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 in place, they quickly got to work, implementing a 12 -week BRP-Scholar curriculum, with each board member facilitating a session based on their expertise. We ended the program with a mock-board meeting and graduation at the new Frost Tower downtown. Shortly after, the board developed BRP Pro, providing 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 board room capital and position themselves to acquire a seat on non-profit and corporate boards.
October 2019, Salena worked with Tarsha Calhoun, BRP-Dallas, Board Chair, to establish and form an independent board of directors for BRP-Dallas. Shortly after, Salena connected with Hildah Nyongesa in January 2020 to Chair and form BRP-Kenya as our first international chapter. As of January 2021, we established our newest BRP chapter, BRP-Austin led by Sheri Doss, MBA.
We look forward to growing our impact throughout the world by developing future board leaders, one girl/woman at a time.