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Nation’s Premier Leadership Organization for Latinas Selects Miami Dade College’s Sylvia Orozco to Participate in its Award-Winning Program

The National Hispana Leadership Institute 2010 Executive Leadership Program Set to Begin in February; Program Builds on Leaders’ Strengths and Promotes Social Responsibility and Attention to Needs of Community
Silvia Orozco

Miami, February 9, 2010 - The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) selected Sylvia Orozco, professor at Miami Dade College, to participate in its prestigious 2010 Executive Leadership Program. The Class of 2010 will kick-off in San Juan Bautista, California February 22. Only one other person was selected from Florida. 

NHLI is the premier executive leadership organization preparing Latinas for positions of national and international influence, public policy impact and to contribute to the advancement of the Hispanic community. Its mission is to develop Hispanas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building and community activism. 

This is a highly competitive program. Every year, a national recruitment effort solicits applications from mid-career Latina leaders from the public and private sectors. Only twenty-two women are selected.

Sylvia Orozco is a professor of Reading for the College Prep Department at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus. In addition, she is developing a college-level reading textbook for developmental learners. Sylvia is a faculty co-advisor to the Distinction Society’s Lambda Omicron Delta Sorority, Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) and through the Communities in School’s program in Miami-Dade mentoring several students on and off campus. In her leisure, she enjoys training and running half marathons for the Leukemia and Lymphoma’s Team in Training program. As a part of her membership of this team, she not only trains physically, but she is responsible for raising money, and has raised over $3,000 for the organization.  

Each participant was selected for her outstanding community service record, professional and personal accomplishments, passion to make a difference in her community and commitment to pay it forward. “Sylvia Orozco exemplifies exceptional leadership and the positive contributions Latinas are making to our communities,” said Cristina López, NHLI’s President. “The Executive Leadership Program will build on the strengths of each leader and promote social responsibility and stronger attention to the needs of the broader Hispanic community,” added Lopez.

Going on its 23rd year, the Executive Leadership Program is held in conjunction with the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Center for Creative Leadership, and consists of a four-week training curriculum that spans nine months and is implemented in four cities. The intensive learning experience provides training in cross-cultural communication, strategic management, public policy, and leadership skills building. In addition, each participant mentors two young Latinas and completes a leadership project in her community.

“It is an honor to have been chosen to participate in a program as prestigious as the NHLI Executive Leadership Program. I look forward to sharing my experiences and enhancing my leadership skills to continue to contribute to our community,” said Sylvia Orozco.

Sylvia Orozco joins:  

Helen Arteaga, Director, Urban Health Plan, Inc, (East Elmhurst, NY) 

Michelle Azel Belaire, Senior Manager Public Affairs & Government Relations, Walmart (Miami, FL)

Marcela Bailey, Division Vice President, Sony Entertainment (Covina, CA)

Ana Maria Camargo, Director, Case Associates (Boston, MA)

Vanessa Cardenas, Director for Ethnic Media, Center for American Progress (Washington, DC)

Gloria Contreras Edin, Attorney & Consultant, Self-Employed (Inver Grove Heights, MN)

Edna Figueroa, Senior Product Manager, Fannie Mae (Boyds, MD)

Sol Flores, Executive Director, La Casa Norte (Chicago, IL)

Aurelia Flores, Senior Counsel, Science Applications International Corporation (San Diego, CA)

Leticia Lara, Regional Manager, ZERO TO THREE (Pasadena, CA)

Rosalia Miller, Founder & Board Chair, The Latino Student Fund (Washington, DC)

Laura Nieto, Senior Manager, Corporate Community Affairs, Southwest Airlines (Sugar Land, TX)

Lisette Nieves, Executive Director, Year Up (Brooklyn, NY)

Jodi Valenciano Perry, Senior Investigator/Mediator/Arbitrator, City of Fort Worth (Fort Worth, TX)

Deborah Quiñones, Public Health Representative, New York State Department of Health (New York, NY)

Ana Rosa Rizo, Mayor of City of Maywood (Maywood, CA)

Rosa Maria Robles, Auditor, Dept. of Conservation (Chula Vista, CA)

Julie Rodriguez, Development Director, Colorado State University-Pueblo (Pueblo, CO)

Rebecca Saldaña, Community Liaison, U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott (Seattle, WA)

Gina Weber, Regional Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Dallas, TX)

Rosemary Ybarra-Hernandez, CEO/Founder, AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute (Phoenix, AZ) 

The 2010 Fellows join a network of nearly 500 distinguished Hispanic women who have graduated from the national Executive Leadership Program. Applications for the 2011 Executive Leadership Program will be available at www.nhli.org in April.

The program is organized as follows:

Week I: Understanding Yourself and Others focuses on learning about leadership strengths and areas for development, cross cultural communication, conflict resolution, team building and the development of support networks, and setting development goals.  Held at San Juan Bautista, California in February.

Week II: Effective Change Through Public Policy and Management focuses on public management, negotiation skills, and strategic management through a case study approach.  Held in April at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Week III: Leadership Development Program is conducted at the Center for Creative Leadership (the top corporate executive leadership institute in the country), and combines lectures, group exercises, assessment questionnaires and individual feedback sessions to provide participants with information about their leadership, behavioral and decision-making styles.

Week IV: Impacting Decision Makers and National Policy participants explore the legislative process and national policy issues and engage in meetings with Congressional representatives and national leaders. The session takes place in Washington, DC in September and closes with a Latina Leaders breakfast honoring Hispanic women in public service and a graduation ceremony.

According to NHLI’s Impact Study:  Transforming Latina Leaders and Communities -- a comprehensive assessment of NHLI leadership programs over the last twenty years -- NHLI has had a significant impact on communities across the country through more than 500 alumnae Leadership Projects, directly reaching more than 35,000 Latinas and touching hundreds of thousands of lives. Alumnae have directly provided one-on-one mentorship to more than 5,000 Latinas. 

In addition to the Executive Leadership Program, NHLI offers  the Latinas Learning to Lead program for young Latinas (17-22 years) enrolled in college, five regional Latina Empowerment Conferences in various cities, an annual Executive Leadership Training Conference and Mujer Awards (Miami, FL November 4-5), and online training seminars. In 2010, NHLI will launch ALL IN (Advancing Latina Leaders in Nonprofits) a new program which seeks to cultivate, promote and sustain emerging leaders, Latinas 24-34 years of age who work in the nonprofit sector. www.nhli.org

Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 170,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of associate in arts and science degrees. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety management and nursing. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs have served as national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performing arts series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a sculpture park and a large art gallery and theater system.

NHLI media contact: Cheryl Aguilar, 703-527-6007.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
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