holiday season, the National Hispana Leadership Institute would like to thank
you for your continuous support in 2008 and we invite you to remain a part of
the NHLI familia in 2009 and years to come.
At NHLI we
have had a very successful year: more than 800 Latinas participated in our five
regional empowerment conferences and Annual Executive Training Conference this
year, the Executive Leadership Institute graduated another 22 talented Latina
leaders and 22 additional young leaders completed the Latinas Learning to Lead
Summer Youth Institute, nearly 100 more Latinas were added to our mentoring
efforts, we completed a successful leadership transition in the organization,
and have taken bold steps to enhance our technology and communications
piece of good news is that the opportunity gap has been closing for Latina leaders through the
vision and efforts of Latinas, and the investment of our community in
developing leadership. But we still have a long way to go. While Latinas comprise 7% of the U.S. population, they
are significantly underrepresented in positions of leadership. Of the more than
10,000 seats on Fortune 1,000
boards only 21 are held by Latinas (2/10th of 1%). In the political arena,
there are just seven Latinas out of 435 serving in the U.S. House of
Representatives (less than 2%). Latinas are
grossly underrepresented in the legal and medical professions and many others.
This lack of parity and opportunity not only demonstrates loss for Latinas who
are kept from reaching their personal and professional dreams, but also
to our society that loses the benefit of their leadership and full
Thanks to generous financial
contributions from supporters like you, NHLI has made great strides to increase
both the number of Latinas in leadership positions and their impact. Since
1987, NHLI has developed effective Latina leaders, created a dynamic national
network of Latina professionals, and supported and nurtured mentors and role
models for young Latinas across the country. Our 20-year impact study
demonstrates that NHLI:
confidence and self-esteem and broadens ambitions and vision for educational
Helps with career
advancement – one third (33%) of executive graduates report holding
executive-level positions compared to 17% before the NHLI experience, more than
20% have run for public office or been appointed to a political position.
Has had a significant
impact on communities across the country through its alumnae. NHLI has
improved/expanded community services through more than 500 alumnae Leadership
Projects, directly reaching more than 31,000 Latinas and touching hundreds of
thousands of lives. More than half of these projects have grown into major
initiatives/organizations; and alumnae have directly provided one-on-one
mentorship to more than 5,000 Latinas.
Has a multiplier
effect – just through mentoring leadership projects and networking, NHLI
has measurably affected the lives of more than 56,000 Hispanics nationwide.
Our 21-year track record
places NHLI in a unique position to advance Latinas as key players in the
national stage and ensure that Latinas in leadership positions have access and
power to influence policy. But we need your help to extend our reach and leverage
our impact. A gift of $5,000, $1,000, $500, $200—or of another
amount—will help NHLI to:
and launch the Emerging Latina Professionals Institute—our newest leadership program for Latinas 24-34
years with less than 10 years work experience.
the power of the NHLI network to support alumnae success through topical regional
mini-institutes, raising awareness
in the media of the contributions of Latina leaders, and increasing NHLI and alumnae visibility
through a speakers’ bureau.
Increase community leadership development by offering training for Latina community leaders working on
social justice issues such as immigration, educational access and workplace fairness.
Launch webinars on professional
development topics, financial management and/or small-business
development—to significantly extend the reach of NHLI programs and
bring empowerment trainings to more Latinas.
Provide scholarships to young Latinas
to attend Latinas Learning to Lead and other trainings, ensuring that family income is not a barrier
to participating in NHLI programs, and contributing to increased diversity
Join us in supporting the
work of NHLI. Your investment provides emerging leaders with the learning,
support and inspiration that results in personal transformation and in turn,
improves the lives of others.
NHLI has been credited by
alumnae with helping them to take career risks, changing how they viewed the
world, inspiring them to become advocates for their community, and starting new
nonprofit organizations or small businesses.
As Esmeralda Santiago was going through the NHLI executive training, she
found inspiration to begin her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. She pledged
to her classmates that she would dedicate her life to telling the stories of
Latinos in the US. And went on to publish several books Her second book, “Almost
a Woman,” was featured on Masterpiece Theater’s American Collection—the
first ever film of the series with a Latino theme. “NHLI helped me define
myself, pursue my passion and gave me the skills to earn a living as a writer.
The program was life changing for me. It has paid back a thousand-fold,” says Esmeralda.
What started as an NHLI project became a two-year
life-changing journey for Amy Serrano. Since participating in the Class of 2004, Amy has produced, written and
directed the feature-length documentary film The Sugar Babies: The Plight of
the Children of Agricultural Workers. The film explores the history
of the sugar industry of the Dominican Republic and current issues of human
trafficking. Amy has received many awards for her activism, filmmaking, and writing.
When Marisa Demeo entered the NHLI program, she served as lead attorney for the Mexican American
Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Washington, D.C. office. Six years after
graduating from the Executive Leadership Program, Marisa became Magistrate
Judge for the Washington, D.C. Superior Court—the second Hispanic ever
selected to the position.
The success and community
impact of Esmeralda, Amy, Marisa, and hundreds of other NHLI graduates
illustrate how NHLI transforms the lives of Latinas and their communities, and how the momentum to close the opportunity gap for
Latinas is growing.
contribution will help NHLI close the
opportunity gap by supporting talented leaders in our communities who can offer
solutions to the growing multicultural challenges facing America and capitalize
on the opportunities this country offers. Join us in making a personal gift — $50, $100, or more. Become a Madrina/Padrino. This year we’ve set a goal to increase the number of
donors giving at the Madrina/Padrino ($1,000) level. A gift of $84 per month for a year will place you in our circle
of leadership advocates who invest $1,000 or more. Together, let’s invest in
Latinas and their power to create positive change!
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