National Awards Celebrate Empowerment and Achievement of Latino Leaders
Chicago, IL.- The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE,) an organization serving as a resource for Latinos in the workplace and as a source of expertise and insight for corporations seeking to access this growing community of professionals, announced the 2021 National Awards recipients, among them five students who will receive scholarships.
The recognitions will be presented at the Sembrando el Futuro celebration during the annual National Summit, which will be held virtually this year from April 21st to 22nd.
“HACE’s National Awards recognize community leaders and organizations that have demonstrated the values of our organization in achievement, ethics, and empowering others,” said Patricia Mota, HACE President. “This year, we are celebrating the leaders in our communities who embrace their intersectional identities, who courageously take action to build equity in increasingly complex workspaces, and who lead with unity.”
The awards include recipients of the Dr. Ervin “Vinny” Caraballo Scholarship. Caraballo was a driving force in HACE’s programming and growing impact on the Latinx community. HACE invests in students with scholarships in his honor that have a drive and passion to further their education and community. The scholarship recipients are:
- Lesly Avendano, University of Illinois at Springfield
- Sandra Cortez, Goshen College
- Jose Estrada, Northeastern Illinois University
- Illiara Juarez, University of Connecticut
- Jesus Villalobos, University of Illinois at Springfield
In addition, HACE is recognizing four individuals and three organizations this year.
- The Corporate Champion Award is presented to a corporation that has demonstrated exceptional support for HACE over the years and is directed to a corporate executive representative who has earned a position to impact and influence corporate practices and has served as an active and vocal champion on issues that are critical to the Latino community. This year’s recipients, Edelman and Barilla, played a significant role in the development of a new pilot program for Latinx professionals.
- The Latino Resource Group Award is presented to Merck this year and
recognizes the Latino Resource Group’s exceptional support for HACE over the years and is directed to corporate executive representatives who have earned a position to impact and influence corporate practices and have served as an active and vocal champion on issues that are critical to the Latino community.
- Each year, HACE awards a member who exemplifies the organization’s values, mission, and commitment to the Latino community with the Redefining Leadership Award. This year’s recipient, Paco Lebron, CEO of Prodigyteks, Inc. has not only achieved various levels of success but goes the extra mile to create opportunities for others and is an active champion on behalf of Latino communities.
- The Servant Leadership Award is presented to an HACE member who demonstrates exceptional leadership through service and supporting others. The award is reserved for an HACE member that has been an active servant leader to HACE and has remained engaged to ensure that others have the same opportunities. This year’s award is presented to Clemente Nicado, Publisher of Negocios Now.
- Mujeres de HACE Leader Award is presented to a Mujeres de HACE alumna who has demonstrated continuous exceptional leadership to HACE and the Mujeres de HACE mission to empower others to thrive personally and succeed professionally. Congratulations Melanie Flores, Director of the Centro de Excelencia at National Louis University.
- The 2021 Emerging Latino Leadership Inaugural Award is presented to an Emerging Latino Leader Alum who has demonstrated continuous
exceptional leadership to HACE and the Emerging Latino Leadership Program’s mission to transform high-potential Latino professionals into high-performing leaders, by developing the skills necessary to promote immediate and sustainable results for themselves and organizations they serve. This year, HACE is recognizing Cesar Gonzalez, Senior Vice President at Northern Trust.
The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) is a national non-profit 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 seeking to access diverse talent. Through professional development, resources, and networks, and by facilitating access to meaningful career opportunities, HACE helps Latinos succeed in every phase of their careers. With a network of over 77,000 across the country, HACE works with employers to remain competitive in an increasingly dynamic economy by helping them attract, develop, and retain Latino and diverse professionals. For more information, visit HACEonline.org