NHLI: Latinas celebrate 25 years of leadership roles
March 6, 2012 | NHLI
When Ambassador Carmen Lomellin was attending graduate school, her father would question her about it. Why was she doing something that was for men?
And her favorite, “Who’s going to want to marry you?” Dozens of women in the audience nodded in agreement. Lomellin was talking about some of the challenges Latinas face —on and off the workplace — as they advance in their career. She was one of four National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) alumni participating in a panel. The discussion included the impact that NHLI’s programs has had on the lives of the panelists, the challenges the organization will tackle as it looks forward, and the opportunities for Latinas to keep improving their communities as the Latino population grows.
The event was the first of NHLI’s 25th Anniversary celebrations. The institute is a non-profit organization created in 1987 to address the disparity of representation of Latinas in management positions. It offers three programs for women of all ages, in all fields to help them explore and expand their leadership potential.