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Positioning Your Board for Strategic Leadership

According to a 2011 survey of regional and national studies concerning challenges facing nonprofits, building an active and strategically oriented board of directors was the most frequent concern. For a nonprofit to succeed, it must have a board that is passionately committed to the mission, possesses substantial leadership skills and expertise, and is organized for strategic leadership. Nothing less will do at a time when boards are facing the challenges of building long-term financial sustainability, weighing strategic restructuring options, planning for board leader succession, and increasing the impact of the nonprofit advocacy and public policy efforts. This fast paced webinar offers you a set of proven practices and techniques being used today to strengthen the governance capacity of nonprofit boards. Applying these proven practices will lead to immediate improvements in your board’s functioning.

Special Features: In advance, attendees will receive a collection of tools to support implementation of the board building practices presented in the webinar. After the session, they will receive the PowerPoint presentation file used in the webinar, a link to the on-demand recording of the webinar, as well as access to answers to future questions, leads on additional capacity building resources, and more.

Who Should Attend:  Nonprofit leaders including board chairpersons and chairs of board nominating, governance, and training and development committees as well as CEOs, executive directors, and administrators looking for proven tools and techniques to strengthen the board of directors.

Attend As A Team:  This webinar can be viewed by several people from the same organization using one computer making your time investment in Positioning Your Board for Strategic Leadership even more cost effective.

Presenter: Frank Martinelli

Session Agenda

The following board development practices will be covered in the webinar:

  • Eight leadership competencies of the strategic board
  • The governance committee as the leader in positioning your board for strategic leadership
  • Aligning board recruitment with your strategic plan
  • Incorporating strategic deliberation into every board meeting
  • Utilizing board committees as "powerful engines of governance"
  • Building a board leadership talent pipeline to assure long term sustainability
  • Turning proven practices into a concrete implementation plan that results in real change

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

Frank Martinelli is a contributing author of the new book – YOU and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers and Provocateurs just published by CharityChannel Press. Frank 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 and community partnership and alliance building. Since 1976 over 35,000 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 Award for the “Certificate of Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership and Management Satellite Series”. He has provided training and consultation to over 2000 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 southeastern Wisconsin.

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 the leadership roles 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." Frank is the author of "Encouraging Visionary Board Leadership" appearing in You and Your Nonprofit Board: New Thinking from the Field's Top Practitioners, Researchers and Provocateurs, published by Charity Channel Press (June 2013). Frank also publishes the Strategic Thinking and Planning Blog offering his reflections on strategic planning in the nonprofit sector.

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 also 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.

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