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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission celebrated the agency’s diverse workforce and their cultural traditions in a series of events across the country in observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The agency hosted various speakers and employees enjoyed samplings of Latin dishes. National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and to celebrate the group's heritage, cultures and history.

The SEC’s Hispanic and Latino Opportunity, Leadership, and Advocacy Committee (HALO), an organized an event at SEC headquarters in Washington, D.C., with the National Hispanic Heritage Month theme “Hispanics – One Endless Voice to Enhance Our Traditions” hosting

The D.C. event featured keynote speaker U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza, who spoke about financial literacy and her own life experiences as a Latina professional.

Ms. Carranza photo

“I’d like to commend all of you in this room, representing the SEC’s 84-year tradition of maintaining public trust and ensuring a safe and fair securities market for investors, businesses, and governments." “To carry out this mission, a skilled and diverse workforce is critical, especially one that functions with the highest standards of coordination and commitment – characteristics that define the heritage of the SEC.”
– Ms. Carranza

In addition to the headquarters event, which was webcast to SEC field offices, SEC HALO regional representatives and staff in the regional offices also hosted Hispanic Heritage Month activities.

On Sept. 18, the SEC’s Chicago Regional Office, for example, welcomed Gloria Castillo, President and CEO of Chicago United, a corporate membership organization that advances multiracial leadership in corporate governance, executive level management and business diversity. Ms. Castillo spoke about her work to support diversity and inclusion in corporate America.

Chairman Jay Clayton at HALo event

Chicago regional office with speaker and guests

On Sept. 27, the SEC’s Philadelphia Regional Office welcomed the Honorable Juan R. Sanchez Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, while the New York Regional Office hosted the Honorable Dora L. Irazarry, Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, on Oct 10.

Other regional office events included potluck luncheons In the SEC’s Fort Worth and Miami offices featuring Latin cuisine while they listened to the videocasts of the Hispanic Heritage Month speakers.

Chicago regional office HALO food

Chicago regional office HALO speaker

New York regional office HALO event