Championed by Babson students Josuel Plasencia ‘17 and Yulkendy Valdez ‘17; to feature alumni entrepreneur speakers Daniel Dalet '03, Carla Curiel ’05, Esmeralda Lambert MBA’11, Maria del Mar Gomez '16, and more

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Babson College will host the 11thannual National Dominican Student Conference (NDSC)—this year focused on ‘Entrepreneurship Here and Abroad: Organizing for Social and Economic Impact’—at its Wellesley, MA campus March 31-April 2, 2017.

Register to attend (Babson students receive half-off regular student admission) »

The event, which has been hosted by Yale, NYU, Cornell, Brown, Harvard, and more—will be brought to Babson this year thanks to two current student entrepreneurs, Josuel Plasencia ’17 and Yulkendy Valdez ’17.

Read more about Josuel and Yulkendy and their social venture—Project 99 » 

The conference works with over 30 Dominican student groups globally, and is known for convening the highest quality in educational and empowering workshops, prominent and inspirational speakers, culturally influential movie screenings, art exhibitions, networking events, and parties – all of which serve to educate, uplift, and unite the Dominican college student community.

Last year, the conference had well over 400 participants.

Speakers and Performers

  • Daniel Dalet ‘03, Co-Founder, Production and Swashbuckling Nerd at SoloCoco
  • Carla Curiel ’05, CEO and Founder, Mundo Lanugo
  • Esmeralda Lambert MBA’11, CEO, Esmeralda Lambert LLC
  • Maria del Mar Gomez ‘16, Co-Founder, MightyWell
  • Angel Taveras, Lawyer, 37th Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island (2011-2015​)
  • Alejandra Castillo, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency
  • Yscaira Jimenez, CEO, LaborX
  • Ambassador James (Wally) Brewster, Former United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
  • Honorable Bob J. Satawake, Executive, Political Consultant, Humanitarian
  • Jacqueline Burgos​, Director of Strategy and Business Development, Viacom
  • Vladimir Caamaño, Comedian
  • Elizabeth Acevedo, Writer and Performer
  • Edrizio De La Cruz, CEO and Co-Founder, Regalii
  • Juan Camilo, Founder and CEO, Dyckman Beer
  • Zenaida Mendez, Director, MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center
  • Jason Grullon, Co-Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer, VIRTŪ
  • Henry Gonzalez, Poet and Spoken Word Artist
  • Gerald McElroy, Director, Business Development and Social Impact, KAYA Energy, Co-Founder, Yspaniola
  • Willie A. Lora​, President, Lora Media Consulting LLC, Formerly at CNN
  • Angela Fernandez, Executive Director, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
  • Cid Wilson​, President and CEO, HACER
  • Elias Alcantara, Former Member of White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Barack Obama Administration
  • John Henry, Managing Partner, Harlem Capital Partners
  • Joanna de Peña​, Founder and Executive Director, Top Notch Scholars Inc.
  • DJ RBI, Latin DJ
  • Carlos Manuel Plasencia​, Dominican Film Director, Los Fabulosos Ma Mejores
  • Sasha Urquidi, Vice President, Goldman Sachs
  • Marcela Aldaz, Partners Health and member of ALPFA Board of Directors
  • Dario Collado, Director of Strategic Development, Hispanic Heritage Foundation
  • Marcela Garcia, Journalist, The Boston Globe

Subject to change

Friday, March 31 2017

  • Registration—3-5 p.m., Park Manor West
  • Pre-Conference Activities—5 p.m., Park Manor West
  • NDSC's Got Talent—7 p.m., Knight Auditorium 
  • Friday Night Party—10 p.m.-1:30 a.m., PepsiCo Center

Saturday, April 1 2017

  • Breakfast—8 a.m., Olin Hall
  • Conference Opening Session—9 a.m., Knight Auditorium 
  • Success Stories Panel—9:20 a.m., Knight Auditorium 
  • NDSCTalks—10:30 a.m., Knight Auditorium 
  • Lunch and Breakout Groups—12 p.m., Olin Hall
  • Leadership Panel—2 p.m., Knight Auditorium 
  • Fireside Chat with Alejandra Castillo—3 p.m., Knight Auditorium 
  • Special Guest Speaker Angel Taveras, 3:30 p.m., Knight Auditorium  
  • NDSC Gala—5-10 p.m., La Fabrica Cambridge

Sunday, April 2 2017

  • NDSC Mangu Breakfast—10 a.m., Knight Auditorium 
  • Closing Session, 11 a.m., Knight Auditorium 
  • Special Screening of Los Fabulosos Ma' Mejores—12-2 p.m., Knight Auditorium

For more information, please visit NDSC on Facebook or email

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By Brianna Radicioni,, (781) 239-4548 | 03/20/2017 03:00