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10/20/2010: Recruiting Your Best Board Members

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

10/20/2010: Recruiting Your Best Board Members

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Many boards are built socially instead of strategically. Yet, inability to bring a diversity of opinions, a much-needed skill set, a wider network of friends, or a broader access to funds is often what holds many nonprofits from reaching their ultimate potential. A professionally recruited board can be an organization's biggest champion, bench, and friend. This webinar will teach you how to apply the tried-and-true methods of executive search to your next nonprofit board member search.



  • Learn to assess your current board.
  • Examine the redundancies and holes that exist on your current board.
  • Understand how to match organizational needs with board recruitment goals.
  • Hear how executive recruiters search for board members and how you can use these methods to develop your own board.

Part of the Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development. Offering strategy, planning, organizational development, branding, marketing, executive search, finance, fundraising, operations, and more.

Meet the Presenters: 


Laura Gassner Otting founded the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group in 2002. Prior to forming the group, she served as the senior vice president of, the web's leading site for mid- to senior-level nonprofit job postings and search services. Laura served as vice president at Isaacson, Miller, one of the largest search firms in New England, and one of the most highly respected non-profit executive search firms in the country. Previously, Laura served as a presidential appointee for the White House Office of National Service, a program officer for the Corporation for National Service and as a member of the Clinton/Gore Transition Team and 1992 Election Team. She holds a Master of Arts in Political Management from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. Laura sits on the boards of Camp Starfish and Newton Montessori School, and is the immediate past chair of Strong Women, Strong Girls; she has served as a member of the Alumni Board of the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University and as the founding board chair of the Boston Choral Ensemble. Laura is the author of Change Your Career: Transitioning to the Nonprofit Sector.


Lisa Catapano assists clients in understanding their organizational leadership needs and in making strategic hiring decisions. Prior to joining Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, Lisa served as Vice President of Operations at Vitale, Caturano & Company, Ltd., New England’s largest full service CPA. Previously, Lisa practiced law specializing in the representation of professional athletes, served as a judicial clerk in the Massachusetts Probate & Family Court, and worked in the commercial real estate industry as Director of Marketing & Communications at Whittier Partners. In addition, Lisa has co-founded two non-profit organizations: the Newton Montessori School in 2006; and the Vitale, Caturano & Company Foundation in 2000, a philanthropic, grant-making. Lisa obtained her JD from Suffolk University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College.

  The Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group was founded from the simple notion that every organization, regardless of its budget or geographic footprint can better fulfill its mission with a highly-tailored, innovative, and strategic approach to acquiring and retaining its most important resource: talent. Designed to operate with ‘new economy’ savvy, the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group unbundles traditional executive search and leadership transition packages and offers sophisticated services tailored to our clients’ various needs. We are committed to passing along our knowledge throughout our process so that our clients’ internal capacity and independence is enhanced.

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