Latinas Rising Up In HR Book Announces Inaugural 2021 Scholarship Reception & Winners - Six Latinas will use scholarships to fund their education or certification

(Chicago, Illinois & Miami, Florida) Aug. 23, 2021—Latinas Rising Up In HR, a book by Leadership Catalyst Priscilla Guasso presenting inspirational stories of aspiring human resources professionals who overcame obstacles and defied statistics to achieve their dreams in corporate America and in the nonprofit sector and as entrepreneurs announced its six inaugural scholarship winners.

The book awarded three college or post-grad student scholarships valued at $500 and three professional scholarships valued at $1,000.

The student scholarship winners are:

  • Alejandra C. Sanchez of Chicago, Illinois
  • Alexandra McNamara of Saint John, Indiana
  • Pamela M. Gonzalez Vargas of College Station, Texas

The professional scholarship winners are:

  • Terry Hernández of Portland, Oregon
  • Vanessa Duran of Marina Del Rey, California
  • Yasmin Mijarez of Chicago, Illinois

The winners will use these scholarships to further their education as they aspire or continue to grow as human resources professionals. Guasso explained that she received over 50 applications from across the country and her scholarship team consisting of 12 contributing authors reviewed each of the entries.

“The scholarship was funded by the immense support of everyone that believed in our stories and purchased a copy of our book Latinas Rising Up In HR,” Guasso said. “Partial proceeds of every purchase go towards funding our scholarship and can be bought online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target and Walmart.”

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month which begins on Sept. 15 and ends on Oct. 15, Guasso will host a Virtual Scholarship Reception to shine a light on these six up-and-coming HR professionals from 2 to 3:30 p.m. CST on Saturday, Sept. 18. Register at this link.

“Through the ongoing support of our community and allies, it is an honor to have the opportunity to welcome each winner to this platform to share their story and continue inspiring others," she said. “Everyone participating will have the opportunity to network with either the scholarship winners, the authors of our book, corporate supporters and each other. I’m a firm believer in our purpose and invite you to join us as we continue to share our keys of knowledge and success to open doors of unlimited possibilities. After hearing each of their stories, my hope is you’ll be inspired to connect, support and invest in the careers of Latina leadership in human resources to further impact the diversity, equity and inclusion of Latino talent in our workforce.”

About Latinas Rising Up In HR
Latinas Rising Up In HR created by Leadership Catalyst, Priscilla Guasso, proudly showcases inspirational stories of aspiring human resources professionals who overcame obstacles and defied statistics to achieve their dreams in corporate America, nonprofit and as entrepreneurs. Their experiences answer the question, "Why aren't there more Latinas in executive leadership?" and show how determination, grit, and finding the right mentors can pave the way to opportunity for anyone of any background. Be inspired by their personal wisdom in the Reflect and Rise micro-mentoring moments at the end of each chapter, and you too can continue to rise to your dreams. # # #

If you would like to interview Priscilla about these scholarships and one of the winners, please contact

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