Fuerte Leadership Program

Harnessing Your Super Her

September 9th thru October 7th, 2023

October 14th (Graduation)

Where: Live @
Latinas on the Plaza
3635 Hollywood Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513

Cost: $1000
Scholarships available if you qualify

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Program runs in the Spring

Preparing our young women to be Fuerte/Strong is our priority. 

The FUERTE/Growing Strong Program immerses young women of color via a 5-week Boot Camp for Success.

What we provide

During the 10-weeks she is surrounded by a team including a Mentor, a Coach, a Project Consultant and a small team that meets weekly in our Brookfield location.



She must show up on time, do the work, set SMART Goals, be on a weekly team call, complete a project with her small team and make a presentation to a group of Sharks.

3 phases of
Fuerte [growing strong] program


Camo Green Phase - Life Discipline

  • Fundamentals of Success.
  • Commitment: Be your word all the time.
  • Time Management-Respect time, yours and others.
  • Camaraderie: Being a team player.
  • Thinking On Your Feet: decisions based on what you have in front of you.
  • GRIT: determination to get goals done.

Camo Beige/Brown Phase - Soft Skills

  • Increase your confidence
  • Find your voice
  • Know your strengths

Camo Pink-Experiment Lane - Going Beyond her limits

  • Professional Presence
  • Story Telling
  • Teamwork
  • Conquering Your Limits
  • Making Presentation to Management (Sharks)

Key tools of leadership

The program will immerse the young woman of color in key success skills required to thrive in Corporate America and/or other organizations. The program is comprised of 10 key skills:


Understanding Your Strengths

Critical/Creative Thinking


Personal Presence/ Story Telling


Dealing with Conflict

Challenging Your Limiting Beliefs

Project & Presentation Skills

Confidence & Using Your Voice

Leveraging Your Network

Participant Benefits

  • A cohort who will support and encourage your growth and development
  • An exclusive 10-week program with a carefully selected cohort
  • Relevant group project
  • Learn how to effectively navigate the workplace landscape
  • Experience Ten culturally based, highly interactive and creative sessions
  • Learn to Use cultural skills in the global work environment
  • Focus on your health and wellness
  • Career coaching
  • Books
  • Mentors assigned to team
  • Access to other like-minded women of color in your cohort
  • Access to instructors who have a passion to see you succeed
  • Access to full Latinas Mastery Institute Alumni
  • Opportunity to apply for paid project work

The FUERTE/Growing Strong Program immerses young women of color via a 10-week Boot Camp for Success.

Program Cost

Value: $4,000
Your Cost: $1,000 ( includes books, workbooks, backpacks, water bottles, branded t-shirt, coaching, LinkedIn Audit, Assessment(s), Escape Room, Continental Breakfast, fees for high ropes, workouts, etc.)
$200 Deposit to guarantee your spot in the program
(Scholarships are available)

Employer Benefits

A credentialed young woman of color who has been trained on key success skills that will improve her ability to thrive and grow in your organization.

Our Impact

Meet Gaby Tafolla

She waited four long years, where she would invite her family and friends to help her celebrate.  But this May, there are no proms and graduation ceremonies.  For college students who have worked so hard it is a disappointment.  Parents and friends, who were waiting for these celebratory moments, equally are disappointed.  This story came close to me at Latinas on the Plaza because it is now Gabriella Tafolla’s story, one of our alumni.

Gabriella wants to be a librarian, she has always known it.  When she started college…Continue reading Latinas on the Plaza Newsletter

Curriculum Includes


Week Zero: Transformation Begins

This is preparation time for each student. She will buy the class material and ensure that every Saturday is marked on her calendar. She will announce departure from the normal routines for the next 10 weeks to family and friends.


Week One: Fall In Reception

Meet your team, rules and regulations, and the process for the next 10 weeks. The topic is Commitment. The emphasis will be on the importance of being her word. A social event will be part of the day and begin the process of collaboration. Mentors will be in attendance at the social event.


Week Two: Understanding Your Strengths

Understanding your strengths and values and the message you are communicating to the world will be explored. We will use Strengthsfinders to look inwardly and then garner in understanding of how to better connect with others.


Week Three: Trials-Critical & Creative Thinking

Through a series of challenging exercises the students will learn how to think on their feet. They will also have to use creativity to get themselves out of tough situations. This class will prepare the students to use impulse control and flexibility during stressful times.


Week Four: Building Confidence

Confidence requires getting out of your comfort zone. We challenge each student with several improv exercises that require them to think and act fast and to let go of fear of speaking up in public. This class is quite transformational in that each student realizes that they have a powerful voice.


Week Five: Personal Presence

The students will conduct an audit of their personal brand. They will learn how to communicate and strengthen their personal brand, including developing an elevator speech.


Week Six: Telling Your Story

Understanding your story is the beginning of knowing how to connect with others. We will learn how to use story telling techniques to help the students project themselves with confidence and strength.


Week Seven: Dealing with Conflict

It is inevitable that conflict exist in the workplace. We will provide key skills that will enable the students to have impulse control, stronger interpersonal skills, flexibility and empathy.


Week Eight: Teamwork

Learning to operate in a team environment is a key skill to master. We will learn how this is done in a High Ropes course, which will call on team support and team strategy.


Week Nine: Combat Skill Development-GRIT

Dr. Angela Duckwork’s research indicates that GRIT is the secret ingredient to success. We will teach the students perseverance through a series of experiential exercises.


Week Ten: Victory Forged

Each student will demonstrate key learnings including project management, and presentation skills as they make formal presentations to a panel.

Graduation & Celebration Ceremony.

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