Board Leadership Program - Asian American Professional Association

Board Leadership Program


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WHO: Open to professionals at junior, mid, and advanced career levels, of all ethnic backgrounds, origins and races, who seek to serve as a board member in a nonprofit organization, and/or learn how to be a more effective board member.

WHAT: A 6-month leadership development program that provides diverse professionals with the skills, knowledge and networks to be an effective nonprofit board member.

WHEN: Program runs on Saturdays (except for Executive Panel) from April 2018 to September 2018

WHERE: Events will be held on Saturdays (except for Executive Panel) at Monterey Park, CA

"The BLP is a powerful program. It’s strategic apprenticeship. And represents a welcomed shift in leadership development. The result? Leadership is fed into a practical pipeline that serves the varying needs of the community while allowing participants to mature into potential leaders in the community. " - Paul Lin, Enterprise Risk Management, SoCalGas/2017 Participant

"I especially enjoyed the speakers who brought their life experiences and case studies to acquaint us with non-profit norms. Most importantly, they showed us their passion and commitment to the organizations they serve." - Rosalind Lu, Financial Analysis Manager/BLP Alumna

WHY: Deepen your connections with professionals and executives. Be part of a pipeline of diverse leaders and board members. Provide strategic resources and specialized expertise to strengthen the nonprofit while making a positive impact in the community.


Understand the importance of advocacy to nonprofit success and how to effectively advocate.

Finance Management:
Determine the financial health of organizations through financial statement analysis.

API Community:
Take an in-depth look at the diverse Asian and Pacific Islander community, its needs, challenges, and opportunities to serve them.

Fundraising: Identify key tools and frameworks to successfully fundraise and establish the role of every board member as a fundraiser.

Board Governance:
Explore the various roles of the board of directors and why each role is essential to the function of the nonprofit.

Marketing & Public Relations: As the steward and representative of the nonprofit, learn how to present, position, and promote the nonprofit.

Challenge of Leadership:
Discuss the tools and skills for navigating generational, age, and cultural diversity within a board of directors.

Meeting Management: This workshop will discuss the basics of Robert’s rules, including facilitation and effective meeting management.

Executive Director Evaluation/Care:
Recognize the importance of the relationship between the Executive Director and the board, and how to evaluate the Executive Director.

Strategic Planning:Learn the importance of long-term strategic planning and how to build consensus among board members for a strategic vision.

Executive Session:
Hear from business and non-profit leaders who will share about their personal experiences about leading and serving on nonprofit boards.

...and More! Have the opportunity to network with like-minded peers and be part of an amazing BLP alumni and nonprofit network.

Benefit from the opportunity to intern with a non-profit board during the course of the 6-month program. Apply what you learn in the classroom to the board room. Attend regular board meetings and take on any assignments to gain experience. Afterwards, you may be matched as an official board member within the nonprofit.

• Everyone is encouraged to apply.
• AAPA will not discriminate due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin and veteran or disability status.

• Attend all events (a minimum of five out of six Workshops is recommended).
• Participate in an internship with a nonprofit (if not already a board member)

• Saturday, April 14, 2018: Session #1
• Saturday, May 5, 2018: Session #2
• July 2018 (TBD): Executive Panel
• Saturday, August 11, 2018: Session #3
• Saturday, September 8, 2018: Session #4
• Thursday, December 6, 2018: Graduation

COST: $500 upon acceptance to the program.

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