The Chicago Nonprofit HACE Celebrates the Graduation of 13 Delaware Participants in its La Plaza Emerging Leaders Program Initiative

HACE LA PLAZA DE 2023 Graduates

(Chicago) July 21, 2023—The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), a Chicago-based national nonprofit dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals, is proud to announce the 13 Delaware Latino/a/x/e graduates who successfully completed La Plaza Emerging Leaders Program Initiative.

HACE developed a partnership with La Plaza of Delaware, a nonprofit organization that assists multicultural entrepreneurs in starting and expanding their businesses. The virtual and in-person program launched in late February 2023 and culminated with a graduation in June.

The following graduates are:

·         Edith Romero, Patient Service Representative, La Red Health Center 

·         Rossana Arteaga-Lopenza, President, Casa de Venezuela Delaware 

·         Sergio Morales, Business Owner, E&S Morales Brothers LLC 

·         Maydelis Gomez Samon, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator, Read Aloud Delaware 

·         Angelica Perez-Mendez, Co-Owner, SC Painting LLC 

·         Albert Ochoa, IT /RN Application Analyst, Christiana Care Health System 

·         Rony Baltazar-Lopez, Communications Director, Delaware Department of State 

·         Rosita Quinoñes, Health Ambassador, Christiana 

·         Rebecca Rodriguez, Intake Coordinator, Amanecer Counseling &  Resource Center 

·         Araceli Gil Ventura, Resource Coordinator, La Plaza Delaware 

·         Angie Robles, Vice President, My Sister’s Fault Bakery 

·         Isana Ventura, Business Coach, Rich Kingdom Ventures LLC

·         Tania Roblero, Manager, Georgetown Mini Market

“We are proud of this inaugural one-of-a-kind partnership where HACE trained La Plaza leaders to deliver the HACE Emerging Latino Leaders program to their community in Delaware,” said HACE President and CEO Patricia Mota. “This unique collaboration strengthens both the capacity and leadership for local nonprofits and their communities.  We look forward to seeing the graduates from this inaugural cohort continue to thrive, unleashing their highest potential as leaders in their workplace and community.”

HACE Program Manager Lisandra Jimenez explained how HACE launched this special partnership through its “Program in a Box” concept, described as a franchise-style model of its Emerging Latino Leaders program as a way to expand the nonprofit’s impact on Latino/a/x/e professionals as they develop leadership skills.

“The greater number of professionals who engage in leadership development to further their skills and gain greater knowledge about themselves, the larger the positive impact on the workforce pipeline to increase representation and access for our community,” Jimenez said.

She added that HACE received encouraging feedback from participants. Comments included how participants enjoyed connecting with other individuals in engaging conversations, sharing experiences, working together in breakout sessions and socializing after the sessions.

“HACE’s mission is to positively impact the American workplace by cultivating the pipeline of Latino talent and providing Latino professionals the insight, access, and support to be successful in their careers,” Jimenez said. “Thus, this program aided in continuing to cultivate those professionals currently in the workforce as they advance in their careers.”

With much gratitude, Mary Dupont, executive director of La Plaza of Delaware, was very complimentary of HACE’s involvement in training these participants to become future business leaders who will leave a legacy wherever they work.

“We searched for the best Latino leadership program in the country and HACE is at the top of the list, with 40 years of service building Latino leadership in 36 states,” Dupont said. “We are grateful that they were open to working with La Plaza to replicate the program here in Delaware, now the 37th state to join the network, to support the many up-and-coming Latino leaders in Delaware. We look forward to seeing great things ahead for everyone who goes through this program.”  

About HACE:

The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) is a national nonprofit dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals. Since 1982, HACE has served as a resource for Latinos in the workplace and is a subject matter expert for corporations seeking to access diverse talent. Through professional development, resources, and networks, and by facilitating access to meaningful career opportunities, HACE helps Latinos succeed in every phase of their career. With a network of over 97,000 members across the country, HACE works with employers to remain competitive in an increasingly dynamic economy by helping them attract, develop and retain Latino and diverse professionals. For information, visit