JBS Leadership Institute logo


Upcoming Lectures

The John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute is pleased to announce that Ms. Jackie Cruz will join Mr. Geraldo Rivera as a second guest speaker for a special John Ben Shepperd Distinguished Lecture entitled, “Our Hispanic Heritage: A Story of Achievement and Americanism.”


Cruz J-Photo (High Res HEADSHOT 2015)Jackie Cruz is a Dominican–American actress, musician and former model, known for her role as Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales on the Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black. Originally a recurring character for the first three seasons, it was announced in April 2015 that she will be promoted to series regular for the fourth season.



Geraldo Rivera is an attorney, reporter, author, and talk show host. Rivera hosts the news magazine program Geraldo at Large and appears regularly on Fox News Channel. In 2008, Rivera’s book, titled HisPanic: Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the U.S., was released.

The goal of the lecture will be to examine and celebrate the progress and achievements of Hispanic Americans in both Texas and the nation. We will discuss current challenges and opportunities for Hispanic Americans today. This lecture is a key community event for Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 (Sep 15 – Oct 15).

The Hispanic Heritage Month distinguished lecture will take place on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM. It will be held at the Wagner-Noël Performing Arts Center, 1310 N FM 1788, Midland, TX 79707. Bob Brescia, Executive Director of the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute and Pat Canty, Publisher of the Odessa American will co-moderate the panel. The event is free and open to the public – no tickets or reservations required.


Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required