Since 1987, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) has identified, prepared and positioned Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce through their year-round programs. The model used by HHF for leadership funnels talented, motivated, inspirational and engaged Latino leaders from: high school, to college and grad school, to the workforce, and back into the community. Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org.
The Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program is focused on providing the public and private sector workforce with vetted, well-rounded, top, emerging Latino professionals to move America forward. LOFT is a workforce program which systematically identifies, prepares, places and retains emerging Latino students and young professionals on a management track in key fields including business and finance, education, green, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields among others. With more than 2/3 of the workforce growth over the next decade being Latino and less than one percent of that growth being in management, the need for LOFT is great.
Through the LOFT Institute, tens of thousands of members receive leadership training, mentoring, career path inspiration and awareness through “vertical” summits/boot camps/symposiums and certifications in key fields. LOFT Leadership trainings and Vertical seminars take throughout the year at colleges and appropriate venues. The events can be commissioned by sponsors or developed to meet the demand of LOFT members. Industry and Latino leaders in various fields participate with HHF team and sponsors. HHF follows up with emerging professionals to create a measurable result for sponsors who are trying to diversity their workforce or industry. The LOFT Institute also conducts research and measures the effectiveness of the all HHF programs.
The key to LOFT’s success is its flexibility to meet the sponsor’s (corporate, non-profit or government agency) unique diversity needs by tailoring an industry or sponsor-specific pipeline or feeding existing diversity initiatives including internship and full-time recruitment. LOFT provides Fortune 500 companies and government agencies with emerging Latino professionals for internships, full-time positions and platforms to promote their company or industry to increase the pool of talent.
The LOFT network is fed by the HHF pipeline: 10,000 Youth Awards applicants annually; member recruitment; special events; professional/college networks, and social media and advertising.
LOFT executes an internal “multi-level marketing strategy” by tasking key “influencers” within the network to engage and mobilize the tens of thousands of vetted members who are called LOFT Fellows. The LOFT Fellows are part of the LOFT network tasked with overseeing the program’s recruitment and outreach for fast, accessible and effective mobilization across industries and regions.
The LOFT team is divided into three sections:
Executive Team: LOFT Chair, HHF staff and consultants oversee LOFT Fellows and administration of LOFT program and LOFT Institute;
Regional Team: LOFT Fellows across America oversee Campus Coordinators;
“Vertical” Team: LOFT Fellows who focus on key industries or issues.
Visit www.LOFTInsitute.org for LOFT announcements.