Exceptional Boards: Strengthening the Governance Team

Exceptional Boards: Strengthening the Governance Team

Event Information


Oct 24, 2016 - Oct 25, 2016 Eastern


Charleston Place

205 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
United States

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Access Pass Points: 20.00

Exceptional Boards is an intensive two-day workshop for CEOs and their elected officers to explore strategies for strengthening their working relationship and enhancing the board's performance. Designed specifically for leadership teams, it provides an engaging learning environment where CEOs and elected leaders together will gain insight and resources to improve the effectiveness of board operations and create a strong and vibrant governance team. It is the one program that coaches you on how to build a board that understands its role, fulfills its responsibility, demonstrates visionary leadership, and ultimately leads the organization it represents to new heights.

The workshop covers:

  • Strategies for building a cohesive board;
  • Roles and responsibilities of the CEO and the board;
  • Conversations to create an effective CEO/board chair relationship; and
  • The development of a leadership team action plan.

Exceptional Boards offers you a rare opportunity to step away from the day-to-day routine and engage in a learning experience in which you'll discover fresh ideas and approaches for enhancing board leadership. You'll benefit from the knowledge and expertise of the program facilitators, but this highly interactive program also engages participants in exercises with their teams, so be prepared to roll up your sleeves and engage in open and honest discussions with your officer(s).

Charleston Place
205 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843-722-4900 Guest Fax: 843-722-0728
Rate: $275 single/double
Cutoff: October 10, 2016 The cutoff date is the last date by which the group rate is honored, provided there are still rooms available in the block. Please make your reservations early to be sure of receiving the group rate.

  • Agenda

    • Day 1 - Governing and Managing in the Association World
      8:00 – 8:30 amRegistration and Continental Breakfast
      8:30 – 10:15 amAssociation Value, Trends and Governance Challenges;
      Roles and Responsibilities of the Collective Board and Its Individual Members
      10:15 – 10:30 amBreak
      10:30 am – 12:30 pmThe Board’s Fiduciary Obligations, Legal Liabilities, and Emerging Accountability Issues;
      Updating the Job Description for Your Board;
      Characteristics and Principles of Exceptional Boards;
      Assessing the Strengths and Needs of Your Board
      12:30 – 1:30 pmLunch
      1:30 – 3:45 pmBuilding an Effective CEO/Board Chair Relationship;
      Defining Mutual Expectations between the CEO and the Board Chair
      3:45 – 4:00 pmWrap Up
      4:00 – 5:00 pmReception
      Day 2 - Board-Building Tasks that Require the Greatest Degree of Collaboration between the CEO and the Board Chair
      8:00 – 8:30 amContinental Breakfast
      8:30 – 10:15 amStrengthening the Selection, Orientation, Communication, and Discipline of Individual Board Members
      Improving the Way the CEO and Board Officers Can Work Together to Recruit, Orient, Engage, or Communicate with Board Members
      10:15 – 10:30 amBreak
      10:30 am – 12:10 pmMaking Board Meetings More Strategic, Substantive and Interesting
      Practices to Enhance Board Committee Structure and Process
      12:10 – 1:00 pmLunch
      1:00 – 3:15 pmApproaches and Good Practices for Board Self‐Assessment and for CEO Performance Assessment
      3:15 – 3:30 pmReview & Adjourn

  • Speakers

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      Nancy R. Axelrod

      Governance consultant providing speaker, facilitation, and consulting services to nonprofit organizations in board development, self-assessment, and leadership transitions. Founding president/CEO of the National Center for Nonprofit Boards (now known as BoardSource), and former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Association Leadership Foundation of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives. Currently serve on the faculty of the Institute for Board Chairs and Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities (sponsored by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges) and ASAE's Exceptional Boards Program; former member of the founding Advisory Board of the Initiative on Social Enterprise at the Harvard Business School and the Review Panel of the National Association of Corporate Directors Director of the Year Award. Author of <i>Governing for Growth: Using 7 Measures of Success to Strengthen Board Dialogue and Decision Making</i>; <i>Culture of Inquiry: Healthy Debate in the Boardroom</i>; <i>Chief Executive Succession Planning: The Board's Role in Securing Your Organization's Future</i>; <i>Advisory Councils</i>; numerous articles and op-ed pieces; and a contributing author to The Jossey Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management and the The Source: Twelve Principles of Governance that Power Exceptional Boards.

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      Paul J. Greeley Jr.

      Paul J. Greeley, Jr., CAE, has more than 42 years of experience in the organization management field. He provides strategic and management consulting services for associations and other nonprofit organizations. His previous positions include the president and chief executive officer of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, where he served for more than 28 years. Greeley has an extensive background of volunteer service in the association management area having served as chairman of the board for both the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives and the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives Foundation. He served as chairman of the organization’s Strategic Planning commission. He also has served for more than 20 years on the National Board of Trustees for the Institutes for Organization Management.

  • Policies

    • Attendance cancellations must be received within five business days before the program begins. A $75 cancellation fee will apply. There are no refunds for cancellations received less than five days before a program. No-shows will not be refunded.