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PODER25™ is the General Counsel talent pipeline initiative of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and HNBA VIA Fund. As the national voice of the Hispanic legal community, the HNBA is uniquely positioned to Hispanic talent pools, expand their range of professional networks and partner with corporate leaders to increase Hispanic representation at the highest levels of their legal departments.
PODER25’s mission is to increase the number of Hispanic attorneys occupying senior positions within corporate legal departments by developing a pipeline of legal talent and assisting with their collective advancement. Our immediate goal is to increase the number of Hispanic General Counsel in Fortune 500 companies to a minimum of 20 by the year 2025.
PODER25 aims to fulfill its mission by: (1) promoting Latino and Latina legal talent to key selection decision-makers through disciplined talent management practices; (2) developing Latino and Latina legal talent by increasing awareness of selection processes and honing skills critical to selection by hiring managers; (3) coaching Latino and Latina legal talent to strengthen their individual potential and performance, focusing on developing core competencies associated with selection criteria; and (4) expanding and managing a robust network of key decision-makers in selection processes.
As many of us are aware, the number of diverse board members, CEOs, General Counsel and other senior executives at leading companies is exceedingly low in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and other measures. For example, Hispanics account for 18% of the population in the U.S. yet currently hold less than 3% of the sitting General Counsel roles at Fortune 500 companies. Yet the business case is undeniable: diverse teams have a better understanding of consumer preferences, a stronger mix of leadership skills, improved risk management and a greater ability to anticipate and respond to changes in an ever-changing marketplace.
PODER25 offers best-in-class programming and targeted coaching, guides leadership development, encourages cross-member connections through like-minded cohorts, creates career challenges and accountability, makes relevant introductions and fosters opportunities for key relationships with individuals who can serve as mentors, sponsors, validators, “personal board of advisor” members and other significant contacts in a robust General Counsel or GC-ready network.
PODER25 actively partners with leading and diversity-focused firms who regularly recruit for top General Counsel roles, including Major Lindsey & Africa, Bridge Partners, Heidrick & Struggles, Hedley May, Korn Ferry and Spencer Stuart, and serves as a resource for companies seeking qualified Hispanic GCs.
Each of the PODER25 tracks is limited in number, and members are expected to collaborate with their fellow participants, lead or facilitate events and serve as mentors to grow the talent pipeline of Hispanic attorneys (including those who may be a good fit for the program in the future). PODER25 is designed as a multi-year endeavor, and participants who have exhibited the ideals and share the goals of the program may be invited to continue in the following year.
View the PODER25 March 2021 Program, HERE.
View the PODER25 September 2020 Program, HERE.
View the PODER25 September 2021 Program, HERE.
2022 PODER25™ SPONSORS
Our sincere gratitude to our sponsors:
2022 PODER25™ CLASS
PODER25™ is a highly selective program and class sizes are limited. To apply for one of the 2022 classes, you must meet the relevant criteria and submit an application and reference by November 1, 2021. Member expectations include robust participation, mentoring and support of the PODER25™ mission.
For more information about PODER25™, please contact Javier Flores, HNBA National VP of Programs – Su Carrera, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PODER25™ Leadership Team
Javier Flores, HNBA National VP of Programs – Su Carrera
Jessica Mendez, HNBA Deputy VP of Programs – Su Carrera
Angel Gomez, PODER25 Facilitator
José Ramón González, Advisory Member
Carlos M. Bollar, HNBA National President & VIA Fund Chair
Mariana D. Bravo, HNBA National President-Elect & VIA Fund Vice-Chair
Carla Martin, HNBA/VIA Director of Programs