Professional Development Certificate Programs

Latino Executive Development

Unique executive development experience for mid-level Latino managers that highlights the advantages Latino executives bring to corporate America.

Delivered in three phases over nine months, the Corporate Executive Development Program (CEDP) will offer training and networking opportunities to high-potential Hispanic managers preparing for executive levels of responsibilities.

The Business Case

Although the U.S. Hispanic market—47 million strong—represents the nation’s largest ethnic minority, gaps in representation continue to exist within U.S. companies. Hispanic managers are significantly underrepresented in executive and senior executive positions. Research shows that although Hispanic managers reach mid-level management positions faster than their peers, they are slower to climb to higher levels within their companies.

The CEDP is accepting
applications for 2018.

Session dates are
February 5 - 8, 2018
May 7 - 10, 2018
August 27 - 30, 2018

Click here to apply.

SMU Cox: national reputation and strategic location

SMU Cox, top 10 in ranked MBA's for executives and working professionals, is in the heart of Dallas, Texas, a high growth region for corporate headquarters and center of commerce, with more corporations based in Texas than in any other state in the nation. Dallas is at the forefront of the demographic changes expanding the Latino marketplace and workforce.

“SMU’s Cox School of Business has assembled some of the nation’s top faculty and business leaders to create a program that will expand the pipeline of Hispanic leaders and their firms’ access to a growing market,” said R. Gerald Turner, president of Southern Methodist University. “Cox Executive Education specializes in turning high-potential employees into high-performing executives. The collaboration with NHCC will focus Cox’s strengths on preparing Hispanic employees to assume the highest levels of corporate responsibility in the very best companies. SMU is honored to be entering into this partnership.”

“Hosting the Corporate Executive Development Program at Cox is a natural fit for us because of our ongoing commitment and proven record of developing successful business leaders,” said Albert W. Niemi, Jr., dean, SMU Cox. “We are proud of our role in helping Hispanic managers who are on the cusp of advancing their careers.”

The Program

Over the course of nine months, participants will attend three program sessions with each session spanning three and a half days. Sessions will take place two to three months apart. Participants are assigned executive mentors with significant leadership experience within Fortune 1000 companies who will assist them in preparing and implementing personal leadership development plans. In addition, participants will be grouped into teams to develop innovative projects during the program. Teams work with Latino Executive Advisors who share insights from significant corporate experience.

The Corporate Executive Development Program requires significant commitments from participants. It is important that their enrollment is supported by their organization. To acknowledge this, participants should plan to provide names and contact information of their senior HR and line executives.

The program’s academic director, Professor Miguel Quiñones, works closely with a corporate advisory board to develop a current and business relevant curriculum and to assemble a team of instructors that are proven and effective in working with high potential corporate executives.

The Corporate Executive Development Program is the flagship offering of the Cox Latino Leadership Initiative, a national center of excellence whose mission is to discover, develop, and encourage high potential Latino executives who will drive business growth and create a sustainable competitive advantage for their companies. In addition to management development programs, the Initiative also provides events for senior leaders in talent development, diversity, and marketing. The Initiative currently conducts research on retaining Latino talent. It organizes student leadership summits that provide undergraduate Latino talent with cultural insights and workforce knowledge to help them choose majors, internships, and mentors—crucial to them staying in school and obtaining top jobs upon graduation. Click here to learn more about the Latino Leadership Initiative and the benefits of corporate membership.


Listen to testimonials from previous participants



Participants in the Corporate Executive Development Program are mid-level Hispanic managers with track records of success and potential to ascend to executive positions. They are supported by high level executives in their business unit or function and by executives responsible for developing talent in their organizations—visionaries investing to meet the emerging needs of their global markets. 


»» Accelerate Hispanic middle managers’ progress into executive positions 
»» Prepare them for sustained success at high levels 


»» Practical, interactive, hands-on learning experiences
»» Awareness of cultural barriers and opportunities for advancement 
»» Individual development plans based on proven competencies of successful leadership 
»» Support for application of program experience: executive class advisors, individual executive mentors, participant sponsors, peer groups of participants and past participants 
»» Successful Hispanic corporate leader role models as guest speakers




The program is delivered in three phases over the course of nine months. Each phase consists of three and one-half days of instruction combined with intervening project work and individual development activities. 

February 5 - 8, 2018

Phase 1: Leading with Authenticity – This session is devoted to developing ‘self ’ and understanding the power of culture in executive development. Participants will gain insights to intentionally use culture— individual, corporate and national—in service of optimum individual and business performance. 

May 7 - 10, 2018

Phase 2: Leading High Performance Teams – In the second session participants learn to leverage cultural diversity in others to maximize the performance of work units and teams and to work effectively across borders. Participants learn to use coaching and mentoring tools to develop talent and gain institutional knowledge. 

August 27 - 30, 2018

Phase 3: Becoming a Corporate Leader – Participants learn to apply heightened cultural awareness and develop social capital needed to lead strategic thinking, innovation, and change at enterprise levels. They gain an understanding of roles and behaviors associated with the highest levels of corporate leadership, including the relevance of active community engagement. 

Assessment – After acceptance into the program, each participant undergoes an assessment of individual competencies based on those identified with successful executive leadership. The results of this personal assessment form the basis of a mentoring relationship that continues throughout the program. Mentors are chosen for their significant experience within a Fortune 1000 company. 

Project – Throughout the program, participants work in small teams where they use their growing cultural awareness, knowledge of interpersonal behavior, enterprise thinking capability, and appreciation of community engagement to create and develop a business project in social entrepreneurship. Team project business plans are presented to instructors, advisors, mentors, sponsors, and advisory board members at the conclusion of the program.

CEDP Testimonial Rachel YbarraRachel Ybarra has personally seen the benefit of taking a leap into unchartered territory as a member of the inaugural class of the SMU COX Corporate Executive Development Program (CEDP). With the full support of senior leadership at AT&T and the academic credentials of SMU COX backing the Hispanic leadership development program that launched in 2011, Rachel had clear expectations, but discovered unanticipated benefits.

A huge advocate of life-long learning, Rachel believes participants gain valuable lessons that can be applied immediately as well as long term. From expanding her network to include other high-performing Latino leaders, and developing a stronger ability to influence without authority, Rachel credits the CEDP with launching program participants on a path towards achieving their fullest potential. She not only has been promoted since participating in the program, she has created a talent multiplier effect within AT&T.

Since participating in the CEDP, Rachel has taken on a series of mentoring roles within the global telecommunications company. Over the last four years, she has lead a mentoring circle for the AT&T Women in Finance program.

According to Gloria Corey, AVP of External Affairs Operations and Rachel’s manager, “I think the program allowed Rachel to see herself as a role model for other Latino professionals within AT&T. She already had a strong personal brand within the organization, but it was rewarding to gain external feedback from the program facilitators that Rachel was a strong contributor and leader.”