Ashley Handel, Penserra’s Director of Human Resources, signs The Hispanic Promise during the Hispanic Leadership Summit: San Francisco held on October 17, 2019 at Salesforce Tower. The Hispanic Promise is the first-of-its-kind national pledge to hire, promote, retain and celebrate Hispanics in the workplace. Seventeen other San Francisco Bay Area-based companies signed The Hispanic Promise as well, including Ancestry, Eli Lilly, SAP, and Twitter. The event was organized by We Are All Human, a non-profit foundation devoted to promoting diversity, inclusion and equality.
The Hispanic Promise was launched in January 2019 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, whose purpose was to bring attention to global leaders about the potential of the Hispanic community as a growth engine and an essential business opportunity.
The Hispanic Promise asks employers to make the commitment to create inclusive workplaces and to take positive actions to hire, promote, retain, and celebrate Hispanics through improved employee engagement, mentorship programs, employee or business resource groups, and talent advancement, with the aim for Hispanic employees to feel they belong, to feel valued, to enjoy equal access to opportunity, and to have a voice.
Endorsers backing The Hispanic Promise are more than a dozen Hispanic associations including: Association of Latino Professional for America (ALPFA); Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE); Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR); Hispanic C-Suite Corporate Council (HC3); Hispanic Heritage Foundation; Latinas in Tech; Latino Leaders Magazine; League of United Latin American Citizens; Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Prospanica; The Alumni Society; US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Voto Latino; We Are All Human Foundation.
“Hispanics account for more than 17% of today’s U.S. workforce, equal to almost 30 million people. It is important for corporations to attract and retain the best talent. In order to attract Hispanics, organizations need to be very explicit and intentional” said We Are All Human’s founder, Claudia Romo Edelman. “The time of Hispanics is now. It is time to be seen, heard and valued.”