LOFT Institute Leadership and Community Development Symposium in DC Saturday, 2/12/11

Education   Sun, February 06, 2011 10:08 PM


Washington, DCOn Saturday, February 12, the LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) Institute will host a Leadership and Community Development Symposium from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Georgetown University for LOFT members and interested emerging Latino leaders (young professionals and students).   To apply, fill out the form at the following link:  Also, candidates who would like to join LOFT can submit resumes to addressed to Jessica Barajas.  The deadline to apply is by the end of day Wednesday, February 9.


“It is important to not only identify and engage young Latino leaders but to provide them with the tools to lead America going forward,” said Emanuel Pleitez, Chair of the LOFT Institute and consultant at McKinsey & Company, who will be leading the training.  “Beyond the training, we stay in touch to provide the young leaders with platforms, a network and opportunities to lead in the community and workforce.”


Leadership and Community Development Symposium

The objective of the Symposium is to encourage personal renewal and community development through purposeful leadership, idea generation, and relationship development.  The one-day Symposium consists of a series of collaborative leadership-and personal-development exercises and workshops.  Participation in the Symposium is by invitation-only for non-members of the LOFT Institute.  The Symposium is free of charge.  Notable community and business leaders will speak.

Sample agenda:

Welcome & participant introductions

Workshop I: Purpose development and goal setting workshop

Workshop II: Leadership panel and discussion on success and satisfaction

Workshop III: The future of the Latino community in America

Workshop IV: What is your legacy?  What do you need to be successful?

Workshop IV: Resource map exercise

LOFT Institute

The LOFT Institute is an HHF initiative, which leverages the pipeline of talent in the HHF network to systematically identify, prepare, place and position emerging Latino students and professionals for leadership in America in the classroom, workforce in community.  LOFT Institute’s mission looks to reestablish the American workforce as a global competitor by investing in the Latino community through leadership-development seminars, industry-tailored programs (“Industry Vertical Series”), internships, fellowships, graduate school, full-time placement, networking events, mentoring, workforce training, resume building and interview-preparation workshops.  LOFT Institute also runs public awareness campaigns and conducts research to measure the effectiveness of HHF’s programs.

In additional to leadership training, the LOFT Institute also coordinates an “Industry Vertical Series” which has included Business & Finance, Management Consulting, Engineering, Green, Communications, Technology, Science, Healthcare, Media, Retail, Policy, and Entertainment, among other fields in partnership with top universities including Stanford, University of Penn, MIT, SMU, Rice, FIU, University of Chicago, ASU, George Washington University and USC among others.

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Since 1987, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) has identified, prepared and positioned Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce through their year-round programs.  The model used by HHF for leadership funnels talented, motivated, inspirational and engaged Latino leaders from: high school, to college and grad school, to the workforce, and back into the community.  Visit for more information about HHF and for a brief video about the leadership program, visit

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