A National Award-Winning Publication

Megan Gonzales

Financial Crime Disruptor Age:37 Organization: PayPal Title: Senior Manager, Global Financial Crimes, Brand Risk Investigations City: Chandler State: Arizona Megan Gonzales credits her father for instilling in her the value of hard work, teamwork, and how to adapt to become an asset to her employer. As a proud Mexican American, she learned by his example … Read more

Jeanette Gerger

Marketing food futures Age:35 Organization: Barilla America, Inc. Title: Marketing Manager, Foodservice City: Chicago State: Illinois   Jeanette Gerger has built her professional career around her passion for marketing, food, and dance. As an enthusiastic woman of Puerto Rican, Italian and Hungarian descent, she points to her parents’ instilling in her the values of embracing … Read more

Rocio García

Driven leader Age:37 Organization: Bimbo Title: Senior Mgr National Distributor Dev. City: Chicago State: Illinois   Rocio Garcia credits the impact that HACE has had on her career because it serves as an ecosystem of inspirational, driven, Latino leaders with skills, abilities, and experience that a first-generation immigrant like herself needs. As national director and … Read more

David Castillo

Human Resources Pro Age: 34 Organization: Kellogg Company Title: Manager, Talent Management City: Portage  State: Indiana   As a Mexican immigrant, David Castillo is extremely thankful that HACE has taught him how to understand and embrace the Latino culture in the United States. He grew up in the state of Queretaro, Mexico, and values how … Read more

Catalina Bermudez

Problem-solving enthusiast Age: 28 Organization: Visa Title: Senior Manager, Corporate Strategy City: San Francisco State: California Catalina Bermudez has developed a passion for solving complex problems and developing strategies that propel the growth of digital payments around the world. Currently a Senior Manager within VISA’s Corporate Strategy team, Catalina began her career at VISA as … Read more

Cesar Belmontes

Deep Roots Age: 33 Organization: Molson Coors Beverage Company Title: Manager, Supply & Service – Import/Export City: Milwaukee State: Wisconsin   In every aspect of his life, Cesar Belmontes tries to carry the same deeply rooted ideals that he finds in many Latin American countries, a sense of family and community as well as a … Read more

Chelsea Beckford

Customer Engagement Manager Age: 28 Organization: Morningstar Title: Customer Engagement Manager City: Chicago State: Illinois   HACE has been an integral part of Chelsea Beckford’s career development and in her role as a customer engagement manager at Morningstar. The manager on the Customer Engagement team is responsible for training facilitation and content creation for Advisor … Read more

Alejandro “Alej” Balderas

Fierce supporter Age: 32 Organization: Stericycle Title: Manager, Sales Compensation City: Chicago State: Illinois   Alejandro “Alej” Balderas believes it is important for organizations like HACE to recognize the next generation of leaders because of the impact of representation on future generations. We are moved by the stories of others and find inspiration in their … Read more

Elianne “Ely” Bahena

Public Service Leader Age: 30 Organization: 22nd Ward, City of Chicago Title: Director of Policy and Community Outreach City: Chicago State: IL As an immigration rights advocate and justice-driven professional, Elianne “Ely” Bahena is a passionate Latina leader from the Little Village “La Villita” neighborhood in Chicago’s Southwest Side, that strives to empower and uplift … Read more

Diana Alvarado

Finding opportunity Age: 32 Organization: Phillips 66 Title: Analyst City: Houston State: Texas   As a young child, Diana Alvarado worked alongside her mother in her house-cleaning business and learned the values of perseverance, dedication, and patience. She looked at her parents as role models who struggled and arrived in the United States for a … Read more