During the summer of 2016, Salena S. Guipzot, founder of the Boardroom Project (BRP), partnered with a local, summer youth-initiative to deliver her BRP curriculum which consisted of exposing Sam Houston high school students to the board and business sectors, ending the summer session with a mock-board meeting.
Salena spent the next two years developing her work with students throughout the Eastside of San Antonio, while developing strategic partnerships in the non-profit and corporate sectors. In September of 2018, BRP partnered with other youth serving non-profits, such as Threads, Monster Moms, Bibliotech and many others to help launch BRP out into the community at The Brick. After an extensive search, the founding BRP board of directors was formed, consisting of a dynamic group of women from various professional, academic, and community backgrounds that collectively will work together to impact the lives of the young girls and women we serve throughout Texas.
With the board now in place, they quickly got to work, implementing a 13-week BRP-scholar sessions with each board member facilitating a class. We ended the program with a mock-board meeting and graduation at the new Frost Tower downtown. Shortly after, BRP Pro was developed out, giving the board the opportunity to work with women from all professional backgrounds to advance their skill sets in public speaking, financial reporting, board protocol and leadership development - all designed to help enhance their boardroom capital and position themselves to acquire board seats on non-profit and corporate board.
In October of 2019, Salena worked with Tarsha Calhoun, BRP-Dallas, Board Chair, to establish and form the board of directors for BRP-Dallas. We look forward to growing our impact throughout the great state of Texas by developing future board leaders, one girl/woman at a time.