Council board chairs and CEOs will have the opportunity to learn together during this pre-convention event. The learning summit will take place on October 15 and 16, 2014. Plan to arrive for a 9:00 a.m. start on the 15th.
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This highly interactive one-day seminar provides board chairs and CEO teams with tools to build and sustain board engagement! Promoting the premise that high-performing nonprofit boards govern in three equally important modes—fiduciary, strategic, and generative—this seminar will provide a Girl Scout case study application as well as insightful guidance on how boards can most successfully operate in an era of increased complexity and uncertainty.
To maximize the session’s benefits, it is recommended that the board chair and CEO attend this session together.
Cost: $175.00 per person (includes the Wednesday session, lunch, and coffee breaks)
Facilitator: Dr. Cathy A. Trower
Dr. Cathy A. Trower is President of Trower & Trower, Inc. (www.trowerandtrower.com), a board governance consulting firm through which she has served as a consultant and coach to the boards and executives of over one hundred nonprofit organizations, including hospitals and healthcare systems, colleges and universities, independent schools, foundations, and community organizations. She is the author of The Practitioner’s Guide to Governance as Leadership: Building High-Performing Nonprofit Boards (Jossey Bass 2013) and the second edition of Govern More, Manage Less (BoardSource 2010).
Trower served as a senior researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for sixteen years. Prior to Harvard, Cathy served as a senior-level administrator of business degree programs at Johns Hopkins University. She has also been a faculty member and department chair at a liberal arts college, and she joined the governing board of Wheaton College (MA) in 2012 and the governing board of BoardSource in 2014.
Cathy is a popular, energetic, and dynamic conference speaker. She has a bachelors and masters of business administration from the University of Iowa and a PhD in higher education administration from the University of Maryland.
But wait, there’s more…
Learning opportunities continue for board chairs and CEOs and are expanded to include council board members and members of your c-suite/senior leadership team.
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Despite the seemingly endless supply of governance advice and training, many nonprofit leaders remain perplexed about how to get the most from their boards and how to keep them appropriately engaged and focused on what matters most. At the same time, board members wonder why their wisdom is not fully tapped and why their board work seems of little consequence. In this session, Cathy Trower will showcase the principles of her book The Practitioner’s Guide to Governance as Leadership. She’ll provide guidance on how to engage board members, inspire strategic thinking, and build a constructive board culture.
This session is for council board members and the council’s c-suite/senior leadership team. Board chairs and CEOs not able to attend the full-day session may also want to attend this introductory-level discussion.
Cost: $60.00 per person
Facilitator: Cathy Trower, Ph.D.
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. OR 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
This session will provide the framework, tools, and practice for engaging in powerful and persuasive conversations. Board chairs, CEOs, council board members, and c-suite/senior staff members responsible for fund raising will learn approaches for engaging stakeholders to enhance philanthropy and advocacy.
The learning aims:
Cost: $30.00 per person
Facilitator: Karen E. Osborne
Nationally and internationally recognized as an excellent consultant, executive coach, and presenter, Karen receives invitations from across the United States and the world—including Australia, Canada, Europe, and Mexico, as well as countries in Asia and Africa—to make presentations and consult with national and international organizations large and small. She has a wealth of experience with national organizations that support girls, women, and youth, including Girls Inc., Wilson College in Pennsylvania, Junior Achievement, 4H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and Teen Empowerment of Boston. She also has experience with other federated organizations, including American Cancer Society, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Easter Seals, and Jewish National Federation of America.
Considered an industry thought leader, Karen has many published articles and serves on a variety of leadership panels, and her writing has been featured in everything from industry magazines to blogs. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education awarded Karen the Crystal Apple for Outstanding Teaching and Public Speaking. Karen serves on the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation board, and is an adjunct faculty member in Johns Hopkins University’s graduate certificate program, teaching philanthropy to aspiring nonprofit CEOs and board leaders.
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