Latinas Welding Guild Inc. is a parent organization of Project Azul with similar missions and goals of creating more equitable employees. Both organizations are dedicated to offering free education and certification to unemployed and underemployed community members. They offer certifications in areas like welding, forklift operation, blueprint reading, math related to trades, leadership training, and manufacturing introduction, aiming to facilitate access to better paying and high demand jobs.
Consuelo Lockhart is in the leadership role of both offices as the Executive Director.
Jessica Rodriguez Hernandez is in the leadership role of both offices as the Deputy Director.
Manuel Morales came to the United States as a migrant tomato farmer from Mexico. One of Manuel’s sons, Tom, saw the power of hard work in his father’s journey. Manuel challenged his family to give back to the Hispanic community, and Tom took his message to heart.
In 2003, Tom founded the Morales Group to fulfill his lifelong dream to bridge the power of employment to those in underserved communities. As Morales Group continued to grow, he launched Project Azul to give individuals the chance to expand their job skills and access to resources in order to climb the job ladder for a better life.
Project Azul offers our candidates the opportunity to advance through training, development, and personalized support. Our dream is to positively impact thousands of lives for the better.
What started as an immigrant’s dream has transformed into a life-changing reality.
Jackie Morales’s passion drives her work in overseeing marketing, innovation, and workforce development to ensure her team helps people find incredible jobs to best take care of their families. Her intense passion for connecting people to better opportunities carries over to her mentorship of Latino high school students via Project Stepping Stone. Her resourcefulness has earned her recognition as an Indianapolis Business Journal’s 40 under 40, as well as Latina Business Woman of the Year at the Latino Expo. When she’s not hard at work in the office, she’s busy researching her next festival or hiking spot to explore with her family.
There’s no stopping Seth Morales as he blazes the trail to grow a business built on listening and solving the critical issues of business leaders. As the President and CEO, he sees Project Azul an incubator for talent, providing a pipeline of people to continue the mission of the Morales Group family of services. This people-driven all star continues standing up for the less fortunate in helping build homes for the less fortunate via the Home of Hope program in Mexico and sits on St. Vincent’s Health System Board of Directors. When he’s not reliving his game-winning touchdown catch from Drew Brees to beat Ohio State, he can be found hiking or playing in the pool with his kids and hitting up Hinkle Fieldhouse for a Butler University basketball game.
As a child, Tom Morales aspired to be an engineer and likely never dreamed of being able to start a company that would make such an impactful difference in people’s lives. Morales Group Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board saw an opportunity to serve individuals who needed consistent and reliable work and wanted to build a bridge between the Indianapolis business community and the Hispanic population. Tom continues to invest in others by serving on the boards of Elevate Indy, YWAM, and IU Cancer Center Development Board and lecturing all over the country on immigration issues. When he’s not serving, you’ll find him enjoying time with his wife and five children or on the golf course.
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