Mission & History

Mission & History

Mission: NHPO is a non-profit professional and collegiate based organization that provides members with career opportunities, professional development and leadership training.

History: The National Hispanic Professional Organization (NHPO) was founded in Houston, Texas on January 1, 2004. The vision of the founders was to establish a Hispanic based organization that focused on the personal and professional development of the individual.

Career is also a pillar of the NHPO structure. As members of the organization participate in a myriad of educational and professional development training they do so to prepare and empower themselves for improved career options or to ascend in the career they currently have.

During the formative years of NHPO a significant number of business owners joined the organization. Recognizing the value of the personal attention and training, combined with networking mixers, business owners and entrepreneurs gravitated to the newly established NHPO.

As NHPO gained attention and recognition for their unique approach and commitment to professional growth, so grew the membership. New NHPO chapters started to appear in a number of Texas cities and quickly expanded to cities across the country.

In January 2009, NHPO joined forces with Houston Community College (HCC) Southeast Campus to create the NHPO Leadership Institute; a non-profit 501 (c)(3) foundation designed to train and prepare individuals to become better leaders. These new leaders in turn use their new skill sets to give back to the community in efforts to make it stronger.

New NHPO leadership training programs are emerging across the country and growing rapidly. These new leadership programs are continuing to grow and are now an intricate part of NHPO.

As NHPO trains, develops and prepares Hispanic professionals across the country to become better leaders, it is also imperative that Hispanic youth be included in the NHPO leadership pipeline.

In November of 2010 NHPO held the first National Collegiate Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference had 226 Hispanic business students in attendance from fifteen (15) university campuses.

For the past seven years NHPO has been developing the necessary infrastructure, governance and leadership to significantly increase the organization’s footprint. Indicators show that NHPO is well positioned to grow and fill a void in the Hispanic organizational and professional community.