August 29, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Patrick Salazar
Board Training Seminar Offered to LA-Area Latino Professionals
Tailored for Environmental Nonprofit Service
Los Angeles—Latinos LEAD is offering a free board member training seminar as part of its Diversity in Environmental Leadership Initiative (DELI).
The seminar, known as Ready to LEAD, is in session for 14 hours over two days on September 20 and 21 in Central Los Angeles. Meals, parking, and all materials are provided at no cost to the participants. Latino professionals based in the Los Angeles region are eligible to apply.
Latinos LEAD (Latinos for Leadership Excellence and Diversity) launched DELI in May 2019 to promote greater ethnic diversity on the governing boards of environmental nonprofit organizations.
The initiative helps environmental nonprofits forge authentic relationships with trusted Latinos and Latinas, who can catalyze the region’s Latino population’s documented strong support for action to reduce pollution, address climate inequities, and position vulnerable communities to be more climate-ready through awareness and resilience.
Patrick Salazar, Founder and Board Chair of the nonprofit Latinos LEAD, said “Meaningful inclusion of Latinas and Latinos as leaders in the environmental movement is critical to achieve lasting civic and activist engagement and can mobilize families and communities who are disproportionately affected by pollution, climate change, and environmental degradation.”
A University of Michigan study in January 2018 showed that Latinos made up barely 9% of environmental nonprofit board members—although this figure is likely far lower; less than four percent of environmental groups surveyed were willing to share data on board ethnicity.
Ready to LEAD participants learn about the nonprofit sector and its impact on U.S. society, including nonprofit governance principles, and the role of the nonprofit sector in Latino community affairs. Guest speakers share their experiences in successfully navigating the board member selection process, and how to leverage internal and external mentors.
Ready to LEAD examines subjects of specific relevance to today’s nonprofit leaders, including: management and leadership principles, region-specific demographics and socio-economic conditions, nonprofit board/staff diversity efforts, legal and fiduciary duties, finance, fundraising, board culture and protocol, board/staff relations, and current nonprofit sector management issues and trends.
Participants are encouraged to serve as leaders at Latino community-based organizations—leveraging the experience and networks they acquire through mainstream board service.
Interested individuals can apply at https://latinosleadnow.org/board-candidate-profile
More information about Latinos LEAD and its programming can be found at www.latinosleadnow.org