This webinar will explore:
- The pitfalls of board development, including the risks that come with creating a friends-and-family board
- How to recruit top talent to join your board
- How to set expectations for board leaders and how to create a culture of accountability on your board
- How to shift from a friends-and-family board to a governance board structure
- A case study of an organization in which the relationship between a board chair and an executive director propelled significant growth
New research shows that the fastest-growing nonprofit organizations maximize board talent both by appointing highly engaged board leaders with valuable connections and expertise and by regularly and actively drawing on that expertise. Too often, nonprofit leaders describe building a relationship with their boards as a waste of time. They wish that their boards did more fundraising and feel that preparing for board meetings, attending committee gatherings, and meeting one-on-one with board members fail to yield significant payoffs. But in fact, working with board members presents an important opportunity for collective leadership.
Kathleen Kelly Janus
Kathleen Kelly Janus is an award-winning social entrepreneur, author and lecturer at Stanford University. As an expert on philanthropy, millennial engagement and scaling early stage organizations, her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review and the San Francisco Chronicle. Based in the heart of the Silicon Valley, she is currently writing a book about best practices for early stage nonprofit organizations based on a four-year research project surveying and interviewing hundreds of social innovators.
Award-winning Social Entrepreneur, Author and Lecturer
For the past decade Lance Fors has focused on transformative leadership for social change. He has concurrently been the long-time board chair of the global network of Social Venture Partnerships (SVPs), Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), New Teacher Center, Reading Partners, Silicon Valley Childrens Fund, and Strive Together (vice chair), helping each transition from a start up to the leader in their field. Fors is also a board member of Enterprise Community Partners and FSG, and a thought partner with other nonprofits, social enterprises, and venture philanthropy funds, as they re-imagine how to catalyze greater impact in their local, national, and/or global ecosystems. Fors received his bachelor’s from the University of California at Berkeley and his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in molecular biology. He is an inventor of dozens of patents, received an Ernst and Young entrepreneur of the year award, and is a social entrepreneur in special needs housing.
Board Chair, New Teacher Center
Ellen Moir is Founder and CEO of New Teacher Center (NTC), a national nonprofit dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers, experienced teachers and school leaders. Moir has extensive experience in public education, having previously served as Director of Teacher Education at the University of California, Santa Cruz and worked as a bilingual teacher. Moir has been named as a recipient of the 2015 Mary Utne O’Brien Awards for Excellence in Expanding the Evidence-based Practice of Social and Emotional Learning, the 2014 Brock International Prize in Education Laureate, and the 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
CEO, New Teacher Center
Christy Chin is a partner at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK), a global venture philanthropy firm based in Menlo Park, CA. Chin is instrumental in finding, funding and supporting DRK Entrepreneurs as well as cultivating and engaging DRK’s network of donor partners. DRK was one of the first foundations to utilize the venture capital model to provide critical early stage capital to social enterprises tackling some of society's most challenging issues. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Chin now serves on the boards of a number of DRK portfolio organizations, including Accountability Counsel, Adventure Scientists, CareMessage, New Story, Education Opens Doors, and Transcend. Chin also chairs the board of Benetech, serves on the National Venture Capital Association board and the advisory board of Ashoka U.
Partner, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Michael Slind is senior editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review. He has extensive experience as a writer, editor, and publishing professional. Slind is coauthor, with Boris Groysberg, of Talk, Inc.: How Trusted Leaders Use Conversation to Power Their Organizations (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012). Previously, he worked at Harvard Business School, where he wrote widely used case studies on corporate strategy and entrepreneurial management. Earlier in his career, he served as managing editor and as a senior editor at Fast Company magazine.
Senior Editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review