Hispanic Institute Helps to Build Community Leaders

Hodges University News

Middle managers in Southwest Florida are invited to enroll in a program dedicated to strengthening and building community leaders thanks to Hodges University’s Leadership Development Program.

Sponsored by the Hodges’ Hispanic Institute, the Leadership Development Program is scheduled for January 25 – March 15, 2017. The eight-week program will be held from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Fort Myers campus, which is located at 4501 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33966.

With a focus on results, the program is designed to provide middle managers from varying cultures with the necessary tools to reach their potential for greater leadership roles. “The program’s emphasis is on self-awareness, public speaking, communication and conflict resolution,” said Adriana Buitrago, director of the Hispanic Institute at Hodges.

The curriculum, Buitrago added, provides participants with “broad-based leadership perspectives.” Throughout the course of the program, participants will hear from Hodges faculty members, as well as community speakers. In addition to the lecture-based teaching style, participants can expect each session to include hands-on team building exercises. By applying what they know, participants will design solutions to a problem based on a topic they select, ultimately improving team building and skill development.

Session topics include self-awareness, cultural competency, leadership, communication and conflict resolution. The program will also include valuable information on the importance of first impressions. Partnering with Dress for Success, participants will visit the Dress for Success Boutique to achieve professional styling tips such as proper fitting and color coordination.

The cost to participate in the program is $600, and interested candidates must submit an application by January 19, 2017. Applications may be submitted online or by mail.

For additional information, visit www.hodges.edu/leadership/. You may also contact Adriana Buitrago at abuitrago@hodges.edu or (239) 598-6235.

About the Hispanic Institute:
The mission of the Hispanic Institute at Hodges University is to strengthen the awareness, understanding and impact of Hispanic cultures. Goals of the Hispanic Institute include enhancing university and community awareness of the role of the Hispanic Institute; sensitizing employees to Hispanic cultures to better facilitate service, teaching and learning; identifying and finding solutions to the needs of Hispanics within the university and the community; and creating national and international partnerships with educational institutions and organizations.

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