Tried, true, and tested.

The year 2019 was a milestone year for the Latino Leadership Institute at the University of Denver. As we celebrate our fifth anniversary, the forward momentum continues. More than ever, we know that our potential lies between what is and what could be.

This past year has grounded us in our roots to transform leadership, elevate our voice as a thought leader, and serve communities through inspirational events and the engagement of our 178 Fellowship Alumni.

With our motivation and mission in alignment, we are as optimistic as ever heading into 2020, a decade of unprecedented workplace and demographic shifts that the LLI will be at the forefront of.

With partnership as our anchor, it is through the lens of leadership, inclusion, and change that we will continue to inform, influence, and inspire.

As we head into the next decade, we remain steadfast in the gratitude we share for our partner organizations and supporters. Your continued collaboration and investment in our work has helped reaffirm our purpose.

We forge ahead with our North Star to transform leadership, knowing that the only way to predict the future is to create it ourselves. And we will never be able to do so alone.

Thank you for an incredible five years; in the next five we promise to multiply the number of lives and organizations that we touch.


Joelle L. Martinez | Executive Director

Katherine Archuleta | Chair, Advisory Board

Amplifying leadership for organizations and individuals through the science of insight and the exploration of self-awareness.      




Fellowship Cohort 8 Begins
Facilitated Leadership + Inclusion Training


Facilitated Leadership + Inclusion Training


Fellowship Cohort 7 Graduation


Facilitated multiple Leadership + Inclusion Trainings
Hosted Latinos in Education Symposium


Delivered Keynote Presentation for U.S. Bank launch of Employee Resource Group
Facilitated Leadership + Inclusion Training
One Day for DU Annual Fundraiser


Hosted Youth Leadership Camp
2019 Colorado Latino Hall of Fame Reveal 


Coordinated Knowing Your Self-Worth Symposium
Facilitated multiple Leadership + Inclusion Trainings
Hosted Power In Migration Symposium at CU Denver


Hosted Alumni Day of Service


Facilitated multiple Leadership + Inclusion Trainings
Initiative 2030 Keynote Presentation for City and County of Denver
Hosted Power In Migration Symposium at Biennial of the Americas
Initiative 2030 Keynote Presentation for Visa
Fellowship Cohort 8 Graduation


Initiative 2030 Keynote Presentation for Charter Communications
Keynote at International City and County Manager’s Association Conference
2019 Colorado Latino Hall of Fame Gala
Keynote address at Adelante Mujer 40th Anniversary Celebration
Facilitated multiple Leadership + Inclusion Trainings


Served as panelist at SharpHeels Career and Leadership Summit
Established partnership with History Colorado
Fellowship recruitment for Cohort 9


Facilitated multiple Leadership + Inclusion Trainings
Cohort 9 Fellowship Orientation

NEW IN 2019

Leadership + Inclusion Trainings

Driving diversity and inclusion is an imperative for organizations to recruit, retain, and promote diverse talent. In 2019, the LLI partnered with 10 organizations to help their executive leadership and employees cultivate inclusive teams, improve innovation, and achieve measurable results. Our dedication to working with organizations is rooted in our commitment to ensure that leadership is diverse and ready to meet the demands of changing demographics – one that is younger, more multi-generational, and dramatically more Latino.


By 2030…

  • 40 percent of Americans will leave the workforce
  • Nearly one-third of Coloradans will be Latino
  • Automation and AI could replace up to 1/3 of current American jobs

By 2025,

  • 75 percent of America’s workforce will be 40 and under
  • Latinos will account for 50 percent of Colorado’s workforce


LLI senior staff are experts in research and sharing relevant data on economic growth trends, exploring the workforce of tomorrow, and presenting strategies to foster an inclusive workplace. This research is typically presented in the form of informational and inspirational keynote addresses or presentations. In 2019, we delivered keynotes to leadership teams and employees from Adelante Mujer, Charter Communications, City and County of Denver, Prospanica, US Bank, and Visa, to name a few. 

In 2019 the LLI presented Leadership + Inclusion Trainings and Keynote Presentations to over twenty organizations in six states. Following are some of our partners:

Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Adelante Mujer

The Boettcher Foundation

Center for American Progress

Charter Communications

George W. Bush Institute


S&P Global

U.S. Bank


Vistage Worldwide

Zayo Group




More than 100 Colorado business, civic, and educational leaders attended our Latinos In Education Symposium in April. Hosted at the University of Denver, the symposium focused on the opportunities and challenges that confront Colorado’s K-16 educational pipeline and future workforce. The program was keynoted by Dr. Wil del Pilar, Vice President of Policy, Practice, and Research at The Education Trust (left). The panel of experts that followed included Joe Garcia, Chancellor, Colorado Community College System; LLI Alumna Charlotte Macaluso, Superintendent of Pueblo City Schools; Chris Gdowski, Superintendent, Adams 12 Five Star Schools; Mark Goodman, LLI Advisory Board Member; and Tonette Salazar, LLI Alumna and-then Principal of Salazar & Associates.

Power In Migration Symposium

The urgency surrounding the issue of migration is undeniable. As the issue dominates headlines, a strategic approach is required – and it’s one that will require the U.S. to look beyond its borders. The approach will require cooperation, resources, and policy changes. Well-managed migration represents an opportunity for the U.S. to provide the leadership and resources to convene stakeholders and move toward a collective solution while setting an example for how to humanely treat migrant populations.

Youth Leadership Camp

For the first time, the LLI hosted a Youth Leadership Camp in June in partnership with the Denver Broncos. The camp’s goal was to inspire high school and college students to enhance their leadership acumen so they can continue to influence their communities, peers, and institutions. More than 60 students from throughout the Metro Area attended the day-long program that included sessions on community engagement, emotional intelligence, and total leadership.



The inspirational stories of Latino leadership can be found in the past, present, and future. This narrative is one we amplify and share with audiences annually through community events. The collection and celebration of these stories also exist in the present day work of our Alumni who are serving in community leadership roles across the state and beyond.

Colorado Latino Hall of Fame

In 2019, we inducted our fourth class of Honorees into the Colorado Latino Hall of Fame at our annual gala. In addition to the powerful stories of our Inductees, the evening’s other highlight was the announcement of a partnership between the LLI and History Colorado to collect and archive stories of our state’s Latino History. The evening emcee was Anne Trujillo, Denver7’s award-winning news anchor. 

Alumni Engagement

LLI Alumni have proven that our outcomes stretch far beyond professional development and leadership training. Their success stories are rooted in our responsibility to have a hand in shaping Colorado’s future.

In a word, their impact has been profound.

A majority of LLI Alumni have experienced career advancement or elevated leadership roles since completing the Fellowship. This includes board or executive leadership positions within influential organizations across sectors and service on city or county commissions. We have C-suite officers, non-profit leaders, national board members, and corporate board trustees all transforming organizations and communities.

Leadership Advancement:

  • 135 appointments, promotions, or new board positions among 178 Alumni.
  • More than half of Alumni have experienced leadership advancement since Fellowship completion.


Transformational Learning

To ensure inclusive leadership within organizations, the Institute engages in innovative work as a professional, personal, and team trainer. With expertise is neuroleadership, cultural intelligence, emotional intelligence, and social intelligence. The LLI takes a scientific approach to leadership development. The journey starts from the inside-out with an initial focus on self-awareness. From there we combine ambition, abilities, and attitudes that turn into personal actions, putting leadership to practice.

Fellowship Program

The LLI’s traditional Fellowship Program graduated Cohorts 7 and 8 in 2019, bringing our total of transformed Colorado leaders to 178 Alumni. The Fellows completed more than 100 hours of coursework over nine months to earn their leadership credentials.

Additionally, Fellows completed courses in the applied skill areas of board service, business finance, and learned in-depth about the Colorado economy, our constitutional amendments, and the public policy process.

Diverse in Latino heritage, identity, geography, and industries, our Fellows average 15 years of professional experience and more than six out of 10 hold an advanced degree.

Private Sector: 36%
Public: 24%
Education: 22%
Non-Profit: 18%


Maria Handley


Board of Directors, League of Conservation Voters

Tony Salazar


Assistant Vice President of Engagement at University of Colorado

Candi CdeBaca


Denver City Councilwoman

Eric Carpio


Director of the Fort Garland Museum

Olivia Mendoza


Colorado State Director at All On The Line

Simon Tafoya


Managing Director at PayIt

Amanda Sandoval


Denver City Councilwoman

Jorge Loweree


Policy Director at the American Immigration Council in DC

Crestina Martinez


Chief of Staff for Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera

Javier Trujillo


Chief Assistant Director, County of Marin

Kim Lovato


Lieutenant in the Denver Police Department

Melanie Herrera Bortz


Executive Director at Colorado Civic Engagement Roundtable

Maria Corral


Board of Directors for Inside the Orchestra


Thought Leadership

The future of the US economy and our workplaces will be increasingly diverse, multi-generational, and younger. The LLI is ahead of the curve in convening subject matter experts and organizational leaders to discuss issues that impact multiple industries in our changing world. As a thought leader, the LLI is responding to the needs of our cross-sector partners, examining topics that have social, economic, cultural, and societal impacts.


In 2019, the LLI coordinated issue-based symposiums that tackled the education and talent development pipelines along with migration in the Americas. Through partnerships with The Education Trust, the George W. Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative, Center for American Progress, and the Consul General of Mexico, the symposiums included diverse perspectives across topical areas. Hundreds of state leaders, including elected officials, policy makers, and other thought leaders attended the symposiums.



FY19 was our strongest financial year yet for the LLI. We grew our revenue through a diversified portfolio by over $100,000. We added new partners and donors to our growing list of supporters. And, we successfully secured a grant from The Colorado Health Foundation to support our effort to bring our transformational learning experiences to more people. We are most proud of the fact that for every dollar raised by the LLI, over 70 percent is directed toward our programmatic work. This commitment to serving our community is what allows us all to think bigger and do more. 






To 2020 and Beyond

As 2020 commences, the LLI will continue to impact individuals and organizations through transformative learning and training, thought leadership, and community engagement.

A new decade also ushers in new opportunities to deeper our impact as an influencer on the cutting edge of leadership practice:

In the coming year, the LLI will debut a new professional development training program designed for employers and emerging Latino professionals. Called IGNITE, the training experience is designed to help younger Latino professionals grow new insights to elevate in their roles within the organization, be more influential, and collaborate more effectively.

Beyond the personal growth and professional development, IGNITE will also create a deeper sense of belonging for organizations. Belonging is a key pillar to ensuring an inclusive organizational culture – one that values and supports employees indiviually and collectively. IGNITE will not compete with the existing Fellowship Program – it will be a new training program we launch to prepare a new generation of Latino leaders.

In addition to symposiums and speaking engagements, the LLI plans to share our organizational learnings across communications platforms. This will mean more writing, blogging, and developing of podcasts that tackle challenging issues related to leadership and inclusion in the workplace. As a thought leader in Latino leadership, we have an expansive network of cross-sector leaders, subject matter and industry experts, and Alumni who we will tap into to share their experiences and knowledge.

We look forward to another year of success as we continue to amplify and transform individuals and organizations. 


$100,000 +

The Colorado Health Foundation

University of Denver

$25,000 - $99,999

Bellco Credit Union

Ready Foods, Inc.

Sandi Mays

$10,000 - $24,999

Ball Corporation 

Bud Light

Coca-Cola Company

Consolidated Electrical Distributors


Gauchezco Vineyard and Winery


Larry Gallegos

Molson Coors

St. Andrews Construction Services

The Boettcher Foundation

The Bohemian Foundation

The DaVita Village

The Denver Broncos Football Club

The Denver Challenge

Walton Family Foundation

$5,000 - $9,999

BOK Financial

Brookfield Properties

Butler Snow, LLP

Colorado Historical Foundation


Denver International Airport

Denver Museum of Nature and Science


History Colorado

Judi Wagner

Katherine Archuleta



U.S. Bank

Zayo Group

$1,000 - $4,999

Benevity Community Impact Fund

Christine Arguello


Crocs, Inc.

Delta Dental

Diane Garcia

DU Graduate School of Professional Pyschology

Gillespie Guethlein

Joelle Martinez

Lucia Donovan

Maria Garcia Berry

Mike Shaw

PDB Sports Ltd

Rusty and Jean Gonzales

Sisters of St. Francis


Thank you for continuing to support our efforts on changing the face of leadership!

Chris Chavez

Diane Garcia

Dr. Jeremy Haefner

Katherine Archuleta, Chair

Marco Antonio Abarca

Maria Garcia Berry

Mark Goodman

Peter Villegas

Sandi Mays

Sylvan “Sibito” H. Morley III


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