EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM Inspiring, Training and Sustaining Nonprofit Executives

HOLT Advanced Leadership Program

Now more than ever, in the wake of the pandemic, nonprofit leaders need tools and resiliency to lead their organizations through times of transition.

With this in mind, this year the Area Foundation will partner with HOLT CAT to offer the HOLT Advanced Leadership Program for:

  • Nonprofit CEOs and Executive Directors – established or new
  • Senior-level leaders (direct reports to the CEO with staff and budget oversight)

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

Contact Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez, Ph.D., learning and development facilitator, for more information or to RSVP to attend an information session on Tuesday, April 6.


About the Program

The curriculum centers around HOLT’s Values Based Leadership™ model and other proven leadership concepts developed and implemented by HOLT CAT over the last 30 years. Other local experts provide sessions around communication, strategic planning and diversity.

Modules include:

  • Leadership Resilience and Emotional Intelligence
  • Understanding Your Behavioral Profile
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Situational Leadership
  • Strategic Planning and Decision Making
  • Communicating the Value of Your Work
  • The Science of Ethical Persuasion
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Influencing Skills

In addition to the modules, participants complete assessments to understand behavioral and conflict management styles and attend two workshops offered by the Area Foundation. Online sessions are interactive and include breakout groups and discussion.

Applications are accepted through Friday, April 30. Selected individuals will be notified in early May. We recommend that you hold these dates on your calendar in case you are selected.

The fee is $1,395. Payment is due by Friday, May 28.

Please note that this program is not geared toward nonprofit board members. Visit our Board Training page for more information. This will be held in place of the HOLT Values-Based Leadership™ Fellows program.


Interested in providing a scholarship for a program participant(s)?

Sandie Palomo Gonzalez

Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Learning and Development Facilitator
Am I required to attend the Information Session if I want to apply? What will the information session cover?

The Information session is optional for those who want more information or have questions.  You can apply even if you don’t attend the session.  The session will review the program in more detail and go over the application process.

Where do I apply? The application site looks like the Area Foundation’s grant application site.

To apply, go here. Yes, this is the same place you would go to submit a grant application.  You will need to create a new user account if you don’t already have one to access the application.  We will select up to 25 applicants.

How is this program different than the HOLT Values-Based Leadership™ Fellows program? Will that program be offered this year?

The HOLT VBL Fellows program is for senior-level managers and CEOs/Executive Directors with 5 or fewer years’ tenure. 

This year, because of leadership challenges brought on by the pandemic, we want to make the HOLT VBL™ model available to strengthen senior-level managers and CEOs/Executive Directors regardless of length of tenure.  The emphasis with be on the VBL model and other leadership concepts.   We will hold this program in place of the Fellows program this year.

What is the format of the class? Will the sessions be recorded if I have to miss?

Classes will be held online through Zoom. They will not be recorded. Participants can miss up to two sessions and still earn a certificate of completion. We suggest you hold the session dates on your calendar now in case you are selected.

How do I pay?

Selected applicants pay by credit card or check. Payments are due by Monday, May 31.

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