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Engaging Board Leadership: A New Chair's Guide to Facilitating Effective Nonprofit Governance

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Course Description

You've been elected chair of your nonprofit board of directors. Now what? This course introduces the new board leader to a range of considerations and responsibilities that accompany this critical role. Among the topics covered include:

  • Designing and facilitating effective board meetings
  • Building board member accountability
  • Valuing and supporting governance-focused committees
  • Establishing an effective partnership with your CEO
  • Promoting board learning and reflection

After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • Help your board understand and work toward fulfilling its full scope of governance responsibilities.
  • Create and facilitate a meeting agenda that focuses on governance roles and questions.
  • Focus and support your committees' work on questions and topics that advance the board's larger governance purposes.
  • Identify and promote learning and reflection that builds the board's capacity to lead.

This course is for professionals within the following business functions:

  • Current and newly-elected leaders of nonprofit boards.
  • Board members considering future leadership roles.
  • Executive directors and senior nonprofit staff who want to better understand the leadership potential of their boards.

    1. Welcome and overview - 3 Minutes

      1. Pre-course quiz
      2. Welcome and overview
    2. What it means to govern - 10 Minutes

      1. What it means to govern
      2. Beyond the bottom line
      3. Section 2 discussion
    3. Your governance leadership - 25 Minutes

      1. Defining, facilitating board focus
      2. Defining your impact
      3. Your relationship with the CEO
      4. Ensuring board accountability
      5. Section 3 discussioin
    4. Setting the governance agenda - literally - 56 Minutes

      1. Setting the (literal) board agenda
      2. High-functioning committees
      3. Board capacity and renewal
      4. Section 4 discussion
      5. Section 4 discussion
    5. What next? - 10 Minutes

      1. Wrap-up and resources
      2. Post-course quiz

    About the Expert

    Debra Beck

    Debra Beck

    Dr. Debra Beck brings more than 30 years of experience serving on, and consulting with, nonprofits and their boards. She has worked with governing bodies at the local, state, regional and national levels. Dr. Beck specializes in building boards' capacity to govern: understanding the special roles of governance and thinking more expansively about their critical leadership responsibilities for defining, protecting and advancing the organization's vision and mission. Debra is an experienced distance educator, teaching online courses on a range of nonprofit topics - including nonprofit governance - since 2001. She received a Wyoming Distance Education Consortium Master Distance Educator Award in 2011. Debra also offers webinars and other synchronous learning experiences focused on board topics. Dr. Beck blogs at
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