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Born in Maryland, Cecilia Majors is a successful Ecuadorian with an impressive trajectory of involvement in renowned national Latino organizations. As the daughter of an Ecuadorian mother and an American father, Cecilia embraces her bicultural heritage and is a passionate advocate for advancing Hispanics in business, education and communities.

A graduate of New York University, Cecilia majored in sociology and minored in Latino Studies. Through her Latino Studies classes, Cecilia was impacted by the Latino high school and college dropout rate crisis prompting her to become an advocate for this issue. Upon graduating, her passion to advance educational and leadership opportunities for Latino youth led her to the Congressional Caucus Hispanic Institute (CHCI). In her position as Associate Manager of College Programs she graduated over 250 participants from the CHCI Internship and Fellowship Programs. She was responsible for placing interns in congressional offices, monitoring their progress and providing leadership learning opportunities. “It wasn’t easy, states Cecilia, One of the major challenges was helping the students help themselves. Latino students, in particular, are very attached to their families, as their families tend to rely on them for financial support. This makes it hard for a lot of students to leave their families and accept the internship.”

Apart from education, Cecilia seeks to help the Latino community through financial empowerment, which influenced her to start her Masters in Business Administration program at American University. Simultaneously, she is also working as the Corporate Partnerships Manager at the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) where she collaborates with HACR’s Director of Development to manage HACR’s portfolio of corporate donors and prospects. Additionally, she oversees the strategic development for the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA), which stemmed from HACR. In this role, she works directly with Latinos in corporate America developing leadership development programs for board members of fortune 500 companies. “I find my job very rewarding as I continue to advocate for Latinos from a corporate America standpoint. My goal is to convince companies that having a Latino director on their board will not only diversify their board perspectives but also create a pipeline for other Latinos,” states Cecilia.

Cecilia’s efforts to empower the Latino Community extend beyond her job commitments. Since 2011, she has done community outreach for the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and currently serves as an Associate Board Member where she assists in fundraising events. “The money we raise, she says, goes towards creating educational training programs, such as college awareness workshops, catered towards students of color in the DMV area.”

Cecilia attributes her passion for advancing the Latino community to her mother, as she was her key mentor in guiding her through her career path. “She instilled a very strong sense of community service in me, says Cecilia, and I aspire to one day create a college prep nonprofit, specifically for Latinas, that will allow me to implement leadership development and mentoring programs aimed at increasing their high school and college graduation rate.”
Cecilia holds her Ecuadorian roots very close to her heart and encourages young Latino professionals to remember their roots as their heritage and family hardships serve as a source of inspiration and motivation to overcome professional and personal obstacles.