Progreso Latino Fund

Celebrating Latino Leaders

Inspired by HBO's "The Latino List," Celebrating Latino Leaders brings you up-close and personal interviews with Latino leaders serving Greater New Haven and Connecticut.

Jacob Padrón, Long Wharf Artistic Director Credit: Contributed

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The Progreso Latino Fund (PLF) is pleased to present the series: Celebrating Latino Leaders. While the individuals profiled represent a diverse group of men and women from many countries, professions and age groups, each is united by his or her commitment to social change through giving back and creating opportunities for others. PLF seeks to expand the definition of leadership to promote the leadership and advancement of Latinos.

We hope you are inspired by the profiles below of Latino leaders in our community.

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Celebrating Latino Leaders: Yolanda Caldera-Durant ›

"A really important part of my continued success is my giving back to young people, helping them develop leadership skills and helping them understand that they deserve success as much as anyone else."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: John Padilla ›

"No matter where you go in life, you have to get involved and give back. That’s our personal tax for being on the planet."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Raquel Santiago-Martinez ›

“If you live by a certain set of values and people respect you for those values, 90 percent of your success is achieved.”

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Norma Rodriguez-Reyes ›

“I’m a strong advocate for role models.”

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Pedro Soto ›

“I love being responsible for making something."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Jordy Padilla ›

“It’s a duty of mine, as an educated individual, to fight for the people who didn’t have the same opportunity as me.”

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Luz Catarineau Colville ›

“We need to start reconnecting with our heritage and bring it into how we’re raising our kids. We need to be building each other up not tearing each other down.”

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Saul A. Cardenas ›

"Success is when you inspire others to create opportunities for themselves."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Kyisha Velazquez ›

"I am meant to help make change and give a voice to those who feel their voices are not being heard."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Ricardo Henriquez ›

"You do not always have to understand what someone is asking you to do if there is trust in the middle."

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