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Latina Leadership Summit Kicks Off Tomorrow

WASHINGTON -- Following a nationwide search for the National Hispana Leadership Institute's 2010 class of the Latinas Learning to Lead Program, the 22 selected Latina college students arrive in Washington, DC this Saturday to participate in the program from June 12-19 held at The Catholic University of America campus.

Uniquely designed to develop the next generation of Latina leaders, the program combines leadership training with technical and practical experience through a comprehensive curriculum.  The eight-day program includes session topics on public policy issues affecting the Latino community, career planning, effective communication and presentation skills, financial literacy, health and wellness and other professional and leadership development topics, including a Clifton Strengths finder session at Gallup University.

Latinas are grossly underrepresented in the ranks of students graduating from high school, college, and especially graduate schools. Approximately 12% of Hispanic women have four or more years of college compared to 28% of non Hispanic women.

"Education is key to growing the next generation of Latina Leaders. While half of employed women in this country are in managerial and professional occupations, less than 4% of Latinas are in such positions," said Cristina Lopez, NHLI's President. "The LLL program encourages young Latinas to complete their college education and provides tools to help them become 21st century professionals and change agents in their communities.

This year's class is an outstanding group of young women from 14 states, 75% of them are first generation college goers. They represent various fields of study – from business to education, political science, language studies and more – and diverse community service and advocacy experiences –from immigration activists to engaged community volunteers to campus activism.  

The 2010 Latinas Learning to Lead participants are: Ana Claudia Aguayo, Sprindale, AR (University of Arkansas); Miriam ArmijoDallas, TX (Texas Christian University); Diandra E. CalderinMiami, FL (Miami Dade College); Gabrielle Carbone,Tobyhanna, PA (King's College); Columba Contreras, Santa Ana, CA (Santa Ana Community College); Maria CoronaBellevue, WA (Western Washington University Bellingham); Jessica FuentesHayward, CA (University of California); Cruz Olivia GallegosParma, ID (University of Idaho); Karla GomezNapa, CA (Napa Valley College); Alexis Ariana Hermosillo, El Mirage, AZ (Arizona State University); Marisa MendozaOntario, CA (Scripps College); Anna Victoria MunozMission, TX (University of Texas-Pan American); Sandra NanitaFair Lawn, NJ (Rutgers University); Candis NikolicPlano, IL (Northern Illinois University); Tessa Anne OteroPhoenix, AZ (Loras College in Dubuque, IA); Carolina Andrea PalaciosMiami, FL (Miami Dade College); Sara Carmen PenaFort Collins, CO (University of Northern Colorado); Christina Perez-CamarilloWoodburn, OR(Linfield College); Stephanie Nicole Rivera, Elizabeth, NJ (University of Chicago); Jasmine RosaPort Charlotte, FL (University of Central Florida); Mirella Saldana-MorenoFalls Church, VA (George Mason University) and Lorena Tule, Dallas, TX(University of Texas at Austin).

To learn more about the 2010 class visit http://www.nhli.org/latinas_lead/lll_fellows.htm

This year's program includes two innovative components, including a personal branding seminar facilitated by Verizon and a safety and self-efficacy component through the Ready, Safe, Drive program by Ford that has trained over 600 young women nationwide. "Ford is committed to supporting leadership and education initiatives in the Hispanic community," said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. "We are proud to support the NHLI and are excited to be playing a role in helping these rising Latina leaders gain valuable tools for their future success," he added.

Upon completing the program, graduates return to their communities and mentor two younger Latinas, and volunteer in a community project. In addition, the participants will be matched with a mentor from NHLI's Executive Leadership Program alumnae, who include elected officials, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, executives at non-profits and powerful decision makers.

Latinas Learning to Lead fellows have the opportunity to reunite at NHLI's 2010 Executive Leadership Training Conference andMujer Awards in Miami, FL on November 4-5, a gathering of hundreds of Latina leaders from across the nation. To learn more and to register visit www.nhli.org/mujer.htm

Since 2001, NHLI has trained 198 Latinas from more than 150 colleges and universities from across the country. Latinas Learning to Lead participants have mentored more than 400 young Latinas. More than half (53%) of the graduates indicate mentoring three or more people. NHLI LLL graduates' commitment to "paying it forward" goes beyond their mentorship. Approximately 70% of NHLI graduates volunteer at least monthly, significantly higher than the average volunteerism rate for Americans (27%).

The 2010 Latinas Learning to Lead Program was made possible through the support of NHLI sponsors: Ford, The Coca Cola Company, State Farm Insurance Companies, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, BBVA Compass, Verizon and McDonalds.

The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) is a national leadership development organization focused on Latina leaders. For more than 20 years, NHLI has developed hundreds of Latina leaders who have gone on to become elected officials, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, executives at non-profits and powerful decision makers. Founded in 1987 to address the disparity of representation of Latinas in leadership, NHLI's mission is to develop Hispanas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building, and community activism. www.nhli.org.

 

SOURCE National Hispana Leadership Institute



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