Do you want to strengthen your board’s effectiveness? Do you want your board and members to be vitally engaged and forge the best possible working partnership with your executive and other staff in order to achieve more fully the organization’s mission? This workshop is for current and aspiring nonprofit staff executives and board leaders, including incoming board members, who want to learn and apply promising practices based on the latest research for making their boards even more effective and their staff-board relationships more productive and satisfying. It will also provide an opportunity to share with peers the greatest challenges and successful strategies for strengthening boards. The learning activities will mix plenary presentation, exercises and discussion,a  panel with a diverse set of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders, and small, break out group discussions. Takeaways include tools and exercises designed to increase board performance.

The workshop will address topics such as:

(1) the nonprofit board’s purpose, primary roles and responsibilities;

(2) promising, evidence based practices from the latest research on board development, including recruitment, on-boarding, engagement,  leadership development, evaluation and renewal; and

(3) a new model with methods and tools to organize board action and determine the best working relationship for board and staff.

Instructor John McClusky will be the primary presenter. He will be joined by three panelists who are all nonprofit staff and board leaders, and professional facilitators of break-out discussion groups.  John is a consultant, educator, and author in the field of nonprofit leadership who has trained thousands of leaders and consulted with hundreds of nonprofit organizations. He was the founding director of  academic programs in nonprofit  leadership at two universities, the most recent being  NPML here at UM-SL from 1993-2008. John was a nonprofit organization executive for more than 20 years, including program executive at the Danforth Foundation, regional chief executive and national president of the Coro Foundation, vice chancellor for external relations at UM-St. Louis, and academic vice president of The Washington (D.C.) Center, a national higher education institution. He has designed and directed board development programs as large as United Way of America’s for most of its chapters across the country to numerous small, community based organizations in the St.Louis metro area.

Panelists are: Mary McMurtrey, Kimberly McKinney, and Jessica Eiland.

Mary McMurtrey has extensive experience as a nonprofit and philanthropic leader. Mary is currently the President of Awakened Giving, a consulting firm that is dedicated to helping nonprofits and foundations deepen their strategic commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.Previously she served as CEO of Gateway Center for Giving and other nonprofit organizations. Kimberly McKinney is the Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, where she is responsible for the overall operation of the St. Louis affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Jessica Eiland has experience in nonprofit executive leadership, housing development, and community programs & partnerships. She is currently a project manager at Rise St. Louis

Registration fee: $60

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