RGV LEAD Board Training and Development

Vol. 2, Iss. 7 | March 2021

A Message from Lizzy de la Garza Putegnat, RGV LEAD Board President


A building is only as strong as its foundation. The same holds for any organization. RGV LEAD has been successful throughout the last 29 years, thanks to a solid foundation. A well-defined mission and vision, deep-rooted organizational values, a clear strategic plan to serve as a roadmap, and a team of strong, passionate leaders always looking to improve are paramount to a successful organization. We are only as good as our people, so we believe in training and developing our team to be our best.

The Board had its first three Board Training Sessions in March, leading to our Summer Strategic Planning Session. Our 1st training focused on the basics, “Board Roles and Responsibilities.” This training was very valuable for new board members and those of us who have been on the board for several years. To ensure we, as an organization, are accomplishing our mission and working toward our vision, it’s vital that board members know and are reminded of our roles and responsibilities.

After a year of virtual meetings, seeing some Board Members face-to-face was great. The training was a hybrid session, giving board members the option to meet in person or virtually. Sabrina Walker Hernandez, a consultant with a lifetime of experience leading nonprofit organizations, leads the board training and future strategic planning sessions. We have an excellent opportunity to build on what RGV LEAD has accomplished these last 29 years and take our organization to the next level. Her guidance will be critical in this process.

The exciting part is that this does not remove our existing budget. My employer, Schneider Electric, is a massive advocate for educational opportunities. In late 2020 and early 2021, I applied for two new grants from the Schneider Electric Foundation, and we were so fortunate to have been awarded both. This created the funds necessary to hire our consultant for a one-year contract of training and development services for our Board and Executive Director.

I’m so proud that our Board has committed to RGV LEAD the 3 T’s: Our Time, Talents, and Treasure. Last year, the Board unanimously agreed that if we expect foundations, businesses, and community members to donate to our organization, we must first set an example and believe in our “product. I want to thank all our Board Members, who exemplify authentic leadership in the education, workforce, and business sectors, for generously serving on the RGV LEAD Board on top of their busy schedules. I’m so grateful for their invaluable knowledge, insight, commitment, and engagement. Some of our board members have been serving RGV LEAD since it was established in 1992 (formerly known as Tech Prep). The commitment I’ve seen on this board is second to none.

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