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DBP Members Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

By Lisa Fraser
August 31, 2020
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September 15 – October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

We asked our member organizations what they will be doing to (virtually) acknowledge and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month this year.

Here is what they shared:


In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, AbbVie’s AHORA Employee Resource Group is hosting a series of events and programming to celebrate Latinx/Hispanic/Latino culture and promote Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in our workplace.

Content to include (but not limited to):

  • Exploring the intersection of Hispanic and African cultures through music and dance
  • Engaging employees with AbbVie Executives across the business through AHORA’s Café Con Leche (coffee chat) series
  • Investing in professional development through a workshop co-hosted by AHORA and the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)
  • Discussing contemporary topics on diversity and inclusion within the Hispanic community via a panel of AbbVie leaders and employees
  • We also plan to acknowledge via social media posts throughout the month


Our SOMOS ARG has a great line up of virtual events planned for this year.

Here’s the list:

  • 2 Leadership Panels
  • 2 Zumba Classes (partnership with a certified EXOS Zumba Instructor)
  • 2 Cooking Demonstrations/Nutritional Webinars (partnership with a certified nutritionist on the EXOS team)
  • Encouraging Chapter Leads to host virtual networking events with local membership
  • Giveaways/prizes for SOMOS members who participate in health and wellness activities (such as the events noted above or #FitAnthem5k). The idea is that SOMOS members can post photos on the new Life@Anthem social site using #SOMOSHealthy for the chance to win gift cards. We are asking for 25 gift cards valued at $50 each ($1,250 value).


Aramark has announced the names of its Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) 30/30 honorees, who have gone above and beyond in response to the pandemic.

These team members are also being recognized for their commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment that encourages workforce engagement and creates memorable consumer experiences.

The 2020 HHM 30/30 honorees are being recognized by Aramark’s Impacto Employee Resource Group, whose mission is to provide impactful contributions to the business that builds a multicultural workforce, an inclusive workplace and awareness of Hispanic marketplace insights to support growth and consumer engagement.

The 30 honorees will be celebrated each of the 30 days of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Read more, here.


The Latinos @ Baxter Business Resource Group — whose mission is to help Baxter employees collaborate and share knowledge, experiences and greater awareness of the Latino culture — is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of highly interactive activities.

On Sept. 17, Latinos @ Baxter is hosting a discussion on the topic of “Leveraging Diversity and Culture for Career Advancement,” featuring guest speaker Pedro Pizarro, CEO of Edison International, who will engage in dialogue with Baxter Chairman and CEO Joe Almeida.

Latinos @ Baxter is also engaging Baxter employees through Latin American-themed photography and trivia contests, as well as a series of virtual fitness programs including Zumba, kickboxing, Salsa dancing, yoga and high-intensity interval training.

The newly formed Latinos @ Baxter Puerto Rico Chapter will create and share short videos for employees, highlighting Baxter’s work in Puerto Rico.


Every year, our Hispanic + Leadership BRG takes the lead in helping our company celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15.

The team does a great job developing a series of activities where we share our many different Cultural traditions and passions.

This year, our ability to connect in person is limited, so instead of scheduling live sessions, we are cordially inviting the associates to join us on virtual sessions that will cover four different initiatives:

  • Latino Wellness
  • Latino Education
  • Latino Workplace
  • Latino Entertainment

We divided each week of the HH Month to go over activities related to each pillar mentioned above, so for example:

Week 1 – Wellness

  • Wellbeing Panel with Speakers Carol Perez and Juanita Velez (September 15th Kickoff event)
    Honest and vulnerable conversation about Importance of mental wellness, its effect in our personal and professional life, and tips that can be applied in our day-to-day lives.
  • Zen Break with Marcela Durante (September 17th)
    30-minute break to stretch, explore yoga movements, and work on our breath and mindfulness to recharge

Week 2 – Culture

  • Interview with Sr. Valle about Diabetes and the Hispanic American Community. (September 23rd)
    The information in this session will highlight the risks and impact of Type 2 Diabetes on the Hispanic community. Approaches to preventing and treating this chronic, preventable disease are applicable to a broader audience. Chef Mike (Executive Chef at Emory University hospital) can help bring to life a Latin flare to a dish that would be geared to someone at risk for or having Type 2 Diabetes.
  • In partnership with Coca Cola gym studio, we will provide a healthy cooking class, and will give some ideas on how to incorporate easy steps to attain a healthy lifestyle. Our RD from UpLift, Julia, will help with nutrition related questions if there are any. (TBD)
  • Virtual Painting sessions (TBD)
  • ‘Que Yummy” contest
    To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we will be sharing one of the most important parts of all cultures- food! So we are encouraging the associates to pick and share their favorite dish from their heritage. It can be your own recipe or a family recipe. The BRG team will identify 5 finalists. The final, popular vote will take place on Yammer. A Gold, Silver, and Bronze winner will be selected

Week 3 – Career

  • Action your plan (In partnership with HHRR)
  • Chart your Development (In partnership wit h HHRR)

Week 4 – Entertainment

  • Mixology session with Joe Bradley – October 6
  • Flair session with Aljandro Pellejero and Roman Zapata – October 8th
    Alejandro Pellejero is a third-generation bartender with more than 15 years of experience in the industry. He has worked with some of the best hotels in Uruguay and cocktail bars in Milan, Italy. He was one of the top five of Italian Flair Bartenders 2017 and 2018. In 2017, he ranked in the top 20 Flair Bartender in the world (World Flair Association Ranking).

Twice, he was a Pan-American Champion (2007 and 2009). He’s competed in more than 200 competitions around the world. Alejandro is currently the Bar Manager for Baccarat Crystal Boutique and Lounge in Milan, Italy.

Roman Zapata has worked in bartending for 12 years. In the last five years he has been named one of the most famous Flair Bartenders. He has been teaching and competing in many countries. He was the South American Flairbartending Champion in 2013 and 2014.

According to the World Flair Association, he is one of the top five Flair Bartenders in the world ranking in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, he was chosen as Best Flair Bartending Instructor. Roman has placed first in more than 50 bartending competitions in 37 different countries. He currently resides in Milan, Italy.

Closing Ceremony: Latino Leadership: What do we do now? With Don Barden – October 15th

Behavioral economist, International speaker and professor, and author of ‘The Perfect Plan.’

While COVID-19 may have changed the way we engage with each other, by gathering a collection of these activities and sharing these with BRG members and fellow Coca-Cola associates, we can continue the tradition of passing along our unique stories with each other, in a way that conveys our passion for our Culture and our People.

By providing our associates with these memories, we reinforce the importance of Diversity and Inclusion, in concert with our Company’s growth behaviors.

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Constellation Brands’ ¡SALUD! ERG has a lot of events planned for HHM.
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Constellation Brands

¡SALUD! (Supporting and Attracting Latinos United for Diversity and Development) is Constellation Brands’ Hispanic/Latinx business resource group.

Part of ¡SALUD!’s vision is to promote cultural awareness and inclusion of the Hispanic/Latinx community by supporting and engaging its employees.

While this year’s National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration will certainly be a little different – with all events happening virtually – Constellation looks forward to sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose roots are from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.

Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is celebrated from September 15 through October 15 aligning with the Independence Days of Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile, and Belize.

¡SALUD! invites all Constellation employees, regardless of background, tenure, title or geographic location, to participate in one or all of the Hispanic Heritage Month events planned!

¡SALUD! is excited to host the following HHM events, which will be held virtually:

¡SALUD! Chats: Afro-Latinx Culture and Career Challenges

For Hispanic Heritage Month, ¡SALUD! hosts an intersectional panel discussing Afro-Latinx culture and communities. This pre-recorded session will be available for viewing on the company’s intranet.

Panelists include:

  • Andrea Gutierrez, Sales Planning & Results Manager for Sales Enablement – Beer, ¡SALUD! Co-Founder and Global Co-Lead
  • Jennifer Blundell, Strategy Consultant | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advocate, Moderator of Event
  • Astin Irving, Strategic Planning Director at Fluent360, External Representative

Brunching with Iván Emilio and the Impact of Latinx Representation in Media
Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT/2 p.m. PT

A live virtual event with Iván Emilio, a Spanglish speaking actor, host, and producer for “Pero Like,” BuzzFeed’s popular Latinx brand. Iván will be making a famous Hispanic dish followed by an engaging discussion with Constellation leadership on the impact of Latinx representation in U.S. media.

Iván was born and raised in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Shortly after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in media communications from Full Sail University, he moved to Los Angeles, Calif., to work as a video intern for BuzzFeed and quickly moved up, becoming a host and producer for “Pero Like.”

¡SALUD! Reads

¡SALUD!, Stellar PRIDE, and WISE are proudly partnering to host this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month book selection, Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera.

Description from the Publisher: “Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole ‘Puerto Rican lesbian’ thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.

“Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle? With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.”

Participants can request a free copy of the book through registration. Once registration is completed, instructions will be sent on how to download or purchase a free copy of the book selection.

Employees are invited to join for one of several virtual book discussions on Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera below:
Monday, October 5
Tuesday, October 6
Tuesday, October 13
Wednesday, October 14

Virtual Hispanic Heritage Month Concert Hosted by DJ Alex Sensation
Thursday, October 15 at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. CT/ 6 p.m. PT

Let’s close out Hispanic Heritage Month with a livestream concert hosted by the Corona Brand Family of Products hosted by DJ Alex Sensation along with special guests Ozuna, Myke Towers, and Rauw Alejandro on YouTube. Concert participants can also login to Kahoot for a chance to win prizes!

Fifth Third Bank

Employees at Fifth Third Bank will host and participate in a variety of events to celebrate the contributions of its Latino employees, customers and community during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The Cincinnati Latino Business Resource Group will host a virtual meet and greet where members will have the opportunity to interact with the group’s leaders. The group will also host a Fiesta Latina themed celebration where they will hear from Cincinnati Hispanic Chamber of Commerce president, Alfonso Cornejo. Those who attend will be able to participate in a virtual cooking lesson and other fun activities.

The Charlotte Latino BRG will host a financial wellness panel series with the Latin American Chamber of Commerce and one of the Latino BRG members will also be a speaker on the panel. The group is also preparing packaged lunches for the Our Bridge Feeding the Children program. The lunches will be delivered to children who would normally receive lunch through the Charlotte Mecklenberg School, however, the school is closed due to the pandemic and are unable to provide meals.

The Chicago Latino BRG will participate in the Hispanic Business Network’s Hispanic heritage event, which will focus on networking and professional development.

The Eastern Michigan Latino BRG members are sponsoring an event that will raise awareness about domestic violence and the services that Centro Multicultural La Familia, a nonprofit organization that provides various services for multicultural families, provide. Most of the clients served through the organization are of Hispanic descent.

The Florida Latino BRG will participate in Hispanic Heritage Month virtual lectures hosted by Central Michigan and Baylor Universities. The group will also host a kickoff celebration that will feature Bank leaders.

The Northwestern OH Latino BRG will send a newsletter to employees in their region that will highlight the accomplishments of 10 notable Hispanics. They will also distribute a series of Hispanic trivia questions, and provide random token prizes for those that submit answers to the questions. They will also support Hispanic restaurants in honor of Hispanic Restaurant Week.

The Western Michigan Latino BRG will have a virtual newsletter that will be sent to employees during each week of the celebratory month. The newsletter will feature a BRG team member, a list of some of the members’ favorite small Hispanic businesses, a section will be dedicated to helping people learn how to say words in Spanish and there will be a scavenger hunt where the prize will be a gift card to a local Hispanic restaurant.

The group will also be encouraging their colleagues to donate to causes that specifically support the Hispanic community.


This year, the FINRA Latino Affinity Network (“FLAN”) will be emphasizing the national Hispanic Heritage Theme, “Be Proud of Your Past and Embrace the Future,” throughout all the celebration’s programming.

Courageous Conversations – Afro Latin Descent: Embracing our Roots and Overcoming Social Challenges
In light of the conversations held at FINRA, and across the country, with respect to social injustice this year, FLAN wanted to continue the discussion by inviting members of Afro Latin descent to share their experience in a virtual panel.

Given the intersectionality, members of Afro Latin descent may sometimes feel they fall into two categories, but are not well represented in society. The panel will represent a diverse group of individuals that will provide their perspective and anecdotes, as well as provide inspiring tips for the younger generation facing similar obstacles.

Being Seen; Being Heard; Being Recognized – Fireside chat with Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz
FLAN will virtually host Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz as the keynote speaker for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Ms. Cruz is the first former ‘Dreamer,’ in New York state assembly. The fireside chat will cover how Ms. Cruz leveraged her personal experiences, including relationships with members of her family, to excel in her career and make history.

Conversaciones en Español – Spanish Conversations
During the summer of 2020, FLAN launched a weekly series titled ‘Conversaciones en Español,’ where members join a virtual networking session and practice their Spanish-speaking skills.

Based on the success of the program, the series will continue throughout Hispanic Heritage Month. In preparation of returning to the classroom, in many cases virtually, the invitation for the weekly sessions will extend to children of employees also looking for opportunities to practice Spanish.

Art Contest
FLAN is inviting members to show off their creative abilities by interpreting the theme, “Be Proud of Your Past and Embrace the Future,” through art. FLAN will virtually display the entries throughout Hispanic Heritage Month and donate the winning entry to FINRA’s Chairman, Robert Cook.

Weekly Picks
Each week of Hispanic Heritage Month, members of the FLAN Management Committee will share their “weekly picks” for books, recipes, songs and other cultural favorites. Given the diverse background of the FLAN Management Committee, this rotation will cover various countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.


HCSC has several virtual activities planned in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Our Latino for Advancement Business Resource Group (LABRG), who leverages the talents of Latino employees, fosters innovation and strengthens the HCSC brand in the marketplace, will be hosting these events.

HCSC will send out company-wide communications and leverage technology to engage employees in the activities taking place in September/October.

HCSC is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the contributions of Latinos in the workplace.

Below is a list of planned virtual activities:

  • Keynote Speaker: Dolores Huerta, a well know civil rights activist and 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient will speak on what her heritage means to her, the advocacy work of her foundation and about the significance of the phrase Si Se Puede – Yes, We Can! Huerta was recently named one of USA TODAY’s Women of the Century. This list of 100 women, who have made substantial contributions to the country, was recently released in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment.
  • Culture Showcase: A celebration of Hispanic Heritage featuring videos on Latino-inspired dancing, cooking and signing.
  • History Highlight: Hispanic lecture from 1990 Noble Prize winner Octavio Paz.
  • Celebration of Literature: An intimate discussion with award-winning author, Natalia Sylvester. She is a native of Lima, Peru, and will discuss her background, personal & career journey, biggest influences in becoming a writer and her passion for literature. She is the author of several novels including Everyone, Chasing the Sun and RUNNING.
  • Embracing Our Community: A conversation with Sam Santiago, Director of Diversity and Inclusion with the American Heart Association. Sam will discuss the disproportionate burden of cardiovascular disease within the Latino community, highlight available resources and offer tips for leading a healthier lifestyle.

Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company (HCSC), and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is the largest customer-owned health insurer in the United States and fourth largest overall, operating through our Blue Cross and Blue Shield® Plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.


Howmet Hispanic Network, Howmet Aerospace’s Hispanic Employee Resource Group, is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of activities highlighting the culture and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino employees.

“Hispanic Heritage Month allows us to recognize the important contributions our Hispanic American employees have made to our company,” said Cindy Penney, sponsor of Howmet’s Employee Resource Group. “It also gives Hispanic employees an opportunity to share their diverse cultural traditions with others.”

The Howmet Hispanic Network will profile a variety of Hispanic Americans and their achievements on the company’s intranet and through local XX.

The Employee Resource Group will also promote online, virtual celebrations hosted by Hispanic cultural centers to recognize the unique and indelible contributions Hispanic culture has made to American life.

In addition, Merrick Murphy, president of Howmet Structure and Wheel Systems and executive sponsor of the Howmet Hispanic Network will be inviting all Hispanic employees to join this Employee Resource Group.

“Culture plays such an important part in shaping who we are as individuals and the communities where we live and work – the diverse cultures we enjoy in Howmet is living proof,” said Murphy. “Employees of Hispanic Heritage make up more than 11% of our total workforce.”


Here is how the Latino Empowerment Resource Network (LERN) is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month:

Week 1: Thurs. Sept 17th Cafecito con LERN + DePaul University

This interactive session is designed to introduce you to marketing-inspired philosophy on presenting yourself in the best possible light. Replacing the traditional “4Ps of Marketing” with the “4Ps of Me;” you will learn how even the simplest of decisions, such as where you spend your free time and how much you value yourself, creates the perception others have of you.

Week 2: Fri. Sept 25th LERN’s Got Talent (Round 1)

Call for entries sent week of Aug. 17th include guidelines for entries, horizontal, close enough to get audio, limit of 2-5 minutes max, intro information. Send a follow up voting poll to choose a winner for a prize. Have a panel of “judges” giving commentary during the show. Limit 10-15 max videos per round. Allow for judge commentary in between videos.

Week 3: Tues. Oct 6th Coming Together Series: A Conversation About the Fight Against Discrimination

A series that started with the racial injustice seen this year in our Black community, and expanding to continue to have conversations at the firm.

Week 4: Fri. Oct. 9th LERN’s Got Talent (Round 2)

Call for entries sent week of Aug. 17th include guidelines for entries, horizontal, close enough to get audio, limit of 2-5 minutes max, intro information. Send a follow up voting poll to choose a winner for a prize. Have a panel of “judges” giving commentary during the show. Limit 10-15 max videos per round. Allow for judge commentary in between videos.

Week 5: Thurs. Oct. 15th Trivia for Charity Benefitting a Latino/Hispanic Charity

Leading Trivia for Charity with fundraising benefiting a Hispanic organization. Categories to include: Latin language, culture, food, music, history, geography/countries.

Week 5: Fri. Oct. 16th Yoga Celebration

Live yoga class for LERN via WebEx.


Here are the LS&Co. activities for Hispanic Heritage Month:

  • Kick-off: LatinX Newsletter including letter from Jose Davila, the ERG Exec Sponsor
  • Off the Cuff article (Levi’s brand external blog): Featuring photos and employees answering questions on the name change from Hispanic Heritage Month to LatinX Heritage Month and what they’re celebrating
  • LatinX Marketplace Insights Presentation: Marketplace research presentation to entire company on better understanding the LatinX consumer
  • LatinX Educational Speaker: Juan Carlos – Tenured professor and the Edwin L. Artzt Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon
  • Levi’s Vault Presentation w/ Tracey Panek our LS&Co. Historian – sharing stories and showcasing vintage/archival product showcasing LS&Co. history with the LatinX community
  • Digital Performance
  1. Folkloric dance group- Colibri
  2. LATINX Digital Choir
  3. Dia de los Muertos Drag Show


National HHM Theme: Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future.

Focus: inspiration, motivation and a resurfaced feeling of pride and optimism for all Laitinx employees.

Week 1:

  • September 14, 2020 Introduction to Hispanic Heritage Month (William Armstrong)
    Pre-recorder video outlining the events for the month, generating excitement and William’s first address as National Chair of HEBN
  • September 14-18 The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Leadership Conference.
    This is the largest gathering of Latino leaders during Hispanic Heritage Month and will include an engaging lineup of national leaders, elected officials, policymakers, and influencers recognized for their vision, expertise, and influence in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

The agenda — in an all virtual setting — will include interactive discussions and plenaries as well as access to resources and professional and leadership development opportunities. McDonald’s has been invited to participate.

Week 2:

Hispanic Career Development by Diversity and Inclusion with HEBN (one for East and one for West during same week).

Week 3:

2020 HEBN Development Session 2 – Executive Presence at McDonald’s – October 1, 11.30am

Week 4:

Virtual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration (1 hour) – October 6, 2020


  • Joe Erlinger: pre-recorded message to HEBN
  • Claudia Romo Edelman, Social Entrepreneur, advocate and catalyst for change. Marketer for social causes. Founder of the We Are All Human Foundation and Co-host of the Global GoalsCast
  • Tentative: California Congresswoman Nanette Barragan (next chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus)


As part of the Fifth Annual Global Diversity & Inclusion Experience month, to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month, and to celebrate the 25th Anniversary for the Merck Hispanos Organization (MHO) Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG), a number of events and initiatives will take place throughout the month of September including:

  • A communications effort to acknowledge these recognitions and milestones, including a companywide article authored by the global lead of MHO, Merck’s Hispanic-Latino Employee Business Resource Group. The article provides employees with an overview of the heritage month, including historical context and celebrating the contributions Hispanics and Latino/Latinas have made in the workplace and to society in general.
  • Delivering virtual recruitment events to increase MHO membership and participation.
  • Hosting learning and development opportunities and Lunch & Learns lectures on Allyship.
  • Cross division collaboration on content to meet MHO membership needs including: “Driving Business Results: A Seat at the Table of Economic Inclusion”, “Healthcare Context and Vaccination Gaps within the US Hispanic-Latino population” and “Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle.”
  • Continued collaboration with external partners Hispanics Inspiring Student’s Performance and Achievement -HISPA- “ Sharing our Past to Impact the Future.”

MIT Lincoln Lab

The Lincoln Laboratory Hispanic/Latinx Network (LLHLN) is a community founded in 2010 to foster awareness of the Hispanic culture, promote networking and social support, and encourage professional development.

Each year LLHLN’s main celebration is the Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM). HHM is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 in the United States and serves to recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

This year’s HHM event at Lincoln Laboratory will be hosted virtually through a lineup of events during the course of the month.

HHM will kick off on September 17 with a technical presentation about “Bias on the Web” involving raising awareness of harmful biases (e.g., redundancy and spam) that affect everyone on the web.

This presentation will feature Ricardo Baeza-Yates, who is the Director of Graduate Data Science Programs of Northeastern University at the Silicon Valley campus and who also works as a professor at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain and the University of Chile at Santiago, Chile.

The second virtual event is scheduled for September 23 and will highlight Maria De-Arteaga, who is an assistant professor at the Information, Risk, and Operations Management Department at McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She will talk about her work on identifying social biases that can be reproduced and amplified by machine learning models and how to develop algorithms to mitigate the risks and damages when applying them to societal problems.

The third virtual event has been scheduled for September 30 and will present Natalia Villanueva Rosales, an assistant professor in computer science at the University of Texas at El Paso. She will talk about her work in interdisciplinary social applications and her journey advocating for minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Finally, we will conclude HHM by hosting a documentary discussion relating to Hispanic/Latinx culture and a trivia event on Hispanic/Latinx culture, historical figures, and facts.

We hope these events can unite us during these difficult times while simultaneously recognizing, educating, and highlighting important accomplishments in our community.


Below please find a summary of Moody’s current planned activities for Hispanic/ LatinX Heritage Month!

  • Moody’s will announce recipients of LatinX Student Scholarships, in conjunction with ALPFA
  • A LatinX chef will do a live cooking demonstration for Moody’s employees
  • Employees will receive emails/newsletters highlighting LatinX community leaders and Moody’s employee profiles
  • External speakers will provide training for Moody’s employees on topics including soft skills and racial equality
  • Moody’s will publish a cookbook highlighting recipes from Moody’s LatinX employees
  • LatinX employees will be invited to contribute to a video discussing aspects of their culture and heritage

Northern Trust

Northern Trust’s Latin Heritage Leadership Council (LHLC) will be hosting a number of virtual activities to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15- October 15).

LHLC will be kicking off the month with a Sip & Dip event on Friday, September 25. In lieu of our annual in-person annual salsa (the food, not the dance) competition, salsa photo entries and recipes will be submitted via our internal LHLC site. There will also be an after-hours networking event for participants.

We are also pleased to announce a Hispanic Heritage Celebration event hosted by the Beautiful Rind in Chicago. This event will include a Virtual Cheese Tour (five different cheeses) by Latino cheese producers and will include both the cheese tastings and accompaniments (olives, jams, etc.) as well as a 1- hour webinar education on the Latino cheeses.

While the vendor is located in Chicago, this event will be offered to all of our employees across North America. A webpage will be provided where employees can purchase this directly through the Beautiful Rind prior to the event.

The Chicago LHLC Community Service Committee will be running “No contact” supply drives to support St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly in Palatine (IL suburb) and Casa Central in Humboldt Park (Chicago).

Through the months of September and October, our employees will have the opportunity to order PPE and other basic supplies directly from the Charity’s Amazon Wishlist.

The supplies will be mailed directly to St. Joseph’s and Casa Central. Employees also have the opportunity to place any personal Amazon purchases through AmazonSmile which will contribute 0.5 percent of their eligible Amazon orders and distribute those funds to the participating organizations.

Our main event will be held on October 1 and will feature a new virtual exhibit at the Mexican National Fine Arts Museum: Day of the Dead (via zoom with Q & A).

After this real-time virtual tour, the museum will provide additional links for our employees to explore such as Sugar Skull (alfeñique) making and other Do-It-Yourself offerings.

We will close out the month with a Ted Talk discussion series.


St. Louis

  • Healthy Kits for Casa de Salud
    Partnering with Casa de Salud and Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, MO for COVID testing
  • LatinX Student Mentorship Program
    Develop with Washington University a program for students in the Business or Science fields


  • 2020 Back to school drive
    Coordinate and collect a collection of school supplies for 200 students in Norristown, PA


  • 2020 Back to school drive
    Coordinate and collect a collection of school supplies for students in Kalamazoo, MI

New York

  • Latino Community Webinar #3
  • Photo contest

Pearl River

  • Latino Community Playlist
    Colleagues connect to hear music featuring Latinx artists across various genres
  • Latino Community Author of the Week
    Feature work from different Latinx writers. Share quotes from books, poems
  • Latino Recipe book
    Collect recipes and compile in a book. Potential to combine as fundraising opportunity
  • Community service
    Partner with United Way local chapter, tutoring volunteers to offer ESOL and Citizenship prep

Lake Forrest

  • Chapter expansion for Field Force


  • Latino Summit
    Virtual session where we will discuss the role of Latinos in COVID, the importance of diversity in clinical trials, will be hearing from our Executive Leadership Team, while learning about community outreach programs and having some fun dancing Zumba.
  • Latino Mentorship Program
    A cornerstone in advancing Latinos’ careers, established 75 Mentee/Mentor relationships for this upcoming program year.


  • IDP workshop
    Provide Latino community with tools to enhance and foster career development
  • Fireside chat panel
    Equity conversation hosted out of Groton
  • Community service
    Local food pantry: Member donations in the form of food or cash


This year, Prudential is literally putting the names of its top Hispanic talent in lights.

From September 12 through 20th, Prudential will feature 63 top Hispanic employees on the company’s billboard in Times Square as part of our celebration of its Hispanic Stars, a program designed to recognize top diverse talent at the company.

Juntos, Prudential’s business resource group focused on the professional development of Hispanic employees, is spearheading the initiative. Juntos is also hosting additional events around the company throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, including a kickoff event on September 2, entitled Unlock the Power of Cultural Intelligence.

During the one-hour virtual event, cultural creative agency Cien+ delivered an insights-led presentation that examined the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Hispanic community.

Additionally, Prudential will unveil its BRG Real Talk later this month, featuring the career journey of one of our Hispanic Stars, who shares her experiences in US after she migrated from Brazil, and how she’s found success at Prudential.


The theme for Sodexo’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration is “Elevating Our Voices Through Awareness, Allies & Advancement.”

The SOL EBRG (Sodexo Organization of Latino; Employee Business Resource Group) will showcase each of the three key areas:

  • Awareness – senior leaders will engage in a Townhall focusing on key issues including intersectionality.
  • Allies – SOL will provide stories that showcase Latinx heroes and blogs featuring its members as a way to educate and support those who wish to become allies of this community.
  • Advancement – A panel of operations-based Managers will provide practical tips on how to grow one’s career.

The Federal Heritage Month activities will conclude with the “SOLebration” National Meeting to celebrate SOL’s accomplishments throughout the year.

State Street

State Street’s Latin American Professionals Group (LAPG) is hosting several events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Below is a list virtual events:

Events in collaboration with EY, Bank of America and Wellington:

  1. Kick off and Networking Event – “Be Proud of your Past”
  • Trivia game
  • Speaker
  1. Closing & Executive Panel “Embrace your Future”
  • Panel discussion

State Street exclusive events:

  1. Cultural Event: Latin Gourmet Cooking Class
  2. Personal Development Workshop: “How to Build Your Strategic Network Virtually”

U.S. Cellular

At U.S. Cellular, we are celebrating Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month with a festive banner graphic featured in a prominent location on our company intranet site for all associates to see in addition the following virtual events and content sharing:

  • Weekly newsletters from our Latino Associate Network (LAN) resource group to their members and friends will be posted on the D&I internal site featuring cultural information and upcoming virtual festivities and events.
  • Partnering with Dr. Robert Rodriguez and the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) to a resource group centric (Dr. Rodriguez) and professional development event.


Verizon celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with the theme, “Quienes Somos – Who we are,” inviting all Verizon employees to learn, engage, ask questions, participate, and have fun throughout the month. Ronan Dunne, Executive Vice President & Group CEO – Verizon Consumer, kicked off the month with a special message on Verizon’s UpToSpeed Twitter broadcast.

Yahoo! News hosted a special panel event on Sept. 15 entitled Count us in: the Census, the Election, and the Hispanic community, aimed at informing and inspiring the Latinx community to stand up and be counted – in the U.S. Census and in the U.S. presidential election.

On Sept. 20, Verizon kicked off its partnership with Univision for the Uforia Music Series, including a livestreamed performance by Puerto Rican singer, rapper, and songwriter Bad Bunny. Verizon’s Chief Diversity Officer, Magda Yrizarry, also delivered a special message on diversity and inclusion for the event.

Throughout the month, Verizon’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) SOMOS Verizon – The voice of the Latinx community, highlighted professional and personal growth stories of SOMOS members through their new campaign Mi Historia.

Verizon also was the official sponsor of The Paley Center’s “Tribute to Hispanic Achievements in Television,” featuring Hispanic individuals who have made a significant impact on American culture.

Finally, Diego Scotti, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Magda Yrizarry, Chief Diversity Officer, and Ivan Berg, Vice President of Client Services and Global Co-Lead of SOMOS, closed out the month on Verizon’s UpToSpeed Twitter broadcast on Oct. 15.

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