The HOPE Leadership Institute 2023 Cohort Application is now closed.

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 2023 Calendar*

*All dates are subject to change

 Traditional Cohort
(In-person) Dates

Hybrid Cohort 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 2023  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 20th, 2022.

  • 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.

  • 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: $1,500 - $2,000.

  • Participants are encouraged to seek employer or corporate sponsorship. 

Program Cost for
Hybrid Cohort

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

  • Participant assumes the lodging and transportation costs for 2 in-person sessions:

    • Session 3 in Sacramento, CA

    • HOPE Alumnae Leadership Retreat

  • Conference fees and any other books and materials needed.

  • Total estimated cost: $1,500 - $2,000.

  • Participants are encouraged to seek employer or corporate sponsorship. 


In an effort both to be safe and to help others feel safe, HOPE is recommending that all in-person attendees show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Below is an explanation of the health and safety measures we will be taking, as well as expectations for our HLI participants, that are needed to minimize the risk of transmission or spread of COVID-19.
To manage this process, HOPE will be requiring a "Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record" via the State of California online portal. Accepted HLI applicants will receive further instructions on how to utilize the platform and provide proof of vaccination. Additionally, all HLI participants will be required to self report to HLI staff any symptoms of COVID prior to each sessions. HOPE reserves the right to adjust COVID requirements to align with local municipalities where training sessions occur. These are some of the measures that HOPE is taking to ensure the safety of our HLI participants, staff and guest speakers that contribute their time and expertise to these sessions. Please note that these protocols are subject to change, based on revised guidance from the CDC, and/or from the local jurisdictions in which events are being held.


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

Stephanie Ramírez Zárate

Senior Program Manager

213.833.1997 |

Diana Amaya

Director of Programs

213.589.2489 |