WHY OUR WORK MATTERS
Leading Change, Closing the Opportunity Gap
Despite our demographic and economic power, Latinos remain underrepresented in leadership across all industry sectors. To ensure that leadership is reflective of the increasingly diverse U.S. populace, the Latino Leadership Institute identifies, prepares, and elevates Latino professionals to positions of influence and success.
Latinos accounted for more than half of U.S. overall growth according to the 2020 Census
Latinos will account for 78% of new workers between 2020 - 2030
If U.S. Latinos were a country, they would be the 8th largest economy in the world
U.S. Latinos control a total of $1.9 trillion in purchasing power
The LLI is a center of excellence for leadership across industry sectors, geography, and generations. Our approach provides leaders, entrepreneurs, and allies with the social and technical capital to close the longstanding opportunity gaps and unlock the potential that reflective leadership offers the future of organizations, businesses, and the U.S.
Building a Leadership Pipeline Across Sectors and Industries
In less than 7 years:
of program participants achieved career advancement
of program participants selected for board service
of program participants elected or appointed to public service
21 Latino-owned small businesses supported
300 Latino professionals added to the LLI Network
400 Organizational leaders participated in DEI programming
Inspire. Influence. Impact. Inform.
In those 4 powerful words lives the history and legacy of the LLI.
Our story began in 2013 when our Founders came together to design and build a pipeline of Latino leadership. They were among a small group of Latinos to sit in influential positions, but they were determined not to be the last. Our Founders understood Latino leadership’s power, potential, and need across industry sectors.
In 2015, in collaboration with the University of Denver (DU), the LLI graduated its first cohort of LLI Fellows. DU served as an important and valued incubator for the LLI, helping build the momentum that allowed it to launch as a national, independent 501(c)3 in 2021. The LLI has continued to inspire leaders to recognize their potential and its impact multiplies as Alumni and members of the LLI Network ascend to higher levels of leadership and success.
We couldn’t have done it alone. Our Founders, Board, Alumni, and Partners have been there every step of the way. As we engage and empower today’s leaders and inspire tomorrow’s generation, we honor those who paved the way.
Hon. Federico Peña
Dr. Patricia Baca
Patricia Barela Rivera
Maria Garcia Berry
Drive Economic and Social Change
Your support and partnership will bring us closer to closing the opportunity gap by investing in a new generation of leaders and entrepreneurs who will:
- Be ready to lead in elevated leadership roles
- Grow and scale businesses to build community wealth
- Leverage a network of expertise and support
- Increase diversity and create inclusive workplaces
- Add billions to the U.S. economy
- Ensure the vitality of our communities
The time is now to lead together, close the opportunity gap and realize the full potential of the growing Latino and BIPOC communities.