About Hispanic Austin Leadership

Hispanic Austin Leadership’s (HAL) goal is to provide professionals the opportunity to develop business acumen, civic awareness and leadership skills while building a network of colleagues for life. HAL has been named as one of the top seven Hispanic leadership programs in the United States and generates a multi-million economic impact to Central Texas.

HAL is a nine month program with sessions and Community Impact Projects designed to be participatory in nature. HAL seeks individuals dedicated to serving our community and interested in their leadership growth. Participants of the program will gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the Hispanic Community and the Greater Austin community at large. HAL accepts approximately 30 participants annually.

Acceptance into the program is based on an assessment of HAL applications. The HAL Selection Committee is comprised of HAL alumni, the GAHCC board liason and the director of the program. Applicants who are not accepted are encouraged to reapply.

Want to find your voice and lead? The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications to our nationally recognized Hispanic Austin Leadership program! Advance your leadership skills, engage in community projects, and make lasting connections. Applications are now closed.

We are pleased to welcome our new HAL Chair, Joey Montez, while we continue monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We are also pleased to share that we are actively updating our 2022 HAL curriculum. Please stay connected by adding yourself to the list for early application notification, and stay tuned for upcoming HAL information sessions to come.


2020 Presenting Sponsor

Cohort Sponsor

Alumni Reflections

"HAL was an impactful and unforgettable experience chock full of self-discovery, group work, community immersion, and building long-term friendships with classmates and alumni."

-Nora Comstock, HAL Inaugural Class of 2000

National/International Founder
Former President /Board Member Las Comadres para Las Americas
Austin Community College Trustee


"Joining HAL was one of the best decisions I ever made! I was looking for a way to engage deeper in the community, and HAL not only helped me to discover all that was possible in our city, but it also introduced me to lifelong leaders."

-Thomas Miranda, HAL Class of 2009

Principal, Sparkovation Advisors
Mission Capital, Chairman of the Board
The Texas Lyceum, Board Member
AARO, Board Member
Workforce Solutions Capital Area, Board Member