Focus Events

Focus on Strategic Board Recruitment

Connecting People With Purpose

Update: This event is still happening as planned. If you are unable to attend due to inclement weather, please notify us by phone message or email at Learn@NonprofitMaine.org and a credit will be issued for a future program.

Tuesday, November 12
8:00am-11:00am (7am-8am Registration, Breakfast + Networking)
Harraseeket Inn, Freeport

Think for a moment about a great board member. Why were they great? How do you find more board members like them?

Successful organizations understand that nothing is more important to the health and sustainability of the organization than getting engaged, skilled, prepared people to serve on the board. These organizations recognize that building an effective board is much more than filling the seats at the table; finding board members who bring passion, innovation and resourcefulness to help their organization thrive requires the board to be strategic in the way it looks at composition.

Please join us to learn with and from one another about recruitment strategies that help you cultivate potential candidates, prepare them to join the board when the time is right, fill vacancies quickly and effectively, and build a skillful and diverse board.

Not only will you hear great advice about what to do (or not to do), you will leave with access to a toolkit designed to help leaders adopt proven strategies that can transform how you and your board think about recruitment and develop a process and timeline tailored to your organization—a process that can be used year after year.

Who Should Attend:

  • Board leaders who recognize the need to put in place a board recruitment process that is built upon best practices.
  • Board members who chair or engage in the recruitment process and seek a structure within which to work.
  • Staff members supporting the recruitment process who seek tools that can support a successful recruitment effort.

Camden National Bank’s Leaders & Luminaries Awards

MANP is pleased to have Camden National Bank’s Leaders & Luminaries Awards as part of this event that focuses on building proficient boards. The Leaders & Luminaries Awards honor board members who have effectively used inspiration, creativity and ingenuity in board governance. Four winners will each be awarded $5,000 for their organizations in a special presentation followed by a panel discussion with the awardees.

Cost + Registration

  • $65 MANP Members / $105 Non-members
  • All participants will receive complimentary access to MANP’s online Strategic Board Recruitment Toolkit – instructions on how to access it will be provided at the event!
  • Scholarships available! Apply here before registering

Keynote Presenter

Jeff Wahlstrom is President of Starboard Leadership Consulting. He has more than 30 years of hands-on experience as a nonprofit leader, board member, and consultant to an extensive list of clients, large and small, throughout Maine. He regularly provides counsel to boards on governance best practices, succession and transition planning, and strategic planning. Jeff is a frequent speaker on a wide range of board governance and nonprofit management topics. He co-authored the Board Boot Camp curriculum, Strategic Board Recruitment Toolkit, and an online board self-assessment tool in partnership with the Maine Association of Nonprofits.


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