The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), a national nonprofit organization devoted to the employment and advancement of Latino professionals, hosted its 37th National Leadership Conference with a theme of “Beyond Latinidad: Identity, Intersectionality & Inclusivity” on April 25-26, 2019 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago.
HACE’s National Leadership Conference included career exploration, professional development, powerful networking and open dialogue to raise awareness of the many identities Latinos represent. Partners were invited to attend the career fair on the second day of the conference to showcase job opportunities to high-potential candidates and participate as experts in discussions focused on diversity & inclusion, recruitment practices and the multi-generational workforce.
The conference in Numbers:
· 462 Leadership Summit Attendees
· 370 Career Summit & Expo Attendees
· 460 Gala Attendees
· 40 Sponsors
· 88 Speakers
· 20 Sessions/Workshops
· 34 Diversity Officers & Leaders
· $5,000 Scholarship Awards
· $363,000 Raised
The conference was also held in conjunction with the Hispanic Leadership Summit which used our platform to gather Hispanic leaders from the community and corporate world to send a call of action to sign the first-of-its-kind diversity and inclusion pledge for Hispanics in America – The Hispanic Promise. HACE was one of the first Latino organizations to join the movement.
Awards Gala to Honor Latino Leaders
HACE’s annual awards ceremony honored the accomplishments of its members and the generosity of its partners. Winners include:
- Corporate Champion: AT&T
- Latino Employee Resource Group of the Year: Jones Lang LaSalle
- Servant Leader Award: Andrea Saenz, Chicago Community Trust
- Leaders: David Romero, United Airlines; Marisol Martinez, Allstate; Yahaira G. Corona, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Summit top sponsors include Eli Lilly & Company, McDonald’s, AT&T, Nielsen, Sodexo and United Airlines. Additional sponsors include AARP, Abbvie, Accenture, ADP, Advance Auto Parts, Army ROTC, HCSC Blue Cross Blue Shield, Barilla, BP, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Grainger, Hyatt, Navy Exchange (NEXCOM), Omnicom Group, PepsiCo, TIAA, U.S. Cellular, Verizon, Walgreens, Abbvie, DIAGEO, MillerCoors, Motorola Solutions, Burson Cohn & Wolfe and University of Chicago.