Latino Leadership Initiative

The U.S. is undergoing a demographic shift. People of Latino origin are now the second largest ethnic group in the nation. According to the Pew Research Center, Hispanics will become 29% of the U.S. population by 2060.

Despite these changing demographics, Latinos are underrepresented nationally in executive level positions and on corporate boards, and often face slow upward mobility in organizations. In November of 2013, the SMU Cox School of Business' Executive Education department, along with ten founding corporate members, launched the SMU Cox Latino Leadership Initiative to aid companies in addressing these challenges. The SMU Cox Latino Leadership Initiative assists participating companies in recruiting, developing and retaining high-performance Latino executives who will drive business growth, creating a sustainable competitive advantage for their companies.

Pillars of Service

Corporate members benefit from initiatives in four interlinked areas:

  • Develop: Individual Development for High-Potential Latino Managers
  • Engage: Organizational Development to Build Multicultural Competence
  • Educate: Exclusive Business Insights through Latino-Focused Research
  • Transform: Industry Leadership and Investment in Communities and Schools

The SMU Cox Latino Leadership Initiative provides organizations the opportunity to harness ideas and experiences to help inform and shape talent and business decisions.