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Board Succession Planning: Building the Leadership Pipeline

Board leader succession planning is an ongoing part of organizational development and sustainability in nonprofit organizations. One of the key roles of the Board is to continually ensure that it has the right set of skills, talents and attributes represented in its Board members. While there has been increased attention to staff succession planning, board leadership succession is not yet on the radar of many nonprofits. This session will provide tools and techniques needed to develop a board leadership succession process that is aligned with the strategic plan and ongoing recruitment and development.

Topics include:

  • Defining a high-performing board

  • The critical role of the governance committee

  • Board development as long term leadership development

  • Steps of the board succession planning process

  • Six tools for succession planning

  • Identifying and addressing internal barriers to board succession planning

  • Balancing diversity and commonality

Special Features: Attendees will receive a board leader succession 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 capacity building 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 Board Succession Planning 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. Frank has completed the Distance Education Professional Development Certification Program offered at the University of Wisconsin and has been developing a number of web-based and other distance learning offerings for nonprofits. Frank is the author of "Encouraging Visionary Board Leadership" appearing in the forthcoming book, You and Your Nonprofit Board: New Thinking from the Field's Top Practitioners, Researchers and Provocateurs, published by Charity Channel Press. 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.
 


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