Leadership training for positive change

October 22, 2018

Twenty-two nonprofit leaders in the region recently participated in a three-day “train the trainer” workshop on how to inspire and instruct nonprofit board members to more effectively serve their organizations. The REALIZE Board training program, led by the United Way of El Paso County with funding from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, commissioned BoardSource to train the cohort of nonprofit leaders on critical board member duties and roles to create positive change. These individuals will not only work within their organizations but will be called upon to help train other nonprofit organizations and boards in the region.

Board members shape the organizations they lead and the public they serve, yet many lack the knowledge of board management.

“The nonprofit community represents an important force for health promotion, community advancement, economic vitality and quality of life,” said Michael Kelly, Vice President of Programs for the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. “Leadership training is essential for a robust and prosperous region.” BoardSource’s work is grounded in a fundamental belief that boards are critical to organizational success. Their members serve out of loyalty and responsibility to the organization’s mission and provide essential oversight and accountability to the organization’s beneficiaries, donors, and the broader public. In addition to the three-day training, Susan Decker, Master of Leadership Development - Director at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and governance consultant with BoardSource, led a comprehensive one-day summit in El Paso and Las Cruces to help nonprofit organizations properly and successfully develop a strong strategic plan that would be manageable and meaningful with fundraising, board development and engagement. For participating in the Summit, attendees received access to exceptional themed resources only available through BoardSource. To learn more about REALIZE Board Training, visit

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