Today I am at a conference with 16 schools. I met this afternoon with the board chairs who are present to facilitate a break out session. While the discussion had guiding questions, the one topic everyone wanted to talk about was succession. How are they ever going to find someone to take over their job? … More Board Chairs, Do You Want to Find Your Successor?
This article originally appeared in eJP. By Kathleen Fromm Cohen, PhD and Nanette R. Fridman, MPP, JD In the healthiest of organizations, the board, the staff, and other key stakeholders share a unified vision of the organization’s mission, objectives, and priorities. When hiring, the board of trustees hopefully looks for an executive whose vision and … More Setting Goals WITH Your New Executive, Not FOR Your New Executive
Does your organization want more customers or members? Putting in place an ambassadorship program is a relatively inexpensive and an effective way to create buzz and increase your number of potential customers. At the heart of any ambassador program is word of mouth marketing. This proactive, peer-to-peer approach of spreading the word about your organization … More 7 Key Components to Creating or Supercharging Your Ambassadorship Program
Small nonprofit boards sometimes characterize themselves as working boards. This terminology is misleading. Members of any board, no matter the size or maturity of the nonprofit, need to work. What a working board really refers to is a board whose members perform day-to-day tasks as unpaid staff for the nonprofit because it doesn’t have the financial resources … More The False Dichotomy Between Being a Working Board or a Governing Board
I was on a panel discussion today for Girl Starter today entitled “It’s a Man’s World: Women at the Top in Male-Dominated Industries.” The moderator asked what it takes to “make it” (besides hard work and talent). The Cheers theme song, “Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got,” began to play … More Making Your Way: My Advice to Young Women Starting Out