Latino Leadership Initiative Celebrates Two Year Anniversary

The Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI) is a national center of excellence that assists participating companies recruit, develop, and retain high-performance Latino executives who will drive business growth and create a sustainable competitive advantage for their companies.

On November 19, 2013, along with 10 founding sponsors, SMU Cox Executive Education launched the Latino Leadership Initiative, which focuses on four interlinked areas:

  • Leadership Developmentfor high-potential Latino managers
  • LLI has collaborated with senior executives representing the LLI founding corporate sponsors to develop innovative leadership development programs and curriculum to accelerate and expand the Latino talent pool for participating companies.
    • The Rising Latino Leaders Program initiated in 2015
    • The continuing Corporate Executive Development Program


  • Organizational Developmentto build multicultural competence
    • LLI provides organizations the opportunity to harness ideas and experiences to help inform and shape talent and business decisions.  LLI hosts two annual symposiums, each focusing on topics relevant to the Latino workforce and market.  In addition, nationally recognized experts on Latino talent management and community engagement will be featured through quarterly webinars.
      • Upcoming Exclusive Events:
        • Latino Leadership Development & Retention, Spring 2016
        • PR/Media: How Your Organization is Perceived by Latinos
        • Community Outreach: Connecting with Latinos
      • Past Exclusive Events:
        • Latino Talent:  Attract, Retain, Develop, Fall 2015
        • Engaging Latinos Through Social Media, Spring 2015
        • Latino Workforce 2020: Trends and Opportunities, November 19, 2013 (Launch Event)


  • Exclusive business insights through Latino-focused Research
    • The 2015-2016 Latino Retention Study will identify the drivers of employee commitment, retention, and turnover among Latino employees, and will examine whether these drivers differ from other employee groups.


  • Community Engagement in schools and communities




  • Lead – AT&T
  • Presenting – Walmart
  • BaylorScott&White
  • Cash America
  • CBRE *
  • EY *
  • JCPenney
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Merk *
  • MoneyGram
  • Shell
  • State Farm


  • aramark
  • H&R Block

*New sponsors since launch with ten founding corporate sponsors


Executive Director: Anthony Herrera

Academic Director:  Dr. Miguel Quinones

Organizational Development Director:  Dr. Robert Rodriguez

External Relations Director:  Kelley Johnson


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