Hispanic Alliance for Professional Improvement (HACE) Shares Inspiring Stories of Latinas Achieving Successful Careers in New Book; HACE celebrates its 40th anniversary

Since 1982, the non-profit organization chicagoHispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), housed within the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement, has implemented its mission to provide Latino professionals with the support, access, and resources to build highly successful careers and strong, positive leaders in their communities. Within the nonprofit, there are programs like Mujeres de HACE that focus on women’s leadership.

CHICAGO, April 29, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Since 1982, the non-profit organization chicagoHispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), housed within the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement, has implemented its mission to provide Latino professionals with the support, access, and resources to build highly successful careers and strong, positive leaders in their communities. Within the nonprofit, there are programs like Mujeres de HACE that focus on women’s leadership.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the president and CEO of HACE Patricia Speck wanted to highlight 40 Latina alumni of all ages from the Mujeres de HACE program and their inspiring stories in a new book called “Legacy: The Women of HACE and 40 Stories of Impact.” The stories summarize the challenges these women experienced, such as finding a better way to manage a work-life balance, negotiating wages and salaries, and gaining promotions. All proceeds from the book will go to support HACE in developing programs and scholarship opportunities.

As of 2008, the goal of the Mujeres de HACE program, Mota explained, is to empower Latinas to their full professional and personal potential. Currently, there are more than 2,000 former students. Mota and her team had a lot of work to select 40 stories for the book.

“We wanted to shine a light on those alumnae who have continued to advance their careers,” said Mota, a 2010 Women of HACE graduate who also oversaw the program. “Also, part of our mission is to return the favor and give back, whether it’s mentoring others or giving speaking engagements. Ultimately, we wanted to showcase 40 female alumni with their stories of how they built their careers, gave back to their communities, and how HACE has helped them.” helped.”

Over the years, HACE has grown to pivot and innovate to reach more Latino professionals. A recent example is the use of an e-learning platform that helps tremendously in scaling the nonprofit’s programs and engaging with a global audience of participants and alumni from Colombia, MexicoY Brazil.

This commitment has also opened the door for more discussion about challenges and compensation in the workplace. Citing statistics from a SHRM.org article and a report by the Association of Latino Corporate Directors, Mota explained that “for example, you look at Latino representation and leadership roles in corporate America, and you see only 4% have roles executives and out of the 4%, you only have 1% percent, Latina. There is a lot of need to change those numbers. The other reason that HACE exists is that we want Latinas to build wealth, get the same salary and even more” .

She is also concerned about the widening pay gap for Latinas. Citing information from http://www.equalpayday.org, Mota mentioned that on Latina Equal Pay Day—Dec. On January 8, 2022, “it would take almost an entire year for a Latina to receive a payment compared to her white counterpart who received in 2021. That’s money left on the table and, in turn, hurting our economy, your family and our community. I also see Mujeres de HACE helping to bridge the gap in many ways. Latinas are making 70 to 80% of the economic power decisions that this community has.”

Mota hopes that women who read this book will be inspired to pursue their dreams and achieve goals.

“I think of the young women and women who have so much in the world and in their lives,” she said. “I think that women carry a very heavy burden, especially mothers and caregivers of elderly parents. They are trying to keep their jobs but they also have dreams. When you read these stories, you won’t feel alone. I hope that those Latinas who receive this book are empowered to fight for their dreams, to know that she is not the only one struggling and to know that they have a family with HACE and can have this network of mentors and advisors to support them along the way.”

To learn more about HACE, visit https://www.haceonline.org/about-hace/. To purchase the book, text HACEMAS to 44321 or visit this link.

About HACE:
The Hispanic Alliance for Professional Improvement (HACE) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals. Since 1982, HACE has served as a resource for Latinos in the workplace and is a subject matter expert for corporations looking to access diverse talent. Through professional development, resources and networks, and by facilitating access to meaningful career opportunities, HACE helps Latinos succeed at every phase of their career. With a network of more than 85,000 members nationwide, HACE works with employers to remain competitive in an increasingly dynamic economy by helping them attract, develop, and retain Latino and diverse professionals. For information, visit https://www.haceonline.org/about-hace/.

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SOURCE Hispanic Alliance for Professional Improvement

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