HACE's Elevando Latino Leadership Program (ELLP), formerly known as Emerging Latino Leadership Program, is geared towards high potential and high performing middle-level managers and new directors from the Latino/a/x/e community. The cohort-based program enables them to lead their teams and organizations more effectively. The curriculum assists in mastering the multiple roles and unique challenges that Latinx professionals face through self-reflection and coaching, peer mentoring and culturally relevant content and conversations.



  • Managers & Directors
  • High Potential ERG Leaders
  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • 5-10+ years of professional experience (or higher and seeking culturally-relevant leadership development)


  • Insights Discovery Leadership Assessment
  • 1 hour One-on-One Executive Coaching
  • Access to Latino/a/x/e senior executives 
  • Alumni network of 500+ leaders and lifelong, continued professional development


The approximate time commitment of 37 hours is outlined below:

  • 1 hour of pre-course preparation (onboarding session)
  • 21 hours of content, including pre/post surveys
  • 7 hours of pre-session and group project preparation
  • 1 hour 1:1 executive coaching
  • 2 hours of networking events
  • 3 hours of cohort group presentations
  • 2 hours of graduation ceremony


All sessions and materials are in English. Based on availability, bilingual (English and Spanish) guest speakers share their experiences, struggles, successes, and lessons learned. Personalized Insights Discovery profiles are available in multiple languages. Insights Discovery executive coaching sessions are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese (based on availability). If there are any language barriers, please address with the Programs Department (programdept@haceonline.org). 



 Classes are held biweekly (except for the last week of graduation) and participants are expected to work with their assigned groups on their projects when class is not in session. Participants are allowed one absence to ensure they are maximizing the learning experience



All sessions are biweekly on Thursdays from 4:00pm-7:00pm CST via Zoom. *Except for Graduation

March 21, 2024 | Session 1: Leading Through Your Values and Culture 

April 4, 2024 | Session 2: Leadership Effectiveness

April 18, 2024 | Session 3: Power Up Your Communication

May 2, 2024 | Session 4: Building Trust and Managing Change

May 9, 2024 | Session 5: Managers vs. Leaders

May 23, 2024 | Session 6: Conflict Management

June 6, 2024 | Session 7: Strategic Planning

June 20, 2024 | Session 8: Team Project Presentation

*June 25, 2024 (Tuesday) | Session 9: Graduation and Networking from 4:00-5:30pm CST via VFairs Platform



The Elevando Latino Leadership Program is presented during the Spring and Fall seasons. Applications for the Spring 2024 are due on February 15, 2024.



Participants should plan to attend all sessions. This is a fast-paced learning environment and the attendance policy allows for one missed session maximum. The Group Presentation does not classify as an excused absence unless there is an emergency. 


The Elevando Latino Leadership Program has a tuition cost of $3,995. 

Below are payment options. Please review prior to completing an application: 

Option #1 (Pay Individually): I understand I will be responsible for paying the program in full. If accepted, below are some options you may want to explore: 

  1. Pay in full when accepted. 
  2. Employer Tuition Reimbursement: Ask your employer for support! Click here for some tips and a sample letter you can tailor (based on the program information) to send to your supervisor to request professional development funds.  
  3. Payment Plans: Under certain circumstances, HACE can provide payment plans. More information about this option will be available when you are accepted into the program. 
  4. Click on the "Tuition Assistance" option to request information to be sent to you about available tuition assistance and scholarship opportunities.                                                                                                                                                                   
    *Partial tuition assistance is available for Chicago non-profit professionals courtesy of the MacArthur Foundation.             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             *Non-Chicago non-profit professionals are still encouraged to apply for other available tuition assistance and scholarship opportunities, which are awarded (based on demonstrated financial need & leadership goals) on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Option #2 (Company Scholarship): My employer is an HACE partner and nominated me for this opportunity & will be covering my tuition. 




All sessions are from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm CST *Except for graduation.

September 7th, 2023 | Session 1: Leading Through Your Values and Culture 

September 21st, 2023 | Session 2: Leadership Effectiveness

October 5th, 2023 | Session 3: Power Up Your Communication

October 19th, 2023 | Session 4: Building Trust and Managing Change

November 2nd, 2023 | Session 5: Managers vs. Leaders

November 16th, 2023 | Session 6: Conflict Management

November 30th, 2023 | Session 7: Strategic Planning

December 7th, 2023 | Session 8: Team Project Presentation

*December 11th, 2023 (Monday) | Session 9: Graduation and Networking from 4:00-5:30pm CST via Vfairs Platform


Elevando Mujeres de HACE for Freddie Mac Employees

In collaboration with Freddie Mac, HACE will have a cohort for Freddie Mac Latina employees. If you are a Freddie Mac employee, click here for more information on the details of the Freddie Mac cohort. Please note: Session 1: Leading Through Your Values and Culture and Session 9: Graduation and Networking will both be held in-person, while all other program sessions will be delivered virtually for this program.


Emerging Latino Leaders Program (ELLP) Trellix Cohort

Recognizing the limited diversity within the technology and cybersecurity sectors, HACE and Trellix have partnered to foster inclusivity and expand opportunities for the Latino/a/x/e community. Professionals interested in the cybersecurity industry are encouraged to apply.




Contact leadershipacademy@haceonline.org or call 312-435-0498. 



Contact partnership@haceonline.org or call 312-435-0498. 


"ELLP does a great job of marrying soft skills development with leadership and diversity training."


"I have developed new skills in how to be a leader. I learned how not to be intimidated and be open to new opportunities no matter how hard it looks."


"I now understand what employers are looking for and how best to present myself. I learned more about topics such as emotional intelligence and personal finances."


Interested in sponsoring this program? Contact partners@haceonline.org to learn more.