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Latino Leadership Institute Expands to a National Footprint in 2021

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Latino Leadership Institute (LLI), an organization focused on research and programming that elevates leaders in the Latino and BIPOC communities across all industries, announces its transition from its University of Denver (DU) affiliation to a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization beginning July 1, 2021. The transition to an independent, non-profit organization is a direct response to the demand for a national network to nurture Latino and BIPOC leadership across the United States.

“After a successful incubation period at DU, Latino Leadership Institute is primed to become an independent organization,” said DU Chancellor Jeremy Haefner. “We see our affiliations as an opportunity for DU to innovate programming that makes an impact beyond Colorado, and that’s exactly what LLI has done. Now they’re ready to fly.”

LLI’s partnership with DU will continue after July 1, but its operations, research and programming will be independent from the university. Latino Leadership Institute and DU will work to collaborate around leadership development; diversity, equity and inclusion endeavors; and advancement of Latino and BIPOC entrepreneurship and economics.

“We’ve been working toward independence since our 2018 strategic planning process,” said Joelle Martinez, executive director of the Latino Leadership Institute. “Our seven years at DU have prepared us for the national stage.”

LLI’s expansion to a national network answers the growing demand for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) leadership and programming. Latino and BIPOC research, leadership training, and DEI corporate programs are keys to unlocking the full economic and social potential of people, organizations, and communities.

In the last few years, Latino Leadership Institute has been growing its local sponsors and partners to include many national brands like Coca-Cola, Charles Schwab and AT&T. In addition to working with large Fortune 500 companies and government-tailored programs, the transition will have a positive impact on current Latino Leadership Institute alumni allowing them to have a network of professionals across many industries and states.

About the Latino Leadership Institute

Partnering with the University of Denver in 2014, the Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) was co-founded by Honorable Federico Peña and Timothy Márquez to create a comprehensive Fellowship program for Latino professionals. Today, the LLI provides Latino and BIPOC professional development, market research, and programming to organizations, including Charles Schwab and AT&T. To learn more about how LLI drives meaningful change, contact info@latinoslead.org.

The rising Latino population has altered the face of the United States and the state of Colorado. According to demographic projections, one in every three Americans will be Latino by 2050. Moreover, 21% of Colorado’s population is Latino, with an average age of 26.

Over the next several decades, the percentage of Latinos will continue to rise dramatically.
Colorado’s population will expand from 21 percent to 33 percent during the next 20 years. The expanding Latino population will shape Colorado’s and the United States’ demographic future. Latinos, in fact, will have an influence on all parts of life.

Latinos are underrepresented in leadership positions across all industries. Despite accounting for 19% of the American workforce, Latinos account for only 3% of Fortune 500 board of directors and 2% of Fortune 500 CEOs. In the charitable industry, Latinos make up fewer than 3% of foundation CEOs or presidents. Only 2% of all local, state and nationally elected posts in the United States are held by Latinos. Only 53 (seven percent) of Colorado’s 681 elected posts are held by Latinos.

About the University of Denver

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is committed to engaging with students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought, and generating knowledge. The University strives to educate the 21st-century citizens and leaders needed in its organizations and communities. For additional information, visit the University’s newsroom or follow DU on Facebook and Twitter.

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