Part of our Women’s History Month series.
I became a member of Hispanic Women in Leadership shortly after graduating from college. It was, in fact, Dr. Laura Murillo who invited me to my first meeting. And I sat in that first meeting, among Latina lawyers, accountants, businesswomen and politicians (among others) and was just hooked. I came back to more meetings. I joined. I volunteered. I’m a lifetime member, though right now I’m taking a break for any volunteer activities.
That was the disclaimer.
According to their website, Hispanic Women in Leadership was chartered in June 1988, “soon after a pioneering group of Hispanic women in Houston successfully produced the first Hispanic Women’s Conference. Membership has grown from 20 founding members to today’s figure of over 400 professional women and men who are committed to advocating Hispanic women’s issues and to improving the quality of life for Hispanic women.”
Their mission is “To encourage and promote the development and advancement of all women in general, and Hispanic women in particular. Hispanic Women in Leadership (HWIL) is a service organization committed to promoting the advancement of Hispanics and women in the areas of education, professional interaction, leadership training, mentorship and the perpetuation of the Hispanic culture. In addition, the Hispanic Women In Leadership organization shall strive to provide a forum for addressing issues affecting the Hispanic community.”
It’s one of many great Latina organizations in Houston. I’ll be profiling others later this month.