The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) finished Hispanic Heritage Month with a week of engagements in New York City designed to highlight the underrepresentation of Hispanics at all echelons of the corporate sector, and celebrate those who have made a demonstrable impact.
Within the six days beginning Friday, October 6, the nonprofit Hispanic DEI organization rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange, released its annual benchmark research report, engaged as a featured guest of CNBC at their Exec Connect gathering, hosted a two-and-a-half-day conference focused on DEI practices at the country’s largest companies, and honored leaders in corporate inclusion at a gala.
The HACR staff stood at the dais as HACR president and CEO, Cid Wilson, gaveled in the close of trading at the conclusion of the second-to-last business week of Hispanic Heritage Month. Dozens of partners and supporters from HACR member companies and allied organizations were on hand to cheer on the closing. Within the following hour, Wilson appeared as a guest on CNBC’s Closing Bell Overtime to comment on September’s employment numbers released that morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The activations continued at the beginning of the following week with CNBC’s Equity & Opportunity: Exec Connect, a gathering of the country’s most influential Latino leaders at the Hard Rock Hotel in Times Square. Wilson took the event stage with CNBC Correspondent Bertha Coombs to discuss the findings of the 2023 HACR Corporate Inclusion Index Report, which was released early the next morning.
HACR simultaneously opened its 31st Annual HACR Symposium: The Power of Hispanic Inclusion, just a few blocks away at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square, with a stunning reception in the venue’s cavernous center hall. What followed over the next two days was a conference on Hispanic diversity, equity and inclusion best practices, with more than 40 speakers, including three corporate CEOs.
Martine Ferland, president and CEO at Mercer, and Christopher Swift, chairman and CEO at The Hartford, participated in the organization’s flagship HACR CEO Roundtable discussion with Coombs as moderator. Wade Davis, CEO of TelevisaUnivision, engaged in a fireside chat with Wilson—his first appearance before a large Latino gathering since beginning the position in 2021.
The nonprofit Hispanic advocacy organization also debuted its Inaugural HACR Inclusión Gala on October 11 to honor excellence in Hispanic inclusion in corporate America. The event celebrated Hispanic excellence in driving inclusion in the corporate sector. The three individual honorees were Monica C. Lozano, a board member on three corporate boards: Apple, Bank of America and Target Corporation; Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal News Group; and Yvonne Garcia, chief of staff to chairman and CEO, global head of internal communications and global head of the CEO experience program, State Street. PwC was the corporate honoree.
For more information on all upcoming HACR events, visit hacr.org.