Annual Summit & Gala 2018

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April 26-27, 2018 – Chicago, IL

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Join us on April 26-27 in Chicago for HACE’s 36th Annual Leadership Career Summit and Awards Gala. The summit will be held in the Fulton Market area, Chicago’s quickly developing epicenter of innovation and technology, also nicknamed “Silicon Prairie”.

This year’s theme of “Dismantling Biases, Building Inclusive Leadership” will facilitate critical dialogues on various timely issues Latinos face in the workplace and showcase best practices and stories to inspire individuals to become leaders and owners of their own destiny in the workplace, life and for their communities.

HACE’s Annual Leadership Career Summit attracts hundreds of engaged individuals from around the nation, from various sectors and industries, and from all experience levels. The summit provides a powerful learning and networking opportunity for all professionals, whether well established in their career, or looking to transition.


April 26, 2018 Summit at Morgan Manufacturing – 401 North Morgan St, Chicago, 60642

April 27, 2018 Awards Gala at Revel on Fulton – 1215 W Fulton Market, Chicago, 60607

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  • Latino Executive Breakfast
  • Career Fair with 30+ Companies
  • Career Development Workshops
  • One-on-One Coaching Sessions
  • Book Signings with Latino Authors
  • Professional Headshots
  • Networking with Top Latino Leaders
  • Interactive Roundtable discussions
  • Interviewing Rooms
  • Luncheon Celebrating Mujeres de HACE

Summit Tickets

  • Standard All-Day Access Rates: $125
  • Career Fair & Expo Only (After 2:00 PM): FREE
  • HACE Alumni All-Day Access Rate: $100
  • Tickets

Career Fair & Expo Tickets

Gala Tickets

  • Individual Rate: $250
  • Tables Sponsorships for 10 seats: $5,000
  • Tickets

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

7:30am – 4:00pm – Registration Opens

8:00am – 9:30am – Opening Plenary Breakfast of Latino Executives: Dismantling Biases, Building Inclusive Leadership (Sponsored by McDonald’s & American Egg Board)
To kick off this year’s event, we will feature a panel of Latino Executives to on dismantling biases and barriers Latinos face in the workplace while fostering spaces that build inclusive leadership.

9:30am – 11:30am – Career Exploration Expo
An interactive career expo with over 30 companies looking to connect and hire Latinos from entry level to experienced. Bring plenty of resumes and business cards to seize your next career move.

9:45am – 10:45am – Breakout Session I

  1. The Impact of Latina Women in Powerful Roles (hosted by Mujeres de HACE)
  2. Latino Authenticity in Corporate America (hosted by HACE Young Professionals Board)
  3. Take Your Career to the Next Level: from Manager to Director (Sponsored by Sodexo)

10:30am – 11:30pm – Breakout Session II

Hombres de HACE – Exploring Personal Challenges Holding Back Latino Men at Work, Home and Life (Hosted by HACE Nonprofit Leadership Academy)

11:00am – 12:00pm – Breakout Session III

  1. Mastering Emotional Intelligence to Lead Inclusive Teams (hosted by HACE University Leadership)
  2. BRG/ERG 2.0 – Demonstrating Impact to the Business (sponsored by Merck)
  3. Effective Recruitment Strategies for Latino Talent (Sponsored by Nielsen)

12:30pm – 2:00pm –Luncheon & Awards Ceremony Celebrating 10 Years of Mujeres de HACE with Keynote Julissa Arce, Immigrant Rights Advocate, Author and BusinessWoman (Sponsored by MillerCoors)
Our women’s leadership program, Mujeres de HACE, is celebrating 10 years of empowering and developing Latina leaders. Hear from a diverse panel of women who have gone through the program and continue to live the mission of HACE through their work. We will also be recognizing ten Mujeres de HACE alumnae who have given back to their community and have demonstrated leadership in their personal and professional life. Awards will be presented to the top four awardees. Lunch will be provided for All Day Access Ticket Holders and Sponsors.  

2:30pm – 3:30pm – Breakout Session IV

  1. Why Internships Matter to Launch your Career? (Track for University Students) (Sponsored by PepsiCo)
  2. Millennial’s Definition of Inclusion (Track for Young Professionals) (Sponsored by AT&T)
  3. How to Achieve Personal Mastery (Track for Experienced Professionals) (Hosted by HACE Leadership Academy)

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Roundtable Discussions 

  1. Storytelling: Nonprofit/Education/Government Leadership (Hosted by West Loop Community Organization)
  2. Launch Your Business Now! (Hosted by IHCC)
  3. Leveraging Experience for Career Transition (Sponsored by U.S. Cellular)

3:45pm – 4:45pm – Breakout Session V

  1. Building the Latino Pipeline in STEM (Hosted by El Futuro)
  2. The ABCs to Achieving a Prosperous Future: The Foundation Needed to Build Wealth (Hosted by HACE National Board of Directors)

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Career Expo Re-Opens
An interactive and innovative career expo with over 30 companies looking to connect and hire individuals like you. Bring plenty of resumes and business cards to seize your next career move.

Career Coaching Sessions
Career Coaching sessions offer an opportunity for you to meet with professional career coaches. Receive top caliber coaching guidance on topics of your choosing, including but not limited to resume, career transitioning and salary negotiation.

Latino Authors Lounge
Conversations and book signings featuring four Latino authors.

Professional Headshots and Networking
Building your personal branding starts with your appearance. Free professional headshots for all attendees to improve your LinkedIn Profiles or personal websites and bios.

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Networking Reception
Don’t miss this large networking event to expand your network, strike business connections and interact with recruiters. Sponsored by Constellation Brands, Diageo, and Redbull.

Friday, April 27, 2018

8:30am – 1:00pm – Chief Diversity Officers Roundtable Breakfast (invite only to HACE partners) (Sponsored by Hyatt)

6:00pm-11pm – HACE’s Annual Awards Gala – Sembrando El Futuro
The Sembrando el Futuro Gala is an annual fundraiser HACE hosts to celebrate the accomplishments of its members and the generosity of its corporate partners. During this event we recognize community leaders and organizations that have demonstrated the values of HACE in achievement, ethics, and empowering others. Tickets include reception, dinner, awards ceremony and dancing with live salsa music. (Individual Tickets $250)

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Julissa Arce
Business Woman, Author, Speaker

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Angelique Sina
President – Friends of Puerto Rico

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Daniel Almenara
VP, Digital Card Member Assistance – Discover Financial Services

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Dr. Isaura  Gonzalez
Clinical Psychologist, Educator, Founder of Latina Mastermind



Frank DeLosReyes
Associate Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion – Merck


Wendy Lewis
Chief Global Diversity Officer and VP Community Engagement – McDonald’s



Monica Ramirez
Co-Founder & President – Alianza Nacional de Campesinas


Sal Venegas
Vice President, Global Leadership Effectiveness – Walgreens Boots Alliance


Olga Camargo
CEO – FARO Associates LLC, Managing Partner – Toroso Investments LLC


Rodrigo Garcia
Chief Investment Officer & Chief Financial Officer – Illinois State Treasury


Martin Cabrera, Jr. 
Chief Executive Officer and Founder – Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC


Lilia Arroyo Flores
EVP, Head of Planning – Edelman


Nancy Villacorta
Financial Coach & Radio Talk Show Host – Orgullo Familiar con Nancy Villacorta
Lourdes Duarte
Co-Anchor and Reporter -WGN Evening News
Maty Kiser
VP, Enterprise Project Management Office – HCSC
Lupe Morales – Christian
Vice President of Operations & Franchising – McDonald’s


Alvaro Bonta
VP of U.S. Franchising Strategy – McDonald’s
Jenny Colombo
VP of Global Medical Affairs – Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Gigi Alfonso
Senior Talent Acquisition Business Partner – ADP
Juan Carlos Avila
Managing Partner – Toroso Investments
Veronica Ventura-Gomez
Senior Marketing Manager for Diversity Marketing – AT&T


Barbara Yacuzzi
VP FP&A – NA and Lead Markets – Nielsen
Corey Anthony
Senior VP – Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer – AT&T
David Zamora
Account Development Manager – PepsiCo
Martha Arteaga
Vice President of Human Resources – AMLI Residential
Tony Martinez
Director of Development – Chicago Community Trust


Christina Urbina-Loza
Director of Operations – Erie Family Health Center
Donya Redmond
Director of Community and Partner Relations – Sodexo
Amy Grace
HR Consultant – Grace Consulting
Valerie Marshall
Sr Director, HR Business Partner – Sodexo
Julio Puentes
Regional Director – U.S. Department of Agriculture


Leonor Gil
Senior VP Client & Institutional Servicing – Northern Trust
Sandra Rivera
Program Manager – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Carol Aguirre
Policy and Special Projects Mgr – NYC Dpt of Education
Alexandra Herrera
Adjunct Faculty – Benedictine University
Nuhamain Woldemariam
Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager – U.S. Cellular


Victor Collazo
Manager, Predictive Maintenance – ComEd
Ruben DelValle
Stem/UMS SME – US Army ROTC at UIC
Sonia Perez
President – AT&T of Louisiana
Paco Lebron
Founder, Chief Executive Consultant – ProdigyTeks, Inc
Audrella Morales
Intern Program Manager & Lead Recruiter – Motorola Solutions, Inc.


Ric Estrada
President & CEO – Metropolitan Family Services
Jose A. Suarez
Account Executive – Assurance
Lourdes Diaz
Vice President of Diversity Relations – Sodexo USA
Daniel Garcia
Director of Human Resources – Sodexo USA
Marisol Martinez
Audit Specialist – Allstate


Michael Alicea
Executive VP Global Human Resources – Nielsen
Lou Nieto
President – Nieto Advisory, LLC
Kathia Benitez
Director of Sustainability – Northwestern University
Alberto Morales
Communities Data Manager –  Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Yahaira Guzman
Human Resources Generalist – Ventas, Inc. 



Luis Cardenas
Global Head of Diversity and Talent Management – Molson Coors
Delia Gutierrez McLaughlin
President & CEO – Coda Technology Consulting
Melanie Munoz
Diversity Consultant – Kaleidoscope Group
Alfred Johnston
Diversity & Inclusion Manager  – Grainger
Carla Agostinelli
Executive Director – West Loop Community Organization







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Marlene Gonzalez




Andres Tapia
Antonio Morales-Pita






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Keynote Guest Speaker

Chancellor Juan Salgado 
City Colleges of Chicago 

HACE will be celebrating 36 years of 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. Proceeds from this event go towards supporting the following programs in 2018. Tickets include reception, dinner, awards ceremony and dancing with live salsa music. (Individual Tickets $250)


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For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Michael Iacovazzi-Pau via email at or call 312-435-0498.

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ACE Hotel Chicago
311 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607

Room rate: $289/night/single/double (subject to change)
For Reservations: 312.548.1177 or visit

Ace Hotel Chicago lives in a stoic, industrial concrete and glass building in the West Loop, once home to an Italian-American cheese making company and, before that, a pair of mysterious brothers. The Hotel is walking distance to the conference and gala and some of the best food in the city.


Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Chicago Downtown
60 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654

Room Rate: $209/night/single/double (subject to change)
For Reservations: (312) 836-1700  OR VISIT Visit the official website here.

Fairfield Inn Chicago Downtown/River North stands 19 floors tall in the creativity and entertainment hub of Chicago’s newest district. Its central location in the heart of Downtown not only offers incomparable views but easy access to Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile and Millennium Park. Adjacent to our hotel is Beatrix, a top choice among River North restaurants with unique dishes and specialty cocktails.

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