Apply Now for the Tesoro Leadership Fellows Program

Inspiring, Mentoring and Sustaining Nonprofit Executives

Tesoro Leadership Fellows Program is a premier, one-of-a-kind leadership program for nonprofit CEOs with less than five years tenure and/or C-Suite nonprofit leaders poised for executive leadership. This program was created by the Area Foundation and is sponsored by the Tesoro Foundation.

Congratulations to the 2017 Tesoro fellows, 

who completed the program on Friday, May 21.

Learn more about our fellows.

This is a nine-month program that offers new CEOs and C-Suite nonprofit leaders:

  • 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 Board Day 2017 or Board Boot Camp 2018
  • Certificate upon completion

Who Should Apply:

CEOs with less than five years tenure and/or C-Suite nonprofit leaders poised for executive leadership.

When:

September 2017 - May 2018

Where:
San Antonio Area Foundation, 303 Pearl Parkway, Suite 114, 78215

Application and Cost:
We will select 15 to 20 fellows. The total cost for the program is $2,495. Fellows who complete the program and meet attendance requirements are reimbursed $1,495. 

Deadline to apply is Friday, June 23.

Please note all applications must be submitted through our grants center. Preview the application here

For questions about the application, please contact Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez, Director, Capacity Building at 210.242.4730.

This program is made possible with the generous support of

2017 - 2018 tentative schedule and topics

September 14 and 15, 2017           
Program Introduction and Values-Based Leadership
Overview of the Nonprofit Sector and Strategic Planning
September 28, 2017 Board Day
October 13, 2017 Marketing and Communications for Nonprofits and Program Evaluation
November 17, 2017 DISC Behavioral Profile and Conflict Resolution  
December 8, 2017   Fundraising for Nonprofits  
January 12, 2018   Board-CEO Shared Leadership Role
January 2018 (TBA) 2018 Board Boot Camp
February 8 and 9, 2018   Situational Leadership II and Principles of Persuasion
March 9, 2018 Financial Management for Nonprofits
April 13, 2018  Succession Planning and Employment Law Basics
May 11, 2018 Reflection and Graduation
Monthly  Mentorship meetings with seasoned nonprofit CEO

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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