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NHLI presented Latina Empowerment Conference in Chicago
By Claudia Annoni, La Prensa

May 6, 2011: The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) is a major national leadership development program in United States focusing on future Latina leaders. NHLI’s mission is to develop Latinas as “ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building, and community activism.”

Barbara J. DesMarteau

According to the group’s literature, in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Glass Ceiling Initiative, NHLI was created in 1987 as a 501 (c) (3) organization to address the disparity of representation of Latinas in leadership positions.

At that time, it was found that while minorities and women were making substantial gains in entering the workforce, they were not equally represented at the mid-and-senior-levels of management in government or corporate sectors. The report found that Latinas were also significantly underrepresented on corporate boards and in the nonprofit and political arenas.

NHLI offers several programs such as Executive Leadership Training, Latinas Learning to Lead, and Advancing Latinas Leaders in Nonprofits and webinars.

And the daylong regional Latina Empowerment Conference, which brings leadership training, professional development and opportunities to help women advance in their career, and peer-to-peer learning through interactive panels and networking with regional and national leaders.

This conference is presented in several cities such as Los Angeles, New Jersey, and Chicago. This past May 6, Latinas from the Midwest region gathered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago to enjoy a day of outstanding workshops, gain new skills, and meet other Latinas.

Starting a series of presentations, Barbara J. DesMarteau, NHLI Interim President, gave an overview of the organization and Latinas in the United States. She outlined that there are 154.7 million women in the United States—from those, 21 million are Latinas. 46.5 percent of the U.S. labor force are women—Latinas make up about 6 percent of labor force or 12 percent of the female labor force.

On the Internet: www.nhli.org

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