Board Governance Series: Building Impactful and Inclusive Boards – Fall 2020 Virtual Cohort

Board Governance Series: Building Impactful and Inclusive Boards – Fall 2020 Virtual Cohort

September 8, 2020 to December 10, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has made the decision to shift all public events for 2020 to a virtual format. Please note, this series will be completely online.

Series Format

The series includes five two-hour sessions 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. There will also be a focus on how to deepen an organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the sessions include guidance on how boards remain functional and engaged in a virtual environment.

Before each session, participants will receive a self-study packet with a set of materials and resources that will introduce you to the upcoming session and provide an overview of the content and exercises. The online sessions will dive into the self-study packet with peer groups, sharing of insights and ideas, and action planning.

Team Composition

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.

Organizational teams of 3-4 consistent participants including the executive director, other senior leader 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.

Series Dates

Space is limited in our upcoming fall cohorts. Both cohorts will be held in the morning and from 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Participants will select a cohort when registering.

Cohort A

  • Session 1: Tuesday, September 8
  • Session 2: Tuesday, September 29
  • Session 3: Tuesday, October 20
  • Session 4: Tuesday, November 10
  • Session 5: Wednesday, December 9

Cohort B

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

Registration Information

Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to register. The fee for the series is $350 per organization. Organizations will receive recordings of all the content and a robust governance tool-kit that can be shared across the organization. Payment is required at the time of registration.

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 enables 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.

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