What is one professional network you’d recommend for Latina professionals or entrepreneurs?
To help you find the right professional network for Latina professionals, we asked business professionals this question for their insights. From the Hispanic Alliance for Career Advancement to the Association of Latino Professionals for America, there are several professional networks for Latinas in the business world.
Here are eight recommended networks for Latina professionals and entrepreneurs:
- Hispanic Alliance for Career Advancement
- Association of Latino Professionals for America
- National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures
- #LatinaEntrepreneur via Twitter
- Latinas in Business Inc.
- Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting
- Entrepreneurship Latina Leaders of America
Hispanic Alliance for Career Advancement
I would try to join or network with the Hispanic Alliance for Career Advancement (HACE). They help mentor professionals to advocate for themselves in their careers and to become a leader in their industry. HACE also helps companies create diversity, equity, and inclusion resources to help their employees and to be more diverse.
-Olivia Young, Conscious Items
Association of Latino Professionals for America
ALPFA, which is the Association of Latino Professionals for America, is a national nonprofit organization that focuses on providing professional development and career-building opportunities. While their initial focus was in finance and accounting, they have since evolved to incorporate other areas of business such as technology. They have many chapters throughout the country, so depending on your location you can find the most convenient chapter location for you. You can find out more about their upcoming events, fellowship programs, and scholarship opportunities by checking out their website.
-Rronniba Pemberton, Markitors
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures
As a photographer, I recommend that Latina professionals in the arts connect with a professional organization that focuses on the arts such as the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC). When you become a member, you receive access to the wide network they offer as well as resources. For example, NALAC recognizes that many Latinx artists have struggled throughout the pandemic and have offered grants to those in need.
-Rya Michele Eisma, Photographic Artist & Women’s Advocate
#LatinaEntrepreneur via Twitter
While it’s not a professional organization, Twitter is the place to be if you are a Latina entrepreneur and it offers a public platform to connect with others. First, all professionals network on Twitter and LinkedIn. The reason Twitter should be the first choice has to do with hashtags. On Twitter, people wanting to support a Latino-owned business will do a hashtag search. #LatinaEntrepreneur is a popular Twitter hashtag. When a Latina entrepreneur promotes their business, I suggest they use the hashtag #LatinaEntrepreneur, so people can find you, such as other professionals looking to network and new clients wishing to support your business.
-Janice Wald, Mostly Blogging Academy
Latinas in Business Inc.
I’d strongly suggest it for professional networking because the purpose of LatinasinBusiness.us is to bring together a community of bloggers, writers, vloggers, communicators, and company owners advocating to promote, enrich, and empower Latinas in business and the workplace.
-Saskia Ketz, Mojomox
Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting
Latina professionals in the finance and accounting industry need to join this association to access their workshops and mentorship programs. The non-profit organization started in 19772 to help Latinos and Latinas access professional development opportunities and career resources. The goal is to help Latin professionals become excellent leaders across various sectors in the global economy.
-Nunzio Ross, Majesty Coffee
Entrepreneurship Latina Leaders of America
ELLA Program (Entrepreneurship Latina Leaders of America) supports female entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their businesses. It provides mentorship from industry leaders in marketing, accounting, and really anything it takes to run a business and includes group mentorship sessions. There are also other events and workshops. It’s such a great way to connect and learn from other entrepreneurs along the way. That support is so important for emerging entrepreneurs.
-Hector Gutierrez, JOI
BeVisible.soy is a great network for Latina professionals to be a part of. It helps Latinas recruit, find jobs, find mentors, and network with other Latina professionals. It is a valuable resource for any professional Latina and is worth checking out in addition to LinkedIn.
-Tyler Read, PT Pioneer
This post was written by Brett Farmiloe and originated on SCORE.