Board Governance Series: Building Impactful and Inclusive Boards

Board Governance Series: Building Impactful and Inclusive Boards

November 2, 2021 to January 26, 2022

Virtually with closing session tentatively held in-person

The Board Governance Series is for teams of board members, executive directors, and senior staff interested in deepening their understanding of nonprofit governance to heighten diversity, equity, and inclusion, board engagement, and maximize its impact.

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The series is divided into five, two-hour webinars on critical governance topics.

  • The role of the board and board member responsibilities
  • Governance versus management
  • Board composition, recruitment, and succession planning
  • Board meetings and committee structure
  • Financial leadership

In addition to the live webinars, participants will receive pre-recorded presentations and a governance toolkit with sample templates and tools. Click here to view the session descriptions.

Participation Requirements

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 in the program. Individual board members not registered for the program may attend a particular session due to interest in the topic. For example, the Treasurer might attend the workshop on finance, but not participate in the other sessions.


Before each session, participants will be able to access the self-study packet. The packet will include an overview of the session, exercises, and resources in their toolkit. During the sessions, participants will dive into the self-study packet with peer groups, share insights and ideas, and action plan. After the series concludes, participants will have access to the series materials for two years.

Participants will have access to an online learning platform where they will be able to can connect with other nonprofit organizations in the cohort and ask questions or share resources around certain topics, similar to a Facebook group or Blackboard.


The fee for the series is $450 per organization. We never want funding to prevent participation. We have a small pool of funds available to partially offset the program costs for qualified participants. Please email Kristen Craig at for information


There are three different sessions—two in the morning and one in the evening. Organizations will be able to select one cohort when registering. The first four sessions will be held virtually. The closing session in January is currently planned to be in-person at the Greater New Orleans Foundation. We will adhere to all state and city COVID-19 guidelines, including moving the session online if necessary.


Cohort A: 10am-12pm

·       November, 2

·       November, 16

·       December, 8

·       January, 11

·       January, 25 at the Greater New Orleans Foundation


Cohort B: 5:30pm-7:30pm

·       November, 2

·       November, 16

·       December, 8

·       January, 11

·       January, 25 at the Greater New Orleans Foundation



Cohort C: 10am-12pm

·       November, 3

·       November, 17

·       December, 9

·       January, 12

·       January, 26 at the Greater New Orleans Foundation




Click here to register for the Board Governance Series. Space is limited and registration will be accepted on a first come first serve basis until the cohorts are full. The ability to attend all of the sessions and fully participate in the program is required. It is expected that participants will calendar the sessions at the time of registration. The deadline to register is October 15, 2021. Payment is due at the time of registration. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kristen Craig at

Meet the trainer: 

Marla Cornelius, MNA

Consultant: Nonprofit Leadership, Management, and Board Governance
Marla Cornelius has partnered with the Greater New Orleans Foundation for several years as the lead trainer for our popular Board Governance Series and several of our leadership programs. Her deep understanding of nonprofits and governance, 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. Click here for a list of Marla’s writings on governance and leadership.