Board Training for
Young Professionals
2020 Cohort

Young Leaders Society Cohort

X REALIZE Board Training Program 

Board Training for Young Professionals


Training Value:


Registration Cost:

Free to YLS Members

The Young Leaders Society Cohort by REALIZE Board Training Program is an initiative to increase the involvement of young professionals on nonprofit governing boards. 


Participants expand their skill set, grow their networks and make the community a better place through a series of board trainings tailored specifically for young professionals. 


Graduates will be provided connections to nonprofits and recognized throughout the El Paso community for their commitment to becoming responsible and successful local leaders. 



Courses are led by BoardSource certified trainers, the gold-standard leader in board leadership that supports, trains and educates nonprofit leaders across the country and around the world. 

Course One

Roles & Responsibilities

Increase your understanding of the individual roles and responsibilities of individual board members; the board’s role in ensuring necessary resources; and the board’s role in setting organizational direction.

Course Two 

Structuring a High-Performance Board 


Increase your understanding in board’s role in the board building cycle, the board structure, and the partnership between the board and CEO.

Course Three


Increase your understanding in board’s role in fundraising fundamentals, stages of fundraising and the fundraising team.

Course Four

Fiscal Oversight & Accountability

Increase your understanding in board’s role in nonprofit accounting, reviewing financial statements, and fiscal policies and procedures. 


When & Where


Course One: Sat., March 7

Course Two: Sat., March 21 

Course Three: Sat., April 4

Course Four: Sat., April 18 

Graduation: Wed., April 22

Location & Time

Stanton Tower Auditorium

100 N. Stanton 

Check-in - 8A

Training - 8:30A - 12:30P


Reserve your spot now.

Commit by February 14th, 2020



Thank you for your interest in participating in our second cohort. We are currently taking reservations for these limited spots. Please fill out the form below to show your interest. A representative will follow up with a commitment form to confirm your placement on this year's cohort. Once spots are filled, names will go to our waitlist.

For more information, contact: 

Daniela Lastra

Community Engagement Coordinator 

(915) 533-2434 ext. 223

Rebecca Mendez 

REALIZE Board Training Coordinator 

(915) 533-2434 ext. 245


What People are Saying



The REALIZE Board Training gave me the confidence to ask the right questions before joining a nonprofit board and better asses the ones I currently serve on. Thanks to the trainings, I have a better understanding of the main functions of a well-operated board as well as acknowledge my role in the grand scheme of it. Every training I have attended I have learned something new.

Christopher Montoya,

YLS Advisory Board President


This program is important for young professionals to understand their critical role in board governance. Becoming a board member is a legal and fiduciary responsibility, and requires accountability and to the community and its organizational stakeholders. The program will help young professionals understand their roles & responsibilities, understand the importance of a high-performance board; how to fundraise, and their role in fiscal oversight and accountability.

Dr. Michael Kelly,

Paso del Norte Health Foundation

Vice President of Programs



Inaugural Class


Oscar Acosta

The City Magazine

Russell Booth 

Paso Del Norte Children's Development Center

Lucia Cardona 


Omar Chavez 

Ameriprise Financial

Rogelio Corral

El Paso Electric

Jose De la Cruz


Daniel Fierro

Wells Fargo 

George Guerrero


Jason Guerrero


Chelsea Lynch 

The Hospitals of Providence - Memorial Campus

Christopher Montoya

Wells Fargo

Jon Taylor Muir

Wells Fargo

Samuel Ochoa

Texas Gas Service

Megan Powe

The Hospitals of Providence - Sierra Campus

Nick Seckerson

El Paso Chihuahuas

Robert Spencer 


David Valenzuela

Texas Gas Service

The REALIZE Board Training Program is a partnership program between the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and United Way of El Paso County.

© 2017 United Way of El Paso County.