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Poised for executive leadership

Public Health Sciences Division’s Gloria Coronado emerges from fellowship program positioned to advance public policy at local, state and national levels

Oct. 5, 2009
 Dr. Gloria Coronado

The Public Health Sciences Division's Dr. Gloria Coronado participated in an intensive training program designed to foster Latina leadership at the highest levels of corporate, government and nonprofit management.

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Dr. Gloria Coronado, Public Health Sciences Division, is among the class of 22 new graduates of the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s (NHLI) Executive Leadership Program. The premier executive leadership organization prepares Latinas for national and international positions where they can influence public policy and contribute to the advancement of the Hispanic community.

When Coronado was selected as a 2009 ELP Fellow in January, she joined a select class of professional women in the public and private sectors—all with outstanding records of community service and the desire to impact public policy at local, state and national levels.

The comprehensive four-week leadership program focused on strategic management, public policy and cultural issues. It included one week at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and another week at the Center for Creative Leadership, a top-ranked, global provider of executive education. Two additional weeks of training took place in California and Washington, D.C.

"The caliber of the program was outstanding," Coronado said. "During our week in D.C., we attended a White House briefing on health care reform and immigration policy, and I met new Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. I developed a strong national network, and the program already has improved my effectiveness in leading teams to conduct public health sciences research."

To date, 484 distinguished Hispanic women have graduated from the national leadership program. Following graduation, the 2009 Fellows will return to their community and implement a leadership project and mentor at least two Latinas.

For information on all the fellows, visit www.nhli.org. The NHLI will open the Executive Leadership Program application process for the 2011 class in early 2010.

Founded in 1987 to address the disparity of representation of Latinas in leadership, the NHLI’s mission is to develop Hispanas as ethical world leaders through training, professional development, relationship building and community activism.

[Adapted from a news release.]

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