About 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 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.  In order to get the most out of the program and to fulfill the mission of HAL, it is necessary that participants are actively engaged in the process.  HAL seeks individuals dedicated to serving our communities. Participants of the program will be given a chance to develop an understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the Greater Austin area. HAL is limited to approximately 30 participants annually.

Acceptance into the program is based on an objective assessment of their HAL application. The HAL Selection Committee is comprised of HAL alumni. Applicants who are not accepted are encouraged to reapply.

Session Description

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 13th -14th, 2019
Opening Retreat – Goal of Opening Retreat: To learn expectations of HAL and get to know fellow participants through team building activities.

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
Central Texas: Past, Present, Future - Goal of session:  

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
Civic Engagement – Goal of session: To discuss the importance of civic engagement through volunteerism, philanthropy, and advocacy.

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
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 14th, 2020
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 11th, 2020
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, 2020
Healthcare – Goal of session: To educate ourselves on healthcare access in Central Texas.

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
Arts & Culture – Goal: Discuss Arts &Culture in Austin and its impact in our community.    

Participation in your HAL Community Impact Project team’s deliverables is expected. Team deliverables include: Project Binder complete with Executive Summary, Project Design, and Financial Summary; 8-minute presentation of your HAL Community Impact Project and a project table display during the HAL Leadership Graduation in May of 2020.

Submit completed application form, two letters of recommendation, professional headshot and a $35 application fee by mail, e-mail, or in person. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
No later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 19th, 2019 to:

The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC)

ATTN: Alice McMillan
3601 Far West Blvd. Suite 204
Austin, Texas 78731(512) 476-7502

Make checks payable to Hispanic Austin Leadership, contact the GAHCC for credit card payments.

FINALIST SELECTION: You will be notified by email or phone no later than Friday, August 9th, of your application status.

Presenting Sponsor

Cohort Sponsors