Diversity and Inclusion

Changing the Status Quo for Hispanic Women

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Hispanic Heritage Month – an annual celebration of the historic and cultural contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America – is Sept. 15 – Oct. 15. Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. On Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, Mexico and Chile, respectively, celebrate their independence.

Why is Hispanic Heritage Month Important?

According to USA Today, Hispanic women comprise just 1.6% of senior executives in the nation’s largest companies. Of 92 companies in the S&P 100 reviewed by USA TODAY, 18 had no Hispanic women in senior executive positions. Hispanic women are also underrepresented as managers (4.4%) and as professionals (3.2%). The recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to commemorate the culture and contributions of Hispanic people in the U.S. In addition, the acknowledgment of Hispanic Heritage Month provides awareness and education about the Hispanic community and the importance of representation and diversity in our communities.

What is Forté Doing for Hispanic Women?

In the U.S., less than 10% of Hispanic individuals hold an MBA. For those identifying as women, the number is even smaller. Forté is seeking to change the balance of power in the workplace by launching women of diverse backgrounds into positions of business leadership, and we’re not just talking the talk. Of our 100,000+ members, 9% of Forté members are Hispanic and 56% are women of color. By offering access to business educational opportunities, professional development, and a community of successful women, Forté is empowering more women to change the status quo like these groundbreaking Hispanic women who are leading the way in their fields:

Hispanic Heritage Month is key to awareness of the need for more Hispanic women leaders, and Forté is committed to increasing their representation in the workplace and helping them achieve their career dreams. As Sonia Sotomayor said, “Remember that no one succeeds alone. Never walk alone in your future paths.”

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