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Latina Leaders in Nonprofti Sector Sought for Hispana Leadership Institute

Latina Leaders in Nonprofti Sector Sought for Hispana Leadership Institute

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After a successful launch last year of an effort to address the underrepresentation of Latina professionals in the nonprofit sector, the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), the nation’s premier organization developing, connecting, and promoting Latina leaders, is recruiting for the second class of the Advancing Latina Leaders in Nonprofits (ALL IN) Program.

The only program of its kind in the nation, ALL IN targets Latina nonprofit leaders between the ages of 24-34 years of age. With the continued support of the American Express Foundation, ALL IN seeks to prepare, promote and sustain the next generation of nonprofit leaders by helping young Latina professionals develop their leadership and management skills, find their voice as effective community leaders, and build their external networks; and by providing access to role models and mentors.

With an increasing number of open leadership positions in the nonprofit sector, ALL IN is critical to addressing issues of Hispanic underrepresentation. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, new executive jobs in the nonprofit sector are expected to blossom within the next five years. Two thousand of the roughly three thousand executive directors surveyed across the country by the Meyer Foundation expect to leave their jobs within five years. As baby-boomers continue to retire, it is estimated that the nonprofit sector will need about 500,000 new senior managers in the next 10-15 years. The leadership pipeline however is seriously lacking for Latinos. Hispanics total about 15% of the U.S. population and are expected to exceed 30% by the year 2050, yet Hispanics of both genders account for about 4% of leadership positions in nonprofit organizations.

Twenty two leaders from across the country, reflecting diverse geographic and Hispanic subgroup representation will be selected for the second ALL IN class. Selection will be based on a competitive process that looks at applicant skills and attributes, accomplishments, life and career goals, and leadership potential.

The ALL IN Program will offer training, mentoring and practical experience in the form of a capstone/leadership project. The training components will consist of a fall session in Los Angeles, California from November 1-5 (in conjunction with the NHLI Annual Executive Leadership Conference), a series of webinars, and a six-day nonprofit management institute in May 2012 (in partnership with Georgetown University Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership).

Applications will be available online until August 26, 2011.