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  • January 25, 2017

    NHLA Director Marisol Medrano Mejia named Latino Leadership Institute Fellow

    The Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) at the University of Denver has announced Marisol Medrano Mejia as a fellow for its LLI Fellowship Winter 2017 Program.

    Medrano, a board member of the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA) and the human resources director for CoCal Landscape, has been selected as one of the 25 professionals that will take part in an intensive, nine-month fellowship program. The LLI trains, supports, and elevates professional and executive Latinos to positions of influence.

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    As a new member of the LLI Fellowship Program, Medrano will receive personal assessment in branding strategies, community involvement and professional development. She will also be offered the training and tools to strengthen and promote her ability to impact and improve Latino communities.

    “Through this program I’m looking forward to growing the strong, assertive, and self-assured Latina Leader that’s within me, and developing the skills to mobilize others and maximize the good we can do in our community. My aim is to demonstrate that we, as a community, are a powerhouse and highlight our many contributions to this country, ” said Medrano.

    Medrano’s 18 years of experience in the landscape industry have not only allowed her to grow professionally and rise up the ladder, but also equipped her with the knowledge and insight to advocate on behalf of the industry’s workforce on issues that affect its livelihood. Through her role in the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance, she has served as a role model and mentor for landscaping employees across the country, promoting upward development through training and educational resources.

    “Mari has impacted the lives of many across the U.S. who have been inspired by her to aspire for more and to take advantage of opportunities and resources to achieve greater professionalism and business success. She fully embraces and advances the vision and values of our association. We are delighted by her selection as a fellow by The Latino Leadership Institute and look forward to her continued service as an NHLA Director,” said Ralph Egües, Executive Director of the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance. “Her selection is not only important for her personally, but also for the industry as it helps to underscore the significant opportunities available for leadership and business success.”

    The program will also provide Medrano with the opportunity to expand her network, sharing knowledge and experiences with other corporate executives, public officials, small business owners and non-profit leaders.

    The Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) at the University of Denver (DU) is the nation’s premier professional development program, advancing an elite network of Latino leaders. Now in its fourth year, its exceptional Fellowship Program prepares Latino leaders for the highest levels of influence in the business, education, government, and non-profit sectors.

    About the NHLA

    The National Hispanic Landscape Alliance is an association that facilitates and promotes the advancement of Hispanics as landscape industry professionals and leaders, and provides the more than half a million U.S. Hispanic landscaping professionals a voice in the national dialogue on environmentally responsible landscape practices, and a means through which to advocate on behalf of their businesses, the livelihood of their employees, and the quality of life in their communities.