Youth Movement

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana offers an outlet for rising young professionals to network and gain development opportunities

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana provides career development and community building to Hispanic youths in New Orleans.

According to their mission, the Hispanic Young Professionals of Louisiana (HYPLA) “fosters the growth of the Hispanic young professional community through networking, leadership development, and community service.”

HYPLA cultivates the development of Hispanic young professionals in the community by providing engaging opportunities to volunteer, network and learn.

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“These opportunities, as expressed by many members,” said Marina Manzanares, HYPLA Chair, “are highly rewarding, both personally and professionally.”

Some of these events include a Lunch and Learn series where around 50 young Hispanic professionals learned how to overcome challenges from influential Hispanic professionals, collaborations with other young professional groups at events such as YP Kart Nite where over 70 young professionals could network in a fun and relaxing environment, and a partnership with Junior Achievement which provided a platform for HYPLA members to engage with, share and inspire elementary aged children to become successful and responsible citizens.

Through these events, HYPLA members are given an opportunity unlike any other.

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One of the founding members of HYPLA, Ernesto Posadas, said that being a member of HYPLA has allowed him to positively and effectively represent Latinos while also giving back to the community

“I think it is so important to give back and make sure that our future generations have tangible access to positive role models,” Posadas said, “So many kids look up to a young Latino and say ‘hey if he can do it, so can I!’ And we always want to make sure that our future generations are producing for our local economies.”

As for Posadas’ personal career, HYPLA has allowed him to grow as a leader. Posadas represents  Copa Airlines in the New Orleans Region and says he is extremely proud of his job as Copa Airlines is the first international flight connecting New Orleans to Latin America.

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“Through networking and volunteering, I have been able to not only guide my colleagues but also personally grow into a better professional,” Posadas said.

Manzanares said that being a HYPLA member has allowed her to widen her network and develop relationships that fuel her professional development.

“Through my HYPLA leadership I’ve had opportunities to address and raise awareness about some of the major issues affecting our community,” said Manzanares.

Becoming a member of HYPLA is easy: You just have to become a member of HCCL, fill out a short form to join the mailing list and then attend one of HYPLA’s events.

You can find upcoming HYPLA events and other information on the Hispanic Young Professionals of Louisiana Facebook page or email them at

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