Feliz mes de la Herencia Hispana!
During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) NAPW celebrates the history, culture, and important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States. The range of dates is significant because September is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile. Additionally, Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12.
From century-old traditions, food, music, arts and sciences, the multi-ethnic and cultural customs of Hispanic and Latino communities contribute immensely to the diversity of our country AND to the NAPW community.
Think you know your Hispanic facts? Think again!
At 54 million strong, Hispanic Americans make up 17% of the nation’s population, according to 2014 Census Bureau report. By 2060, the Hispanic population is projected to increase to 128.8 million (31%). In 2007, there were 2.3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the US, a 43.6% increase from 2002. Research from the University of Georgia’s Selig Center for Economic Growth estimates that Hispanics will represent 74% of labor force growth by 2020. In fact, by 2025, Hispanic consumer buying power could increase significantly between $2.5 trillion to $4.4 trillion according to a recent study from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Here are even more interesting facts about Hispanic Americans:
- At least 1-in-5 public school kindergartners is Latino, according to the most recent findings by the Pew Research Center.
- More than 35 million Latinos speak Spanish at home. About 38% say Spanish is their dominant language, compared with 25% who are English-dominant and 36% who are bilingual, according to the Pew Research Center’s 2013 National Survey of Latinos.
- 1.2 million Hispanics or Latinos 18 and older are veterans of the US armed forces.
- President Barack Obama announced this summer that the US and Cuba re-established diplomatic ties and opened embassies in both capitals. The White House is working on lifting—or at least revising—the 50-year-old US embargo on Cuba, so that Americans and Cubans can freely travel between the two countries and do business together. Pope Francis’ recent visit to Cuba and the United States offered a symbolic message of hope with subtle prayers for reconciliation and tolerance for change. The vote on the embargo may come as soon as next month.
Are you registered for the next eChapter meeting ? You can sign up now and connect with us on Thursday, September 24 at 4pm EST. We’ll be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a roster of dynamic Latina executives and entrepreneurs, including:
- Monica Garcia Robinson, Life Coach; NAPW South Denver Local Chapter President
- Ruth Garcia-Corrales, PR & Community Affairs Manager, Curacao; NAPW Los Angeles Local Chapter President
- Maria-Andrea Gerling-Ospina, Director, US Card, Capital One
Three Hispanic VIP Members will also be presenting in our VIP Spotlight. The meeting will be dedicated to Hispanic cultural education and the success of our members. If your Local Chapter is looking for a fun, creative way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the 2015 Foundation Calendar has some great ideas. NAPW members can organize a Hispanic dance class or fundraiser to support NAPW Foundation partner Girls Inc. and their Latina initiative. If you want to network over dinner, hold your next meeting at your local Latino restaurant and honor a Hispanic leader in your community.
What is your Local Chapter doing to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? Share your initiatives below.