Sonya Ulibarri, President and CEO of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, attends Binational Public Service Fellowship exchange in Puebla, Mexico





Executive leadership program for outstanding Latina professionals designed to create opportunities for women across sectors

LOS ANGELES, CA, JULY 2, 2019Grupo Salinas andHispanas Organized for Political Equality

(HOPE) are pleased to announce the second edition of the HOPE Nonpartisan and Binational Public Service Fellowship, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Aspen Institute Mexico.

The HOPE Binational Fellowship is an executive leadership program for outstanding Latina professionals who, through increased competence in national and global economic and security issues, are in a position to make urgent and long-lasting improvements in the lives of Latino communities in the United States and Mexico.

“With the success of the Binational Fellowship pilot program in 2018, we are excited to expand this network of powerful change makers who are strengthening ties between the U.S. and Mexico,” said Helen Iris Torres, Executive Director and CEO of HOPE. “This is an incredibly unique forum for Latina leaders not only to broaden their leadership potential, but to also lead the charge in achieving representation parity for Latinas nationally and globally.”

The Fellowship’s goals are to:

  • Immerse Fellows in the best research and analysis on critical national and global economic and security issues;
  • Create relationships between Fellows and national and international leaders who will serve as resources in their future endeavors; and,
  • Strengthen Fellows’ policy ideas, strategic thinking, and leadership style to maximize impact as a national and global leader.

The HOPE Fellowship program is comprised of 15 to 20 participants per year with the goal of 45 to 60 women completing the program in the first three years. The 2019 program will launch in Washington, DC on July 9-11, 2019. Fellows have been selected through a rigorous process following nominations by recognized leaders, mentors, national partners, or the HOPE Binational Advisory Group. To see a list of participating Fellows and the Advisory Group visit 

Grupo Salinas is proud to sponsor this innovative program and Chair the HOPE Binational Advisory Group, providing guidance to the organization’s leaders as it works to grow its impact at the national and international levels. 

“Grupo Salinas is honored to build capacity in our leaders, enhance their skills, and provide our binational talent with the best tools to develop their potential,” said Ricardo Salinas, Chairman and Founder of Grupo Salinas. “Creating opportunities for women at every level, within the private, public and social sectors, increases economic growth and enhances the well-being of communities.”

The fellowship program features on-site and off-site learning experiences, including two seminars, one in Washington, D.C. in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a second in Mexico City in partnership with Aspen Institute Mexico. Participants will also attend Ciudad de las Ideas, an International Festival of Brilliant Minds that includes presentations from over 60 speakers, from scientists to thought leaders. The festival will take place from November 8-10, 2019 in Puebla, Mexico (

“The Woodrow Wilson Center understands the value of women leaders as change agents,” mentioned Jane Harman, President of the Woodrow Wilson Center. “HOPE’s nonpartisan, binational program will enhance opportunities for women leaders across the United States and Mexico.”

“We look forward to welcoming HOPE participants in Mexico again”, said Enrique Berruga, Aspen Mexico’s CEO. “It is a great opportunity to foster relationships and thoughtful leaders” he concluded.

About Grupo Salinas

Grupo Salinas ( is a group of dynamic, fast growing, and technologically advanced companies focused on creating: economic value through market innovation and goods and services that improve standards of living; social value, to create social capabilities to improve the communities’ conditions; and environmental value, by reducing the negative impact related to its business activities. Created by Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo B. Salinas (, Grupo Salinas operates as a management development and decision forum for the top leaders of member companies. These companies include: TV Azteca (;,

Grupo Elektra (, Banco Azteca (, Advance

America (, Afore Azteca (, Seguros Azteca

(, Punto Casa de Bolsa (, Totalplay

( and Totalplay Empresarial ( TV Azteca and

Grupo Elektra trade shares on the Mexican Stock Market, and Grupo Elektra is part of its Sustainability Index. Each of the Grupo Salinas companies operates independently, with its own management, board of directors and shareholders. Grupo Salinas has no equity holdings. The group of companies shares a common vision, values and strategies for achieving rapid growth, superior results and world-class performance.

About Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE)

HOPE® is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has focused on empowering our communities through advocacy, Latina leadership training, and increasing knowledge on the contributions Latinas have made to advance the status of women for the past 30 years. To date, HOPE’s innovative programming has served 56,000 Latinas statewide and touched the lives of several thousand more.For more information visit 


Media Contact:           

Maya Gomez-O’Cadiz | HOPE Research & Communications Strategist | O: 213-286-2061 | C: 714-465-6243