Board Chair Online Forum (Part 2)

07/16/2019 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET



Board Chair Online Forum
Tuesday, July 16 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Online Web Forum

Presented by: Janet Unger, President, Unger Consulting Services

Offered in Partnership with: Unger Consulting Services

So, you’ve landed yourself in the board chair seat. Now what? Whether you’ve just begun in this role, have been doing it awhile, or are the chair-elect, you’re sure to have questions. Your governing board has ultimate corporate accountability and only meets for 12-24 hours per year – how will you do it all and do it well?

You will get answers to all those burning questions and more during this three-month online forum facilitated by nonprofit governance expert Janet Unger. Each meeting will offer a high level of exchange with your peers. Janet will provide practical tips and tools to help make your job easier. Join other nonprofit leaders for this interactive series designed exclusively for current and incoming board chairs to help you become the most effective chair you can be!   

You will:

  • Discuss challenges you have encountered as a board chair
  • Discover effective governance practices and perspectives
  • Learn new techniques and gain insights to share with your board
  • Increase your confidence to implement new ideas with your board
  • Find answers to your board leadership questions
  • Make progress on your governance goals
  • Meet board chairs from across Pennsylvania and learn from their experience
  • Receive a downloadable participant packet for each session

These advanced practice sessions are designed for chairs of governing boards. If you are the chair of a “working board”, this series may not be as applicable to your situation. Sign up for one session or the whole series – whatever suits your needs best!

Please note that this webinar is intended to be interactive; attendees are highly encouraged to join by webcam, if possible, and actively participate in the conversation. Due to the collaborative nature of these sessions, space will be limited to the first 20 registrants. Anyone beyond the first 20 will be added to a waiting list for a second cohort.


Session 1: Your Role as Board Chair (Tuesday, June 25)

     Your experience and observations

    • Board chair challenges
    • Effective board chairs

     Board Chair Role

    • Principles for the position
    • Position description
    • Term limits

     Key Relationships for Board Chair

    • Board Members
    • Committee Chairs and Officers
    • CEO/ED
    • External Relations

     Current Board Chair situations

    • Specific questions

     What will you do differently?


Session 2: Leading Robust Board Meetings (Tuesday, July 16)

     Designing the Agenda

  • Board agenda cycle
  • Future focused agenda
  • Consent agenda and required approvals agenda
  • Team building time

     Ensuring Productive Meetings

  • Group facilitation
  • Ad hoc decision-making à Policies
  • Meeting rules
  • Executive sessions
  • Meeting evaluations

     How will you adjust your board meetings?


Session 3: Accountability for Performance (Tuesday, August 13)

     Operational Oversight

    • Board monitoring - Dashboards

     Oversight of Executive Performance

    • Executive evaluation process
    • Executive succession planning

     Board Performance

    • Board leadership succession planning
    • Chair’s role in board development
    • Board committee structure
    • Board communications
    • Online board information systems and board portals
    • Board self-evaluation

     How will you modify board monitoring of performance?



Per session – $45 PANO Members | $90 Not Yet Members
Full Series (20% discount) – $110 PANO Members | $215 Not Yet Members

Terms of Participation
Your purchase entitles you to a single login; multiple accesses to any session in this series are not permitted. Please do not share the login information with others.

Materials & Login/Call-In Instructions:
Materials (PowerPoint and other handouts), along with instructions on how to login and call-in, will be emailed to attendees a few days prior to the date of the web meeting. PANO uses Zoom as our web meeting platform; you can familiarize yourself with Zoom and/or join a test meeting prior to these sessions.

These web meetings will NOT be recorded in order to promote open dialogue, honest discussion, and less inhibited sharing. If you can't attend this time around, please sign up for the waiting list to be notified of future opportunities to participate in this series.

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