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The Professional Hispanic Leadership Institute is a skills-based leadership training program targeted at Hispanic & Latino professionals. The Hispanic Leadership Institute trains Hispanic & Latino professionals on for-profit and non-profit management skills and network development within the St. Louis business community.

In addition to their leadership training, participants are encouraged to give back to the St. Louis region through community involvement.

This is a nine-month program, starting from October 2022 to June 2023.


Applications for Class XIII will open in July! 

For more information, please contact Fernanda Estrada-Ridaura at


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Bio Book

Sponsorship opportunities:

Title Sponsor

  • Company logo as the Title Sponsor on all marketing materials. Tuition for 4 employees from your company. Interview to be featured in Collinsville Daily News. Personalized email to participants before and after the program. Logo on name tents. Opportunity to include information/items in attendee's welcome bag. Host a session. Opening remarks at the beginning of the session. Full page color ad in bio book. Welcome letter in bio book. 3-page article in "en Contacto" magazine

Gold Level

  • Company logo as the Inspiring Sponsor on all marketing materials. Tuition for 2 employees from your company. Logo on name tents. Opportunity to include information/items in attendee's welcome bag. Host a session. Opening remarks at the beginning of the session. Half page color ad in bio book. 2-page article in "en Contacto" magazine


Participating in the Hispanic Latino Leadership Institute Class XI was a great experience! Not only did I learn new things that I can use to be a better leader at work and in the Saint Louis Hispanic community but also, I had the opportunity to meet experienced and passionate leaders in my class which made my experience even better. The topics covered during the classes were enriching and mind-opening. All the instructors had a lot of experience and shared useful insights that were easy to apply in my day-to-day activities at work and even at home. I really like how some topics were even customized from the Hispanic point of view which was very useful. The Hispanic Latino Leader Institute is a mini-MBA that gives participants a good forum to learn and improve leadership skills and expand their professional network. It helps to develop the new generation of Hispanic leaders.

Adrian Leon, Global EHS Sr Programs Manager. Medtronic


I was blessed to be a part of the St. Louis Hispanic Chamber of Commerce HLI XI class this past year. It was such an enriching experience to meet other Hispanic leaders in the St. Louis area and be able to learn and discuss important topics that will help us become stronger leaders. The program is so well thought out and starts with us diving into business acumen and ending with honing our personal brands. I came out of that program being a stronger leader and with a desire to get more involved in the St. Louis Hispanic Chamber. This program was life changing and I am glad I got the opportunity to be in it.

Fatima Zapata, Adverse Effects and Compliance Lead. Bayer


I am a technology Team Leader at Edward Jones. Motivation and a culture of learning are key concepts that come to my mind when I think about Leadership so I decided to join the HLI program to grow my professional network and enhance my leadership skills. I also received positive feedback from peers that attended the program before. They all agreed that this is a program that all Hispanic Leaders must attend in St. Louis. It has been a month since I joined the program and I have the privileged to participate not only in training sessions but also in multiple networking events. I had the pleasure to meet multiple Hispanic leaders across the St. Louis area and also learn a lot about the St. Louis Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. I am looking forward to the rest of the program and to continue being an active leader at Edward Jones and the community.

Miguel Lopez, Technology Team Leader. Edward Jones.

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