About Us

Mission:

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.

History:

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.

Executive Board (Officers, Board of Directors and Advisory Board)

Officers:

  • R.A. (Rita) Lopez, President
  • Gloria Guerra, Vice President
  • Alba Hernandez, Treasurer
  • Cecilia Davila, Secretary
  • Maria “Curly” Alvarado, Parliamentarian / Conference Chair

Board of Directors:

  • Elba De Melo, Director – Memberships
  • Elizabeth “Lisi” Cocina, Ed.D., Director – Scholarship / Mentorship Programs
  • Josie Reyes, Director – Fund Development
  • Lillie R. Aranda, Director – Events / Programs
  • Patricia Limón de Rodríguez, Director – Website / Social Media
  • Mary Champion Closner, Director – Marketing / PR
  • Margarita J. Dunlap, Director – Historian/ Past President / Hall of Fame & Nominations

Advisory Board:

  • M. Helen Cavazos, Advisory Board Chair / Past President
  • Gloria Alvarez, Advisory Board Member / Past President
  • Celia Vara Valles, Advisory Board Member / Past President
  • Mary Almendarez, Advisory Board Member / Co-Founder
  • Michele R. Fraga,  Advisory Board Member / Past Officer
  • Sally Morin,  Advisory Board Member / Past Director
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  1. I would love if you have any information regarding a non profit organization or community center that give services to Latino Children in the Houston area. We would love to organize a toy drive for Christmas.

  2. Dora, almost any Neighborhood Centers location would qualify, but you might want to start with Ripley House. Also recommend checking out the Pancho Claus organization.

    Are you looking for something specific?

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