Investing In Latinx Talent

Leading Advancement of the Latinx Labor Force

Step Up: Equity Matters, in partnership with the Latino Professionals Association of Greater Madison (LPA), performed a two-year in-depth analysis to understand LPA members' experiences in the workplace and develop a framework to guide industries, institutions, and policymakers in fostering the growth of our workforce.

As we reviewed the results of our survey, three specific themes emerged:

  • Educational attainment remains a concern and barrier for the Latinx community's employability in jobs of the future
  • Career advancement for the Latinx community remains elusive, and many see a lack of fairness in promotional opportunities
  • Workplace culture falls short of truly valuing the Latinx experience, skills, and knowledge; and impacts our members' well-being

We offer our report as starting ground for industry, policymakers, and our creative community to rally behind a collective plan that secures long-term economic recovery and mobility for Latinx and Wisconsin.


Yo Soy - Investing In Latinx Talent

Throughout the study, LPA members were invited to participate in a series of discussions about uncovered themes to gain a greater understanding of what has worked for them and what ideas they may have to improve the Latinx experience in the workplace.

In the concluding event of the 2020 Yo Soy series, Andrés T. Tapia shares a heartwarming and inspiring presentation on what it means to truly be "Auténtico" and the importance of embracing inclusive leadership in our organizations. As a Peruvian Latinx, he draws on the wisdom and insight of his rich bilingual/bicultural experiences and how it has strengthened his personal and professional life. Additionally, four LPA board members share their unique perspectives on education and careers. Norma Gallegos Valles, Rodrigo Valdivia, Mathias Lemos Castillo, and Tania Ibarra offer an honest discourse that provides depth and support to the study's findings.