The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) $100,000 to support the Mujeres de HACE- National Women’s Leadership Program. From left to right: Kevin Morris (Coca-Cola North America), Tony Martinez (HACE Board Member), Olga Camargo (HACE Board Chair), Peter Villegas (Vice President, Office of Latin Affairs at Coca-Cola North America), Patrica Mota (HACE President), Jim Soreng (Reyes Holdings), Delia Gutierrez- McLaughlin (HACE Board Vice-Chair)


The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement $100,000 grant to support the Mujeres de HACE – National Women’s Leadership Program

The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement will provide a virtual platform and expand the women’s leadership program throughout the U.S.

Chicago, IL (October 5, 2016)– Latina professionals will have greater access to the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement’s (HACE) women’s leadership program, thanks to the $100,000 grant received from the Coca-Cola Foundation.

The Mujeres de HACE program, a leadership program designed to help hi-potential Latina professionals grow and develop in their careers, has successfully graduated over 550 women. The grant will allow HACE to serve 1,000 additional Latina professionals across the U.S., including Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Washington D.C., New York, NY; McLean VA; Los Angeles, LA; and Miami, FL. The grant will also give HACE the opportunity to execute a virtual platform for the program, giving access to more women in 2017.

“HACE would like to thank the Coca-Cola Foundation for their generous support,” said Patricia Mota, HACE president. “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.

“We welcome Coca-Cola to the HACE family,” said Mota. “In providing this grant, the Coca- Cola Foundation is demonstrating its commitment to redefining the landscape for a more diverse workforce.”

About the Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has awarded more than $820 million in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, 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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Vanessa Valentin, HACE, 312-435- 0498,