About our Events
Avanza Awards: The Avanza Awards recognize trailblazers who have demonstrated leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion among their staff in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors and/or leading policy priorities that advance Latino civic, social, and economic empowerment. In addition to forging a path forward in either diversity and/or policy, the Avanza Awards recipients have also served with excellence in their respective areas of expertise.
Poder Award for Congressional Leadership: The Poder Award is given to current members in both the U.S. House and Senate who demonstrate leadership in promoting diversity among their staff and across the government affairs sector.
Raices Award for Community Leadership: The Raíces award is given to an advocate in the nonprofit sector who has advanced public policy priorities and led efforts toward Latino civic, social and economic empowerment.
The Trailblazer Award: The Trailblazer award will be given to a government affairs professional or firm who has paved the way for diversity across our profession and promoted the important role of Latino professionals in the industry.
President’s Award: The President’s Award is bestowed on an individual who has demonstrated and embodied the values promoted by the Hispanic Lobbyists Association and excelled in their area of expertise.
HLA provides a host of programming and special events throughout the year:
Mentorship Mixers: HLA partners with the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association (CHSA) each year for a mentorship program and provides opportunities for mentors and mentees to connect.
Professional Development: HLA provides tailored programming to support members’ career development and growth, in areas such as ethics in lobbying, campaign finance, and personal finance/wealth building. Diverse heads of office
Social Hours: HLA hosts happy hour events for membership networking – past events include Cinco de Mayo and Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.
Diversity & Inclusion: HLA organizes events to support diversity in government relations, such as women’s history month panels and roundtables on diversifying corporate America.
Charlas con Congresistas: HLA hosts a series of small-group conversations with Hispanic members of Congress.
Annual Holiday Celebration: HLA holds this event each December to close out the year and introduces the new board every two years.