Andeavor Fellows Leadership Program

Inspiring, Mentoring and Sustaining Nonprofit Executives

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

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This is a nine-month program that offers new CEOs and senior management 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 Boot Camp 2019
  • Certificate upon completion

This program is made possible with the generous support of

2018 - 2019 proposed schedule and topics (subjects to change)

September 13 and 14, 2018    

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

October 12, 2018

Marketing and Communications for Nonprofits and Program Evaluation

November 9, 2018

DISC Behavioral Profile and Conflict Resolution  

December 7, 2018

Fundraising for Nonprofits  

January 11, 2019

Board-CEO Shared Leadership Role

February 7 and 8, 2019

Situational Leadership II and Principles of Persuasion

March 22, 2019 

Financial Management for Nonprofits

April 12, 2019

Succession Planning and Employment Law Basics

May 8, 2019

Reflection and Graduation


Mentorship meetings with seasoned nonprofit CEO


2019 Board Boot Camp

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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