Growing Strong Boards for a New Era

A Workshop for Leaders and Executives of Nonprofit Organizations

April 22, 2015
UMKC Pierson Auditorium
1:30 to 5:00 p.m.

These are paradoxical and demanding times for nonprofit organizations and their boards. More than ever, boards are being recognized for their value and importance to organizational success and accountability. Yet our boards also are more challenged than ever. There is a lot of competition for time and talent, and the challenge of successfully recruiting, retaining and engaging the people we need to do the work we need is greater, too. Even the best of boards seek ways to make the most of their members!

We invite you to join us for this timely and engaging workshop to learn more about and discuss the changing nature of nonprofit boards and explore options for how boards and their leaders are working to develop and engage their members in work that fundamentally makes a difference in the success of their organizations. We will share and discuss information about how nonprofit governing boards in the US are refining the ways they are organized, recruiting and preparing their members, and what we are learning about what it takes to enable a governing board to be strong and effective. The afternoon's program will be presented in three segments:

  • "Learning from the Field: Key Insights from the Results of the 2015 BoardSource Governance Report." BoardSource recently released its most recent national survey of nonprofit boards; we will highlight and discuss with workshop participants the key insights and trends noted in this survey.
  • "Growing Boards that Make the Right Difference." This session will focus on what we know about strategies for building board capacity and performance. We’ll talk about board self assessments, facilitate discussion on how boards can strengthen their effectiveness through their use, and share information about how to access and use a free new online board self-assessment tool, "The Board Check-Up."
  • "The Difference that Effective Board Chairs Make." Keynote speaker, Dr. Yvonne Harrison, has recently completed some very interesting research on the work of chairs of nonprofit boards. She will share insights from the research, discuss what differentiates effective from ineffective board chairs, and we will discuss the implications of her team's findings for Kansas City boards and their chairs.

This session features three national experts and leaders in the field of nonprofit boards and governance:

  • Vernetta Walker, JD, Vice President of Programs and Chief Governance Officer, BoardSource
  • Yvonne Harrison, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, State University of New York - Albany
  • David Renz, Ph.D., Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC

The workshop will be held on the University of Missouri - Kansas City campus in Pierson Auditorium (Atterbury Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes Street, 64110). The session fee is $65 per participant.

Parking Details:

We have arranged for the campus police not to give parking tickets on the 5th and 6th levels of the Cherry Street Parking Garage (located at 50th Street between Oak Street and Cherry Street). After you park use the walkway bridge located on the 5th level in the northeast corner of the parking garage (Northeast Tower). The entrance to the Student Service Building is just past the soccer field on your right (Note: Pierson Auditorium is located on the top floor of the Atterbury Student Success Center). Click here for a campus map (PDF).

We also have an additional opportunity that you may also be interested in attending:
2015 Nonprofit Governance Conference - Complications and Conundrums: The New Era of Research on Nonprofit Governance and the Work of Boards (April 23-24, 2015), click here to find out more about the conference. Note: If you register for BOTH the Growing Strong Boards for a New Era workshop and the 2015 Nonprofit Governance Conference you will receive a $15 discount on the workshop.

Register Here

Note: if you need an invoice so you can pay by check/money order please send us an email at or call (816) 235-5720.

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This workshop is presented in collaboration with the Heartland Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).


Henry W. Bloch School of Management
5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110

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