Leadership Institute

The HOPE Leadership Institute (HLI) is the first and only statewide leadership program specifically designed for professional Latinas in California. The goal of the Institute is to train Latinas in vital leadership and advocacy skills, enabling them to create fundamental change within their local neighborhoods and across California.

The HLI spans nine months, January through September, and includes five 3-4 day training sessions. Training sessions are intense, full days, and include academic seminars, personal assessments, group work, group presentations, lobbying and advocacy, field trips, networking receptions, and conference attendance. In between sessions, participants are assigned both individual and group research projects.

The HLI provides a learning exchange between participants and leading experts, academics, and practitioners in the fields of civic engagement, leadership, political campaigning, health, education, and economic empowerment.

The HLI has created a pipeline of Latina leadership in California, committed to improving political and economic parity for all communities. The HLI has an alumnae base of over 420 Latinas including the class of 2013, many of whom serve in public office, or on statewide boards and commissions. Alumnae represent all major regions of California and cross-cut professional sectors.


Eligible applicants must:

  • Reside in California
  • Be a recognized community leader with at least five years of post-college professional leadership experience
  • Commit to 100% participation
  • Submit an application and a $100 non-refundable application fee before application deadline.

HOPE selects participants through a competitive application process. HOPE selects a final class of approximately twenty.

Program Cost

There is no program fee for participation in HLI. However participants are responsible for:

  • All travel costs to and from sessions.
  • Accommodation costs for Session IV Bakersfield.
  • As well as conference fees and any other books and materials needed. 
  • Total estimated cost: $1,000 - $1,500.

Participants are encouraged to seek employer or corporate sponsorship. Partial scholarships are available based on income level.

Participant Commitment 


As a HOPE Leadership Institute (HLI) participant you must attend all 5 sessions, are expected to advocate on behalf of Latinas in Sacramento and Washington, DC. You should be dedicated to HOPE’s mission and must make a personal contribution to HOPE and be committed to the sustainability of HLI and the organization.


The HOPE Leadership Institute 2013-2014 Calendar*

 Dates Session & Location

2014 HLI Application NOW available!

Download application HERE.

Pay application fee HERE.

Application deadline:


December 2013 HLI Class of 2014 Selection and Announcement
January 9-11, 2014 Session I, Sacramento
March 13-15, 2014 Session II, Los Angeles
April 22-23, 2014 Session III, Sacramento
July 9-13, 2014 Session IV, Bakersfield
September 29–October 2, 2014       Session V, Washington D.C.

*All dates are subject to change

Pay your application fee HERE.

For questions or more information on the HOPE Leadership Institute, contact:
Belinda Barragan, Programs and Policy Director

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