Empower, encourage, and equip emerging Latino and Latina leaders with skills and ideas to address the challenges and opportunities of the Latino community.
Across all sectors, Latinos are underrepresented in leadership roles. Though Latinos represent 19 percent of the Amercian workforce, they represent only three percent of the Fortune 500 Board of Directors and two percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. In the philanthropic sector, Latinos account for less than three percent of foundation CEOs or Presidents. In the political sector, only two percent of all local, state, and national elected offices are held by Latinos nationally. Of the 681 elected offices in Colorado, only 53 (7%) are held by Latinos. . A sampling of 16 Colorado Springs nonprofit boards reinforced the underrepresentation of Latinos and Latinas as only 20 of 220 board members or 9% were Latino or Latina.
In 2021, Latinos spent more than $12.3 billion in Colorado. Latino-owned small businesses were an important factor in the state’s economic recovery. However, Latinos are almost non-existent on the boards of Colorado-based corporate boards, C-suite executive roles, or trade associations.
To ensure that Latinos and Latinas serve in greater leadership roles, the first Latino and Latina focused leadership program in Colorado Springs, the Adelante Leadership Institute (ALI) trains, supports, and elevates professional and executive Latinos to positions of influence. The ALI identifies and encourages emerging Latino and
leaders to embrace community involvement, civic engagement and service on boards and commissions. The ALI provides a culturally focused platform for Latino, Latina and BIPOC leaders to network, share ideas, problem solve and form collaborative relationships.
We deliver Latino and Latina thought leaders with ethical behavior, respectful and inclusive relationships, selfless service, and an innate desire to make a difference in the Pikes Peak region.The ALI’s 10-month fellowship program prepares Colorado Springs Latino and "emerging majority" leaders for elevated roles in the public and private sector.
- Develop a pipeline of qualified talent to become influencers, thought leaders and possess the heart of a servant
- Provide an alternative pathway for underserved and underrepresented emerging leaders access to a community leadership program
- Produce emerging leaders qualified and ready to serve on nonprofit boards and commissions
- Due to the projected growth of the Latino population in El Paso County, we need to position emerging Latino leaders for the changing landscape
- The need to create a Latino identity and unity
- Promote cultural relevance
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