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Who We Are & What We Do

The Hispanic Women’s Corporation (HWC) was founded in 1981 as a result of a series of meetings among the founding Latina women whose shared experiences sparked recognition that Latinos have unique social concerns, cultural challenges and opportunities requiring exploration.

Their diverse backgrounds in corporations, government, and educational institutions led to the establishment of the HWC Professional Development & Leadership Institute for women and the Youth Institute for students.

HWC now has become a national force drawing over 2000 attendees to the Executive, Professional and Youth Leadership Institutes. Continuing our HWC Youth Leadership Institute is imperative as we focus on the future of Latino students annually in their junior high and high school years for higher education academic preparation and career initiatives.

Hispanic Women’s Corporation (HWC) founders as noted on the Articles of Incorporation as filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission were: Nancy Jordan, Peggy Jordan, Honorable Mary Rose Wilcox, Honorable Sylvia Arrellano, Lillian Hoyos, Lucia Madrid, and Rosalinda Acosta. HWC salutes these Latinas for their vision and the volunteers they brought together throughout their many years of service.

Graduation Ceremony


HWC empowers Latina women and youth by serving as an effective voice for their communities.​


HWC demonstrates its commitment to this mission by supporting Latinas through leadership development at national, regional, and local levels by promoting women’s empowerment, higher education, health & wellness, youth leadership, and financial literacy.


Higher Education

Financial Literacy

Health & Wellness

Women's Empowerment

Youth Leadership

Board Of Directors


Melissa McDonald, J.D.

Board Chair


Board Secretary

Alexandra Figueroa





Yolanda Gallardo

Melissa McDonald, J.D.

Chief Operating Officer

Raza Development Fund (RDF)

Phoenix, AZ

Alexandra Figueroa


GM General Motors

Chandler, AZ

Milton Dellossier

VP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Capital Group

Los Angeles, CA

Yolanda Gallardo

Dean of Education

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA


Lina Garcia Seabold

Lina Garcia Seabold

GSI Builders, Inc.

Spokane, WA


Norma Taylor

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Joanne Tillson

Norma Taylor

Senior Recruiter

Wells Fargo

Phoenix, AZ

Joanne Tillson

Delta Airlines Retired

Phoenix, AZ

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