HOLT Values-Based Leadership Fellows Program

Inspiring, Mentoring and Sustaining Nonprofit Executives

HOLT Values-Based Leadership™ Fellows Program is a premier, one-of-a-kind leadership program for 501(c)(3) nonprofit CEOs with less than five years tenure and/or senior management nonprofit leaders poised for executive leadership. Senior-level leaders include those who report directly to the CEO, manage a departmental budget and staff.

This program was created by the Area Foundation and is sponsored by HOLT CAT.

Watch this video to learn more about the Fellows program.

Please note that this program is not geared toward nonprofit board members. For board training, visit our Board Training page. 

Meet the 2019 - 2020 Fellows

Learn more about our Fellows.

This is a nine-month program that offers new CEOs and senior management nonprofit leaders:

  • Values-Based Leadership™ training led by HOLT Development Services, Inc. (used by HOLT CAT and Spurs Sports and Entertainment)
  • Nonprofit management training taught by local experts
  • Monthly mentoring with seasoned CEOs 
  • Complimentary admission to Area Foundation workshop
  • Certificate upon completion



Stay tuned for the 2020-2021 HOLT VBL Fellows' Informational Session to learn more how to apply. For more information contact Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez, Ph.D., learning and development facilitator.

This program is made possible with the generous support of HOLT CAT.

2019 - 2020 schedule and topics (subject to change)

Aug. 28, 2019


Sept. 12 and 13, 2019    

Program Introduction and Values-Based Leadership Overview of the Nonprofit Sector and Strategic Planning

Oct. 18, 2019

Marketing and Communications for Nonprofits and Program Evaluation

Nov. 15, 2019

DISC Behavioral Profile and Conflict Resolution  

Dec. 6, 2019

Fundraising for Nonprofits  

Jan. 10, 2020

Board-CEO Shared Leadership Role

Feb. 13 and 14, 2020

Situational Leadership II and Principles of Persuasion

March 20, 2020 

Financial Management for Nonprofits

April 3, 2020

Succession Planning and Employment Law Basics

May 8, 2020


May 27, 2020



Mentorship meetings with seasoned nonprofit CEO


Board Boot Camp or Board Governance Sessions

The importance of participating in a leadership program

National nonprofit research suggests that emerging nonprofit CEOs are more likely to experience burnout, isolation and dissatisfaction with board performance than their established peers. At the same time, succession planning and leadership development have been identified as chief organizational concerns for nonprofit boards and CEOs. Increasingly, this includes building bench strength -- developing internal leaders for executive and other key positions. Yet, nonprofits often lack the talent management processes to cultivate and provide homegrown talent with growth and mentoring opportunities.

To address leadership and succession planning challenges, experts recommend that new CEOs and emerging leaders engage in a professional development that builds leadership and supervisory skills while strengthening nonprofit technical skills. Training should include peer networks and mentorships to reduce isolation while enabling emerging leaders to gain practical insights about the executive role from seasoned CEOs. 

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