Board Governance Series: Building Impactful and Inclusive Boards

Board Governance Series: Building Impactful and Inclusive Boards

September 10, 2020 to December 10, 2020
Morning 9:00am - 12:00pm & Evening 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Greater New Orleans Foundation
Center for Philanthropy
919 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

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Sessions start on September 10 and conclude on December 10.

The Board Governance series 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. Click here for a detailed description of each session.

The series includes five half-day workshops on critical governance topics such as the role of the board and board member responsibilities; governance versus management; board composition, recruitment, and succession planning; board meetings and committee structure; and financial leadership. We are especially excited to share that we are including a deeper exploration of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the curriculum. Participants will receive a governance toolkit with a set of sample templates and tools.

Organizational teams of 3-4 consistent participants including the executive director, other senior leaders charged with governance, and a minimum of 2 board members are required to participate. Board members may be added for individual workshops depending on the topic. For example, the treasurer might attend the workshop on finance, but not participate in the other sessions.

The workshop dates are as follows with a morning and evening option. The morning workshops are 9:00am-12pm (breakfast provided) and the evening sessions are 5pm-8:00pm (dinner provided). Participants will select the morning or evening series when registering. Please note, the evening session is contingent on receiving enough registrations to fill the class.

  • Session 1: Thursday, September 10th
    Session 2: Thursday, October 1st
    Session 3: Wednesday, October 21st
    Session 4: Thursday, November 12th
    Session 5: Thursday, December 10th

Space in the series is limited and registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee for the series is $350 per organization, and payment is required at the time of registration. Register Now.

About Our Trainer

Marla Cornelius, MNA

Marla Cornelius works with organizations and leaders committed to social justice. She is skilled at designing programs and consulting engagements blending highly relevant theory with practical application. Her deep understanding of nonprofits, the challenges facing leaders, and the way that power plays out in organizations enable her to create environments where clients can explore new realities, learn new approaches, and achieve their goals.

While at CompassPoint (2000 to 2017), a leading nonprofit capacity-building organization, she led the design and delivery of numerous leadership development cohort programs such as Next Generation Leaders of Color, Organizational Sustainability, and Strategic Leader Development. She co-authored the research reports UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising (2013), Daring to Lead: A National Study of Nonprofit Executive Leadership (2011), and Ready to Lead? Next Generation Leaders Speak Out (2008). Marla has a Masters in Nonprofit Administration (MNA) from the University of San Francisco.