Preparing to Lead: An Initiative for Next Generation Latino Leadership

It is estimated that the Latino community will double in size over the next 40 years and will comprise more than 30% of the United States population by 2050. To help develop a cadre of next generation leaders from and for this community, the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has established the Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI), which hosted its first class of young leaders in June, 2010.

The Initiative has been made possible by a generous donation of seed funding by Entravision Communications Corporation, and by Entravision’s Chairman and CEO, Walter Ulloa. CPL is grateful to Mr. Ulloa for his visionary leadership in supporting the initial phase of the Initiative.



Program Participants

The LLI annually serves up to 42 of the nation’s most promising undergraduates with demonstrated interest in serving the Latino community. Our mission is to recruit participants whose academic achievement is best complemented by an intensive, week-long leadership development program at Harvard Kennedy School.

A complete program schedule and logistical details can be found on our HKS Executive Education LLI website.

Program Objectives

  • To enhance the leadership capacity and understanding of a cadre of students committed to serving the Latino community;
  • To help participants form a strong and durable bond among themselves and with other leaders; and
  • To inspire participants to view their own possibilities for leadership and professional achievement as limitless.

Program Structure

The LLI features classroom sessions on a range of leadership development topics, including self-awareness and core competencies such as public speaking, decision making and negotiation. In addition, the young leaders have an opportunity to network and build a community among themselves, and to interact with a range of leaders from the nonprofit, business, and government sectors. LLI participants are also responsible for creating personal leadership action plans and team based community service projects designed to enrich their local communities and help them utilize their new leadership skill sets.

Complete program overview

Prospective Students

Prospective students are nominated to apply by someone at their current college or university who recognizes their leadership potential. Applicants must maintain a 3.2 GPA, be a rising college senior at the time of our June 2013 program and have a desire to change the world! Nominations are submitted to your designated university LLI representative:

The Center for Public Leadership will make final admissions decisions for the LLI Program. All program costs, travel, room and board are underwritten by LLI sponsors and financial supporters.

Advisory Board

We are honored to have an esteemed group of leaders from business, academia, and nonprofits serving on the LLI Advisory Board.

Program Support

Funding for the long term sustainability of this new program is key to its success. Individuals who care deeply about the Latino community and the emergence of its next generation leaders will comprise the group of funders. Pledges to support the program over its initial three years would be formally acknowledged on the Center’s website and in marketing publications.

Entravision Communications Corporation The Walt Disney Company Cantu Construction

Time Warner Inc.
Diana Barrett
Elizabeth & Randall Berman
Alonzo Cantu
Walter Ulloa

Southwest Airlines Univision Surdna Foundation


For more information about the Latino Leadership Initiative, please contact Dario Collado, Program Manager, at (617) 496-0280 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .