The NPML Program is excited to offer this program because of the importance of highly effective boards in the nonprofit community. As noted by Ann Vazquez, president and CEO of the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, “A strong nonprofit organization is always spearheaded by a strong board. Leadership training for board members at all levels is key to cultivating a strong and effective board.”
The Rev. Starsky Wilson, president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation, echoes Vazquez’s sentiments. “An effective board is nurtured, not recruited,” he says. “Crafting an intentional journey of board learning and development is critical to delivering mission.”
Topics to be addressed at the workshop include the board’s primary responsibilities, including the principles and legal framework for them; promising practices from the latest academic research on nonprofit boards; and successful methods for boards and executives to determine which of their leadership roles are best kept distinct and which best performed through their partnership.
The workshop brings together three highly respected presenters: John McClusky, PhD, founder and director emeritus of the NPML Program; Peter Ruger, senior lecturer in law and co-director of the Washington University Law School Intellectual Property and Nonprofits Organizations Clinic; and Faith Sandler, executive director of The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. Together, these presenters bring a wealth of academic and practical knowledge to this topic from many decades as educators, trainers, consultants, and board and staff leaders of nonprofit organizations.
Attendees have the opportunity to share with peers the greatest challenges and successful strategies for strengthening board effectiveness. The learning activities will mix presentation, discussion, and ample time for applying learning directly to your board performance and executive-board relationships.
The workshop fee is $50. To register, or for further information on the course and presenters, please call (314) 516-7250 or visit the course website at http://umslce.org/