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 is limited to approximately 25-30 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.

Applications for the 2021 HAL Cohort are now closed. The deadline to apply to the 2021 HAL Cohort has passed. Please stay connected with us and try back in 2021 or email Stephanie Bazan at sbazan@remove-thisgahcc.org to be put on the list for early application notification.


Session Description


NOTE: Currently, the retreat and fall sessions will be virtual.
Each HAL session is from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month from September through April excluding December. Session locations vary and generally coincide with the industry topic of the day. Although session topics are driven by the Hispanic Community, you need not be Hispanic to apply. Session topics are below although final programming may vary slightly.

Friday & Saturday, August 21&22 2020
Opening Retreat – Goal of Opening Retreat: To learn expectations of HAL and get to know fellow participants through team building activities. Evening activities Friday August 21st and morning activities Sat August 22nd.

September 2020
Public Service

October 2020
Financial Stability & Literacy – Goal of session: To educate particpants on the financial situation of our community and find ways to positively impact organizations.

November 2020
Healthcare – Goal of session: To learn more about healthcare access in Central Texas and the impact on the Hispanic community.

January 2021
Environmental Sustainability – Goal of session: To educate particpants 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

February 2021
Civic Engagement – Goal of session: To discuss the importance of civic engagement through volunteerism, philanthropy, and advocacy.

March 2021
Education – Goal of session: To raise awareness of the state of education in the Austin and Central Texas area and provide participants with outlets and contacts to stay involved in education after HAL.

April 2021
Arts & Culture – Goal of session: To discuss Arts & Culture in Austin and its importance in our community.  



HAL Community Impact Project team deliverables include: Project Binder complete with Executive Summary, Project Design and Financial Summary; 10 minute presentation of your HAL Community Impact Project and a project table display during the HAL Graduation in May of 2021.

Participation in your HAL Community Impact Project is required and you will meet with your team outside of class time.

Applicant Commitment:

The applicant acknowledges that attendance is mandatory for the opening retreat, class days and graduation. HAL is a nine month program and in order to get the most out of the program and fulfill the mission of HAL, it is necessary that participants are actively engaged in the process. Applicants may miss up to 10 hours of the program and absences or tardiness beyond that (at any of the scheduled events without approval from the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce) may result in removal from the class. Applicants are also expected to meet with their teams outside of class time.


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Dates to Remember:
Application Deadline - The deadline to apply to the 2021 HAL Cohort has passed. Please stay connected with us and try back in 2021.

Selection Notification - August 7, 2020

Opening Retreat - August 21&22 2020

(Passed) HAL Info Sessions: Session I- Tuesday June 16th 5pm  &  Session II - Tuesday June 23rd 5pm


Finalist Selection:

The class is selected by committee and you will be notified by email or phone no later than Friday, August 7, 2020 of your application status.


Applications for 2020-2021 cohort are now closed. Application consists of personal, professional and community info, short answers, 1-2 letters of recommendation, professional headshot and a $35 application fee. Applications are submitted through an online system and incomplete applications will not be considered.

One letter of recommendation is required, but you may submit up to two. Consider recommendations from individuals who know you well and can describe and highlight the personal qualities, accomplishments, leadership skills and experiences that make you well suited for HAL. The letters should be addressed to 'HAL Selection Committee.'

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Application Fee & Deadline:

Fee is $35 and should be paid by July 14, 2020.

Mailing Address for Application Fee: The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC)
ATTN: Stephanie Bazan 3601 Far West Blvd. Suite 204 Austin, Texas 78731
Make checks payable to Hispanic Austin Leadership.
Contact Mary Lou Lugo at 512-470-9862 or Stephanie Bazan at 512-731-7814 for credit card payments.



Tuition for the HAL program is $1150 and may be paid all at once or in two payments. Final payment is due prior to graduation in May 2021.

Scholarship Application:

If, after accessing professional funds, and reflecting on your personal financial capacity, you find yourself in need of additional assistance, please contact Stephanie Bazan at sbazan@gahcc.org for the scholarship application or access it here. Application for scholarship will not hinder your HAL application nor will it ensure a scholarship. Deadline is the same as the HAL app - July 13, 2020.

Questions?: Email Stephanie Bazan at sbazan@remove-thisgahcc.org

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