Dr. DeBlieux Chosen for Valle del Sol’s Esteemed Hispanic Leadership Institute

The Hispanic Leadership Institute is an 18-week program to focus on cultural identity, team-building and service to community. It is offered by Valle Del Sol, and HLI enables participants to engage Arizona’s foremost business and policy authorities in a continuing dialogue about leadership and the local Latino communities.

HLI was founded in 1986 as a partnership between Valle del Sol, Valley of the Sun United Way and South Mountain Community College. In 1994, Valle del Sol and Arizona State University partnered to strengthen and expand the Institute. In 2007, ASU’s College of Public Programs and Valle del Sol joined their efforts to ensure that Hispanic leaders are ready to take their places front and center in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors now and in the years to come.

Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute enhances participants’ understanding of the role culture plays in a variety of circumstances, with specific attention to the enduring influence of Latinos in Arizona. The curriculum builds from participants’ experiences, emphasizing personal and professional development with a practical orientation. Sessions focus on ethics, cultural and personal identity, community issues, public and media relations skills, board/commission service, and meetings and protocol among other topics.

For over twenty-five years, Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute (HLI) has promoted the individual development of Hispanics for increased participation in leadership roles and serves as a premier education and networking resource for expertise and advocacy on leadership issues affecting Latino communities.

Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux shares her enthusiasm about being selected for this longstanding, valuable leadership program. “The HLI West Valley is a golden opportunity to connect with others in our community and share the power of collaboration. I believe in the strength of community connections to create mutually beneficial relationships that will showcase our 10,000 students and 12 school campuses and the outstanding educational opportunities they offer.”  Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute was established and designed to educate and assist individuals in developing and expanding their leadership skills to take an active role in the community.

According to Yolie Aleman-Rodriquez graduate of the program and community leader, “Dr. Matos DeBlieux possesses the intellect, passion and commitment of an experienced leader. In her spare time she serves as an exemplary citizen volunteering at diverse community events throughout the valley, which include children, civil rights, social action and decreasing poverty.”