The seminar series is designed to give a small group of current or future nonprofit board chairs an opportunity to learn about and discuss governance topics and issues that will enhance their effectiveness as board leaders. 

The seminar series covers the following topics:

  • Board Responsibilities and Structure
  • Financial Literacy for Boards
  • Board and CEO Partnership
  • Board Diversity and Inclusiveness 
  • Managing the Board For Effectiveness

The series comprises five sessions, meeting monthly in the early morning. Each seminar includes a presentation on standards of practice for nonprofit boards and discussion of issues that arise when applying the standards. The number of participants is kept small in order to facilitate candid exchange in an atmosphere of trust and collegiality. 

The seminar begins in September each year. This year, nominations are due by August 23, 2019.

Syllabus and Schedule for 2019-2020 Board Leadership Seminar

Board Leadership Seminar
Eligibility and Nomination Process
The seminar is aimed at leaders who are just beginning their terms as chair or are in line to be chair of the board of a nonprofit organization. When selecting the participants, preference is given to current board chairs.

Candidates are nominated by the executive director of their organizations. The cost is $160.

Nominations must be submitted no later than August 23, 2019 for the 2019-2020 seminars. 

For information on the 2019-2020 cohort or to obtain a nomination form, contact: 

Melanie Phillips, 585-899-3769 or