Board Pipeline Initiative

Sponsored by Milwaukee County and Potawatomi Casino Hotel.

HPGM’s Board Pipeline Initiative is a virtual training program that introduces HPGM members and guests to the foundational concepts of board service. Session topics include board basics, understanding financial statements, exploring various types of boards/committees, strategic planning, and more. Participants will learn more about fundraising, partnerships, and best practices for being an effective board member. Our goal is to increase representation for Latinos on non-profit committees and boards, with the broader goal of increasing representation for Latinos on both volunteer and paid corporate boards.


Non-profit registration to host a table available HERE!  

Week 1 – June 4 (virtual)
Board Basics & Introduction to Board Service
5:40 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
SPEAKERS: Adam Gabornitz (Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Northwestern Mutual) and Marcela (Xela) Garcia (Executive Director of Walker's Point Center for the Arts)
Week 2 – June 11 (virtual)
Understanding Non-Profit Financials, Fundraising & Partnerships
5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
SPEAKERS: Ana Simpson (Chief Executive Officer at Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast), Rebecca Stoner (Executive Director at Milwaukee Parks Foundation), and Sonia Tellez (Vice President of Finance and Gilman Cheese)
Week 3 – June 18 (virtual)
Non-Profit Leadership Panel
5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
PANELISTS: Adriana "Nanis" Rodriguez (Executive Director of Public Allies Wisconsin), Andres Gonzalez (Vice President of Community Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer for Froedtert Health), and Claudia Martinez (Grants Director for Bader Philanthropies, Inc.)
MODERATOR: Ruth Lopez (Supervisor of Diversity Equity & Inclusion at Milwaukee Recreation)
Week 4 – June 25 (virtual)
Deep Dive into Board Governance and Non-Profit Financials
5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
SPEAKERS: Catarina Colón (Labor and Employment Associate at Husch Blackwell) and Katie Dillow (Vice President Finance & Administration at Marcus Performing Arts Center)
Week 5 – July 9 (in-person)
BPI Graduation Celebration & Non-Profit Matching Event
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Non-profit organizations are invited to host a table at HPGM’s Board Pipeline Initiative (BPI) graduation event on Tuesday, July 9. The in-person graduation event is designed to celebrate participants’ completion of the program and match graduates with non-profit partners for future board and committee opportunities. This event is most beneficial for organizations actively seeking to fill board and committee members.  

Current HPGM non-profit members will receive matching priority and additional organizations will be added if space is available. This is a great opportunity to share information about your organization, mission and recruit future board and committee members.  

Register to host a table HERE. Program cost: Complimentary for HPGM members, $300 for non-members. Not an HPGM member? Learn more about membership HERE and join today for complimentary registration to BPI and other HPGM programs. 


To learn more about past BPI sessions and speakers please click HERE.