about Latin America.

The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., coffee and a networking event at the end. For more information and registration, visit