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 sponsored by the Tesoro Foundation.

Meet the 2016 - 2017 Tesoro Leadership Fellows

Learn more about their background. 

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 Boot Camp 2017 of Board Day 2016

Who Should Attend:

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


September 2016 - April 2017 (graduation May 2017)


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


The application is now closed. 

This program is made possible with the generous support of

Schedule and Topics

September 8 and 9, 2016            
Program Introduction and Values-Based Leadership
Overview of the Nonprofit Sector and Strategic Planning
October 14, 2016 Marketing and Communications for Nonprofits and Evaluation
November 18, 2016 DISC Behavioral Profile and Conflict Resolution  
December 9, 2016   Fundraising for Nonprofits  
January 13, 2017   CEO Role through Shared Leadership
January 2017 (TBA) 2017 Board Boot Camp
February 9 and 10, 2017   Situational Leadership II and Principles of Persuasion
March 10, 2017 Financial Management for Nonprofits
April 14, 2017  Succession Planning and Employment Law Basics
May 12, 2017 Reflection and Graduation
Monthly  Small group 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. 

303 Pearl Parkway, Suite 114
San Antonio, TX 78215

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