PODER25™ is the General Counsel talent pipeline initiative of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and HNBA VIA Fund. As the national voice of the Hispanic legal community, the HNBA is uniquely positioned to mobilize Hispanic talent pools, expand their range of professional networks and partner with corporate leaders to increase Hispanic representation at the highest levels of their legal departments.
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.
PODER25™ hosted its Elevar Showcase in association with the 2023 HNBA/VIA Corporate Counsel program in Phoenix hosted by DLA Piper.
The Hispanic National Bar Association and HNBA VIA Fund Announce the PODER25 Class of 2023
MARIANA D. BRAVO
Partner, Carr Maloney P.C.
PODER25’s mission is to increase the number of Hispanic attorneys occupying senior positions within corporate legal departments by developing a pipeline of legal talent and assisting with their collective advancement. Our immediate goal is to increase the number of Hispanic General Counsel in Fortune 500 companies to a minimum of 20 by the year 2025.
Launched in 2018, PODER25™ is the General Counsel talent pipeline initiative of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and HNBAVIA (“Vision in Action”) Fund.