Business leaders and immigrant entrepreneurs will be gathering for the fourth annual HOLA New Jersey Conference next Wednesday, according to an announcement from the hosts, the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce and the New Jersey Business Immigration Coalition.
The event has quickly become the chamber’s platform for promoting issues related to diversity, equity & inclusion among business leaders in Hudson County. This year, the NJBIC will announce the winners of its annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards.
“The goal of our HOLA N.J. Conference is to engage business leaders in an ongoing dialogue on issues of diversity, equity & inclusion,” Maria Nieves, CEO and president of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, stated. “This year, the conference will shine a spotlight on the innovation that immigrant entrepreneurs continually contribute and with our partner, the NJBIC, to recognize the diversity of immigrant leaders who are helping to boost our local economies.”
The event will also feature two nationally renowned experts on immigrant innovation and entrepreneurship. The keynote speaker will be James Barrood, two-time TEDx speaker and author of “Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Global Insights from 24 Leaders” and “Lessons from the Great Recession.” Leah Boustan, professor of economics and director of the industrial relations section, Princeton University, joins as the featured speaker.
The NJBIC will also recognize winners of its Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards, which honor successful New Jersey immigrants in six categories for their outstanding contributions to the state’s economy.