National Hispana Leadership Institute - Celebrating 27 Years of Latina Leadership  

Advancing Latina Leaders in Nonprofits

ALL IN Sponsored by:

American Express

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Program Facts

The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), a 501(c)3 organization based in Washington, D.C. was established in 1987 to address the underrepresentation of Latinas in the corporate, nonprofit and political arenas. NHLI’s mission is to develop Hispanas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building and community activism.

Advancing Latina Leaders in Nonprofits (ALL IN) is not currently being offered.


According to a 2006 national study – Ready to Lead? Next Generation Leaders Speak Out, produced by CompassPoint, Annie E Casey Foundation, the Meyer Foundation, and – the most frequently identified preparation needs for nonprofit executive leadership included:  the need to further develop networks, technical management skills, leadership capabilities, ability to lead supervise and manage staff, and build confidence. 

Sponsored by the American Express Foundation, Advancing Latina Leaders in Nonprofits (ALL IN) Program targets 24-34 year old Latinas (i.e. with less than 10 years of professional work experience) who are employed by a nonprofit organization. The Program seeks to cultivate, promote and sustain emerging 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.

Testimonials from the ALL IN 2010 Fellows


The NHLI ALL IN program selected 22 Fellows annually. The training component consisted of a one-week 7 days) residential program in Washington, D.C., a series of webinars, and nonprofit management track/workshops at the NHLI Annual Executive Leadership Conference.

ALL IN participants were provided with tools to facilitate effective career planning, strengthen leadership skills and sharpen management and communication skills. In addition fellows:

  • Learned the significance of being a Latina leader and effective community voice and change agent.
  • Learned how to be a high-impact, high performing nonprofit leader.
  • Gained insight into public policy issues affecting the Latino community.
  • Gained access to role models and mentors and serve as role model and mentor to other Latinas.
  • Met other outstanding and diverse Latinas from across the country and become part of a powerful national network of Latina leaders.
  • Applied the skills, strategies, and tools provided to address an organizational need/challenge through their leadership project.
  • Earned a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University’s Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership.


As part of the mentoring component, each leader developed a mentoring/coaching plan to implement with their mentor (or if they do not have one, NHLI will match them with a mentor from its network). Program participants also mentored younger Latinas (someone they identify or an NHLI match). With the support of the participant’s employee, the leadership/community project component required fellows to directly impact their institution with the new found skills and knowledge from their training and address an organizational need or leadership issue within the scope of the mission of their nonprofit organization. Additionally, participants were assigned a peer coach, a fellow classmate to serve as each other’s ally, share best practices in her respective field and overall build a base for continuous growth.

The mentoring, leadership/community project and peer coaching components ensured that the program had a broader impact than the 22 direct participants. With each fellow mentoring at least two other young Latinas, an additional 44 young Latinas were directly impacted by the program every year, and hundreds benefit from the leadership projects implemented in communities across the country.

Leadership Training Elements

  • November, Los Angeles, CA, The 5-day leadership training in includes sessions on self reflection, communication, building tools for emerging leaders and access to NHLI’s national alumnae network.

    May, Washington, D.C. The 6-day program includes a 3-day certificate course from Georgetown University’s Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership, public policy awareness and exposure to national nonprofit leader.s

  • February & April Webinar participation
  • May, Participation in NHLI’s CyberMadrina online mentoring program, and paired with an NHLI Executive Leadership Fellow.
  • November, Completion of a leadership/community project that meets a management need or leadership issue and elevates the mission of the institution.


  • Currently employed by a Nonprofit Organization (501(c)3).
  • Emerging leader with 3-10 years of nonprofit experience.
  • Between the ages of 24-34.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership as indicated by community volunteer and civic engagement.
  • Have a strong commitment to Latina/o issues.
  • Online applications must be submitted before Friday, August 26, 2011 and include the following:
    • Applicant and Organizational Information
              • Essays
      • 2 Online Letters: 1 Someone you know professionally who is employed outside of your organization
      • and 1 letter of support from your immediate supervisor.
      • $35 Application Fee


The cost of the program is approximately $8,500 per participant. Thanks to the support of sponsors and donors, NHLI is able to offer scholarships for the instructional part of the program and lodging (participants are responsible for covering transportation costs to Los Angeles, California, November 1-5, 2011 and to Washington, DC, May 5-11, 2012). Selected participants will be required to cover a small (nonrefundable) Participation Fee.

The following is a list of Participation Fees based on your organization’s annual budget:

Nonprofit Organization Annual Budget
Participation Fee
Employees of nonprofits with budgets of above $9 million

Employees of nonprofits with budgets of $5-$8,999,000 million

Employees of nonprofits with budgets of $1,000,000 - $4,999,999

Employees of nonprofits with budgets under $1 million

Please note, tuition is due 15 days upon acceptance.

For other questions, email: or call 703-527-6007.