Hispanic Leadership Institute-West

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

Educating ourselves as leaders is one of the best ways we can learn to truly connect to the community. The Hispanic Leadership Institute-West was established and designed to educate and assist individuals in developing and expanding their leadership skills to take an active role with the community. Participation in HLI-West is a competitive application process and is open for all individuals of diverse backgrounds. HLI-West was founded in 2004 as a partnership between Valle del Sol, the Hispanic Leadership Forum, and Estrella Mountain Community College.

HLI-West 2020 is currently accepting applications.

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


The Hispanic Leadership Institute-West is a 10-week program of weekly classes conducted virtually on Zoom.

HLI-West offers participants the opportunity to engage Arizona’s foremost business and policy authorities in a continuing dialogue about leadership and our Latino communities. The Hispanic Leadership Institute-West enhances the participant’s understanding of the role culture plays in a variety of circumstances, with specific attention to the enduring influence of Latinos in Arizona. The curriculum builds from participants’ experiences, emphasizing personal and professional development with a practical orientation. Sessions focus on ethics, cultural and personal identity, community issues, public/media relations skills, board/commission service, and meeting protocol, among other topics.

Program Information and Application Process

  • Sessions for HLI-West Class of 2020 begin October 20, 2020.
  • Sessions are from 6 pm-9 pm, once a week
  • Sessions will be held virtually on Zoom.
  • The program fee is $400 for all participants and includes all materials.

“I believe I can speak for my classmates and myself when I say that HLI has been a transformative experience!!! Sincerely, Thank you. I hope the program can continue for many years to come.”

Natasha Miramontes

HLI-West 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.