As President and President-Elect of the HNBA, we are incredibly proud of the PODER25™ program which has brought together elite Hispanic in-house counsel across the country in our mission to increase diversity among General Counsel and C-Suite professionals.
The program was started in 2018 with a goal to increase the number of Hispanic General Counsel in Fortune 500 companies to 20 by the year 2025. Every year program participants continue to achieve significant internal promotions, upward moves with new companies and/or high-profile board appointments. We are well on our way towards achieving success.
The PODER25™ program is designed to provide in-house counsel with the tools and training to take the next step in their career and eventually rise to become General Counsel of a major company. The program includes recruiter introductions, dynamic speakers, and high-level mentorship and support. It also provides programming and coaching to increase participants’ gravitas, board-facing and team leadership, competencies, and overall readiness for top GC and senior executive roles.
Our new facilitator Angel Gomez and Javier Flores, our Vice President of Programs – Su Carrera, are continuing to build on the great work of the PODER25™ program, providing a broad range of programming and implementing a robust vision for the future. We are especially grateful to all of those who worked so hard to make the PODER25™ program successful over the last year. José Ramón González, Anna María Tejada, Jessica Mendez and the PODER25™ Steering Committee and Advisory Council have sacrificed hundreds of hours to grow PODER25™ into the elite program it is today. We owe all of these leaders a massive thank you for their dedication to HNBA/VIA and our mission to move the needle for future generations. On behalf of the HNBA/VIA, we hope you enjoy everything the PODER25™ program and the 2023 Corporate Counsel Conference has to offer.