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Why join our Leadership Summit?

Are you an aspiring or current leader in HR? Feeling the need to build connection for growth and development? Or just be surrounded by an amazing group that focuses on personal and professional growth?

Earn 6.5 professional development credits (PDCs) from SHRM as you re-ignite your purpose and lean into your curiosity by joining our global community & leadership summit for Latina HR leaders and allies. We will be spending the day sharing best practices, building our knowledge and connecting as a community ready to take our HR leadership to the next level.  Join us as we grow, learn, inspire and rise together at all levels personally and professionally.


Your Leadership Summit Ticket includes a year of benefits:

$295 / per ticket
  • (1) Virtual Leadership Summit Ticket
  • 1-Year membership access to LRUIHR private online community
  • Resume review
  • 1-Hour of Executive Coaching
  • Quarterly Virtual Workshops
  • Recording of Leadership Summit Content
  • Job Board Access
  • Membership Spotlight on social
  • HR Roundtables
  • SHRM Certification Credits (PDCs) for our events
  • Event Discounts & Invitations to private in-person city events
  • Weekly Articles & Research
  • A portion of this investment in YOU supports our scholarship

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About us

After failing to see representation of Latinas throughout human resources, Founder Priscilla Guasso set out on a quest to connect purpose-driven HR professionals looking to change the future of HR leadership. Created in October of 2020, Latinas Rising Up In HR | Latinas Avanzando en Recursos Humanos is an inspirational anthology of 35 motivational stories of HR leaders demonstrating perseverance, growth, purpose and resilience. The first of its kind, in January of 2021 this book became an Amazon Best Seller in (6) Categories and in 2022 and 2023 with the support of our 500+ community of Latinas in HR, scholarships were awarded and funded by partial proceeds of these books. For added community, a global movement of Latinas Rising Up In HR and allies was built across all social platforms representing HR leaders globally.

We are focused on connecting our community virtually and in-person through our Leadership Summit and VIP events.  As our community grows we hope to continue to bring greater value and resources to help support the personal and professional growth of our members.

Key pillars

We activate our purpose through our (4) key pillars:


Quarterly events, group coaching, annual leadership summit


Scholarships & career workshops


Authorship, Podcasts, Social Media Highlights and Speaking Opportunities


Join a growing global network of HR leaders and corporations that become your community where #TogetherWeRise #AvanzandoJuntas 

Our purpose

Latinas Rising Up In HR along with our amazing Allies work towards one purpose: to share our keys of knowledge and success to O-P-E-N doors of unlimited possibilities.

Our values


**All times are in CST and will be recorded**

9:30 - 10:00 am | Networking Time

Connect with us!

10:00 - 10:15 am | Welcome & Kick-off

Priscilla Guasso CEO & Founder of Latinas Rising Up In HR


Come ready to experience the infectious engergy brought forth by our Founder and Leader as she shares the future vision of Latinas Rising Up In HR. You will definitely want to take notes and take advantage of all the perks that your virtual ticket will provide you through the end of this year and into the next. Her heart is focused on your development and growth to ensure we all grow together. Foundational to who we are as an organization, she will share how we will continue to put our purpose into action. LRUIHR Purpopse: Creating a community of Latinas in HR (and allies) sharing their keys of HR knowledge and success to O-P-E-N doors of unlimited possibilities!

10:15 - 10:30 am | Keynote Speaker: “Being in Balance: Crafting a Life of Purpose and Fulfillment”

Valerie Hope CEO Connect to Joy, LLC


Are you tired of the endless juggling act between work and life? This transformative session goes beyond theory, offering actionable insights that empower you to reshape your life with purpose and fulfillment. Through relatable personal stories and powerful insights, you will bridge the gap between your aspirations and your reality. You’ll learn to navigate the complex landscape of emotions, purpose, and courage. You’ll gain a clear understanding of how to infuse passion and purpose into every aspect of your life. Discover the secrets to embracing self-awareness and identifying what truly brings you alive. From forging purpose-driven connections to unleashing your creative courage, this keynote equips you with practical tools to live a life that’s not just balanced, but deeply meaningful. You’ll walk away inspired and ready to embark on your own journey of transformative balance. It’s time to step into a life where passion and purpose harmonize, creating a symphony of fulfillment in every endeavor. In this session, you will:


  • Equip yourself with strategies that empower you to thrive amidst life’s changes. Uncover what really matters to you and use it for top-notch decision-making.
  • Forge a roadmap that merges your individuality with professional endeavors, fostering lasting equilibrium and purpose.
10:30 - 11:00 am | Speaker: Current State of Latinas

Sandra Noemi Torres Founder & President of United Latinas


Sandra leads as Founder & President of United Latinas. She’ll be sharing statistics of Latinas in the Workplace, trends and perspective on where to go next to make impact. We’re thrilled to have a partner with this organization to further understand our community landscape.

11:00 - 11:30 am | Speaker: Help! I’m an HR Team of One

Arely Lagunas CEO, Evolve HR Leadership Consulting


We get it. Sometimes it can feel like you’re on an island. Join us as contributing author Arely Lagunas walks us through best practices to keep your team of one afloat. Wearing different hats can be extremely difficult and during this session we’ll cut straight to the chase on what to focus on.

11:30 - 12:30 pm | Panel: Navigating your NEXT

Moderator: Myriam Del Angel – Vice President, HR North America at Randstad

Alana Tanguma Withers – Vice President of HR at EssilorLuxottica

Barbara King – Director of HR at Best Roofing

Rae Ali – HR Executive Professional


Join us for an engaging panel discussion. In this illuminating session, seasoned HR professionals will come together to share their insights, experiences, and strategies for charting a successful course in the ever-evolving world of Human Resources. Our distinguished panelists will explore various aspects of HR career development, including career advancement opportunities, skillsets essential for the future HR professional, staying relevant in a rapidly changing landscape, and how to overcome common career challenges. Join us for an enlightening discussion that will help you chart a clear and successful course in your HR career.

12:30 - 1:30 pm | Panel: Real Talk…who can truly keep it all together? (working moms/aging parents)

Moderator: Edith Pacheco – HR Data Governance Manager 

Ariana Paz – Sr. Director of HR at CNA 

Kayla Castro Kruger – Director of HR at Hyatt

Monica Gaona – Assistant Director of HR at Waldorf Astoria


In this heartfelt session, we bring together remarkable individuals who have embarked on the unique and challenging journey of balancing the responsibilities of working mothers and caring for aging parents. Our panelists, better known in their families as real-life heroes, will share their personal stories, insights, and invaluable tips on navigating the often complex and emotionally demanding roles of juggling career, family, caregiving and themselves. Through open and honest conversations, we’ll explore the joys and struggles, triumphs and challenges faced by those who gracefully manage the intricate dance of motherhood and elder care. Together, we’ll explore what it takes to navigate the beautiful chaos of ‘keeping it all together.'”

1:30 - 2:00 pm | Award Winners Announced

Master of Ceremony: Ariana Paz – Sr. Director of HR at CNA

Brenda Sanchez Pineda – Director of HR North America (US and Canada) at Robertet Group


Embedded in the fabric of our purpose as an organization, Latinas Rising Up In HR uses proceeds of our published book to give forward scholarships to undergradute, graduate and current HR professionals looking to Rise Up to their dreams to advance in HR. Celebrate with us as we announce our winners of our scholarships and suprise one of our Authors with our annual Leadership Award for demonstrating our values throughout the past year.

Moderator: Lisseth Zouhbi – Chief Human Resources Officer at Child Care Resource Center

Myriam Del Angel – Vice President, HR North America at Randstad

Lisa Farell – Managing Director, North America at MeetYoo

Yared Oliveros – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader at Tesla


In this illuminating session, our panelists will delve into the latest trends and cutting-edge technologies shaping the HR landscape. From AI-driven recruitment and workforce analytics to employee experience enhancement through digital tools, this panel will uncover the transformative impact of technology on HR practices. Join us for an enlightening conversation that bridges the gap between HR and technology.

2:30 - 3:30 pm | Panel: Always Learning: HR Development Best Practices for You

Moderator: Arlene Rodriguez – Principal, Talent Management at CDW

Stephanie Martinez – CEO, Empowered Leadership Consulting Group, LLC

Ilenia Herrera Lutz – Global Director of Talent Acquisition at Duck Creek Technologies

Naysa Aparicio-Hernandez – Chief Human Resources Officer at RJW Logistics Group


In this engaging session, we bring together experts and thought leaders in the field of Human Resources to delve into the exciting world of professional development within HR. Our esteemed panelists will share their knowledge and experiences, offering a deep dive into the most effective strategies and practices for continuous learning and growth in HR. From cultivating essential skills to staying up-to-date with industry trends, this panel will explore the pathways to becoming a dynamic and agile HR professional. Whether you are a seasoned HR veteran seeking to enhance your skillset or an aspiring HR enthusiast eager to embark on a learning journey, this panel discussion is designed to provide you with practical insights and actionable takeaways.

3:30 - 4:00 pm | Closing Remarks

Irma Reyes, Director of Human Resources and Staff Engagement at Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ 


Irma Reyes leads collaboratively with Executive staff for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the HR function of her organization. She is a dedicated HR professional, with a strong background in federal and state employment laws, DEI programs and training, compliance issues, employee relations and employment discrimination investigations in both private and public sectors. During her closing remarks be inspired by her heart to serve and ability to motivate our inner desires to achieve our dreams and beyond.

  • 9:30 - 10:00 AM

    Join us in the Networking Lounge to kick-off our time together.

  • 10:00 - 10:15 AM

    Welcome From Our Founder, Priscilla Guasso

  • 10:15 - 10:30 AM

    Keynote Speaker: Valerie Hope CEO Connect to Joy, LLC “Being in Balance: Crafting a Life of Purpose and Fulfillment"

  • 10:30 - 11 AM

    Speaker: "Current State of Latinas" by Sandra Noemi Torres, Founder & President of United Latinas

  • 11:00 - 11:30 PM

    Help! I’m an HR Team of One

  • 11:30 – 12:30

    Navigating Your NEXT

  • 12:30 – 1:30 PM

    Real Talk...Who Can Truly Keep It All Together?

  • 1:30 - 2:00 PM:

    Scholarships & 2023 Leadership Award Winner Announced

  • 2:00 - 2:30 PM

    HR Trends & Technology

  • 2:30 - 3:30 PM

    Always Learning: Development Best Practices for You

  • 3:30 PM

    Closing Remarks from Irma Reyes, Contributing Author Volume 1 and HR Director

Facilitated Networking Lounge:

  • 9:30a-10:00a Network With Us!

  • 12-12:30p Navigating DEI & SCOTUS

  • 1:30p-2:00p Building Support: What life transitions are you working through? Family? Kids? Career? Aging Parents

On-Demand Recorded Workshops

  • DEI Staying Ahead of the Curve by Janine Ting Jansen, Global DEIB Leader at Organon

  • Mental Health in the Workplace by Ohilda Holguin, Founder of Latinas in Wellness

  • LRUIHR, Join Our Continued Legacy by Priscilla Guasso, Founder & CEO of Latinas Rising Up In HR

  • Building Trust in Business Partnership by Luz Perez, Head of HR Canada at CDW

  • By Brenda Sanchez Pineda, Director of HR North America (US and Canada) at Robertet Group & Irma Reyes, Director of Human Resources and Staff Engagement at Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ

Event Details





Join us as we strengthen our knowledge from our speakers, panelists, workshops and grow together as one global HR community.



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Our Corporate Supporters

To become a corporate partner reach out to info@latinasrisingupinhr.com and we’ll have our Business Development Lead reach out.

Our Community Partners