T h e E s p e r a n z a S p e a k e r S e r i e s
At Esperanza, we understand how important it is to expose our community to experiences that they wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to in our neighborhood. That’s why we are dedicated to bringing a diverse group of artists, authors, media professionals, and political leaders to tell their stories to our clients, students, and neighbors.
The Esperanza Speaker series is an ongoing effort to convene the best and the brightest right here in Hunting Park and in front of Esperanza audiences across the country to create dialogues of hope for our community and Hispanic communities nationwide. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said it best: “Stories are necessary, just as necessary as food and love. It’s how we make meaning of our lives.” Allowing our community to hear the many ways by which people become successful, overcome adversity, and simply survive opens up a world of possibility beyond the burden of the barrio. It allows them to envision a world where they too can make anything possible, including making this community a better place.
Meet our latest speaker
“Taboo” Jimmy Gomez
The Black Eyed Peas member, multi-Grammy award winning sensation Jimmy Gomez, more commonly known as Taboo, visited Esperanza Academy Charter High School in the heart of North Philly to speak on how Leadership, Discipline and Healthy Living are keys to a successful career and a successful life. After selling over 55 Million records worldwide, he continues to use his influence to positively impact the lives of others as an avid supporter of music education and cancer prevention in Hispanic communities across the globe.
Taboo is currently promoting the release of his new single “Magnificent”. Along the way, Taboo will help launch and support music education programs with the YMCA, charter schools, public schools and privately funded community organizations and has become a global ambassador for the American Cancer Society to advocate, raise funds and awareness for the foundation both domestically and abroad.
As a musician, actor, author and advocate, Taboo is poised to change the world, and Esperanza appreciated being a part of his journey.
P r e v i o u s s p e a k e r s
Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State & 2016 Presidential Candidate
Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida & 2016 Presidential Candidate
Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel
Broderick Johnson, Assistant to the President, Cabinet Secretary, and Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force
Cecilia Munoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Prior to that, she served as the White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Florida’s 23rd Congressional district, DNC Chair
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, California 12th District
Reince Preibus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Representative Cathy McMorris, Republican Conference Chair
Representative Jim Jordan, 4th Congressional District of Ohio
Representative Mike Coffman, 6th District of Colorado
Senator Chuck Schumer, US Senator for New York
Justo Gonzales, Historian, Writer and Theologian
Pastor Lynn Godsey, President, Alizanza Hispana Evangelica de Metroplex
Gordon Showell-Rogers, World Evangelical Alliance, Associate Secretary General
Dr. David Trobisch, Director of Green Connection, Museum Of The Bible
Francisco Cortes, Vice President of Fox News Latino
Jonas Gonzales, President of Enlace, the largest Spanish-Language Christian Network
Katharine Hayhoe, Director of Climate Science Center, Texas Tech University
Jim Carr, Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress
Arturo Stable, Grammy-Award winning percussionist/composer, faculty member and alumnus of University of the Arts
Angel R. “Papo” Vazquez, NEA Jazz Master & Grammy nominated jazz trombonist
Mirta Toledo, an Argentine artist (painter, sculptor, print maker and writer)
Sandra María Esteves, American poet and graphic artist, one of the founders of the Nuyorican poetry movement
Guillermo Fesser, Spanish Journalist & Author of 100 Miles from Manhattan
Luis Lobo, Executive Vice President & Multicultural Banking Manager of BB&T, Author of It IS Your Attitude
Nelson A. Denis, author or The War Against All Puerto Ricans, attorney, film director, and former NY State Assemblyman
Joshua DuBois, White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Author of President’s Devotionals
Jose Henriquez, “The Pastor” of the 33 Chilean minors trapt beneath the surface for more than two months
Manya Frydmen Perel, Holocaust survivor & ambassador for the Witness to History Project
John Yak, Sudanese “Lost Boy” and Ambassador for Master Peace