Hispanic Leadership Institute

The Hispanic Leadership Institute (HLI) promotes the individual development of Hispanics for increased participation in leadership roles and serves as a principal education and networking resource for expertise and advocacy on leadership issues affecting Latino communities.

Participants are given the opportunity to engage Arizona’s foremost business, education and government policy experts in a dialogue about leadership and their role in creating a thriving economy. The curriculum is designed to incorporate the participant’s voice and to engage their views with specific outcomes emphasizing professional and personal growth with a practical business and community orientation.

Applications for HLI 2020 are now open! 

Click here to apply, or for more information, call (602) 258-6797 ext. 7770.


The Hispanic Leadership Institute is an 18-week program of weekly classes conducted one evening a week. HLI offers participants the opportunity to engage Arizona’s foremost business and policy authorities in a continuing dialogue about leadership and Latino issues. The Hispanic Leadership Institute enhances participants’ understanding of the role culture plays in a variety of circumstances, with specific attention to the enduring influence of Latinos in Arizona. Sessions focus on ethics, cultural and personal identity, leadership self-assessment, community issues, public and media relations skills, board/commission service, and meeting protocols among other topics.

Program Information and Application Process

  • Sessions for HLI begin Tuesday, February 18, 2020.
  • Applications are due Friday, January 3, 2020.
  • Participants must attend a mandatory Leadership Institute Retreat on Saturday, April 11th from 8:30am to 5pm.
  • Candidates will participate in a 30 minute interview process the week of January 6-10, 2020.
  • The program fee is $1,250 for all participants.

“HLI allowed me the opportunity to voice my opinions in a safe, supportive environment, yet challenged me to think differently about community service. It really helped me find my voice and learn the difference between ‘we’ and ‘me’.”

HLI 2014 Graduate

*It is recommended that you prepare your application off-line, and copy/paste your answers in the space provided. Note: At the end of the application, you will be asked to attach one letter of recommendation and your resume.