Diverse Leaders of Today & Tomorrow.


LLI Alum, Maria Alcivar starts a movement on ISU campus, faces racism and bigotry with class and dignity

Published September 15, 2015

Peaceful Student Protesters Faced Hostile Trump Supporters at Cy-Hawk Republican Party Tailgate Ames, IA- September 12, 2015 was the day of the biggest football rivalry in the State of Iowa; the famous Cy-Hawk game. In Lot S-7, east of the Jack Trice Stadium, the Republican tailgating tent had scheduled GOP candidates to appear and talk to supporters. Little did they know that a group of students would be there to express their disapproval towards one particular candidate, Mr. Donald Trump. Maria Alcivar, a first-year graduate student at Iowa State University, planned the student-led silent demonstration against bigotry that held from […]

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LLI is looking for board members

Published November 17, 2014

Are you passionate about women leaders? Do you want to do something to promote gender equality in decision-making roles? Do you want to be part of developing future leaders? Consider joining the Latina Leadership Initiative’s board of directors. What are we looking for? We are looking for someone (male or female, Latino and non-Latino, bilingual or not) who can commit to: Meeting the first Thursday of the month from 5:30-7 PM Assisting with at least one Saturday leadership development session that takes place the first and third Saturday of the month from 10-4 between September and February Raising or writing […]

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So much going on!

Published November 4, 2014

We’ve been moving and going since the new class came together. Time is going by quickly, as participants are more than half way through the ten sessions. Some of the highlights of the last few months include: • Listening to Mary Campos and Ila Plasencia, the Matriarchs of the Latino community share their leadership journey with the class. They were an inspiration and some participants were directly impacted by their work in education and empowerment. • Meeting the first Latina elected to public office, Storm Lake City Council woman, Sara Monroy Huddleston who also won an award at the LULAC […]

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Meet the 2015 Mentors

Published August 5, 2014

Alexandra Atha-Abbott: Mentoring Maria Alcivar Alexandra’s responsibilities at The Principal Financial Group focuses on all aspects of Hispanic initiatives and she oversees the Culture and Language integration functions. Before working at The Principal she worked for Wells Fargo for 14 years overseeing different marketing programs in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. She has a BA in Marketing from Simpson College. Alexandra was born in Mexico City and raised in Texas. Dora Camargo: Mentoring Jessica Aguirre Dora has been with Veridian Credit Union since 2007. She started as a part-time teller has moved into the Community Inclusion Coordinator. Dora has […]

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Meet the Class of 2015

Published August 4, 2014

Latina Leadership Initiative of Greater Des Moines is proud to welcome the new class, Class of 2015! Lizette Aguero: Lizette is a William Penn University graduate who double majored in Psychology and Secondary Education with an Endorsement in ESL. She’s volunteered at the House of Compassion, multiple churches, Habitat for Humanity, A.W.A.N.A Club, Special Olympics, and L.A.E (Latinos Al Éxito). Lizette lives in Marshalltown and works as a Intermediary Network Specialist and Life Connections-BHIS worker. Jessica Aguirre: Jessica received a Bachelors of Science in Political Science from Iowa State University, where she traveled to the Dominican Republic to build homes. […]

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