Executive Leadership Forums + Conferences

Fall 2018 Executive Leadership Forum

As part of its Executive Leadership Forum series, MANP is pleased to present:

This event is now full. To be put on a wait list, please email Learn@NonprofitMaine.org.

The Secret Sauce to Boardroom Success: Culture and Dynamics

Susan S. Meier, Principal, Meier and AssociatesPhoto_SusanMeier
Wednesday, October 31, 8am-11am (7am-8am Registration, Breakfast + Networking)
Harraseeket Inn, Freeport

Nonprofit leaders today must think differently about how they govern if their organizations are truly going to advance on their missions in this increasingly complex and rapidly changing environment. Boards that cultivate a culture of inquiry where assumptions are challenged and tough questions are posed are more likely to anticipate and optimize both opportunities and challenges.

Board roles, structure, composition, and practices are all important, but the most important influencers on the board are culture and dynamics. The courageous boards who dare to ask the tough questions and to see things through multiple lenses will be able to create new, strategic resolutions to age-old problems.

Does your board’s culture invite robust discussion on the toughest issues facing your organization? Do individual board members not only speak candidly but also invite and genuinely consider other perspectives during board discussions?

Join us to explore your board’s culture and how to optimize it to leverage best thinking and question asking practices.

This discussion aims to:

  • Deepen your understanding of the power of culture in the boardroom
  • Take a look at your current boardroom cultures vs. the cultures we aspire to have
  • Explore how boardroom culture can change
  • Begin collecting ‘tools’ to help re-shape your boardroom culture

Who should attend:

Executive Directors, Board Leadership (Officers and Committee Chairs) and/or Emerging Board Leaders; we recommend 2-3 people per organization attend as a team.

Camden National Bank 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.

Cost + Registration

  • $30 MANP Members / $45 Nonmembers

Keynote Speaker

Susan Meier, Principal at Meier and Associates and Senior Governance Consultant with BoardSource, brings over 29 years of governance and nonprofit experience to her work. From 2004 through 2011, Susan served as the vice president of consulting and training for BoardSource, the nation’s premier governance resource for nonprofit organizations. 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. Her 13 years as a senior executive at Prevent Child Abuse America have given her concrete experience in understanding the complex and unique challenges of federated organizations and structures. 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 works with all types of nonprofit organizations. Some current and past clients include ASME, American Lung Association, American Association of Museum Directors, Annenberg Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Brady Campaign, Capital One, Casey Health Institute, Center for Excellence in Nonprofits, Community Foundation of Lorain County (OH), Feeding America, Grand Traverse Land Conservancy, Iowa West Foundation, Horizons National, JCC Association, National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, National Domestic Violence Hotline, NH Center for Nonprofits, Planned Parenthood, Shedd Aquarium, and Volunteers of America, among others. Susan has also served as guest faculty for the Kellogg School of Management Nonprofit Executive Education program, American University, George Washington University, and the Issues in Nonprofit Governance Conference hosted by Georgetown Law, the IRS and Independent Sector.

In addition, Susan has served on a number of boards of directors and currently serves on the Ripon College Board of Trustees. She graduated cum laude from Ripon College.

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