New Mexico Women of Color Nonprofit Leadership Initiative

About the Initiative

In 2023, the New Mexico Women of Color Nonprofit Leadership Initiative will work throughout the year to support our largest alumna community to date, as it forms one cohesive community, comprised of more than 50 women of color leaders. The purpose of this programmatic year is for alumna to relationship-build across each of the cohort programmatic years, thereby continuing to diminish feelings of isolation in the sector, which is one of the leading causes of women of color Executive Directors’ early departure. Additionally, dedicated alumna programming will expand professional development skill sets and offer enhanced mentorship in the practice of those skill sets. We appreciate your support, encouragement and understanding during these exciting times, and are proud to share the names of each of the alumna who have graduated between 2019 and 2022.

Who leads this Initiative?

Dr. Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Ed.D., leads thisInitiative. Mi’Jan and Gabrielle Uballezco-facilitate the sessions. Click here to read their bios and the cohort testimonials.  

Who should apply?

Please note that there will not be an open application in 2023. The below information is provided for reference. We look forward to sharing updates as they are available. For questions about this Initiative, and any of our learning opportunities, please contact Learning Hub Coordinator, Yolanda Cruz:

The ideal candidate is a New Mexico-based, self-identified woman of color in a leadership role in the nonprofit sector who is seeking mentorship, peer connection, hard and soft skills, and the time and space to focus on her own specific leadership path. This includes emergent leaders who are actively working on growing their career and looking for opportunities to deepen their practices. The Application Review Committee is comprised of the entire Facilitator team who works thoughtfully and intentionally to create a cohesive cohort, with the goal of striving to support deep connections and ongoing relationships. Our intention is that program participants will continue to champion one another as they advance in their leadership careers. Applicants do not need to be nominated, however those referred by alumnae will be prioritized. We do invite you to encourage those peers and colleagues who you think may be a fit for this work. Click here to view sample application.    

Cohort members will:

  • Be currently employed in the nonprofit sector in New Mexico.
  • Have a demonstrated history of commitment to community work and the New Mexico nonprofit sector. • Have the support of their employer and be available to participate in all program sessions.
  • Be able to commit to follow up assignments between sessions.
  • Be ready to work on clarifying their own skill and leadership development needs.
  • Be committed to drafting and implementing an Individual Leadership Plan (ILP)  

What is the time commitment?

Participants should expect to spend 2-3 hours on prep work between biweekly sessions and additional time with their mentor, identified from the community. Sessions for the cohort include seven bi-weekly virtual and in-person sessions, beginning in the fall. Cohort members commit to attending all sessions.    

Program fees (2022)

Program registration fees are required for each cohort member and considered an investment in leadership development and professional community-building. Fees are set on a sliding scale, based on your organization’s annual budget: 

·    Tier1, Organization Budget Under $150,000/year: $155

·    Tier2, Organization Budget $150-500,000/year: $265

·    Tier3, Organization Budget Over $500,000/year: $395   


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Yolanda Cruz

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