The Hispanic Forum (HF) recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. The forum was founded two decades ago to connect Hispanic employees throughout GE with programs designed to promote professional development. Today, through activities such as mentoring, scholarships, and cultural events, HF supports not only current employees, but also emerging Hispanic talent in the communities where we live and work.
Since its founding in 1996, the Hispanic Forum (HF) has been dedicated to attracting, developing, inspiring, and promoting Hispanic talent in GE. The HF fosters connections at all levels of the organization through national and local hubs' events hosted throughout the year. Through these events, the group shares best practices and implements programs aimed at professional and personal development, retention, community outreach, and member engagement.
The HF is committed to creating an environment where Hispanics can thrive and make a positive impact at GE and in the communities where we live and work.
"Diversity is what makes us stronger as a company; our strength is our diversity and what we do in the HF has a huge impact on the company."
Steve Bolze Senior Vice President, GE Power HF Corporate Executive Sponsor
Partnership With the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
The HF works with the HSF to support and drive higher education opportunities for high school students who plan to major in STEM fields. Since 2015, the HF has raised over $200,000 in employee donations and matching contributions from GE. Over the last three years, GE and the HF have contributed $800,000 to the HSF to support scholarships, mentorships, and career readiness advice programs to ensure all their scholars are ready to make solid contributions in the workplace.
Unidos Mentoring Program This program provides HF members with opportunities to further personal and professional development through formal training, networking, and other community engagement programs at GE.
Hispanic Heritage Month From Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, the HF hubs mark Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting local events that recognize the work and influence of Hispanics in the U.S. The celebration includes events ranging from art exhibits to dessert socials, and is designed to bring focus and awareness to Latino culture.
Leadership Events and Opportunities In 2015, the HF hosted its 12th Global Hispanic Leadership Forum, reaching more than 575 members and 100 senior leaders from across GE. The event featured over 46 professional and leadership development workshops, networking sessions, recruitment events, and panel discussions with partners and customers from Latin America and the U.S. The event also served as a platform to recognize Hispanic employees whose exceptional contributions help to grow GE and build a stronger and more relevant HF.
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