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In response to community needs, LLI is introducing special programming sessions starting December of 2017. The programming will focus on several areas of professional and leadership development: Work Readiness; Civic Engagement and Leadership Development; Education and Finances; and Starting Your Own Business. These sessions are open to the public yet require registration since space is limited. All sessions will be offered in English and Spanish with professional interpreters, and will take place at Grand View University. The first session will take place at the University’s Plaza View room (link here for detailed directions and driving directions).

The first session, Work Readiness, will take place on Saturday, December 16 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM and will include lunch and the opportunity to meet local employers that are looking for individuals with diverse talents in Des Moines. This first session will be at no cost to attendees. LLI is pleased to work with Claudia Schabel and Schabel Solutions for this first session. Please contact Alba Perez with any questions or for more information on how to get involved – albaaidaperez@gmail.com or 515.314.6995.
**Child care available.

“If a woman is empowered, her children and her family will be better off. If families prosper, the village prospers, and eventually so does the whole country.”– Isabel Allende, global award-winning Chilean author    

The Latina Leadership Initiative of Greater Des Moines (LLI) empowers young Latina women to become our next generation of leaders. LLI is based on the principle that the development of young Latina leaders contributes to the Greater Des Moines community.

LLI Class of 2015 featured in HOLA America

LLI Class of 2015 featured in HOLA America

LLI uses a unique curriculum that combines culturally ingrained elements with modern leadership skills to help Latina women excel personally and professionally. Topics include media relations, budget management, effective networking, public persona and much more. In addition, each LLI participant will be paired with a mentor who exemplifies the lessons taught during the course. They also work on a six-month community service project that puts their learning into practice.

Latinas are crucial to the growth and vitality of a community. LLI prepares them to pursue and create opportunities to advance their lives and careers.

According to Nielsen’s Latina Power Shift Report:

  • Latinas are outpacing Latino males in their educational pursuits and career development, are overwhelmingly the decision-makers in household spending, have surpassed the proportion of non-Hispanic white families with children, and through their youth and increased incomes have become an attractive consumer segmentMarisol - Sepia who is being actively courted by marketers.

  • Hispanic women are a key growth engine of the U.S. female population and are expected to become 30 percent of the total female population by 2060.

  • For the first time, Latinas have exceeded non-Hispanic females in college enrollment.

Read the complete report here. Yadira - Sepia

*head shots by Alyssa Taber of A Squared Creations

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