Diverse Leaders of Today & Tomorrow.


Class 1 C and V

Our application cycle for Class of 2018 is open. The application cycle for Class of 2018 will begin April 1, 2017. 

All applications MUST include the online form, 2 letters of recommendation, a resume and the $25 application fee* to be considered complete and passed on to the Selection Committee.

Only complete applications will be considered. Incomplete applications, missing supplemental documents, or payment will not be considered. 

Applications are being accepted through June 1, 2017.

Click here to apply.

* This is the only fee due at the time of application. This fee is applied to the cost of tuition if you are accepted. Financial aid and payment options are available. Please do not let the cost stop you from applying.

Apply to be a Mentor.

Emmeline Quinde and her mentor, Adriana Flores at the 2014 LLI graduation.

Emmeline Quinde and her mentor, Adriana Flores at the 2014 LLI graduation.

Participants are paired with a mentor who guides their development and involvement in the community throughout the program year, as well as assists with community action projects that address critical issues in the Hispanic community. In the end, participants receive the tools necessary to grow into positions of power and leadership through their mentorship and by completion of community projects. The mentorships are a key component of the Latina Leadership Initiative because they provide the young women with mainstream community connections and networking opportunities.

Mentors with community leadership experience provide support, networking and technical expertise for Latina Leadership Initiative participants. Each participant will be linked with a mentor who can best help her with personal and professional goals, as well as in the development of an appropriate community-based service project. These mentoring relationships will foster the on-going development of new skills and connections, as well as contribute to personalizing and customizing the LLI experience. LLI participants benefit from the valuable civic and professional advice and perspective you bring, and have the opportunity to create a unique and lasting relationship with a dynamic Des Moines leader. While LLI participants will gain from the real-life experience and skills of their mentors, these mentorships will also offer significant benefit to the mentors. This opportunity will raise mentors’ awareness of the skills, experience, and talent among Latina professionals in the Des Moines area. Mentors will gain a more in-depth understanding of the issues within the Latino community, an awareness that will ultimately be beneficial to your company, or organization. Mentors are encouraged to get to know all LLI participants and consider them when looking for leaders within their companies, community commitments and advisory needs. Mentors enhance the LLI experience by serving as role models, coaches and advisers to participants as they explore career advancement choices, serving on local boards of directors, serving their communities in the business and nonprofit sectors, and consider how to best apply their newly acquired leadership skills in the pursuit of their professional and personal goals. 

Mentors do not need to be a female, Latino or bilingual to participate in this program. The time commitments is roughly 2-4 hours a month, as agreed upon by the participant and the mentor, attendance of special events such as a welcome reception, an April service project presentation and the spring graduation.

Apply to be on the Board of Directors for LLI.

The Board of Directors are the visionaries of the program. They are responsible for the operational and financial growth of Latina Leadership Initiative to ensure the program is fiscally strong and exists for generations to come.