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About our Events

Award 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.

  • Do I have to be a registered lobbyist to join HLA?
    No. HLA’s membership is open to all individuals who self-identify with or are committed to supporting the Hispanic/Latino community and who have professional responsibilities in the field of government relations and/or public affairs.
  • When does my membership start/end?
    HLA’s membership runs one full year from the date it was purchased.
  • I have joined HLA. How do I get involved?
    Attend our events and sign-up for one of our committees — communications, mentorship, professional development, social, diversity and inclusion, and Avanza.
  • Is my HLA membership transferable?
    Individual membership is non-transferable. If a member leaves their organization, the membership goes with them.
  • How can I renew my HLA membership?
    Click here to renew your membership!
  • Are my HLA membership dues tax deductible?
    HLA is a 501(c)(6) organization. Your dues are not deductible as charitable donations but may be tax deductible as a business expense. Please consult your tax adviser or the IRS to determine whether your membership dues are tax deductible.

Other Events

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. 

Become a Member Today!

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