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Redesigning Board Meetings: Increasing the Impact of the Board's Work

Well designed and well run board meetings are critical to the governing success of your Board of Directors. A focus on improving meetings will dramatically improve board effectiveness. This session will provide tools and techniques needed to transform your board meetings from the "traditional" characterized by an emphasis on transmission of information and reports, reuse of the same agenda structure with a focus on the past to the new approach characterized by an emphasis on participation and action, strategic and generative thinking, effective use of a variety of meeting tools, monitoring mission impact, and defined meeting outcomes with a focus on the future.

Topics include:

  • Building blocks that set the stage for high impact meetings
  • The critical roles of the executive committee, CEO and governance committee in designing effective meetings
  • Techniques for incorporating strategic deliberation into every board meeting
  • Use of consent agendas and other meeting tools
  • Organizational dashboards: providing the board with essential information
  • The contribution of committees and workgroups to high impact meetings

Special Features: Attendees will receive a redesigning board meetings resource manual in advance of the webinar. After the session, they will receive the PowerPoint presentation file used in the webinar as well as access to answers to future questions, leads on additional board development resources, and more.

Who Should Attend: Board chairs, chairs-elect, executive committee members, executive directors, chairpersons of board nominating, governance, and training and development committees.

Attend As A Team: This webinar can be viewed by several board members from the same organization using one computer making your investment in Redesigning Board Meetings even more cost effective.

Presenter: Frank Martinelli

Presenter Bio: Frank Martinelli, The Center for Public Skills Training

Frank Martinelli has over 35 years of work, training and consulting experience with a variety of nonprofit and public sector organizations. He is president of the Center for Public Skills Training where he specializes in strategic planning, governing board development, volunteer management, and community partnership and alliance building. Since 1976 over 25,000 professional staff, board and other volunteer leaders have benefited from Frank's practical, results-oriented training and consultation.

Frank served as a member of the national faculty of The Learning Institute, a joint venture of the Society for Nonprofit Organizations, PBS, United Way of America, and the University of Wisconsin-Extension designed to deliver training through a range of emerging technologies. The Learning Institute, faculty and partners were the recipient of the American Distance Education Consortium 2000 Award for the “Certificate of Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership and Management Satellite Series”. He has provided training and consultation to over 1800 organizations in the US including Peace Corps, Head Start, The Points of Light Foundation, Association of Volunteer Administration, the American Camping Association, Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Medical College of Wisconsin, Greater Milwaukee Committee, American Lung Association and others. From 1981-1992, Frank served as Coordinator of THE RESOURCE CENTER, a major provider of training to nonprofit groups in the Greater Milwaukee area.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin with an M.S. in Urban Affairs, Frank has done numerous workshops on nonprofit management topics with special emphasis on involvement of the Board of Directors. Frank has written extensively about the management of nonprofit organizations and is a contributing author to the New Directions publication by Jossey-Bass, "Small Nonprofits: Strategies for Fund Raising Success." He has been trained by the Peter F. Drucker Foundation in the use of the Organizational Self-Assessment Tool. Frank has completed the Advanced Board Consultant Training Program offered by BoardSource, formerly known as the National Center for Nonprofit Boards. Frank has recently completed the Distance Education Professional Development Certification Program offered at the University of Wisconsin and is presently developing a number of web-based and other distance learning offerings for nonprofits. Frank also publishes the Strategic Thinking and Planning Blog offering his reflections on strategic planning in the nonprofit sector.

Frank served as a community organizer for the Citizen Action Program (CAP) in Chicago and as a founding organizer and staff director of the Milwaukee Alliance of Concerned Citizens. He also served as Senior Training Consultant to ACTION/VISTA from 1977 to 1981.In addition to his professional work, since high school days, Frank has played key roles in founding and leading a number of nonprofit organizations. In 1993, the Wisconsin Association of Nonprofit Organizations established The Frank Martinelli Volunteer Achievement Award. The award recognized excellence in voluntary service to the nonprofit sector in Wisconsin.

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