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Joelle Martinez

President and CEOLatino Leadership Institute

Denver, CO

Member Since June 2023


Prior to the LLI, Joelle spent more than 15 years building winning business development, public affairs, and media strategies for Fortune 500 companies. In 2017, Joelle was named one of the 25 most powerful women by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Published content

13 tips to build friendships while growing your professional network

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Apply these strategies to leave a lasting impression. Whether you are striving to expand your personal or professional network, it's essential to create and nurture relationships that are not transactional. This is because, nine times out of ten, the majority of people will typically engage with people they feel confident around, can trust, and truly relate to in and outside of the marketplace. Here, 13 Fast Company Executive Board members each share their strategy to help industry professionals utilize networking to drive their business or individual career objectives forward, tactfully and authentically.

Bridging the gap: How understanding Latino professionals unlocks organizational potential


By examining the professional journey of Latinos and identifying the barriers impeding their path to success, we can bridge the Latino opportunity gap—a win for us all.

9 reasons biz conferences are still relevant—online and in person

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In 2024, it's about finding an event that provides value and is worth your time.  When the COVID-19 pandemic forced major shutdowns across the globe in 2020, it prompted conference coordinators and their biggest sponsors to quickly rethink how to transition into offering a broader range of virtual events to professionals who wanted to participate despite having to shelter in place. Their ability to revamp the annual or bi-annual conference experience as we used to know it gave businesses and nonprofits an even wider scope to spread their messages while also educating professionals on the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities to find better solutions for their current and future clientele.  In this discussion, members of Fast Company Executive Board explain how they currently view the latest networking platforms and their ability to elevate their business profile or brand awareness in today's marketplace. They also share nine reasons why it's still a must to attend hot ticket industry affairs—whether you're traveling to an exciting destination with all the perks of in-person business connections and going out with colleagues, or you've decided to cut back on your travel itinerary and prefer to watch the entire event from your living room couch. 

The growing influence of Latino millennials in today's workplace


By translating insights into actions, businesses empower Latino millennial leadership to drive innovation, foster inclusive cultures, and build a new talent pipeline.

Exploring the struggles of DEIB leaders: Are they the modern Sisyphus?


Like Sisyphus rolling a boulder uphill only to see it tumble back down, DEIB leaders often grapple with frustration and fatigue in their tireless efforts to advance workplace diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The U.S. Latino economy is skyrocketing: Is your business ready to unlock its potential?


Bridging the opportunity gap and fostering the growth of the Latino economy isn't only a moral imperative; it's a sound business strategy.

Company details

Latino Leadership Institute

Company bio

The Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) advances Latinos to positions of influence and power through cross-sector leadership development, entrepreneurship support, and activation of our national Latino professional network. By unlocking the full potential of Latino leaders through access to technical and social capital, we will reach our goal of successfully building power, driving change, and generating wealth.


Social impact & nonprofit