More than 450 latina Leaders from Throughout the Country Convene in Washington

Organization Looks Forward to the Next 25 Years and Issues the “State of Latina Leaders in America” Survey – Findings to be Released on Tuesday, December 11 at The National Press Club.


WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) kicks off its 25th Anniversary Celebration and 2012 Annual Leadership Conference today at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The conference will convene more than 450 NHLI alumnae from its premier career advancement program, the Executive Leadership Program (ELP), as well as other Latina leaders from throughout the U.S. for three days of intensive panel discussions and presentations led by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Center for Creative Leadership. The conference will include a briefing at the White House and a visit to the Supreme Court of the United States.

“Our Executive Leadership Program has graduated more than 500 Latinas since 1986. This signature program is anchored in equipping Latinas in government, business and advocacy with critical career advancement training designed to strengthen their professional pursuits. Now they have reunited in Washington to reignite, reconnect and launch the next 25 years of the organization,” said Marieli Colon-Padilla, NHLI Board Chair.

NHLI will also issue findings from the “State of Latina Leaders in America” survey designed to gauge ELP

Alumna’s views on careers and personal advancement, educational attainment and income, leadership and mentoring and community impact. Findings from the survey, defining the changing landscape facing future Latina generations, will be released during a press briefing on December 11 at 1:30 pm at the National Press Club.

NHLI has been training and producing top-level Latina leaders since its inception in 1986. These women represent all sectors of government, NGOs, corporate America and entrepreneurs, and positively impact their communities.

“The presence of Latinas in the workforce has increased over the last 25 years and alumnae state that NHLI is the key reason they are securing senior level positions in all fields. We now have more Latinas in government, congress and the first Latina was appointed to the Supreme Court,” said Maria Rita Jaramillo, NHLI Conference Co-Chair.

“However, we still have much to accomplish as Latinas. The release of this survey is an update on how far we have come and how far we have yet to go. We still do not have a Fortune 500 Latina CEO, nor a U.S. Senator but that is going to change within the next 25 years.”

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