A LEADERSHIP PROGRAM WHOSE TIME HAS COME
The Sacramento region ’ s Latinx
community is already large and a significant economic contributor , and it continues to grow . However , the regional Latinx community has been underrepresented in leadership roles and the decision-making processes of society . The Nueva Epoca Early Career Development Program will help change that .
This program is the vision of Lawrence B . Garcia , principal , Garcia Performance Solutions , with extensive Latinx community connections , and Doni Blumenstock , experienced in designing and implementing inclusive leadership programs .
“ Doni and I talked about needing a system to produce leaders in numbers to contribute meaningfully to regional decision-making ,” says Garcia . “ We did a feasibility study and were fortunate to connect with Adrian Ruiz and Vicki Stockbridge at YDN who have the expertise and experience to operate the program .”
The pilot program is launching now , with the nomination process for fellows underway and 15 already on board . Training for the first cohort begins in February . A second cohort begins in August , and the third begins in February 2022 . “ There ’ s a need and a passion for this in our community ,” says Stockbridge . “ We ’ re already looking for nominations for the second and third cohorts .”
The pilot program will be evaluated for impact and effectiveness , revised as needed , and permanent funding sought . A differentiator of this program from other regional leadership programs is a focus on Latinx issues and culture . The program also offers Apoyados , which is what the program calls its mentors , who help guide participants . “ Each graduate will join a board or commission where they will bring their lived experience to the deliberations ,” says Blumenstock .
“ The Latinx community is a large percentage of the Sacramento region ’ s overall population ,” says Ruiz , “ yet it suffers the most from an upward mobility crisis . By creating this leadership pipeline , we ’ re turning that crisis into an opportunity where young Latinx leaders will be creating policies and procedures to impact the future and create more opportunity for the Latinx community .”
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This program will help identify , prepare , connect and empower our region ’ s next generation Latinx leaders .
— LAWRENCE B . GARCIA
PRINCIPAL , GARCIA | PERFORMANCE SOLUTIONS COFOUNDER | NUEVA EPOCA EARLY CAREER
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