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Wharton Latin American Conference 2024

February 9 @ 8:00 am - 7:00 pm EST

$30.00 – $95.00

See more detail in our website and updates on our Instagram!KEYNOTE SPEAKERSRoger Laughlin, Founder & Brazil CEO of Kavak ($8.7 billion valuation)Walter Bayly Llona, former CEO of Credicorp (largest financial services holding company in Perú)Rosanna Ramos-Velita, Chairman of the Board of Los AndesVicento Brocchetto, Head of Technology Investment Banking for Latin America at J.P. MorganINVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENTFrom first check to growth: The fundraising path of LatAm firms in the US It is prevalent for LatAm companies to tap the US capital markets to obtain funding at more favorable conditions or to provide liquidity to their shareholders. Every year, companies resort to that market for the first time. But what is the best way for a LatAm company to reach US investors?How do these companies position themselves in front of investors unfamiliar with the industry and market dynamics in Latin America? At what stage should a company start building relationships with these investors (e.g., through roadshows) to ensure a smooth process? Paving the Path: The Future of the Spanish-Speaking Economy in the USExplore the exciting possibilities and challenges for the Spanish-speaking economy in the United States in this thought-provoking panel discussion. With the growing influence and economic power of Spanish-speaking communities, this session aims to dissect the potential avenues for growth, innovation, and collaboration within this dynamic sector. Join our distinguished panelists as they share their expertise, insights, and visionary perspectives on the future of the Spanish-speaking economy in the USCapitalizing on the Latam Advantage: Investing for Growth and OpportunityDiscover the untapped investment opportunities and explore the potential of Latin America’s dynamic and rapidly evolving market. This panel discussion brings together industry experts, investors, and business leaders to delve into the unique advantages, challenges, and strategies involved in investing in Latin America. Join us as we uncover the diverse sectors, emerging trends, and key considerations that make Latin America a promising investment destination.What makes Latin America an attractive market for US investors? What is it that investors can find in the region that differentiates it from other emerging markets? This panel looks to get into the roots of why US investors (from VCs to PEs) choose to allocate resources towards actively seeking investments in LatAmEntrepreneurship & InnovationExpanding across Americas: Challenges and opportunities to going regionalFor Latin American companies, there is immense opportunity to expand into other markets. Every day, we see more companies internationalizing within the region, e.g., Brazilian companies to Mexico, Argentinean to Colombia. These companies position better than global competitors because of cultural similarities. In addition, by establishing a presence in multiple countries, companies can benefit from earning revenue in foreign currencies and reducing their exposure to local political instability. On the other hand, there is a growing digitized customer base in Latin America that American companies have started to look to as a lucrative expansion opportunity.How do companies adapt to entering a new market with different types of customers? What other challenges does this expansion pose?Empowering Energy: Unleashing the Potential of Latin America’s ResourcesLatin America is rich in energy resources. The region produces, processes, and exports fossil fuels and has an enormous potential to generate renewable power. With sustainability becoming more important than ever in the energy space, what steps have Latin American countries taken toward the energy transition? What are the opportunities and challenges of the energy transition in Latam?Are there any regulations or funding techniques from the US that can apply to the Latin American landscape?Unearthing Opportunities: Exploring the Riches of Latin America’s Mining SectorThrough this engaging and enlightening panel, participants will gain a holistic view of Latin America’s mining sector, its vast potential, and the need for sustainable practices. Join us as we unearth the opportunities that lie within the region’s rich mining resources and explore the path towards a responsible and prosperous mining industry in Latin America.What are the sustainable practices that are being put in place? What is the social impact of mining companies? How have different governments managed to improve it? Connecting the Americas: Exploring Nearshoring for the US Market in Latin AmericaDiscover the vast potential and advantages of nearshoring as a strategic business model for accessing the US market through Latin America. This panel discussion will delve into the intricacies, benefits, and challenges associated with nearshoring, offering valuable insights and practical advice to businesses seeking to leverage Latin American resources, talent, and market proximity. Join our expert panelists as they share their experiences, perspectives, and strategies for successful nearshoring ventures.Sustainability & InclusionBridging the Divide: Harnessing tech for Poverty Alleviation in LatamExplore the transformative power of technology and economic development in uplifting the lives of the underprivileged communities in Latin America. In this thought-provoking panel, industry experts, thought leaders, and practitioners will come together to discuss innovative approaches, success stories, and challenges in leveraging technology and sustainable economic strategies to alleviate poverty. Join us as we delve into this crucial topic and envision a future where technology and economic empowerment create positive social change in Latin America.Latinas Business Leaders in LatAm and the US: Breaking the glass ceilingCelebrate the remarkable achievements and leadership of Latinas in the world of business across Latin America and the United States. The panel will showcase the inspiring journeys, invaluable insights, and groundbreaking contributions of Latina entrepreneurs and executives. Join us for an empowering session that explores the unique challenges, triumphs, and strategies employed by these trailblazers in forging their paths to success. How have these women overcome with barriers? What are the differences across the continent? What messages do they have for the new generation of women in business? Pathways to Inclusion: Empowering Latinos in the United StatesJoin us for an enlightening and engaging panel discussion that delves into improving inclusion for Latinos in the United States. The session will bring together experts, advocates, and community leaders to explore the challenges faced by the Latino community and identify strategies for fostering greater inclusivity. Through thought-provoking dialogue, the panelists will address key areas where improvements can be made, offering insights, solutions, and inspiration for a more inclusive future. Join us as we explore the challenges, share best practices, and work towards a future where Latinos are empowered, represented, and fully included in all aspects of American society.__________________________________We are a 100% student-led organization composed of 20+ students from The Wharton School.We have the support of all LATAM student organizations: Wharton Latin American Student Association, Wharton Hispanic American MBA Association, and Wharton Latino (undergraduate).Our Objectives are to promote:Open discussion about the most salient business topics in LATAM countries, connecting businesses, governments, academia, organizations, and the region’s top talentEntrepreneurship and the development of local Latin American startups by generating networking opportunities for speakers, panelists, faculty members, students, and companies interested in LATAMIf you want to sponsor, reach out to imarch@wharton.upenn.edu


February 9
8:00 am - 7:00 pm EST
$30.00 – $95.00
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