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Anheuser Bush


Center for Creative Leadership


Miller Coors




Thank you for your interest in applying to the 2014 Executive Leadership Program.
Applications for the 2014 class are now open and will close Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Please read the following before you enter the online application (link can be found at the bottom of this page).

Program Requirements

    • A minimum of ten years of consecutive, substantive professional work experience.
    • Must be 30 years of age or older.
    • Demonstration of leadership (currently and potentially) as indicated by professional, volunteer, and other activities and documented through letters of recommendation.
    • Strength of character, motivation, and commitment to personal and professional goals.
    • Full intention to participate in all program activities and a commitment to continue to support NHLI.
    • Please note: The program is not appropriate for women who are full-time students, seeking elected office, or going through professional or personal transition. It requires a considerable time commitment and the full attention of all of the participants during the training sessions.

Mandatory Program Dates


Week 1 California
Retreat Venue TBD.
February 9–15, 2014 8:00am–8:00pm EST
Week 2 Boston, MA
John F. Kennedy School of Government,
Harvard University
March 16–22, 2014 8:00am–8:00pm EST
Week 3 Multi-Cities
Center for Creative Leadership
Participant to select a week between April and August, 2014  
Mentoring Relationships Participants to select, develop, and maintain a mentoring relationship with at least two Latinas within the program year  
Leadership Projects Project proposals must be submitted to NHLI staff before the start of Week 2.  
Week 4Washington D.C.
Policy Week
October 12–18, 2014 8:00am–8:00pm EST


Tuition costs covers class year program days for the first week of the program in California, the second week of the program in Boston, Massachusetts as well as the final week of the program in Washington, DC.

Payment is due in full by January 24, 2014.
Any payments received after that date will be assessed a $250 late fee.

Applicant Type Tuition
Employees of (Fortune 1000) corporations who are currently not NHLI sponsors or NHLI sponsors below the $35,000 level $15,000
Employees of Corporate Sponsors at the $35,000 level and above. Sponsorship opportunities can be found here $7,200
Employees of mid-size private companies with revenue in excess of $100 million $6,000
Self-employed/Entrepreneurs, employees of small businesses with revenue under $100 million. Staff of nonprofits, Academic Institutions, and Government Employees $4,200

NHLI tuition fees cover the following costs associated with training. Participants will be required to finance all other expenses/incidentals:

Week 1 California
- Southwest Airlines vouchers to and from CA
- Group meals during the training program 
- Direct training costs (materials, presenters, etc.)
Week 3 Center for Creative Leadership
- Tuition/direct training costs
- Group meals during the training program

Week 2 Harvard University
- Lodging
- Group meals during the training program
- Direct training costs (materials, presenters, etc.)

Week 4 Washington D.C.
- Southwest Airlines vouchers to and from 
- Group meals during the training program
- Local group transportation to and from 
activities as designated 
- Direct training costs (materials, presenters, etc.)

Refunds: Application fees are not refundable.

Participants will be responsible for some airfare, associated travel expenses, and lodging.

Special note: The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) has training locations outside the United States. Participants electing to attend a training program outside the United States will be personally responsible for paying for the difference in program costs in addition to travel costs. Payment should be arranged for and made directly to the CCL.

Recommendation Requirements

Each Executive Leadership Program applicant is required to provide one letter of recommendation from someone they know personally or professionally outside of their current place or work and one letter of support from her supervisor. Letters must be delivered via e-mail to or mailed to:

National Hispana Leadership Institute
ATTN: Executive Leadership Program Selection Committee
P.O. Box 53038
Washington, DC 20009

With each letter of recommendation, please include the following information:

- Applicant's name
- Reference's name
- Reference's title and employer
- Reference's preferred mailing address
- Reference's e-mail address and phone number

Reference questions:
Please ask each reference to include the responses to the following questions in their letter:

1. How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity?

2. Why would you recommend this person for NHLI's Executive Leadership Program?

3. Please describe the applicant's commitment to a cause, issue or program.

4. Is there additional information you would like to share about the applicant?

5. For direct supervisor or employer: do you release the applicant from any requirements to continue contact with the workplace and/or participate actively or indirectly with her work assignments/requirements while participating in this four-week training program? If so, please explain the extent to which she would be required to do so. If not, please also state so clearly in your letter.

Online Application

Please Note: Once inside the online application, you do not have the opportunity to save your work. We encourage you to write your responses in a word processor and copying them to the online form.

To learn more about the Executive Leadership Program visit the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us at