OCI Group is proud to celebrate a momentous accomplishment of one of our founding partners. On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, Ixchell González graduated from the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s Executive Leadership Program. The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), a national 501(c) 3 organization based in Washington, DC, was established in 1987 to address the under-representation of Latinas in the corporate, nonprofit and political arenas. NHLI’s mission is to develop Hispanas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building and community activism. NHLI is the only national organization providing executive leadership programs for Latinas in the U.S. Its highly effective executive leadership program has been nationally recognized through awards by the Center for Creative Leadership, the Independent Sector, and the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute, among others.
Ixchell was selected to be part of a select group of twenty-two Latinas from around the United States who took part in the year-long Executive Leadership Program; she was the only participant from San Antonio. For 26 years, the National Hispana Leadership Institute has fostered hundreds of Latina leaders through its award winning Executive Leadership Program (ELP). NHLI is ranked among the Top Twenty Leadership Programs for Latinos by Latino Leaders Magazine, and recognized by the Independent Sector, the Center for Creative Leadership, and the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute for its unique work preparing Latinas for positions of national influence, public policy impact, and contributing to the advancement of the Hispanic community.
The Executive Leadership Program targets mid-career professional Latinas and advances a model that emphasizes and builds upon personal strengths. What makes NHLI’s program different from other leadership programs is that it addresses skill development and provides training and support through both a female and a Hispanic cultural lens. NHLI also promotes a heightened awareness of social responsibility and stronger attention to the needs of the broader Hispanic Community.
Since childhood, Ixchell has been committed to both leadership and community and her selection and participation in the ELP has allowed for the continued development of her passion and commitment to these sectors. As a new member of a select group of Latinas from around the United States, she takes her expertise in leadership and education to the next level and shares that expertise with our national and international community. Throughout her extensive career, Ixchell has profoundly impacted the lives of others and through her participation in NHLI has also been impacted by some of the countries strongest and most compassionate leaders. OCI Group is proud to have this life-long connection with the National Hispana Leadership Institute and we look forward to many more years of impact and transformation from our very own Ixchell González. ¡Felicidades!
Ixchell González with her 2013 NHLI Executive Leadership Program class at Harvard University; Ixchell was presented her certificate of completion in Washington, D.C. by NHLI Board Chairwoman, Cecelia Espenoza, and President, Ann Marquez.
OCI Group Partners, H. Analco González and Olivia Travieso, pictured with the National Hispana Leadership Institute alumnae and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.