Even as we face the promise of a new year, a month in, we are constantly hearing about the increase in burnout and mental health challenges, and even more, we feel it. We are experiencing layoffs, inflation, racism, gun violence, and the list goes on and on. Those of us who are leading people are almost ready to call it quits. In fact, many are. At least 40% of managers' report burnout, executives are leaving at higher rates than ever before, and employees are more likely to leave companies that are not prioritizing equity.
As we planned for the coming year, it was clear that community, inclusion, and equity must be at the forefront. That means we must be people centric. With that as our focus, it was clear that our theme for 2023 should reflect our goals and call to action:
HACE UNITED: Accelerating Equity with Action & Accountability
We are excited to adopt this and explore all the opportunities it gives us to focus on lifting up our members, including you. It gives us direction and fresh motivation as an organization and addresses our concerns about the challenges we all face at work, at home, and in our community.
I have been leading others and serving underserved and underrepresented communities for over 15 years, eight of which have been at HACE. While Latinos continue to be underrepresented in positions of power and influence, I have hope because of what we do at HACE and the immediate impact we have.
However, it is not enough, and we are not moving fast enough, which is why we need to unify and collectively work together on ensuring that equity is present for ALL communities, that inclusion is felt in ALL communities, and that ALL communities feel seen, heard, and valued.
Throughout 2023, HACE will share inspirational stories of progress alongside key best practice recommendations and proposed solutions to help us collectively accelerate our progress. We hope that you will join us and be part of this movement!
Are you ready to take action and hold one another accountable?
Recently, I had the opportunity to be part of the Hispanic delegation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. There were many signs of progress on the “S” in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, as companies have increasingly faced concerns about employee wellbeing and had calls for action on social inequality. For example:
How can we leverage best practices or provide new solutions to accelerate equity and inclusion in our communities? At HACE, we will:
Will you unite with us? What action will you take this year? Are you interested in partnering or collaborating on any of these ideas or programs? Let us know!
Our collective power helps us go further. In unity, let’s take action and hold one another accountable!
President & CEO
Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)