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2017 Focus on Board Innovation: Transforming Governance through Shared Leadership

November 9th, 2017, 9am – 4:30pm
(Registration, breakfast + networking 8am – 9am)
Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Judy Freiwirth, Nonprofit Solutions Associates
Including a special luncheon featuring Camden National Bank Leaders & Luminaries Awards

Boards regularly report challenges with engagement, diversity, and recruitment. Community-Engagement Governance™, an innovative model built upon principles of inclusiveness and shared leadership, provides a framework to help organizations take a fresh approach to these challenges.

Executive directors and board leaders can register for just the morning (including lunch) or for a full day retreat! Full details are below.



8am-9am: Registration, Breakfast + Networking

9am-12pm: An Innovative Model: Community Engagement Governance

Why do so many boards continue to experience the same problems and challenges? Is it just a matter of better performance or training, or would a new approach help nonprofits achieve a higher level of engagement, diversity, and community impact?

Community-Engagement Governance™ is nationally recognized as one of the few truly innovative developments within the governance field and continues to generate excitement within the nonprofit sector.  It is a cutting-edge approach in which governance responsibility is shared across the organizational system among the key stakeholders of an organization or network, to achieve increased responsiveness to constituent needs and more effective community impact. This model is built upon principles of inclusiveness, participatory democracy, shared leadership, and genuine partnership and is intended to be customized to the unique circumstances of each nonprofit or network.

12pm-1:15pm Camden National Bank Leaders & Luminaries Awards

1:15pm – 4:30pm: Putting Community Engagement Governance to Work for You

This highly experiential workshop offers a retreat for Board Chairs and Executive Directors (rising board chairs and other officers/committee chairs also welcome) to learn how to adapt the Community-Engagement Governance™ approach and its principles of shared governance to their own organizations and the communities they serve. Through engaging, hands-on exercises, creative case studies, and practical tools, participants will:

  • Learn how to design a more effective and responsive governance model that will increase community ownership and accountability;
  • Explore how this framework can increase diversity and inclusion and build new and emerging leadership; and
  • Plan next steps for applying this approach in their own organizations.

Who Should Attend

  • Morning session: Executive Directors and Board leaders—teams encouraged!
  • Afternoon session: Attendees from the morning may choose to add this optional workshop to extend their learning. Participants must be in teams of Executive Directors and current or rising Board Chairs. Additional board members are also welcome to join for a larger team experience.

Cost + Registration

Morning session + awards luncheon only (8am-1pm):

  • $75 Members / $100 NonMembers
  • Save $15 for each additional person from your organization.

Full day retreat (8am-4:30pm):

  • $125 Members / $150 NonMembers
  • Save $25 for each additional person from your organization.

Camden National Bank Leaders & Luminaries Awards

Through their Leaders & Luminaries Awards, Camden National Bank honors board members for using passion, innovation, and ingenuity in board governance, which has led their organization to be stronger through strategic leadership. We’re pleased that these awards will be presented as part of this event focused on board innovation. One winner will be awarded $10,000, and four finalists will each be awarded $2,500 for their organizations.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Judy Freiwirth, Principal, Nonprofit Solutions Associates
Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D, is an organization development consultant, trainer, and national speaker with Nonprofit Solutions Associates. For over thirty years, she has been consulting to and training for national, regional, and community-based nonprofits, networks, and coalitions. Her practice includes all major areas of organization development, including nonprofit governance, strategic planning, diversity/inclusion initiatives, community engagement, constituent leadership development, assessment, evaluation, collective impact, executive transition, and organizational restructuring.

Nationally-known, Dr. Freiwirth is considered a leading thought-leader, trainer, and consultant in nonprofit governance and has been a keynote speaker and trainer at international, national, and regional conferences. She is the primary developer and researcher for a new, innovative governance approach, Community-Engagement Governance™, a framework in which community stakeholders are engaged in shared governance decision-making.

She has published numerous articles for The Nonprofit Quarterly and is a contributing author for two recently published books, Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches and You and Your Board: New Practices for Challenging Times from Researchers, Provocateurs, and Practioners. She serves as the Chair/Founder of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s Governance Affinity Group, a network of capacity builders focused on developing new approaches to governance, conducting research, and promoting research-based practice. She also serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Nonprofit Management and the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. She holds a doctorate in psychology, specializing in organization development.

“In working with Judy, I feel like we are getting much more than a consultant. Judy has her fingers on the pulse of national trends, is a published author, a sought-after speaker, and has a varied nonprofit consulting practice that always makes it feel like her work is fresh and relevant! I would wholeheartedly recommend Judy for any organization that is serious about board development and strategic planning.”
– Leah Camhi, Executive Director, The Possible Project

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