Classes & Series

Learn more about the skills required to build strong and effective organizations.

Board Development

Board Development Webinar Series

Partner: $130.00 / General: $265.00


Is your organization struggling with the partnership between the CEO and the board or do you just want to fine tune a good relationship?  Do you want to better understand the chair’s role, or how to manage challenging board dynamics?  In this class you will learn the best practices attributed to effective leadership including:

  • How the board becomes a partner with the executive director
  • The characteristics of a successful board leader
  • How to use an organization’s core values to guide decision-making
  • The importance of succession planning

As running nonprofit organizations becomes more challenging, knowledgeable and strong board leadership is essential. This class will help both new and experienced board members gain a renewed sense of direction for leading their organization.


Are you looking for helpful information about your board service in a short amount of time?  Do you wish you had a fuller understanding of your role as a board member or want to mentor new board candidates? Do you hold the staff leadership position and wonder how you can better partner with your board? This class offers important  information for you whether you are a well-seasoned or first-time board member. You will learn:

  • How your organization fits in context with other Alaska nonprofits
  • How different types of boards are configured and function
  • The roles and responsibilities  for board members
  • The key differences between staff and board responsibilities

When you leave this class, you will better understand the board's role in helping your organization accomplish its mission.


Do you think your board could use a boost of commitment and energy? Do you wonder how to keep board members accountable? Do you wish your board had a solid recruitment and retention process? This class is ideal for organizations that want to thrive not just survive. You will learn how your board can reach its full potential by:

  • Focusing meetings on mission-based activities
  • Using committees more effectively
  • Operating with clear job descriptions for board members
  • Unleashing the creativity of board members
  • Engaging in proven techniques to attract, retain and motivate board members

When you leave this class, you will have a deeper understanding of how board members can become full partners with leadership staff in assuring the success of your organization.


Do you wonder how your board can use its precious time to better focus on discussion, decisions and mission related education?  Do you want to encourage the effective use of ad hoc committees? Do you want to better share information before, during and after each meeting without listening to reports? Do you want to know how to effectively use Robert’s Rules without letting the process overtake productive discussion? This class delves into the common challenges in running productive meetings and provides tools for good planning and effective communication.  We cover these aspects of board meetings:

  • The components of effective meetings
  • The need to attend to both the “heart” and the “head” of each participant
  • The appropriate use of a consent agenda
  • Ways to effectively reach a decision
  • The role of committees in maximizing “face-time” at a board meeting
  • The key differences between staff and board responsibilities before, during and after a  meeting

You will leave this class with an understanding of how you can assure effective meetings that help your organization accomplish its mission. 

(Please note, this course does not provide instruction on Robert's Rules of Order)

No scheduled dates for this event. If you would like to schedule this event for your community please contact us.