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    Hispanic Austin Leadership


    Hispanic Austin Leadership’s (HAL) mission is to provide business leaders and professionals the opportunities to develop business acumen, civic awareness, leadership skills and a network of colleagues for life.  HAL is a nine month program with Sessions and Community Impact Projects designed to be participatory in nature.  HAL participants are dedicated to serving their community and are given the opportunity to develop an understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the Greater Austin area.

    Selection Criteria:

    Applicants must
    • Show evidence of a sincere interest in and commitment to improving the community
    • Have the desire to increase their service to the community through holding key leadership positions
    • Present a clear vision for the development and growth of Greater Austin

    Eligibility Criteria:

    Applicants must
    • Have lived in and/or worked in one of the 5 greater Austin-Round Rock Counties (Williamson, Travis, Hays, Bastrop or Caldwell) for at least one year at the time of the application


    Each HAL session meets from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. Session locations vary and generally coincide with the industry topic of the day.  Although session topics are driven by the Hispanic Community, they are not exclusive to Hispanics.  Dates and Session topics are below.

    Friday & Saturday, September 19th -20th, 2014
    Opening Retreat – Goal of Opening Retreat: To learn expectations of HAL and get to know fellow participants through team building activities.

    Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
    Arts & Culture – Goal: Discuss Arts &Culture in Austin and its impact on our community.

    Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
    Civic Engagement – Goal of session: To discuss the importance of civic engagement through volunteerism, philanthropy, and advocacy.

    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
    Education – Goal of session: To raise awareness of the state of education in the Austin and Central Texas area and provide the participants with outlets and contacts to stay involved in education after HAL.

    Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
    Environmental Sustainability – Goal of session: To educate ourselves on the consumer impact we have on the environmental sustainability of our local community and the areas in which we can make a positive impact

    Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
    Financial Stability – Goal of session: To educate ourselves on the financial situation of our community and find ways to positively impact organizations.

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
    Healthcare – Goal of session: To educate ourselves on healthcare access in Central Texas.

    Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
    Arts & Culture – Goal: Discuss Arts &Culture in Austin and its impact on our community.                                                                                                           

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    Featured Hispanic Speakers

    Vanessa_Sarria Ryan_Robinson Hope_Andrade Gonzalo_Barrientos Mark_wiiliams
      Community Advancement Network (CAN), Executive Director, Vanessa Sarria City Of Austin Demographer, Ryan Robinson Texas Secretary of State
    Hope Andrade
    Senator Gonzalo Barrientos Austin Independent School District School Board President, Mark Williams
       Paul Cruz    John trevino  bob perkins
    Associate Professor, Program of Higher Education Leadership at the University of Texas,
    Dr. Victor Saenz
    Austin Independent School District Interim Superintendent of Schools,
    Dr. Paul Cruz
     Austin Independent School District
    Superintendent of Schools,
    Dr. Meria Carstarphen
     City of Austin City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem,
    John Treviño
     Travis County Senior District Judge,
    Hon. Bob Perkins
       Alicia Dennis  james Finck  
     Senator Kirk Watson  KLRU-TV/PBS, CEO and General Manager,
    Bill Stotesbury
     People Magazine Senior Writer/Austin
    Alicia Dennis
     YMCA of Austin, CEO and President
    James Finck
     Workforce Solutions, Executive Director
    Alan Miller


    Community Impact Projects

    HAL Participants are divided into five groups, each assigned a community impact focus area and given the mission to drive measurable change by developing a project as a solution to an un-met need in the Central Texas community.    Community Impact Teams will work together within their group, collaborate with other HAL participants and community leaders to research and identify a need, develop a solution and establish partnerships in order to implement their project.  Finally, when the key project milestones are complete, they will document their activities in a project binder, present their project to the community and host a display table during their graduation event. 

    Community Impact Project Topics

    Participants are divided into groups of five or six members and assigned one of the following five community impact focus areas:

    Civic Engagement Education Environmental Sustainability Financial Stability Healthcare

    Project Binder

    The Community Impact Project Binder is written documentation of each team’s project accomplishments.  Upon completion of the program, project binders are made publicly available on the Hispanic Austin Leadership website and are concise and professional.  Key elements required for project binders are:
    • Executive Summary
    • Project Details/ Measurability/ Data
    • Acknowledgement
    • Project Team
    • Project Budget
    • Reference                                                                         .       .

    Participant Benefits

    As participants work on their community impact projects, they will:
    • Research and become educated about their specific focus area
    • Stretch professional skills by developing creative and innovative ways to solve problems
    • Learn to fundraise for their project
    • Expand negotiation and networking skills
    • Demonstrate thought leadership in the Central Texas community

    Project Table Display

    Before the graduation event begins, teams will set-up table displays where they will mingle with guests, share information about their projects and answer any questions that may arise.  Table displays will be clearly labeled with team’s project title and topic, information about the impact that was made and a printed copy of the project binder will be included.                                                                                                          .                             

    Community Presentation

    The Community Presentation is each team’s opportunity to showcase the great impact they have made to other community leaders, family and friends.  Project teams will select one or two representatives to conduct a 10-minute presentation to the community.  Photos, video, testimonials, etc. help the audience connect with the issues and the impact team’s made. 

    Presentations include the following:
    • The Issues and why it is important
    • Actions taken to address the issue
    • Measurable impact that was made
    • Introduction to team members
    • Next steps (if applicable)
    • Acknowledgement of team sponsors                                                                .            .                 ..
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