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HPS Leadership Speaker Series

Inspiring, empowering, and celebrated - HPS Leadership Speaker Series kicks off Women’s History Month with a bang!

On March 1, 2024, the stage was set, and hearts were filled with anticipation as HPS (Hispano Philanthropic Society) embarked on a momentous occasion, marking the commencement of Women’s History Month with a resounding celebration. Over 120 esteemed guests graced the event, transforming it into HPS’s most successful Leadership Speaker Series to date. Dubbed “Celebrando a Las Mujeres Poderosas” (Celebrating Powerful Women), the event was a poignant tribute to the influential Hispanic women shaping our communities.

The atmosphere crackled with excitement and reverence as attendees gathered to honor the invaluable contributions of Hispanic women in various spheres of life. From trailblazing entrepreneurs to dedicated community leaders, the event showcased the multifaceted achievements of five influential Hispanic female leaders in our community. The event featured an inspirational conversation with Janice Torrez, President of Blue Cross & Blue Shielf of New Mexico, Rita Gonzales, Associate Labs Director at Sandia National Laboratories, Michelle Hernandez, Partner and Shareholder at Modrall Sperling Law Firm, and Kim Sanchez-Rael, President of the Board of Regents at the University of New Mexico and Co-Founder/CEO of Azuca. The event was also moderated by Olivia Padilla-Jackson, Vice President of Finance and Operations at Central New Mexico Community College.

As the event unfolded, the stage came alive with inspiring stories and insightful perspectives shared by distinguished speakers. Each speaker brought a unique narrative, weaving a tapestry of resilience, determination, and empowerment. Their journeys served as beacons of hope, igniting a flame of inspiration in the hearts of all present.
The event not only celebrated past triumphs but also emphasized the importance of nurturing future leaders. Through engaging discussion, attendees were encouraged to embrace their potential and seize opportunities for growth. Additionally, the networking opportunities at the event provided a platform for aspiring leaders to connect with seasoned professionals, fostering a culture of mentorship and support.

Moreover, “Celebrando a Las Mujeres Poderosas” underscored the significance of diversity and inclusion in driving progress and innovation. By amplifying the voices of Hispanic women, HPS reaffirmed its commitment to fostering an inclusive environment where every individual is empowered to thrive. When asked about the event Ana Trujillo, Vice Chair of HPS stated “Reflecting on the resounding success of our Women’s Speaker Series, we are proud to have provided a platform for New Mexico’s extraordinary women to share their stories of triumph, resilience, and achievement. Their passion, wisdom, and leadership resonated deeply with our audience, sparking meaningful conversations and fostering a strong sense of community. As we continue to champion diversity, talent, and innovation, we look forward to building upon this momentum and empowering even more women to reach their full potential”.

As the curtains drew to a close on this unforgettable event, the spirit of celebration lingered, leaving an indelible mark on all who attended. “Celebrando a Las Mujeres Poderosas” not only celebrated the past but also illuminated the path forward, beckoning us to continue championing the rights and contributions of Hispanic women in our communities. In commemorating Women’s History Month, HPS has set the stage for a month-long celebration of empowerment, resilience, and solidarity.


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