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The HOPE Leadership Institute 2024 cohort application is now open!

Participants can expect:

  • A cohort of 25 to 30 participants

  • 150 hours of instructions time in session

  • Spend approximately 20 hours working on a group Capstone project

  • Spend 5 hours between sessions completing prep assignments & reading

  • Access to industry experts and thought leaders

  • Access to HOPE network of over 1,000 Latina leaders

What to Expect


The HOPE Leadership Institute 2024 Calendar*

*All dates are subject to change

 Traditional Cohort
(In-person) Dates

Participant Commitment

As a HOPE Leadership Institute (HLI) participant you must attend all 5 sessions; sessions are intensive, all-day workshops. You must be present throughout the entirety of the session. Participants are expected to advocate on behalf of Latinas in Sacramento and Washington, DC. You should be dedicated to:

  • HOPE’s mission

  • Make a personal contribution to HOPE  

  • Be committed to the sustainability of HLI and the organization

HLI participants must agree to "give or get" a donation of $540 to HOPE before the end of the program in  September 2024 and participate in the yearly HLI Challenge in the fall. Donations to HOPE through the Friends of HOPE network are an investment in the continuous development of Latina leaders statewide and are critical components in the success of our programs and conferences each year. It is the goal of the organization that HLI become a self-sustained program and to achieve that we need the generous contributions from HLI Alumnae and current participants.


The following components are required to complete the application:

  • Submit an online application by the deadline November 3, 2023.

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

  • Headshot (preferably high resolution .png or .jpeg). No selfies are accepted.

  • $100 non-refundable application fee payable online or by check.

  • 1-2 HLI alumnae/HOPE Network Referrals (referrals to be listed on the application. Please note referrals will be contacted).

  • RECOMENDED: Referrals from the HLI, members of the HOPE network, or other professional contacts. Letters of recommendation must be uploaded with the application on its due date. Referrals from HLI alumnae are highly recommended.             

  • The average age of the participant is 35+ years old.

  • Selection is based on regional affiliation – Northern, Bay Area, Central Valley, Central Coast, Greater Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Orange County, and San Diego. An emphasis will be placed on recruitment in the Inland Empire, Central Valley, and Northern California.

  • There are individual and group assignments to be completed outside of each session. Please count on spending a minimum of 15-20 hours of group work and research per assignment.​

HOPE Leadership Institute Requirements

Qualifications - Eligible applicants must: 

  • Must be a recognized community leader with at least 5 years of leadership experience, for example, being on a Non-Profit Board, Commission etc.

  • We consider all applicants without regard to gender identity or expression.  The program is designed to train female or female-identifying Latinas with leadership and advocacy skills. Integral to the program’s framework is policy analysis from this lens. 

  • Be a mid or high level professional ready for the next step in your career and leadership role in your community.

  • Reside in California.

  • HOPE selects participants through a competitive application process.

  • HOPE selects a final class of approximately 25 to 30.

Program Cost for Traditional Cohort

Program Cost - There is no program fee for participation in HLI. However, participants are responsible for: 

  • All travel costs to and from Bakersfield, CA session 4. 

  • Conference fees and any other books and materials needed.

  • Total estimated cost:  $2,000+

    • ​HOPE cover the cost for lodging for most session for participants, except session 4. Participants will be expected to share rooms. Participants can opt out and cover their own cost; this would increase participant’s out-of-pocket costs by about $4,000.

  • Participants are encouraged to seek employer or corporate sponsorship. 


For questions or more information on the HOPE Leadership Institute contact:

Lea Gonzalez

Sr. Program Manager

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