Executive Leadership Forums + Conferences

Fall 2016 Executive Leadership Forum

As part of our Executive Leadership Forum series, we’re pleased to present:

How Engaged Should an Engaged Board Be?

Photo_SusanMeierNovember 10th, 2016
Harraseeket Inn, Freeport
Presented by Susan S. Meier, Principal, Meier and Associates, Senior Consultant with BoardSource

Is your board spending most of its meeting time listening to never-ending reports, attending to routine tasks, and checking email? Does it fail to engage in issues of the greatest importance? Or, is your board overly engaged in ways that actually disempower the staff?

In an environment of great change, limited resources, and increased competition, nonprofits can no longer afford to have unengaged boards or overly engaged boards that offer minimal value. High performing boards work in constructive partnership with the chief executive and develop a deep, values-based understanding of why certain things matter to the organization’s work. A strong board is also a critical element in succession and sustainability planning, and managing leadership transition at both the board and staff levels.

Join us for a highly interactive day to explore how your board can move beyond its fiduciary responsibilities and into its strategic and generative work. 

Camden National Bank Leaders & Luminaries Awards

Through their Leaders & Luminaries Awards, Camden National Bank honors board members who have effectively used inspiration, creativity and ingenuity in board governance. We’re pleased that these awards will be presented as part of this event focused on building effective boards. Four winners will each be awarded $5,000 for their organizations.

Keynote Speaker

Susan Meier, Principal at Meier and Associates, brings over 28 years of governance and nonprofit experience to her work. From 2004 to 2011, Susan served as the vice president of consulting and training for BoardSource. She works collaboratively with nonprofit executives and board leadership to identify governance challenges and opportunities and to implement proven strategies to address a broad array of governance issues.

Much of Susan’s work has focused on increasing board engagement, board/staff relations, and leadership transitions. Specifically, she engages boards in a deeper understanding of roles and responsibilities, effective fundraising, strategic and generative thinking, concrete ways to maximize board meetings, and addressing culture and dynamics in the boardroom. Susan also has extensive experience in facilitating sensitive and important conversations and in helping boards build on their strengths to become higher performing boards.

Susan currently serves on the Ripon College Board of Trustees. She graduated cum laude from Ripon College.

“In spite of having decades of experience on boards and staffing boards, I learned a TON at Susan’s governance training.” Senior executive, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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