In 2009 the Latino Leadership Alliance founders created a groundbreaking partnership and collaboration with Stanford University designed to seek out, train and mentor emerging leaders in the Silicon Valley. The need and the goal were simple:
To identify and provide training and support to emerging leaders across the business, government, education and non-profit sectors to take leadership roles in all sectors and in issues affecting the Silicon Valley’s expansive and diverse Latino community.
We are a proactive, all-working board of talented Latinx leaders from Silicon Valley's public, private, nonprofit, and education sectors. Going beyond advisory roles, our dynamic coalition actively engages in day-to-day operations, leveraging diverse expertise to drive innovation and address challenges within the Latinx community.
LLA developed a 8-month leadership training academy that exposes participants to principles of leadership and governance, coalition building and other leadership skills, and that examines issues affecting the Latino community in the Silicon Valley. To support and enhance the Leadership Academy, LLA and Stanford University developed the Stanford Leadership Summer Program, which is a unique and strategic collaboration between LLA and Stanford University’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.