Thursday, May 19, 2011, 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, Noon Central, 1 pm EST, 6 pm Zurich, 7 pm Istanbul
Building a Pipeline of Latino Professionals from High School on Up
Learn how the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) has created a pipeline of talent beginning in high school, through college/university, and on to professional positions. HACE is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of Latino professionals.
For over 25 years, HACE has served as a resource for Latinos in the workplace and a source for expertise and insight for corporations seeking to access this growing community of professionals. HACE connects a national network of Latino professionals (in business, accounting/finance, education, engineering, human resources, information technology, marketing, etc.) to career enhancement opportunities.
Mario Vela is the Director of Member Services for the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement. As Director of Member Services, Mario is responsible for the growth and relationships of HACE’s national network through the delivery of skill development and network-building programs for students and professionals. Network-building includes traditional and social networking initiatives. Mario engages experienced professionals as mentors and advisors, creating a multi-generational network to support Latinos’ career growth around the country. Mario conducts outreach to HACE events in Chicago, Houston, New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. He also serves as the liaison with Chicago Public Schools, representing HACE’s El Futuro initiative to school administrators, teachers, and parents; managing school relationships; and assisting in researching and soliciting grants.
Before joining HACE, Mario was manager for a social services agency in San Antonio, TX with the responsibility of an annual budget of over 1.4 million dollars and supervised 18 staff and 10 volunteers in a variety of programs directed at children who have been abused, homelessness prevention, and senior services. Mario successfully assisted in the transformation of thousands of lives while increasing services to the community with the ability to transform a budgetary deficit to a budgetary surplus. He earned his Master’s degree in Sociology and Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Mario lived several years in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Mexico and was a transnational student to the United States during most of his youth.
Mario Vela, M.S.
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This is Dr. Sally Gelardin, with Careerwell Tele-Interviews. Our speaker today, Mario Vela, is the Director of Member Services for the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), which has 40,000 members. He conducts outreach to HACE events in Chicago, Houston, New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. He also serves as the liaison with Chicago Public Schools. Mario lived several years in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Mexico and was a transnational student to the United States during most of his youth.
- What motivated you to start El Futuro?
- What is your program based on (St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative)?
- When did your program start?
- Could you describe your program?
- How do you connect to the specific needs of your population? (mentors/heroes, 1st generation college students, 50/50 women/men speakers)
- How are students chosen? (schools with technical/business programs)
- How do you evaluate your program? (facebook and newsletters, phone)
- Why do you think your program is working? (classtime)
- Do you ever bring all the students together? (Northern Trust Kickoff)?
- Do you have plans to track college placement and graduation rate? getting a job?
- Who are your sponsors and why is your sponsor model successful?
- How do you keep in touch with graduates of your program and ensure their success in college and professional career? (chapters at colleges, career night)
- How do you tie in with other high school activities (job shadow)?
- Do have plans to replicate your program (i.e, manual)
Thank you Mario, for sharing successful organizational practices for building a professional organization.