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Governance Best Practices: Lessons from ED's and Board Chairs

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Westchester Community Foundation

210 N. Central Avenue

Suite 310

Hartsdale, NY 10530

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*Light breakfast and check-in: 8:30-9:00 am. Workshop begins promptly at 9:00 am; participants are welcome to stay afterwards to network with peers.

The partnership between the Executive Director and the Board Chair is an interdependent one that requires consistent communication and collaboration. It is not only essential to ensure good board governance, but it is also important to your organization’s success. The Board Chair and Executive Director must be able to clarify and be on the same page regarding their roles, nurture a trusting and supportive relationship and create the space for honest conversations.

The goal of this workshop is to explore the keys to a successful relationship and use the relationship as a vehicle to support a healthy board culture that fosters successful board service that meets both the organization’s and the board member’s needs and expectations.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Discuss the roles and responsibilities of the Executive Director and Board Chair, including fund development and cultivation and recruitment of board members

  • Explore the importance of value sharing as a part of trust-building and its impact on the partnership between the Executive Director & Board Chair

  • Identify key factors in the relationship that contribute to strengthening the overall board and organization performance

  • Discuss effective strategies to balance the power dynamics and utilize the ED/Board Chair relationship to create a thriving Board Culture

Facilitator: Sharmila Rao Thakkar, Support Center

Sharmila Rao Thakkar is an affiliate consultant at Support Center. Utilizing expertise in leadership development, program implementation, resource development and communications, she advises clients on operations, strategy, board development, multigenerational engagement, grantmaking and community outreach activities. She is also an adjunct associate instructor in the nonprofit management master’s program in the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University in New York, a 21/64 certified trainer in multigenerational philanthropy, Exponent Philanthropy peer coach, and mentor for philanthropy/nonprofit leadership development programs. Additionally, Sharmila is a philanthropy and nonprofit consultant at SRT Advising & Consulting in New York City.

Previously, Sharmila was appointed the first non-family executive director of the Siragusa Family Foundation in Chicago, directing operational, programmatic and administrative functions of the organization and advising on the same for their nonprofit grantees. She has held leadership roles on several boards and committees involving issues of women and children, immigrant communities, education and public health, and building philanthropic leadership and the capacity of the nonprofit sector. A native New Yorker, Sharmila recently relocated back to Staten Island, NY after spending the past 17 years in Chicago. She holds an MPH from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, an MPA from the Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs, and a BA in International Relations from Brown University.

This event is $25.00

Registration: Register no later than Monday, March 2. Due to space considerations, registration is limited to 2 people per organization.

Questions? Contact Carolyn Champ at cchamp@supportcenteronline.org

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