Mujeres de Hace is a womenâ€™s leadership program aimed towards empowering Latina professionals. The seven training sessions are offered in four cities (Chicago, NYC, Houston, Washington, D.C.) at a cost of $1,500. This fee covers workshops, fees, materials and food and tuition assistance is available. Mujeres de Hace launched in 2009 and currently has over 200 alumniâ€™s. They have impacted several participants including program graduates who received promotions within a few months.
An inaugural launch was held to kick off the New York spring training session and for guests to become familiar with the program. On my way to the event, I met a few people attending including the key note speaker NBC Latino News Manager Editor Sandra Lilley. As we were walking, Sandra and I became acquainted and shared our stories of humble beginnings. The event location changed last minute due to the capacity of guests. The event was held at Antinori Ristorante with a large crowd filled of media, legal, education and other professionals. It was an intimate setting with a tight space due to the size. However, all of the guests were able to mingle and share their stories of success and potential goals. Some of the women that I spoke to were educators, financial advisors and grad student. We had a lot in common by not only being minorities in competitive businesses, but sharing the idea of using multiple sources for career advancement. I was amazed by an educator that I spoke to who left her career to develop her business. She wanted to do more than teach and give back to society. She created an organization that caters to those who did not complete college. She offers education consultations and provides a step by step on graduating. I met another Latina who is planning to attend NYU grad school in the fall to study music business. One of her main goals is to have an organization to cater to all forms of art.
Towards the middle of the event, key note speaker Sandra gave a short, but memorable speech. She spoke from the heart and discussed her humble beginnings of coming to America from Puerto Rico. Her dream was to always live in America and her career chose her. She never thought of having a career in journalism.
Prior to her start, Sandra had an income of $14, 500. Her husband was employed at Telemundo and another employee recommended her to give journalism a try. With no experience in journalism, Sandra used the best to her knowledge and skills to jumpstart her career. Despite being an online editor, she is still getting equipped with modern technology. After Sandraâ€™s speech, two special guests gave brief speeches about their partnership with Mujeres de Hace. They worked for NBC Universal and an Alumni of the program. Both guests discussed the impact of the program and the leadership it gave to those seeking career advancements. Visit www.haceonline.org for training sessions and more information about the program.
Images from the Mujeres de Hace Inaugural Launch Event