Immediate Release—The second cohort of the Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI), sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, wrapped up earlier this month to wide acclaim. Held in Cambridge, MA the weeklong program included classes on public speaking, teamwork, negotiation and public narrative, as well as sessions designed to help participants develop greater self-awareness.
Farouk Shami, founder and chairman of Houston-based Farouk Systems, addressed the 40 rising college seniors who attended this year’s LLI and spoke on leadership and business. Other notable speakers during the week included luminaries such as Eliseo Medina, International Vice President of Service Employees International Union; Efrain Fuentes from Walt Disney Company; Nina Vaca CEO of Pinnacle Technologies; and Jose Hernandez, former NASA astronaut.
“With Latinos expected to comprise nearly 30% of the U.S. population by 2050, quality leadership is imperative to this community and to the nation,” said Andy Zelleke, faculty chair for LLI.
David R. Gergen, professor of public service at the Kennedy School and director of the Center for Public Leadership, added, “Our goal is to equip the students to have a deeper impact on their communities once they return, and to stay connected with them long enough to ensure that the learning sticks.”
“Farouk Systems is proud to be a sponsor of the Harvard Latino Leadership Initiative,” said Shami. “As part of our sponsorship, we provide funding to allow Latino students from six universities to attend the weeklong seminar. Education is a cornerstone of success and I am honored that we can provide this opportunity for the next generation.”