NM Women of Color Nonprofit Leadership Initiative

What is this Initiative?

In a region as diverse as northern New Mexico, women of color are under-represented in nonprofit leadership. We are working to change that. Developed with an advisory committee of current nonprofit leaders, the Initiative is designed for established and emergent women of color looking to broaden their skills and create community, while deepening their leadership in a peer-based, supportive environment.

The long-term goals of the Initiative are to build the leadership capacity and practical skills of participants and, ultimately, to see a sustainable increase in nonprofit leadership roles filled by women of color.  Participation is by application and women are encouraged to apply on their own behalf as well as to encourage colleagues. With a maximum of 20 participants, the cohort will be focused and intimate. The format includes seven, biweekly two-hour sessions and a monthly two-hour Black Woman & Femme Leader gathering. All fall 2021 sessions are offered on a virtual platform.

The series includes guest speakers from the community and content addressing: 

  • Narrative Development
  • Community-Based, Culturally Responsive Leadership
  • Women of Color Leaders as Conveners
  • Mentorship Ecosystems
  • Money and Negotiation
  • Team Building

The Individual Leadership Plan (ILP) is a tool that each participant will develop over the course of the program. Facilitators and fellow participants will help you assess your current skills and needs, and you will create a long-term actionable plan to support your leadership vision and goals. 

Who leads this Initiative?

Dr. Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Ed.D. leads this Initiative. 

Mi'Jan, Gabrielle Uballez and designated alumni co-facilitate cohort sessions.

Click here to read their bios and the cohort testimonials.