Hispanic American Business Leaders Association (HABLA)

A registered student organization of Cornell University.



HABLA is a student-led organization that seeks to empower Latino and Hispanic American MBA students to succeed academically and professionally, raise awareness about the importance of bringing diversity into the workplace, and develop a pipeline to increase Latinx/Hispanic American representation at Cornell Johnson's Graduate School of Management.









Our Board

Carolina Montoya
Matheus Lelis
Joseph Ortiz Rivera
VP, Admissions
Daniella Sauri
VP, Corporate & Alumni Relations
Carolina Cantu
VP, Marketing
Dani Luna
VP, Social

About Us

What does HABLA do?

1) Holds events across campus to increase awareness about the Latinx/Hispanic American experience and importance of our perspectives in academia and the workplace.

2) Creates a safe and tight-knit community, where Latinx/Hispanic American students and their allies can share and bond over their experiences.

3) Mentors undergraduate students through INROADS.


Dear Alumni,

We want to stay in touch with you and create a strong HABLA community. Therefore, please join our LinkedIn Group below to connect with fellow HABLA members and alumni and enjoy periodical postings of interesting articles.



What have we been up to?

Our board and members have begun volunteering for INROADS, a non-profit organization that provides career preparation and internships for diverse and/or disadvantaged undergraduate students. This relationship fosters our mission by providing mentoring and building a potential recruiting pipeline. Please visit INROADS for more information about the organization.

Amidst the changing environment secondary to the Coronavirus pandemic, HABLA is looking forward to engaging members of the Johnson community as well as alumni. This will allow us to continue building our community and remain strong as an organization during this uncertain time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Latinx?

A person of Latin American origin or descent (used as a gender-neutral or nonbinary alternative to Latino or Latina).

What is a Hispanic American? A Latin American?

"Hispanic" refers to descendants of Hispanophone countries and cultures — that would include Spain and the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America. "Latino," by contrast, refers to people of Latin American heritage, which includes Brazil, but excludes Spain and Portugal.

Why is Hispanic representation in the C-Suite important?

Hispanics are the largest minority group in the U.S., yet they occupy only 4.3% of executive positions. Numerous studies have shown that diverse leadership teams positively impact profitability, making increased Hispanic representation not only a good idea but a necessity. Hispanics in leadership roles can also help bridge perspectives as corporations look to capture market share comprised of the growing Hispanic community.

Is it Colombia or Columbia?

It's Colombia.

E: johnsonhabla@cornell.edu

Hispanic American Business Leaders Association (HABLA)

107 Sage Hall
Ithaca NY 14853