Introducing the Hispanic Leadership Institute Class of 2016

HLILogoValle del Sol is proud to announce the Hispanic Leadership Institute (HLI) Class of 2016, comprised of 30 Hispanic professionals from the public, nonprofit and private sectors, who will gain the knowledge and tools to have a positive impact as leaders within their respective organizations and in the community.

The Hispanic Leadership Institute is a comprehensive and culturally-relevant leadership program in partnership with ASU. HLI’s mission is to promote the individual development of Hispanics for increased participation in leadership roles. The curriculum builds from participants’ experiences, emphasizing personal and professional development with sessions focusing on cultural and personal identity; serving on a board; ethics and media training.

Kathryn Campana, representing Premier Sponsor Wells Fargo and Charlene Vasquez, representing Educational Partner ASU were on hand Tuesday night to welcome the cohort.

“Through Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute, we are developing leaders that will be strong advocates on issues impacting our Arizona community,” said Kurt Sheppard, Valle del Sol’s President and CEO.

A special “Thank You” to HLI Alum Tony Moya (2001), Leticia de la Vara (2009) and Liz Tovar (2015) for joining the class during Orientation and welcoming them on behalf of the nearly 1,300 program alumni statewide.

Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute (HLI) Class of 2016 includes:

XavierAcostaSelf Contracted
RubenAguileraAguila Youth Leadership Institute
JacklynAngelBe A Leader Foundation
AnaArmentaCity of Phoenix Convention Center
RichardBergNew Pathways for Youth
Genaro IvanCalderonWells Fargo Bank
NallelyCarlónArizona State University
GlorimarCastroHonor Health
AlexisCelaniHoneywell International Inc.
JesusDeMolinaProtecting Arizona's Family Coalition
MartinDiazPhoenix Union High School District, North High School
DinoraGonzalezThe Arizona Republic
JessicaGonzalezCity of Phoenix
BlancaHellieWells Fargo Bank
JaimeHernandezValle del Sol
ViridianaHernandezCenter for Neighborhood Leadership
DanHernandezCopperpoint Insurance Company
CristinaLopezArizona Public Service
CarolinaLuque RodriguezArizona State University
MaxMejiaPinnacle West/APS
Maria LindaMilesCare1st Health Plan Arizona
JoshNunezNunez Law Firm, PLLC
CristoferPereyraThe Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix
EdsonSalasEquity Executives Real Estate Group
CindySalazarCity of Phoenix - Office of the Mayor
JeremyVasquezPhoenix Urban Gardens
AstridVerdugoCOX Media


About Hispanic Leadership Institute

Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute was established and designed to educate and assist individuals in developing and expanding their leadership skills to take an active role in the community.  HLI was founded in 1986 as a partnership between Valle del Sol, Valley of the Sun United Way and South Mountain Community College. In 1994, Valle del Sol and Arizona State University partnered to strengthen and expand the Institute.