“Latinas Rising Up in HR” created by Priscilla Guasso proudly showcases inspirational stories of aspiring human resources professionals who overcame obstacles and defied statistics to achieve their dreams in corporate America, nonprofit and as entrepreneurs. Their experiences answer the question, “Why aren’t there more Latinas in executive leadership?” and show how determination, grit, and finding the right mentors can pave the way to opportunity for anyone of any background. Be inspired by their personal wisdom in the Reflect and Rise micro-mentoring moments at the end of each chapter, and you too can continue to rise to your dreams.
Latinas in executive leadership roles are not very common. According to a Missing Pieces Report by Alliance of Board Diversity only 4% of executive positions at Fortune 100 companies are held by Latinas. When Priscilla Guasso, a 15-year experienced HR leader based in Chicago and Miami, began to notice this lack of diversity in executive roles she decided to bring to light and create a platform for Latina professionals. She had a vision to create a community to share their experiences, tips, and stories and to empower one another as they navigate their careers in human resources.