Rising Latino Leaders

The Rising Latino Leaders (RLL) program prepares participants for success in their first managerial positions and equips them to progress into higher levels of responsibility. This innovative and intensive experience is unique from other senior leadership development programs by focusing on cultural awareness and competence throughout all sessions.

The Business Case
Despite being the fastest growing talent pool in the U.S., Latinos are underrepresented nationally in managerial positions and face slow upward mobility. In response, the SMU Cox Executive Education collaborated with senior executives from the Latino Leadership Initiative's corporate sponsors to develop the Rising Latino Leaders program. The curriculum and structure of RLL was created in collaboration with senior executives from companies including AT&T, Baylor Scott & White Health, Northwestern Mutual, PepsiCo, EY, JCPenney, Kimberly-Clark, MoneyGram, Shell Oil, State Farm, and Walmart.


• Aid the transition from individual contributors and supervisors to high performance leaders of teams
• Develop critical business and leadership skills
• Raise awareness of how certain aspects of Latino culture affect performance and achievement
• Prepare participants for sustained success at higher levels of responsibility

Achieved Through
• Practical, interactive, and hands-on learning experiences
• Awareness of cultural barriers and opportunities for advancement
• Networking with experienced Latino senior managers
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  • Topics

    The RLLP curriculum focuses on increasing the performance and visibility of Latino talent.

    The program is delivered over four and a half days on the SMU campus. Participants will engage in practical interactive learning experiences, individual assessments, and interact with experienced Latino senior managers. Our goal is help strong individual contributors and supervisors make the transition to dynamic senior leaders.



    ·      Cultural Foundations of Latino Leaders

    ·      The Leadership Mindset - Becoming an Effective Leader

    ·      Driving Performance, Engagement & Trust

    ·      Managing Difficult Conversations

    ·      Business Acumen

    ·      Executive Presence

    ·      Developing Influence & Social Capital


    Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate and join the SMU Cox Latino Leadership Initiative alumni community.


    Individual Assessment

    Each participant will complete an individual assessment prior to the start of the program. Results of this self-awareness tool will allow participants identify their leadership style and an opportunity to understand how to maximize their leadership skills by focusing on their strengths.

    Executive Speakers and Advisors

    Participants will learn and interact with world-renowned experts in leadership and business. Our Latino executive advisors share practical insights, tools, and tips with participants in the classroom.

  • Who Should Attend?

    The Rising Latino Leaders Program is an innovative development experience for individual contributors and those who recently promoted into supervisory or first line management positions with demonstrated leadership potential.


    Time Commitment

    RLLP requires significant commitments from participants as they dedicate four and a half days to this program. It is important that individual’s participation is supported by their organization. To acknowledge this, participants will provide names and contact information of their managers and senior leaders who will be updated regarding the program and invited to participate in the closing ceremony and graduation. 



    Contact Ana Rodriguez, Executive Director for the Latino Leadership Initiative, at airodriguez@smu.edu or 214.768.8232 to learn more about the Rising Latino Leaders Program.

  • Schedule

    There are multiple cohort options to choose from to participate in RLLP 2023 and 2024. The program will occur over four and a half days, in person, at the SMU Cox campus.

    Upcoming Cohorts


    RLLP 2024 Spring

    April 15 – 19, 2024

    RLLP 2024 Summer

    August 05 – 09, 2024  
    RLLP 2024 Fall  September 23 – 27, 2024
     RLLP 2024 Winter
    November 11 – 15, 2024

    There are virtual options available. Please contact us at (214) 768-8232 or airodriguez@smu.edu for dates and pricing information.

Course Certification

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