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ONLINE: Creating the Environment for a High Performing Board
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November 7, 2013 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm



Creating the Environment for a High Performing Board

Part I of Elevating Board Leadership: Innovation and Teamwork to Achieve, a webinar series running on three Thursdays: November 7, 14, and 21, 2013.

November 7, 2013

WN is pleased to offer its highly acclaimed board workshop as a three-part webinar series this November 2013. “Elevating Board Leadership” covers nonprofit board engagement and performance topics and includes many tips and tools that participants can implement immediately. This series includes the opportunity for “chat” conversations during the series and an open dialogue for participants wanting to go deeper into the topic.

“Elevating Board Leadership” reflects that ideas originally presented by Cathy Trower of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and author of The Practitioner’s Guide to Governance as Leadership. WN presented this workshop in symposiums in Aberdeen, Vancouver, Spokane, Leavenworth, Everett, Seattle, Walla Walla and Bellingham, and this webinar series brings the best insights from these conversations to an audience across the state.

“Elevating Board Leadership” is not a “board 101” workshop focused on roles and responsibilities but rather a larger conversation about the role of boards to ensure the organization is achieving their mission. The basic beliefs behind this model include:

  • Governance is not a zero-sum game.
  • Clarifying the organization’s purpose produces better performance.
  • Board Members add value and derive value from meaningful participation in consequential discussions.
  • Deliberately creating the right environment and structure will allow people to come together as a board and perform as a team.

The series continues with these sessions:

NOVEMBER 14: Three Modes of Governance: Moving from Oversight to Insight
Governance as Leadership authors Chait, Ryan, & Taylor describe the three modes of governance: fiduciary oversight, strategic foresight, and generative insight. What mode is your board usually in during board meetings? Learn how the organization can benefit if the board spent more time in generative conversations. See how taking a step back and looking at your process can improve your chances for success. Explore how to shape a board that adds real value to your organization, and how to hold meetings that energize and lead to deeper thinking about the issues that you face. 

NOVEMBER 21: Tools for Board Transformation: Building a High Performing Team
Simple actions and structures can make a difference in how your board engages. From recruitment to exit interviews, the process of engaging board members for high performance takes deliberate planning. We will talk about the importance of “courtship before marriage,” leadership development and succession planning. Don’t allow business as usual. Take away tools from this session that will allow your board to soar. 

WN Executive Director Alison McCaffree presents “Elevating Board Leadership.” After starting and managing many successful for-profit businesses, Alison began her nonprofit career as the Director of Knowledge Transfer for the Leaders for Global Operations program at MIT. Alison has served on multiple nonprofit boards and worked as the Executive Director at NPower where she oversaw technology projects for 400 nonprofits a year, new trainings for rural nonprofits and the approval to expand NPower’s services throughout the state. She was part of a team that secured $500K in state funding in support of technology centers in nonprofits across Washington State. Alison has lead WN’s governance initiative since 2010.

The first half hour of the webinar will be focused on sharing information about governance and answering quick questions that come through via the chat function in the web technology. The last 30 minutes will be open dialogue in which you can ask questions and share your experiences. If participants are interested in continuing the conversation past this series, we will schedule a follow up conference call for discussion about how well you were able to able to use these lessons within your organization.

WN MEMBER: $15/session or $40/series
NON-MEMBERS: $30/session or $80/series

If your organization is a WN member, all of your board members are considered members.  Simply email us a list of who should be included in your membership to make sure that they get the membership discount.


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