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Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc.

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Hermana Appointed President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute New York, NY – April 30, 2013 Congratulations Ann “Lealtad” Marquez, newly appointed as President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute. Ann Marquez joined the Tau chapter of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha in the fall of 1996. Since then she has spent over 15 years in non-profit management and being a pioneer in her own right, creating and building roles that center on Latino cultural awareness. Her first major role was under Aspira of NY, an organization that focuses on educational empowerment for Latinos. Afterwards, she became the executive director of the New York chapter of ALPFA, the largest association of Latino business professionals and students. Now Ann will take on a new role as President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, an organization that aims to address the disparity of Latinas in key leadership positions.

the national board for the sorority. The importance of leadership – providing an example by carrying projects through, the value of diplomacy – working with those who are different but still being able to bridge under a unified goal, and communication are the pillars with which Ann has launched and built a successful career. In embracing the philosophy of giving back to the community, Ann has learned this focus can also exhibit in your personal life. A mother to a child diagnosed with autism, Ann has learned the value of the ‘small win’- the shaving off of seconds that go into winning a race, as opposed to focusing on the big win, as an approach to success. As a professional Latina, a single parent, and community advocate, Ann believes that we as Latinas can do all things, just not necessarily full force at the same time. Accept it; it is okay to place priority on the things you value, and take calculated risks to develop your career and personal life based on those values.

Ann is an example of a Latina who has chosen to embrace the principles of SIA in her professional and personal life. Her dedication to the advancement of the Latino culture is one of merit and she is a proud Ann’s focus on the community stems from her representative for the many Latinas who have been foundation as a SIA. She was also able to develop her able to stand on their passions and principles to unique leadership philosophy during her tenure on achieve success. ABOUT NATIONAL HISPANA LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: Founded in 1987, NHLI is the nation’s premiere training institution exclusively dedicated to Latina leadership training. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, NHLI has developed into a major success story and has become a key player in forging leaders serving America today. Learn more at www.nhli.org

ABOUT HERMANDAD DE SIGMA IOTA ALPHA, INC. (SIA): SIA was founded in New York on September 29, 1990 by thirteen Latina women with the purpose of creating an organization that would help their communities, unite women, promote the Latino culture and uphold a set of distinct goals. Our dedication to scholarship, service and professional development within the Latino community has grown beyond New York, with chapters in several states including New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Arkansas, Kansas and California. We are also a 501(c)7 tax exempt organization and we work in conjunction with the Solidaridad, Inspiración, Amistad Community Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)3 Community Foundation committed to scholarship, service and professional development within Latino communities nationally. For more information visit: www.hermandad-sia.org


Hermana Appointed President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute