Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery
National Hispana Leadership Institute
"Latina Leadership Breakfast"
September 16, 2010
¡Buenos días National Hispana Leadership Institute!
Thank you Cristina Lopez for your kind introduction.
NHLI is fortunate to have you as their President.
Thank you all for being here at the U.S. Department of Labor!
As we continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month today I am happy to honor all of you... Latina leaders representing different fields around the country.
I know all of you are busy women making changes in people's lives.
If you're not mentoring other young adults, you're holding events, finding new partnerships and so many other projects you are launching.
I want to commend you for all of your work and because your actions speak much louder than words.
We honor your dedication to public service.
As you know NHLI was born out a study done here at the U.S. Department of Labor.
A study that reflected the underrepresentation of Latinas in leadership positions in the workforce.
Although women of color were moving up the ladder in the late 1980s; specifically, Latinas were not seen at the mid and senior levels of management in government or corporate sectors.
Latinas were also not joining board positions, in the private and non-profit arenas.
In 1987, NHLI was born and today your organization is the only national leadership development program in the Unites States focused on developing Latina women leaders!
That deserves a round of applause!
Here at the Labor Department, we want ALL women to succeed.
We want Latinas to be part of the future high growth career sectors, like green jobs, science, technology, engineering, math, and the health care.
We want you to have the tools and education to compete for the good jobs of the future.
I believe in: "Good and safe jobs for everyone," including women.
In this building... whether it's implementing new strategies, new programs and new campaigns across the nation, good and safe jobs are at the core of what we do.
Let me just quickly tell you some of the many things we are doing for women here at the Department of Labor.
We are training women across the nation for new careers and it's completely free!
We have hundreds of One Stop Centers and Job Corps Centers throughout the country.
As a matter of fact, the Potomac Job Corps Center is catering our food today!!!
Can we please give them a round of applause?
These students, as we can see -are getting real life experience in the career they have chosen- from culinary arts to renewable energy jobs; or green jobs as we call it.
We've even partnered with private businesses, labor, educational institutions, and community based organizations to provide the funds to help people get back to work.
Also, this month we launched a new online tool to help job seekers find a job, communicate with potential employers, find where to train or learn a new skill... and even where to start your career.
It's done by visiting: www.myskillsmyfuture.org.
Job seekers not only need to train for a job, but they also need to know exactly how and where to find work.
And getting people back to work is what we are doing.
Whether you are a young person, or live in a low-income household, are older than 50, or maybe you're a veteran, we are working for you.
And we are the only federal agency with a department dedicated to help women pursue a career, climb up the latter in a job, or start a business.
In a few minutes you will hear more about the wonderful things we are doing directly from the director of the Women's Bureau Director, Sara Manzano-Diaz.
I want to leave you by reminding you that our doors are open for you.
You have a friend here at the Department of Labor.
Thank you so much for being here today.