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Executive Directors & Board Chairs: Create a More Powerful, Effective Relationship

501 Commons

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 8:30 AM - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 3:00 PM (PST)

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Event Details

Note:This session is a two day session runnning from 8:30 to 3:00 on both days for ED/CEOs and their board chairs.

The session is designed to allow the executive director and the board chair strengthen their relationship in order to create a more effective board. Even in a very positive relationship, you can enhance your communication, alignment and effectiveness as a team.

This highly interactive, two-day workshop will help executives and board chairs identify how you can develop a more cohesive relationship. The success of your relationship sets the tone for a high-performing board that leads and inspires the executive staff to succeed. Working with other executives and board chairs, you will delve into case studies and scenarios that will help you learn practical methods for managing group dynamics. The tools and techniques learned during this workshop can be applied to any management or leadership role.

Who should attend?

The Executive Director (or CEO) registers with the current Board Chair or with the board member who will assume the chair or presidency in the future. The purpose is to help both leaders practice how to work with different styles and how to create an enduring culture of collaboration and mutual appreciation.

We know this two day event is a lot of time and it is hard for board chairs to take daytime hours off of work but this is an investment that will pay off in time savings for both the executive and the chair as you get the opportunity to strengthen your relationship and get on the same page about your roles. 

Key benefits

As a result of this workshop organizational leaders will:

  1. Strengthen your relationship—even if it is already positive.
  2. Develop a personal guidance strategy to advance yourself and your organization during stressful times.
  3. Prevent misunderstandings and conflicts.
  4. Create a positive & supportive board culture.
  5. Define organizational priorities—internal and external.

What will be covered?

Over the two-day workshop you will be able to forge a powerful, effective and accountable relationship with your Board Chair. You will learn to evaluate your leadership styles and establish mechanisms for positive communication. Ample breakout activities encourage enhanced dialog around organizational priorities. You’ll develop innovative approaches to governance.

Program Leaders

Sherry S. Jennings, MSc, Robert J. Ballantyne and Wallace Wilkins, PhD, facilitate your learning. Robert and Sherry are governance and management professionals with extensive experience as nonprofit executives and board leaders. Wallace Wilkins serves as leadership coach, conflict mediator and organizational advisor to help individuals and organizations create low-stress, high achievement relationships.

Networking with a light breakfast starts at 8:00 AM. Lunch will be provided on both days.

Organizations with budgets under $1 million can register for free. Please email for the discount code. 

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When & Where

Pacific Tower's - Panoramic Center
1200 12th Ave South
Seattle, WA 98144

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 8:30 AM - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 3:00 PM (PST)

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501 Commons' mission is to boost the capacity of nonprofit organizations to thrive over the long term and effectively serve the community.

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501 Commons is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible nonprofit charitable organization established in 1989. By making a donation or volunteering your time to 501 Commons, you are impacting the success of hundreds of organizations.  Join us!

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