ADP Foundation Awards Grant for Mujeres de HACE Program

ADP Foundation Awards Grant for Mujeres de HACE Program

The ADP Foundation Provides Grant to HACE's Latina Women's Leadership Program

The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement will bestow multiple scholarships with grant to expand the women’s leadership program in new key cities.

Chicago, IL ( 2018)- Latina professionals will have greater access to the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement’s (HACE) women’s leadership program, thanks to a grant received from the ADP® Foundation. Many women who would otherwise be unable to afford the full tuition for the program will be able to benefit from full or partial scholarships in the fall. “The scholarships awarded will be instrumental in achieving a bigger reach in newer markets we have expanded to, such as Atlanta and San Francisco,” says Laurin Bello, HACE Program Manager, “the support ADP has given us makes them an invaluable partner for HACE as they continue to help us reach Latina professionals.”

The Mujeres de HACE program, a leadership program designed to help high-potential Latina professionals grow and develop in their careers, has successfully graduated over 800 women. The grant will allow HACE to serve 15-30 additional Latina professionals across the U.S., including Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Minneapolis, MN; McLean, VA; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA and Miami, FL.

“HACE would like to thank the ADP Foundation for their generous support,” said Patricia Mota, HACE President and CEO. “On average, Latinas are reported to earn 55 cents to the dollar compared to their Caucasian male counterparts, that is at least 20 cents below Caucasian women. Furthermore, Latina professionals are constantly balancing traditional cultural norms with workplace norms, which simultaneously creates unique opportunities and barriers to advancement.  With this grant, HACE will be able to impact the lives of more Latina professionals across the country, helping to close the wage and opportunity gaps that ultimately hurt our communities and the overall economy.”

Mujeres de HACE has proven to help close the wage and opportunity gaps, with over 80% of women reporting a raise, promotion or both within a year of participating in the program. After completing the program, many women join leadership boards, fundraise for program scholarships to support other women and even start their own businesses.

Gigi Alfonso, Chair of the Chicago Mujeres de HACE board and Senior Talent Acquisition Business Partner for ADP, was instrumental in applying for this grant. As an alumna of the program, Alfonso experienced first-hand the positive impact the program has made in advancing Latinas in corporate America. With an increased footprint in new cities and rising interest from women who are interested in applying for the program and inquiring about scholarship opportunities or assistance, Alfonso saw the impact a scholarship like this could have on attracting and engaging high-potential Latinas to apply.

“As a global leader in human capital management, ADP understands the enormous impact that formal education can have on an individual’s life, their families and their communities.  A meaningful number of Latinos are first generation college graduates, and many are also the first in their families working in corporate America,” said Rita Mitjans, Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Social Responsibility Officer for ADP.  “Programs like Mujeres de HACE help to level the playing field by providing Latina professionals with skills that go beyond the classroom, such as how to negotiate salary, develop executive presence, and position yourself for success. ADP and the ADP Foundation are proud to partner with HACE and will continue to be champions for Diversity, Inclusion, and opportunities for all.”

For more information on the Mujeres de HACE Women's Leadership Program, application process or to inquire on scholarship opportunities please visit


About HACE
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 a source of expertise and insight for corporations seeking to access them. 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 52,000 members 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 about HACE, please visit

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