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15th Annual Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program


“My participation in NELP had a great impact on my personal life as well as on my professional efforts. Because of the open sharing environment during the NELP program, I came to realize that many others are dealing with similar situations and that there are ways to work through them that make a nonprofit even stronger.”

-2013 NELP Alumni Mary Stegner, Executive Director, Partners in Housing

On August 11 – 14, 2014, El Pomar Foundation and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) partnered to welcome 23 participants to the 15th annual Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program (NELP). NELP is a four day leadership training program for Presidents, CEOs, and Executive Directors of Colorado nonprofits with annual operating budgets exceeding $750,000. The program provides participants the opportunity to develop their individual leadership styles, in addition to understanding their strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, this experience allows nonprofit leaders to better serve the communities they work with across Colorado.


Please click here to learn more about the program. Past program participants have particularly benefitted from the environment of peer feedback and self-reflection that the program encourages:

“NELP was the most in-depth training I've ever received. The data and feedback was extremely valuable, and the coaches were top-notch. The training was helpful in giving me the perspective of so many other Executive Directors sharing their similar struggles and stresses.”

-2013 NELP Alumni, Tony Shawcross, Executive Director, Open Media Foundation

“Managing employees is one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of my job. I have used the Situation Behavior Impact (SBI) feedback tool with employees and appreciated having a tool to help me lay out my thoughts ahead of time.”

-2013 NELP Alumni, Teresa Malone, Executive Director, Durango Education Center

“What an inspiring and invaluable week learning about leadership, mentoring and myself. I’m so grateful to El Pomar Foundation for the opportunity to spend time with colleagues and experts in such a world-class program. I’m constantly learning there is still so much to learn and this experience was no exception – in fact, it exceeded my expectations in every way.”

-2012 NELP Alumni, Joanne Kelley, CEO, Colorado Association of Funders