Event Speakers


Event Master of Ceremonies: Rick Najera

Event Master of Ceremonies: Rick Najera

EMCE: Rick Najera, Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor, Director, Speaker, Coach. Mr. Najera has an extensive portfolio of credits in all forms of entertainment and is best known for starring on Broadway in Latinologues directed by comedy legend Cheech Marin. Currently, Najera is a writer and guest star on Hulu’s Emmy-nominated original series, East Los High. Najera created the Latino Thoughtmakers series directs the CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Show and stars in upcoming film, Taco.

Keynote Speaker: Antonio Jaramillo

Keynote Speaker: Antonio Jaramillo

Keynote Speaker: Antonio Jaramillo, Actor. A native of Tijuana, Mexico, Mr. Jaramillo spent most of his childhood in an orphanage. After moving to San Diego in his teens, he completed his education but without a clear direction of what he wanted to do with his life. The instant he was introduced to theater, his passion was born. Roles include co-starring opposite Jennifer Lopez on the NBC-TV show “Shades of Blue”, TNTs hit TV drama “Dallas” and the big screen crime thriller “Savages”opposite Benicio del Toro, Salma Hayek and Demian Bichir.

Special Guest Speaker:   Luis Guzmán

Special Guest Speaker: Luis Guzmán

Special Guest Speaker: Luis Guzman, Actor and Activist: Born in Puerto Rico, raised in New York’s Greenwich Village, Mr. Guzman’s distinguished career started in the late 70’s and he is best known for his character work in numerous roles in movies and television. Credits include “Narcos” “Roadies” and “Code Black”

Event Program

6:48pm - Welcome by Damian Trujillo and introduction of Master of Ceremonies Rick Najera  

6:53pm - Introduction of The Semillas Project Director Emiliano Valdez and Semillas Project Students

6:58pm - Interview with the Semillas Students

7:08pm - Premiere showing of "Mis Manos" produced by the Semillas Students

7:17pm - Keynote Speaker, Antonio Jaramillo (Shades of Blue)

7:38pm - Special Guest Speaker, Actor & Activist, Luis Guzman (Code Black)

Special Award/Recognition presented to Actor & Activist, Luis Guzman, (Code Black)

8:00pm - Program end