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The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), a national 501(c )3 organization based in Washington, DC, 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. NHLI seeks to transform the lives of Latinas and their communities by:

  • Enhancing and developing leadership abilities among Latinas
  • Ensuring that Latinas are in leadership positions and have the access and power to influence public policy
  • Providing visible role models and mentors for Latinas
  • Improving services to Hispanics across the country through its extensive alumnae network

NHLI is the only national organization providing executive leadership programs for Latinas in the U.S. Its highly effective executive leadership program has been nationally recognized through awards by the Center for Creative Leadership, the Independent Sector, and the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute, among others. NHLI’s recent 20-year impact study demonstrates that:

  • There has been a significant impact on communities across the country through its alumnae by improving community services to Hispanics through more than 500 alumnae Leadership Projects, which have directly reached more than 31,000 Latinas and touched hundreds of thousands of lives. Alumnae have directly provided one-on-one mentorship to more than 5,000 Latinas.
  • NHLI has a multiplier effect—via mentoring, leadership projects, and networking, NHLI has measurably affected the lives of more than 56,000 Hispanics nationwide.