Founders Letter

The New Mexico Leadership Institute

was founded by Dan and Katherine Burrell with a commitment to delivering the next generation of young leaders in New Mexico, nurturing skills that will set them apart from their peers across the country.

In collaboration with The University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University, NMLI will bring together top high school students from throughout the state to learn the fundamentals of leadership from renowned faculty, state and national leaders.

Through training and mentorship, the program will improve high school graduation rates, advance college enrollment and cultivate an entrepreneurial curiosity in NMLI Scholars for addressing New Mexico’s social, business and public sector challenges.

New Mexico’s future challenges will require visionary, ethical and effective leadership. That is why New Mexico Leadership Institute is committed to building tomorrow’s leaders today.Daniell Burrell Chairman, CEO Burrell Western Resources


What does “Leadership” mean to us?

1) To be an NMLI leader is to be an active, thoughtful and committed member of your community

2) To understand your identity and history as a New Mexican

3) To feel and demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit