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Latino Leadership Program

Latino leaders will have the opportunity to build ongoing self-awareness that is critically important for leaders. This training will guide these leaders as they build a solid understanding of themselves, what motivates them, and the legacy that they would like to live for. The goal is two-fold: these leaders will continue to grow as both a leader and as an individual. 

Applications for the Fall program are due by 5pm on August 15.  


The aim of the Latino Leadership Program is to build off La Luz’s core principle of, “Being a catalyst for change in Sonoma Valley through health, education, and financial security.” Also, to extend our founder Ligia Booker’s vision of La Luz as, “the organization developing into a multi-cultural center that addresses the needs of all.”  A big void we see in the valley is connecting, developing, and inspiring our future Latino leaders. Currently, our local city and county government elected and appointed positions, and even the La Luz board itself is not ethnically representative of the broader community. We see a solution to this void by providing social networking and leadership development opportunities to our current and future Latino leaders so they can lead by example and represent our demographics equally on a merit-based system.

The Latino Leadership program is based on the belief that everyone has the opportunity and capacity to be effective and that leadership is an observable exercise of defined practices and behaviors . . . leadership is a skill that can be learned and honed. The Leadership Challenge is about the practices leaders use to transform values into actions, visions into realities, obstacles into innovations, separateness into solidarity, and risks into rewards. These practices exemplify leadership across culture, gender, ethnicity, generations and for profit and non-profit endeavors.


The program will utilize three training packages: The Leadership Challenge, the Leadership Practices Inventory® (LPI), and DiSC. The Leadership Challenge is a workbook that describes the five characteristics of leaders and provides guidance on how to develop them. The LPI is a validated 360º assessment tool that measures the frequency with which leaders practice key leadership behaviors. The LPI provides a personal benchmark to work from to improve leadership skills. The DiSC Management Assessment/personality profile assessment is commonly used for everyone in an organization, regardless of title or role, to improve the quality of workplace relationships. The profile helps each individual appreciate the different decision-making styles of the people they work with and to help them create strategies to overcome challenges when collaborating with people of different DiSC styles.




  •  Applications due by 5pm

September 2024 - Program Schedule:

  • 3rd Quarter 2024 – September through November

  • September 15th - Attendees submit LPI to coaches.

  • September 23rd - Welcome Zoom call.

  • September 24th & 25th - Two-day (6 hours each) with lunch (9a – 3p)

  • September 27th - follow up one-on-one call with the assigned coach.

  • TBD:  Two one-on-ones follow up zoom calls with assigned coach and facilitated dialogue.

  • November 18th - Award ceremony with La Luz Board of Directors, friends, and family


  • Daron Blonski, The Leadership Challenge Facilitator - Cofounder Enso WealthManagement

  • Holly Seaton, Ph.D. Leadership Coach - Currently President of the Board Sonoma Vintage House

  • Jeni Nichols, Leadership Consultant - Currently Steward for the Sonoma Overlook Trail

  • Nancy King, Leadership Coach - CEO Emeritus, Pets Lifeline

  • Kory Stradinger, Leadership Coach - Former Executive Director, Sweetwater Spectrum, currently serving on Sonoma Community Center Board

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