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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Media Inquiries Contact: Cheryl Aguilar 703-527-6007, ext 16.; cheryl@nhli.org

The National Hispana Leadership Institute Elected to Join the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility and the Organization’s Board of Directors

The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) is pleased to announce that it has been elected to join the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) coalition and the organization’s Board of Directors.

HACR's mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at all levels, and focuses its advocacy on four areas of corporate responsibility: Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy and Governance.

HACR coalition members work with more than 1,500 affiliate community-based organizations serving the Hispanic community in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, including more than 450 institutions of higher learning.

“As the premier leadership organization working to address the disparity of Hispanic women in leadership positions through professional development training, relationship building, and community activism, joining HACR is a significant milestone in NHLI’s efforts to advance Latina leadership in the private and public sectors,” said Cristina López, NHLI’s President.

Women and especially Latinas are greatly underrepresented in corporate board rooms. Some 15% of board seats in Fortune 500 companies were held by women but Latinas account for only about 1% of board seats, NHLI looks forward to working with HACR to increase Latina representation in boards and executive suites in Corporate America.

NHLI thanks the HACR members and staff for a warm welcome to the family. Click here to access HACR’s press release.

For the last 23 years NHLI’s more than 500 fellows have been effecting change in the workforce and in their communities as elected officials, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, executives at non-profits and powerful decision makers.

For more information on HACR contact Carlos Orta or Ana Valdez at 202-682-4012. For NHLI media inquires contact Cheryl Aguilar at cheryl@nhli.org or call 703-527-6007, ext. 16.

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The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) is the premier executive leadership organization preparing Latinas for positions of national and international influence, public policy impact and to contribute to the advancement of the Hispanic community. Founded in 1987 to address the disparity of representation of Latinas in leadership, NHLI’s mission is to develop Hispanas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building and community activism. For more than 20 years, NHLI has developed hundreds of Latina leaders who have gone on to become elected officials, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, executives at non-profits and powerful decision makers. www.nhli.org

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