Grupo Salinas and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Announce Nonpartisan & Binational Public Service Fellowship

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Los Angeles, CA, July 9, 2018 -- Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) are pleased to announce the HOPE Nonpartisan and Binational Public Service Fellowship, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Aspen Institute Mexico.

The HOPE Fellowship is an executive leadership program for outstanding Latina professionals who, through increased competence in national and global economic and security issues, are in a position to make urgent and long-lasting improvements in the lives of Latinas in the United States and all communities.

"Latinas now represent 8.7 percent of the total U.S. population, with projections indicating sustained demographic growth in the coming decades,” said Helen Iris Torres, Executive Director and CEO of HOPE. “As Latinas continue to drive business creation and increase their buying power and educational attainment, we must ensure they have a seat at the table by assuming more national and international leadership roles.”

The fellowship's goals are to:

  • Immerse Fellows in the best research and analyses on critical national and global economic and security issues;
  • Create relationships between Fellows and national and international leaders who will serve as resources in their future endeavors; and
  • Strengthen Fellows’ policy ideas, strategic thinking, and leadership style to maximize impact as a national and global leader.

The HOPE Fellowship program will be comprised of 20 Fellows per year and Fellows may participate for up to three years, with the goal of 45-60 Latinas completing the program in the first three years. The first cohort will start in July 2018. Fellows will be selected through a competitive process following nomination by recognized leaders, mentors, national partners, or the HOPE National Advisory Group. To see a list of the fellows, coaches and the national work group please visit the HOPE Nonpartisan & Binational Public Service Fellowship.

Grupo Salinas is proud to sponsor this innovating program and Chair HOPE’s National Work Group, providing guidance to the organization’s leaders as it works to grow at the national and international levels.

"At Grupo Salinas we value the importance of women in the workplace, promoting women’s leadership, empowerment and entrepreneurship,” said Ricardo Salinas, Chairman and Founder of Grupo Salinas. “Creating opportunities for women at every level, within the private, public and social sectors, improves productivity and increases economic growth.”

The fellowship program features on-site and off-site learning experiences and seminars. This year the group will host two seminars, one in Washington, D.C. in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a second in Mexico City in partnership with Aspen Institute Mexico. The first seminar will include speeches from Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and former U.S Ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson. The women will also attend Ciudad de las Ideas, an International Festival of Brilliant Minds with the participation of over 60 speakers, from scientists to opinion leaders. The festival will take place from the 16th to the 18th of November 2018 in Puebla, Mexico (

Seminar topics will include national and global security, economic policy and trade, and responsible consumption and production, as well as personal leadership development. Fellows will also complete individual projects, including a personal strategy to pursue a national public service opportunity.

"The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars understands the value of women leaders as change agents,” mentioned Jane Harman, President of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “HOPE’s nonpartisan, binational program will enhance opportunities for women leaders across the United States and Mexico.”

"We are excited to partner with HOPE in creating an exceptional program for this group of women leaders and strengthen the ties between the United States and Mexico,” said Adalberto Palma, Executive Director of Aspen Institute Mexico. “Having a group of thought leaders around the table, brainstorming about subjects we deeply care about, has proven to be very valuable and we are looking forward to this conversations."

About Grupo Salinas

Grupo Salinas ( is a group of dynamic, fast growing, and technologically advanced companies focused on creating: economic value through market innovation and goods and services that improve standards of living; social value, to create social capabilities to improve the communities’ conditions; and environmental value, by reducing the negative impact related to its business activities. Created by Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo B. Salinas (, Grupo Salinas operates as a management development and decision forum for the top leaders of member companies. These companies include: TV Azteca (;, Grupo Elektra (, Banco Azteca (, Advance America (, Afore Azteca (, Seguros Azteca (, Punto Casa de Bolsa (, Totalplay ( and Totalplay Empresarial ( TV Azteca and Grupo Elektra trade shares on the Mexican Stock Market and are part of its Sustainability Index. Each of the Grupo Salinas companies operates independently, with its own management, board of directors and shareholders. Grupo Salinas has no equity holdings. The group of companies shares a common vision, values and strategies for achieving rapid growth, superior results and world-class performance.

About: Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE)

HOPE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring political and economic parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy, and education to benefit all communities and the status of women. HOPE’s Education activities include: Latina History Day Conference, Latina Action Day Conference, Young Professionals Summit and HOPE Leadership Programs.

Media contact: Maya Gomez-O'Cadiz | | 213-286-2061

Program Contact: Helen Iris Torres | | 213-622-0549