Keynote Speakers

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Erika Prosper Nirenberg

First Lady of San Antonio, Immediate Past Chair of the SA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


Growing up as a migrant in the Rio Grande Valley, Erika now holds a Master’s in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School, and a B.A. in Plan II Liberal Arts and a second Bachelor’s of Science in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.  She is employed as an executive at H-E-B’s headquarters. 


Erika was the 2018 Chairwoman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, having served on its Executive Board for 6 years.  She is also a member of the H-E-B Corporate Diversity Leadership Council and various workplace Task forces.  A former board member of Say Si Youth Arts, she now sits on the Girls Scouts of Southwest Texas Board, the SA Economic Development Foundation board, the Latina Power Network board and is part of the advisory Board for iempower.  In 2018 she was honored as a Leadership Texas Luminary Woman, having been an Leadership Texas 2015 graduate and in 2017 was give the Rising Star Award by the SA Women’s Chamber of Commerce.  In 2016, she received the prestigious H-E-B’s David Ashworth Community Service Award and has received the Corporate Diversity Excellence Award for 2015 and 2016.  Her proudest honor, however, was receiving the 2010 Association of Migrant Educators of Texas’ Migrant Alumni Award. 


As a co-founder and 2015/2016 Chair of the Latina Leadership Institute, much of Erika’s passion revolves around efforts to help improve quality of life among underserved populations through girls & women empowerment, entrepreneurship education and literacy.   She has led the creation of multiple education and economic development white papers, as well as an internationally available, bilingual workbook aimed at helping elementary school-aged children develop entrepreneurial mindsets. Erika and her husband, San Antonio Mayor, Ron Nirenberg, have one son, Jonah.

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AC Cristales

As a first generation American, whose parents were immigrants from Guatemala and Peru, A.C. was raised by a single mother, who spoke limited English, but instilled in him the lesson that hard work will always pay off in the end. Regardless of his parents' highest-level education being only an elementary education, A.C. made it a goal to pursue higher education. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Master of Educational Leadership from Texas A&M – Commerce. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Leadership from Texas A&M – Commerce, and he seeks to earn his doctorate in the Spring of 2020.


A.C. is an educator, author and speaker, but most importantly he is a father to a beautiful little girl, named Isabella.


Mission: I live by the phrase, “Mission Driven.” This means that I am driven by a purpose to be the best father, educator, speaker that I can be, and that I strive to make a positive impact in the lives of those I serve. I want the people that I have the privilege to encounter to know that regardless of what challenges life may have brought their way, their life still has promise and potential.