While getting caught up in the spirit of the NAHJ Convention & Career Expo, I neglected to write a blog entry yesterday. Again, my apologies to all who were emotionally distraught or traumatized as a result.
The weather is absolutely lovely here in Denver. I arrived in the morning, and what with going to bed around 2 a.m. the previous night, and with the two-hour time difference, added to the increased elevation I am currently at, I was the complete opposite of being high as a kite!
Today, I feel more energized and encouraged by the people I was able to catch up with during the Opening Reception last night, including my dear friends Kevin Olivas and Rebecca Aguilar. I also got to chat with Iván Román, who is Executive Director of NAHJ (and he bought me a soda– chivalry is not dead, people!).
All of my old friends– and some new ones I’ve met so far, have been extremely supportive of the “Holdin’ Out” mission and are looking forward to following wherever this initiative leads.
The NAHJ convention is more than just a “journalism” convention– it’s a gathering of Latinos from around the country (including Puerto Rico!), as well as an expo featuring some of the most recognized companies and organizations.
One company that makes it to the convention each year is Eli Lilly and Company, better known as just Lilly. The pharmaceutical giant also has its non-profit, the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, or the Lilly Foundation, provides grants “to support philanthropic initiatives that are aligned with the company’s business strategy,” according to their Web site.