From: The Board of Madrinas
To: Members of Madrinas
Date: April 27, 2018

In 2002, Madrinas was formed to fill the need for a powerful network committed to developing Latina leaders. Some of you have been part of our journey from the beginning and some of you have joined along the way. It is because of you that we have grown to provide our monthly Conversations with Experts calls, access to in-person networking events, coaching corner program, a content-rich website with articles, job board and more. Most importantly, over the last 15 years, we have heard from many of you on the positive impact Madrinas has had on your career growth and success.

As Madrinas has grown, so has our footprint across the country and internationally. We’re blessed to have some of you join us in New York, as far out to California, many states in between, in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Central America. This growth has also made us realize the need to scale as an organization in order to properly support you and the changing needs of Latinas in professional capacities.

At this crossroad, with much personal insight and reflection, we have determined the best way to grow with you is to partner with an organization that shares our ideals and vision. An organization that will continue to develop and provide resources for Latina professionals while continuing a strong network of support. That organization is the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), based out of Chicago, with a virtual reach and with leadership development programs spanning more than ten major metropolitan cities.

Today we’re announcing our merger with HACE in the press release here. You will join a network of over 52,000 Latino professionals and will be able to take part in their national women’s leadership program, Mujeres de HACE, which has empowered over 800 Latina professionals, and has seven session cohorts across 10 cities and is growing. Best of all, you will continue to have access to virtual coaching sessions, career webinars, networking opportunities plus have access to HACE’s online job board.

We invite you to learn more about HACE at and register to become a member at no cost.  You will be able to see their content and have access to the archived program information from the Madrinas website.  You will soon be receiving an invitation to join in a teleconference to learn more about what HACE has to offer.

It has been an honor and a privilege to be on this journey with all of you.  We look forward to continuing the relationship, transitioning and growing together!


Maria Hernandez, Madrinas Co-Founder and President

Josy Laza Gallagher, Madrinas Co-Founder, former President and Programs Chair

Roseanne Lopez, Madrinas Co-Founder, former President and Treasurer

Madrinas members are invited to attend an informational webinar to learn more:

Wednesday, May 16

12:00 p.m. Eastern


For video announcement and photos from summit, click here.


The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) announces the acquisition of Madrinas to
join forces in Empowering Latina Professionals Across the Country

[Chicago, April 27th]

During its 36th National Leadership Career Summit in Chicago, HACE announced the news about its growth plan to empower more Latinas across the country to reach their career aspirations.  It chose a pivotal moment in the organization’s history, its ten-year celebration of the nationally recognized women’s leadership program, Mujeres de HACE, to officially announce that Madrinas, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Latinas in corporate America, will consolidate under HACE.

Both Mujeres de HACE and Madrinas share the same vision and mission to empower Latinas to achieve their highest potential.  Since it was founded 15 years ago, Madrinas has worked diligently to advance the career advancement of Latina professionals by providing skill-building programs, providing coaching and monthly conversations with well-known speakers, promoting representation of Latinas in upper management roles, and more.  “It is the right time for both organizations to join forces so we can have a greater impact in advancing Latina leaders,” said Maria Hernandez, Madrinas Co-Founder, and President, who shed light on the need to support a growing number of Latina professionals nationwide.

HACE was established in 1982 and has since reached a national footprint with over 52,000 members. The scope of its programs is wider and will provide similar but more career advancement resources. Madrinas members will receive access to more networking and leadership events happening across the country, access to HACE’s job board and enhanced recruiter access, career webinars, an invitation to Mujeres de HACE and more. “We welcome Madrinas, their members, and sponsors to the HACE family.  Above all, I look forward to working collectively in our mission to advance Latinas into leadership roles, with our Mujeres de HACE offered in ten cities across the country, and beyond. We must see more Latinas in leading roles.” Patricia Mota, HACE president, and CEO, says.

Over 800 alumnae who have graduated from the program have reported a 40% salary increase within six months of completing the program.  HACE’s women’s leadership program is creating a network of empowered women who are each contributing to closing this gender wage gap. Compared to African-American and White women, Latina women come last in their efforts to close the gender wage gap. They earn roughly 54 cents for every dollar a White man makes, according to recent data from the National Partnership, a bipartisan nonprofit advocating for women and families.

This decision has been in the works for about a year and both Mota and Hernandez believe this is the right time to come together and create synergies for greater impact to their Latina professional membership.


About HACE:

HACE is a 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 an expert matter 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.  Visit

About Madrinas:

Madrinas is a national non-profit organization that aims to provide a forum dedicated to the advancement of Latinas in today’s corporate environment, by leveraging the group’s combined assets; its rich Latino culture and its years of workplace experience, to form partnerships and alliances for the benefit of the organization’s membership and its continued growth. Visit:

For more information, contact Eliana Lucena, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, at

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