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 acknowledge and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month this year. Here is what they shared.
AHORA Hispanic Heritage Month
Kick-Off & Networking Event
AHORA Corporate Sponsor
VP Latin America Commercial Operations
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Regional Leadership Development Conference Professional Co-Chair
College of Lake County Art Showcase at ABV1 Look out for posted signs leading the way!
Empowerment Series 2018:
Art Appreciation at Dandelion Gallery
When you go to an art gallery do you feel overwhelmed? How do you engage in a conversation about a piece of art? Don’t worry, we’ll help put your mind at ease and maybe even raise your confidence a bit.
Come join AHORA, WLA and PRIDE as we learn from expert art historian, Leisa Shannon Corbett. We’ll enjoy beverages, cheese and fruit on the rooftop deck. Then we’ll explore the gallery.
AHORA Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Ceremony
Join us for our Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Ceremony event to cap off the month of festivities.
Allstate’s Professional Latino Allstate Network (PLAN) ERG with regional chapters (as part of our Inclusive Diversity team) are hosting events across the country.
9/14 – HHM Kick-off from 11am – 12pm with dancers
9/14 – Felix’s Famous Cookies from 10am – 2pm
9/20 – Felix’s Famous Cookies from 10am – 2pm
9/27 – Felix’s Famous Cookies from 10am – 2pm
10/3 – Live Museum to showcase historical/famous Latinos
10/4 – Felix’s Famous Cookies 10am – 2pm
10/11 – Felix’s Famous Cookies 10am – 2pm
10/15 –Felix’s Famous Cookies from 10am – 2pm
10/15 – Mariachi band or other entertainment
10/19 – PLAN Stewardship Event
Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, trivia will be held on the PLAN AllConnect page, and Parkhurst Dining will serve authentic dishes in all cafeterias.
1st week- Loteria Game Day
2nd week- My Spanish Dictionary
o Refreshments: Elotes and aquas frescas.
4th week- fireside chat and displays from different Hispanic communities
o Aguas Frescas to be served
PLAN Yuma hopes to re-launch their chapter through employee awareness, recruitment, and recognition throughout the week of September by celebrating Hispanic heritage month and diversity throughout the office.
9/10 – PLAN will be hosting an engagement/recruiting booth with all employees. We will be speaking about our expansion of PLAN bilingual support, PLAN vision/mission, celebrate wins in our office. We will be serving pan dulce and coffee and hosting a coloring contest where we will have 3 winners that will win a $5 gift card each
9/17 – PLAN will be having a cultural celebration day, we will set up different historic events/ personalities and fun facts about bilingual work in office throughout the break room to bring cultural awareness. will serving frozen treats (paletas) and will be hosting a salsa contest, we will have 1 winner who will receive a 5$ gift card
9/24 – Hispanic heritage celebration awareness notes will be passed out to everyone in the office to give awareness on why we celebrate our culture and the impact to Yuma Express. We will also be serving watermelon and cucumber bar in break room with toppings of choice.
American Airlines Latin Diversity Network is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of activities:
Fireside Chat with American’s First Latina Pilot Captain Linda Pauwels
Honoring Captain Pauwels’ Argentine background, a tango demonstration and empanadas will be served
Convene a leadership summit for the regional leaders of the Latin Diversity Network
Celebrating Latin Diversity Network’s 20 year anniversary with American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, focusing on accomplishments and accolades
Employee Business Resource Groups at American Airlines:
One of the most important ways we cultivate support for our team members is through our Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRGs), which are dedicated to promoting cultural enrichment, supporting business success and engaging in community service. Twenty EBRGs across 125 local chapters appeal to a wide variety of backgrounds and affiliations, including race, religion, culture, age and personal interest.
– Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO
AT&T’s 141-year innovative history is a story of people from all walks of life and backgrounds coming together to connect customers with their loved ones, their work and their world. Our diverse, inclusive culture welcomes all points of view and helps to make us who we are: a great place to work, a desired business partner and a committed member of the communities we serve.
AT&T’s strong, diverse workforce reflects the diversity of our customers and vendors.
We provide our employees with platforms to bring their authentic selves to work by sponsoring employee resource groups (ERGs). Founded in 1988, HACEMOS is our Hispanic/Latino ERG and comprises more than 10,800 employees in 42 chapters across the U.S.
AT&T Diversity & Inclusion is also hosting #ATTDiversityTREKs, immersive career and recruiting experiences, to honor and celebrate Hispanic Heritage. One example is a collaboration with the National Center for Women in Technology/NCWIT to host 35-90 Latina high school students at AT&T offices in California; Sacramento, San Diego, & El Segundo; New Jersey; Bedminster; Texas; Houston and Dallas as part of their TECHNOLOchicas program. Dallas will have a fireside chat and career fair component.
In addition, AT&T Diversity & Inclusion is hosting Mujeres de HACE, a 14-week women’s leadership program, at its Dallas headquarters. AT&T hosted the inaugural Atlanta cohort this spring and will graduate 10 Latinas, across the U.S., by the end of this year.
AT&T employees are dedicated to service and the community. Below are events planned for Hispanic Heritage Month.
BANK OF THE WEST
Denver – September 12, 2018. Bank of the West is a Sponsor of Groundwork Denver.
This organization partners with lower-income communities to bring about sustained improvements of the physical environment and promote health and well-being though community-based partnerships and action. They support the growth and development of young adults into leaders in the communities where they partner through their Green Team Youth Employment & Leadership Program. The Ole Resource Group and other Bank team members will engage in mentor opportunities and credit and money management workshops.
San Francisco Bay Area – September 12, 2018. Project Enye screening.
The Ole ERG will host a private screening of the movie Project Enye. The movie, told through a Latina lens, speaks of the struggles for first generation American born Latinos who don’t feel fully connected – “not American enough” among Americans and not “Latino enough” among Latinos. The Ole Employee Resource Group will also host a private screenings at two local schools comprised of a diverse student population.
Omaha, NE – September 15, 2018. Fiestas Patrias Parade.
Bank of the West is a key parade sponsor this year. There are five Latin American countries celebrating their Independence Day in September. The Omaha OLE Resource Group Chapter and local Bank of the West branch office employees will march in the parade to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Monterey Park, CA – September 19, 2018.
Bank of the West is proud to host Sylvia Mendez’s keynote speech at the Bank’s Southern CA campus. Ms. Mendez was at the center of the groundbreaking lawsuit regarding desegregation, Mendez vs Westminster, which took place seven years before Brown vs. the Board of Education case. The Mendez case was critical to the strategic case of Brown v. Board, the Honorable Thurgood Marshall helped in the appeal process of Mendez vs Westminster. The case, a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of the more than 5,000 Mexican American students in Orange County, made California the first state in the nation to end school segregation. Sylvia was 9 years old when the case began. Ms. Mendez was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2011.
Mid-September through Mid- October. Threads of our Fabric a weekly series posted on the Bank’s internal website spotlighting and creating awareness about historical Hispanic figures.
The Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration across BP Energia’s 6 Employee Resource Groups will plan to present various activities to highlight Latino culture at various campuses across the US, develop and motivate the BP Latino workforce by hosting various events, engage and network with senior Leaders for their views on the future of Latinos and celebrate our impact at BP and the communities we support.
Senior Leader discussion – Hispanics – One endless voice to enhance our traditions
Salsa class with 75 points for health – Salsa lessons and earn points for health care incentive
D&I -Real talk – “I don’t think with an accent” Senior leaders to discuss unconscious bias and micro-inequities
BRG fair – name that flag
Cafeteria menus – Celebrate meals from various Latino countries
Cultural event – Mariachi (Retention Pillar in collaboration with Beyond America)
Lotería (Mexican bingo) – Learn Spanish words
Food Bank Volunteer day
Anchorage Health Fair: we provide volunteers to greet, help with paperwork, and process individuals.
Coordinated event with United Way: introduction to Latino/Hispanic atrium display and materials
Across the company, our Latino Employee Resource Group and Diversity Councils will be offering activities to honor Hispanic Heritage Month. Here are a few activities taking place:
Mt Laurel plans to donate prepackaged snacks and drinks to a local Hispanic non-profit that caters to either preschool/daycare age or seniors.
Display map of Hispanic countries. Employees will place pins showing where they are from or where they have been.
Table display of flags representing different Hispanic countries. Next to each flag will be a factsheet about that country.
Also on display will be male and female traditional Hispanic dress for festivities.
Provide brief instruction on how to do the Zapateado dance and receive Vitality points.
Samples of Hispanic foods will be served – enchiladas (catered from local restaurant), Papa Rellenas (fried potato bites) made by an employee’s mother, and one employee is bringing in their family’s Panama Bread Pudding.
eams will have the opportunity to compete for a prize based on their participation in the events. The winning team will receive a piñata filled with candy to break open outside or in another approved designated area on the premises.
Art/Painting on Canvas, similar to paint night with light snacks and refreshments
Salsa dance lesson in partnership with Wellness to earn Vitality points
Guest speaker – Carry Rosenblum Esq. on Immigration law changes
Kickoff event on where we hand out maracas to each team on the floor and make it a competition to see who can decorate their maracas the best. All decorated maracas will be placed on display later on in the month and the winning team gets lunch from the Somos Group.
Somos will have a booth for our Diversity Fair where we’ll introduce people to games played by the Hispanic culture, such as loteria and capirucho with fun prizes. We’ll also have a board display showing our volunteer events and center events over the past year.
A taco truck will come out to our center for the whole building to enjoy, plus we’ll be playing Coco in a big conference room for both entertainment and educational purposes as we want people to know what “Dia de los Muertos” is all about. This is where we’ll have the decorated maracas on display.
Partnering with Wheeler Elementary School (a predominantly Hispanic populated school) to help with decorating their float and then walking alongside them for the Fiesta de las Americas parade that is a celebration of the Hispanic Community in OKC.
The first week in October will be our informational week where we’ll do desk drops that highlight the Hispanic demographic in OKC and then use the lobby windows to showcase influential Hispanic Leaders of today.
Displaying boards from 16 different Latino/Hispanic countries around the office with information pertaining to each country
Celebration of national taco day with a taco truck coming on site Oct 4
Immigration attorney will come in and speak to immigration reform and how it is affecting the valley
Onsite Zumba classes twice a week
Celebrating Latinx Creative Energy!
Inspired by our brand campaign to “Unleash your __ energy”, our theme this month is:
Celebrating Latinx Creative Energy. Working with Black Ops and Latinx ERG members we’ve highlighted members of the Latinx community who have made amazing contributions in creative fields and unleashed their creative energy – showcased in poster series you’ll see around US offices and on all Zoom conference screens.
Monday, September 24th: Piñata-Making Contest In effort to promote awareness about the meaning behind Hispanic Heritage Month, we are hosting our annual Piñata making contest. The theme is Hispanic Heritage: Traditions. This will provide our members and associates the opportunity to learn about a new culture and the different traditions around the Latin American countries.
Tuesday, September 25th: Salsa Contest/Networking Loteria Get a chance to connect with others through Networking Loteria and will have the opportunity to judge the participating salsas. A goal set out by the BRG at the beginning of the year was to promote development opportunities for members. This networking mixer will allow us to learn about the traditional Hispanic bingo but also get to know each other. We incorporated the salsa contest in effort to add that cultural touch.
Wednesday, September 26th: El Cafecito Hour Panel Get a chance to hear from Dan Timm (Principal Branch Development, Management & Executive Committee), John Beckstead (Principal, Branch Training—Training Facilitation), and Yvette Fernandez (Financial Advisor, Inclusion Specialist) as they share their insights on how Edward Jones has adapted to an ever changing environment. We are encouraging conversations between upper leadership, the field, and our home office associates to understand the strategies the firm is implementing to tap into our Hispanic market.
Thursday September 27th: Vello Information Session In partnership with UnitedWay, the Hispanic BRG is leading a digital tutor team through the Vello program. Vello partners tutor teams with local classrooms for guided reading support. It allows our members a convenient way to serve our local communities in a very impactful way.
Friday September 28: Food Truck Friday Grab some Hispanic-themed delicacies, brought to you by Salvadoreño’s Zpotes Food Truck and El Autentico Diez Diez. We will host traditional Salvadorian and traditional Mexican food. During Hispanic Heritage month, we will also have a Hispanic-Themed menu item served every Thursday in the café.
Express Scripts is proudly celebrating and acknowledging Hispanic Heritage Month with plans organized by our Cultural Connections employee resource group. This employee led group focuses on fostering a culturally competent workforce.
Here are a few of the activities:
GIANT Food Stores
GIANT Food Stores, LLC will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the following ways:
Sponsor of the Latino Hispanic American Community Center’s Block Party being held September 15th in Harrisburg PA. GIANT will also have a booth at the event playing games and giving away branded prizes. In addition, partnering with one of our diverse suppliers to provide sampling for attendees of many of our ethnic / specialty products.
Within the support office, hosting an event in the cafeteria, featuring Latin / Hispanic menu items, sampling by our diverse vendor partner, and providing information tables about Business Resource Groups and other diversity focused agencies.
HLDC NYC Chapter
Our Hispanic Heritage Month event will take place on 10/11/2018 at the Copa Cabana. The theme will be: “The Power of Connecting with Your Community” Opening Remarks will be by Orly Lynn the US Head of Diversity and this year’s Key Note Speaker – Michelle De La Luz Executive Director of 5th Ave Community
In addition there will be a performance by the children of Open Hydrant which is a non-for profit organization whose goals are to help vitalize the arts and theater scene in under-served communities in the South Bronx. They work with young children to build their skills and help create opportunities for them to develop personally and professionally.
HLDC Buffalo Chapter
Our Hispanic Heritage Month event will take place on 10/04/18 ; 5:30 – 8:30 at the Augustin Olivencia Community Center. The theme will be: Together We Thrive. Advancing Prosperity for all served, today, tomorrow and into the future. We will have speakers from the Buffalo Hispanic Heritage Council, and music by Son Boriqua (latin jazz band)
In addition to food, music, and dancing, we are planning to have four to five interactive booths to present various Hispanic icons that demonstrate HSBC’s Brand Purpose ‘Advancing Prosperity for all served, today, tomorrow and into the
HLDC Chicago Chapter
Our team is co-hosting an event with E&Y and Y-Knot to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Meeting geared toward Millenials in the workplace. We will have Afro-Caribbean dance group from the Puerto Rican cultural center downtown who will perform during the cocktail hour.
Novartis is proud to recognize and promote National Hispanic Heritage Month. The organization creates a communications campaign to create awareness of the diversity of the Hispanic/Latino communities and the many contributions that they’ve made to American history and culture. The communication provides a timeline, historic and socials facts and figures, and the announcement of events planned by the Hispanic Latino Network (HLN) Employee Resource Group (ERG).
One of the HLN events is an annual art show at the Morris County Museum, partnering with community schools to provide students the opportunity to showcase their talent through art. The museum closes for this much-anticipated event where students display artwork that celebrates their Hispanic culture and expresses ideas about their life experiences through diverse socio/cultural/political themes. Last year the theme was What does freedom mean to you? This year’s theme is Leading the way – My generation and how we’ll change the world! The students get to invite teachers, friends and family members to view the artwork and enjoy the catered reception. Novartis’ art curator helps design the show and the HLN chair and other Novartis leaders participate as judges. The contest is a great way to encourage children to create their own personal identity; prizes are awarded to the top artists. The evening is always fun, informative and inspirational.
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, HLN is also planning a panel discussion titled, “Mental Illness & Associated Stigma.” The panelists will include a prominent group of mental health professionals – a psychologist, social worker and representative from a mental health organization. One in five Americans is impacted by mental health conditions every year, yet many avoid speaking of it or seeking treatment. The panel experts will focus on the challenges in identifying and acknowledging mental illness, because of the associated stigma. They will also explore the added impact of race and age when dealing with mental illness.
Later in the month a “Fun in the Sun” event organized by a partnership of the HLN and AACE (African Ancestry and Cultural Exchange) ERGs will provide a networking opportunity where members can get to know one another while gaining an appreciation of their diverse cultures.
Cleveland EBRG Spelling Bee
Latin American Community Center Hispanic Heritage Kick Off
HACR & Pgh Latino EBRG Networking Event
PNC Crezca con Exito Day (PNC Grow up Great day)
Sharing a Lens on Hispanic Culture
Hispanic Heritage HACR Live Stream Event Delaware
PNC Crezca con Exito Day (PNC Grow up Great day)
Hispanic Heritage Event
Living Well Presentation: How to Overcome Negative Thinking
Coffee Tasting & Networking
Speed Networking Event
Salsa Networking with BNY Mellon & ALPFA
Hispanic Heritage Month Speaker Series: Roberto Clemente Jr.
Pittsburgh Latino EBRG All Hands On Meeting
Celebrating Global Diversity at PNC
Delaware Latino Summit
SCHREIBER FOODS, INC.
MOSAIC, our multicultural Business Resource Group whose mission seeks to inspire an environment of cultural fluency through globally diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, has planned a variety of activities to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month:
Sodexo in partnership with the Sodexo Organization of Latino (SOL) EBRG (Employee Business Resource Group) offers employees a range of activities to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. To give this celebration additional exposure, Sodexo kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month, two weeks earlier, on the first day of September, since it overlaps with the National Disability Employment Awareness Month. A webinar series will be hosted on four separate dates that will showcase Sodexo leaders and the well-known keynote presenter, Juana Bordas, a specialist in leadership, diversity, and organizational change, and author of The Power of Latino Leadership and Salsa, Soul and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age
Mindful by Sodexo, an approach that focuses on transparency of ingredients, delicious food, satisfying portions and clarity in message to lead to healthier choices, is supporting a SOL themed lunch at Rio Cafe for HQ employee; recipes will be available online for all employees. All activities and calls to action including related external webinars are being announced and promoted using different media on different sites as well as various internal websites, newsletters and social media.
Latina entrepreneurs on the rise!
Wed Sept 19th
2-3:30pm in U Cafe
URBAN FARM VISIT
Visit the urban farms that serve our community
Fri Sept 28th
LOGRA MAS CON TU COCINA
Chef-led cooking demo & delicious free samples of Latin dishes!
Wed Oct 9th
11:30am-1:30pm in Marketplace
Empowerment Webinar Exclusive for LABN
Mon Oct 15th
Views on identity, culture, beauty, and hair
Presented by People En Español
Wed Sept 26th
2-3pm in U Cafe
UNDERSTANDING THE LATINX EXPERIENCE IN THE U.S.
Sign up via Learning Hub for the latest Cultural Immersion!
Tues Oct 2nd & Thurs Oct 4th
UNDERSTANDING AND INVESTING IN THE LATINX COMMUNITY
Networking & panel event with ALPFA
Thurs Oct 11th
5-8:30pm in Marketplace & U Cafe
LATINO TENSIONS IN THE US
CMI & Kantar present how brands can better connect with Latinx consumers
Mon Oct 22nd in U Cafe
BPC: 10:00 – 11:30am
F&R: 1:30 – 3:00pm
Verizon is excited to celebrate the Hispanic History Month! Our month-long program rallies around one objective: to build up our inclusive culture at Verizon. In this special Month, we specifically call out how we value and leverage our Hispanic employees’ unique perspectives and strengths, and how they have continued to deliver innovation and breakthrough results!
The theme this year – “UNIDOS WE ARE STRONGER!” – was voted by members of our Hispanic Support Organization, one of our employee resource groups.
The month-long program has 3 main anchors:
Showcasing Hispanic leaders (within Verizon and in different industries), calling out their success as walking proof of how diversity and inclusion bring bottom-line business impact.
Having honest discussions around challenges Hispanic individuals face in the business world and how to overcome them.
Uniting Verizon employees of all backgrounds through the contagious energy of the Hispanic culture!
Below are a few examples of the activities we have planned throughout the month:
L’ATTITUDE Conference kicks off leading into HHM – Wells Fargo is the official financial sponsor of L’ATTITUDE, a historic four-day business, media and leadership event that will convene influential Latinos (business leaders, artists, politicians and industry influencers) to discuss and celebrate the economic impact of U.S. Latinos on the New Mainstream Economy. An inaugural event, L’ATTITUDE will take place in San Diego, Calif. Sept. 8 –11, 2018.
Educational Fair to support individuals affected by Hurricane Maria – In partnership with other Central Florida organizations and nonprofits, Wells Fargo will lead an educational fair for individuals who have moved from Puerto Rico to Orlando due to conditions on the island after Hurricane Maria. September 21 marks the one year anniversary of the hurricane. The event will feature sessions about personal financial education, small business, home buying, job searching and more. We’re exploring how to leverage marketing/advertising opportunities for this event with the Marketing Hispanic Segment Strategy Leader.
Wells Fargo partners with Corporate Latin Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) – This partnership taking place statewide (in New Jersey) will support the Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievements (HISPA) 2018 Kickoff and recruitment event ‘With the Endless Power of our Voices’ on September 12. HISPA, Prudential and Hispanic Heritage Network (HHN), the company’s Hispanic-serving Business Resource Group, will host a diverse group of employees to kick off a new academic year of role model programs for New Jersey youth. HISPA, in partnership with Wells Fargo Latin Team Member Network and Latino Networks Coalition, will help more Latino students by getting local professionals into classrooms to introduce college and career opportunities.
Wells Fargo Museum to showcase Hispanic Heritage Cultural Celebration – This festive Hispanic Heritage Celebration will take place in Los Angeles on September 19. The event will include a “build-your-own miniature piñata” craft activity and a Team Member Show and Tell. Anyone that would like to participate is encouraged to bring an item of cultural significance or photo and be prepared to share a brief story (2-3 minutes) to promote learning about the culture.
ZURICH NORTH AMERICA
Zurich North America is excited to be honoring National Hispanic Heritage Month with programs and events for employees produced by our newly-formed Employee Resource Group, Latinos Unidos for Zurich (LUZ). Employee-led groups such as LUZ continue to grow throughout North America. They provide employees the opportunity to connect with and learn from a community of supportive colleagues, allowing us to unlock the full potential of our people and serve our customers better. At Zurich North America, valuing the diversity and potential of every individual is embedded in our Values and plays a significant role in how we are able to deliver on our strategy.
Having employees with diverse perspectives united with a single purpose helps us win in the marketplace. Zurich’s employee resource group, LUZ, has planned a variety of events that will help educate and engage all employees. These events include:
· Photo Headshot Event – LUZ invites employees to get updated professional headshots produced for free, helping them put a fresh face on all their professional needs.
· Food Truck Event – LUZ has paired up with the Zurich Asian American Alliance and Zurich African Ancestry Alliance employee resource groups to bring employees three different ethnic food trucks. Allowing employees to celebrate their cultures together through food and networking.
· Day of the Dead Celebration – Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican and Mexican-American celebrated holiday that honors those who have died. The celebrations occur on November 1 and 2. To honor the holiday, LUZ will sell themed cookies and provide additional information about the holiday.
· A Time for Giving Events – In coordination with Zurich North America’s charitable giving, LUZ will be helping connect its members to events that help support communities in need. Programing includes an Artisan Expo, participation in a Silent Auction, and competing in the annual Chili Cook-off.