María Teresa Kumar, Voto Latino’s founding president and CEO, is an American activist and social entrepreneur and an Emmy-nominated MSNBC contributor seeking to shake up the political process. Leveraging youth, technology, social platforms and influencers, Voto Latino is the largest Latinx voter registration and advocacy organization reaching 29 million monthly in 2020. Under her leadership the organization has won numerous awards for original programming and has registered over 700,000 voters.
Kumar began her career as a legislative aide to Democratic congressman Vic Fazio. She later attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she recognized the importance of technology in improving the gap in equality in Latino lives. She began working with the Latino advocacy group, Voto Latino in 2004.
Fast Company named Kumar among the 100 Creative Minds for her use of technology and media. Elle named her among the 10 most influential women in DC and Latino Leaders named her among the top 100 most influential Latinas in America.
She was named a National Women's History Alliance Honoree in 2020
Kumar serves on the boards of EMILY’s List and the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. She is a WEF Young Global Leader, Council Foreign Relations Life Member and is a member of the National Election Crisis Taskforce and Harvard's Universal Voting Task Force. She started her career as a Senior Legislative Aide for the Democratic Caucus Chairman.
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Maria Teresa Kumar is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Maria Teresa Kumar for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Maria Teresa Kumar generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Viola Davis, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Rashida Jones and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Maria Teresa Kumar for an upcoming event.
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Named by Fast Company as among the most 100 Creative Minds in Business Worldwide for her unique use of technology, media and celebrity to make transformative change and mobilizing the fastest growing group of Americans, Maria Teresa Kumar intimately understands how to utilize innovative approaches to build movements and bring people together. Under her leadership, Voto Latino launched the first ever national mobile voter registration campaign and directly registered over a quarter-million voters, while influencing countless more, during the 2008 election. In this presentation, Kumar shares with audiences how to utilize social networks, technology, and other viral sharing resources to build and maintain buzz – whether for products, services, campaigns, or social causes.
In this well-informed, lively, and compelling presentation, Kumar addresses many of the issues driving our national discussion. From the ever-changing demographics in the U.S., to the business, economic, and political ramifications of such a shift. A reflection of her MSNBC show by the same name, Kumar engages audiences on some of the most important political, social, and economic topics facing us today.
With over $1.3 trillion dollars in purchasing power and a young, desirable demographic the growth opportunities for businesses are staggering. Kumar shares with audiences how this increasingly bi-lingual, 50 million plus Latino population within the U.S. presents enormous possibilities for organizations. Kumar illuminates audiences on how to embrace, cultivate, and cater to this unparalleled consumer base – and why organizations that do, will be far more prosperous than those that do not.
From immigration to education, economic policy, voter registration, and congressional redistricting, these are just a few of the many paramount issues that come to mind when discussing perhaps the most dramatic shift in American demographic. Few people are more informed and better equipped to speak on the changing landscape of American society – and most importantly, what it means for political campaigns, elections, economic prosperity, and business growth – than Maria Teresa Kumar. Highly sought out by business leaders, economic advisors, and campaign managers alike, Kumar shares with audiences her deep understanding of these issues, and how to successfully navigate through such unprecedented change.
It's been difficult to follow the news during the past several months. Each night, Americans are painted a picture of a country plagued by xenophobic anxieties and narrow-minded potential leaders.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Voto Latino President and CEO Maria Teresa Kumar will host "Changing America" on MSNBC's new portal of ...
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