Recruitment, Retention, and Mobilization: Realizing the Potential of a Dynamic Board

A Workshop for Board Leaders and Executives of Nonprofit Organizations

April 26, 2017
Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center

3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri 64130
1:30 to 5:00 p.m.

These are paradoxical times for nonprofit organizations and their boards. More than ever, boards are being recognized for their value and importance to organizational impact and success. Yet our boards are more challenged than ever. There is a lot of competition for time and talent, and the challenge of recruiting, retaining, engaging and mobilizing a diverse and sophisticated team of people who can make a significant difference is greater too. Even the best of boards tell us it's difficult to find and keep the people that they most need!

We invite you to join us for this timely and engaging workshop to learn, share ideas, and discuss with colleagues how we can make the most of a new generation of nonprofit boards. We will present the results of the new national survey of nonprofit executives and board leaders by BoardSource, and discuss how this information might inform our work in Kansas City. And we will share and discuss the implications of information about how nonprofit governing boards across the US are redesigning the ways they are organized, how they are developing their members and leaders, and engaging and mobilizing their members to truly achieve impact.

The afternoon program will be presented in three segments:

  • "Lessons from Across America: Key Insights from the 2017 BoardSource Report, Leading with Intent. BoardSource chief governance officer, Vernetta Walker, will release the results of their most recent national survey of nonprofit boards, and we will discuss what we might learn from the survey's insights.
  • "Shaking Things Up! Attracting a New Generation of Members and Leaders to Board Service. Building on the insights of the BoardSource report, this session will invite us to take a targeted and critical look at the some of the many creative and successful ways that nonprofit organizations in Kansas City attract and mobilize the board talent they need. Midwest Center director, David Renz, will facilitate this session and encourage us to explore options for the ways that dynamic boards bring the right people to the table - and then succeed in retaining them, engaging them, and mobilizing them.
  • Part Three of the session will feature a panel of experienced board leaders, from Kansas City and beyond, who will share insights and discuss what they've learned as they work to grow the impact of their boards - including how to attract and engage Millennial and Generation X leaders on boards.

This program features two leading experts in the field of nonprofit boards and governance as facilitators:

  • Vernetta Walker, JD, Vice President of Programs and Chief Governance Officer, BoardSource
  • David Renz, Ph.D., Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC

The session fee is $65 per participant. Partial scholarships are available.

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.

Parking Details:
Free parking is available in the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center parking lot next to the building. Overflow parking is also available at The Brush Creek Community Center (just one block north at Cleveland Ave. and Brush Creek Blvd/Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd).

We also have an additional opportunity that you may also be interested in attending: 2017 Governance Conference: The Many Faces of Nonprofit Governance (Apr. 27-28, 2017), click here to find out more about the conference.

This workshop is presented in collaboration with the Heartland Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), with support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.


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

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