Latinas Avanzando En Recursos Humanos Spanish Book Debuts at the Close of Hispanic Heritage Month; 20 Authors reunite to share, celebrate diversity and inclusivity

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A year ago, author Priscilla Guasso, a 15-year experienced HR leader based in Chicago and Miami, launched her book “Latinas Rising Up in HR: Inspirational Stories of Human Resources Professionals Leading, Thriving, and Breaking Barriers.” Guasso was inspired to create a platform after she began to notice this lack of diversity in executive roles and decided to bring to light and create a community for Latina professionals.

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"This has always been a dream of mine and it’s continuing and it’s growing. As Latinas, we have so much to give, to the world and to our work and especially in the HR world.”

A year ago, author Priscilla Guasso, a 15-year experienced HR leader based in Chicago and Miami, launched her book “Latinas Rising Up in HR: Inspirational Stories of Human Resources Professionals Leading, Thriving, and Breaking Barriers.” Guasso was inspired to create a platform after she began to notice this lack of diversity in executive roles and decided to bring to light and create a community for Latina professionals.

Fast forward a year and at the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, Guasso launched the Spanish translation version of “Latinas Rising Up in HR” called “Latinas Avanzando En Recursos Humanos: Historias Inspiradoras De Profesionales De Recursos Humanos Que Lideran, Prosperan Y Rompen Barreras.” Now in Spanish, Guasso is excited to expand the accessibility of the book and hopes to share the stories with more readers and professionals to enjoy.

The book's preface is written by NBC Universal Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Salvador Mendoza. A mentor to her, Guasso credits for his guidance and tireless advocacy of her growth and success.

The following 20 authors featured in the book:

  • Priscilla Guasso, Speaker, Author & Founder of Latinas Rising Up In HR
  • Valerie Hope, Leadership Coach & Professional Speaker
  • Stephanie Martinez, CEO & Founder, HRDesigned4U, LLC
  • Janine Ting Jansen, Senior Director of Inclusion & Diversity
  • Irma I. Reyes, Director of HR
  • Katie Lopes, HR Anthropologist
  • Naysa Aparicio-Hernandez, Chief Officer of HR
  • Susana Mota, HR Business Partner
  • Edith Pacheco, Benefits Manager
  • Pamela Burga, Diversity & Inclusion Leader
  • Myriam Del Angel, HR Manager
  • Karina A. Jimenez, Regional HR Manager
  • Griselda Rodriguez, Sr. Director of Total Rewards
  • Sonya Lamas, HR Director
  • Monica Tijerina, Corporate Social Responsibility Strategist
  • Francisca Phillips, Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion Leader
  • Mercedes E Jaime, Supplier Diversity Professional
  • Isabel Montes, Human Resources & Learning Director
  • Karina Pro, Sr. Director of Human Resources
  • Luz Perez, HR Leader of Canada

The book’s recent launch in Coral Gables was a hybrid event with an in-person component where various authors and guests attended as well as a virtual option to reach a global audience. All 20 authors had the opportunity to share a few words about their experience participating in the book and about their HR careers.

During the hybrid launch, Guasso mentioned the six 2021 scholarships winners from the two scholarships offered through the platform: Latinas Rising Up in HR Student Scholarship offered to students ages 17-24 and the other Latinas Rising Up in HR Professional Scholarship offered to professionals with two to seven years' experience. A portion of the book proceeds of both books will continue funding these scholarships in 2022.

"This has always been a dream of mine and it’s continuing and it’s growing,” said Guasso as she kicked off the bilingual event. “As Latinas, we have so much to give, to the world and to our work and especially in the HR world.”

While she once had the vision to create a community to share their experiences, tips, and stories and to empower each other as they navigate their careers in human resources, Guasso has fulfilled her vision as now has over 800+ community members through her platform on Facebook and LinkedIn as well as a growing following on Instagram and Twitter.

“I can already see how bright the future is. We are really doing this. This is a true community that is rising!” she added.

For more information about the book and to purchase a copy visit http://www.latinasrisingupinhr.com.

Marketing partner support of this launch includes:

  • CDW
  • CHCI Alumni Association Chicago
  • FAIRYGODBOSS
  • Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc.
  • Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
  • Hispanic Executive
  • Hispanic Star
  • HRhotseat
  • Hyatt
  • Latina Style Inc.
  • Latinas and Power, Corp.
  • Latino Corporate Directors Association
  • Latino Economic Development Center - MN
  • Latino U College Access
  • National Association of Women Business Owners in MN
  • National Hispanic Corporate Council
  • Prospanica Chicago
  • Prospanica NYC
  • RJW Logistics Group
  • SHRM
  • SHRM Chicago
  • The Latinista
  • University of Illinois' Latino Latina Alumni Association
  • We Are All Human

About "Latinas Rising Up In HR"
"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.

About Fig Factor Media:
Fig Factor Media Publishing is an international publishing company with a "beeping" heart. Fig Factor Media has helped many authors achieve and support their dream of impacting their communities in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Fig Factor Media is the official publisher of Today's Inspired Latina. For information, visit http://www.figfactormedia.com. ###

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