Board Structures and Practices – May 23, 2017

February 9, 2017

The Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness (OE) Initiative is partnering with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO)  to present a Board Structures and Practices workshop.

This session is designed for board members, executive directors, and senior staff who are interested in deepening their understanding of nonprofit governance and better aligning the work of the board to heighten board engagement and maximize its impact.

Participants are encouraged to bring their bylaws, governance handbook, and recent board meeting agendas for reference during the series.

In this workshop, we’ll cover the following topics:

  • How to determine the right committees and task forces to support governance and organizational needs.
  • How to create engaging board meeting and retreat agendas.
  • Understanding that important board work happens between meetings and not just in the board room, we’ll discuss strategies and tactics for sustaining engagement and ensuring momentum between formal meetings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to create the right structures to support the work of the board and the organization.
  • Have identified specific changes to adopt or improve your board’s committee structures.
  • Have begun to redesign your board’s meeting agendas and structures.
  • Learn a set of promising practices to heighten board member engagement.

The session will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd from 9:00am-12noon at the Center for Philanthropy (919 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130). The workshop is free, but registration is required. Please click here to register.

Should you have any questions, please reach out to Rachel Swan at or 504.598.4663.

About our Presenters:

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Tasha Cooper, a native of Gainesville, Florida, has spent the past 18 years serving in various capacities for nonprofit organizations including management, marketing & public relations, fundraising and program development. Tasha’s nonprofit career started at 15 when she became a volunteer at Shand’s Teaching Hospital in Gainesville. After High School, Tasha majored in Communication & Public Relations at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida.  During her time at UWF, Tasha spearheaded the first fundraiser for the Gulf Coast Kid’s House; a shelter housing victims of domestic violence. Tasha moved to Louisiana in 2013 and in recent years has served as Division Director for the March of Dimes, Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Southeastern University and currently serves as Director of Member Services for the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO).

Kay Irby HeadshotKay M. Irby, Director of LANO North, has been the face of LANO, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, in Shreveport for the last eleven years, where she has served as Director of the association’s regional office and chief liaison to nonprofits in need of organizational development and training.  This past summer she and her husband moved to Baton Rouge where she is continuing her work for LANO as the Director of Organizational Development.  She has been a consultant and coach for nonprofit boards all over the state of Louisiana.  Her training specialties include Board Governance, Succession Planning, and an array of Nonprofit Basics. The Community Leaders program that she pioneered has trained hundreds of young professionals in nonprofit board service and has placed these young leaders on boards throughout the state.  Kay has presented at conferences around the state and most recently for Board Source.

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