Deepening Colorado's Connection with Latin America

06/15/2022 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM MT


Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy
Denver, CO 80204
Room Number: Sharp Auditorium


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Colorado benefits from its strong cultural and economic connections to Latin America, but there is vast potential for expanded, inclusive growth through deeper partnership with the region. Following closely behind the ninth Summit of the Americas, join WorldDenver and the Biennial of the Americas for an evening of cultural celebration and a conversation between Ambassador Todd Chapman, former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil and Ecuador, and Patricia Barela Rivera, the first Latina to lead a state office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, on creating a vision for a deeper connection between Colorado and Latin America. 

The Summit of the Americas is where the leaders for the western hemisphere have gathered for over the past decade to discuss common concerns, seek solutions, and develop a shared vision for the future development of the region. The theme of the 2022 summit prioritizes "Building a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Future,” and forums will foster greater dialogue between heads of government and the people and businesses of the Americas to address hemispheric challenges and opportunities including social inclusion, economic recovery, climate change, democracy, and digital transformation.

The evening will also feature live music by Nico Martinez and a dance performance by 


Event Agenda:
5:30 p.m. Registration, networking, live music, and hors d'oeuvres
6:15 p.m. Cultural performances, speaker conversation, & audience Q&A

7:30 p.m. Evening concludes

$30 for non-members
$20 for WorldDenver members
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$10 for WorldDenver Young Professional members

Special Opportunity for Event Attendees!

WorldDenver invites you to explore the Denver Art Museum's ReVisión: Art in the Americas, an exhibition featuring nearly 180 objects from the museum's Ancient American and Latin American Art collections open until July 17. The thematic presentation explores land, people, and place by linking ancient and contemporary artworks that address political and social issues at the heart of the region’s cultural heritage as well as expand the narrative through voices that include women artists and contemporary voices that speak to the diversity of the Americas. Attendees will receive a special code upon registration providing discounted access to the Museum to visit this and many other outstanding exhibits from now until August 31.

About Our Speakers:

Ambassador Todd Chapman
Former US Ambassador to Brazil and Ecuador

Ambassador Todd Chapman (ret.) recently retired after 30 years as a career diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service. As the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, he advanced a broad economic, security, and environmental agenda at the sixth-largest U.S. embassy in the world. He was selected for the Presidential Distinguished Service Award in 2021, recently admitted into the American Academy of Diplomacy, and is a non-resident senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He now serves as an international business consultant and is a member of several corporate boards. Ambassador Chapman earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a Master of Science degree from the National Intelligence University.


Patricia Barela Rivera
Former Colorado Director, US Small Business Administration
President, PBR Solutions

Barela Rivera is owner and president of PBR Solutions, a Denver-based consulting firm. She previously spent 11 years as the director of the Colorado District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Her leadership experience also includes directing citizen advocacy and outreach in the governor’s office from 1994-97, being appointed by the governor as deputy director for the State of Colorado Department of Local Affairs from 1991-94, and serving on over 60 community and organization boards in Colorado during the past 45 years. Barela Rivera attended the University of New Mexico. Patricia is serving her third term on University of Northern Colorado's Board of Trustees and was reappointed by Governor Polis to serve through December 2024.

Note: As a nonpartisan convener of global affairs programming, WorldDenver provides an unbiased forum for experts, world leaders, diplomats, and representatives from the public and private sectors to share their expertise and views on a broad spectrum of issues that matter to the world. We aim for our events to inspire curiosity and further reading, discussion, and civic engagement among our members and the Denver community on the global issues that we present.