Co-Leading Your Organization: Training for the Board Chair and Executive Director

  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Room 207, 200 Building // Baker College of Jackson // 2800 Springport Road // Jackson, MI 49202


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Who is in chargeβ€”the executive director or the board chair? Being clear and explicit about the respective roles of board members and top leaders is a common attribute of effective nonprofit boards. A certain amount of ambiguity around that question can make an organization stronger. And although clarity about roles is important, it's most beneficial if both parties believe that they collectively hold ultimate responsibility for the organization's impact and effectiveness. The board chair/executive director partnership is critical to the success of a nonprofit.

Session Goals 

This workshop will explore the following:

  • Building and maintaining a culture of trust and respect between the board chair and the executive director
  • Key list of tasks and strategies to create a structure around the ambiguity of the roles
  • Succession plan suggestions that allow for smooth transitions in both roles
  • Crucial conversations to dialogue, discuss, and decide.

Designed forβ€”

This session is designed for executive directors and board chairs to attend together, but those who attend as individuals will still find value in the content and discussion.


Tom Williams, Capacity Builder

Tom has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1996 in roles at the local, state and national levels.  Prior to coming to Nonprofit Network, Tom served as a statewide capacity building director with Michigan Habitat for Humanity, where he supported 73 separate governing boards through its affiliate structure.  In this role, he assisted organizations in their strategic planning processes, operational standards, policy development and board governance practices. 

Before his time at the state level, Tom was involved in developing and implementing national partnerships, including Habitat's long-running relationship with Thrivent Financial.  Tom also served as an Executive Director of a Habitat affiliate. Prior to his nonprofit work with Habitat, Tom served as staff to a county planning commission where he developed land use and transportation plans, in addition to grant writing and community development work.  Tom is a graduate of the University of Michigan.


Nonprofit Network Members - $45.00 

Additional registrants from same member organization - $35.00


Nonmembers - $60.00

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