Next Level Boardsmanship Series!

Take your board to the next level! These four classes offer a closer look at some of the most common problems to plague a nonprofit board offered in afternoon and evening hours to accommodate your busy schedule. Classes can be taken a la carte or take all four for $150. Register online today or call 412-397-6000 to register over the phone.

Next Level Boardsmanship: Revving Up the Team
Wednesday, March 9 from 5 – 8 p.m.

Many nonprofit boards struggle to effectively engage all of their members, leaving potential time, talent, and treasures untapped. Join us for exercises and discussions that explore tools and strategies for motivating and empowering new and existing board members. We’ll cover board member job descriptions and board evaluations, a thoughtful on-boarding process, and effective committee structures – all with the goal of making the most of your board.

Instructor: Evie Gardner, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) and includes a light dinner

Next Level Boardsmanship: Recruiting and Onboarding
Wednesday, April 13 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Let’s arm your organization with the know-how to identify and engage your next extraordinary board member by learning:

  • Tools for assessing possible gaps in board skills and diversity
  • Innovative strategies for finding your next board member
  • Key questions both the nonprofit and new board member should be asking one another
  • Methods to successfully orient and onboard new directors

Instructor: Evie Gardner, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Next Level Boardsmanship: The Board’s Report Card
Thursday, April 21 from 9 a.m. – noon

Is it possible to evaluate your board without insulting them? You bet it is, and it’s a healthy exercise to keep your board functioning at the highest level. This interactive class will help your board look at themselves as a group, and as individuals, starting with board job descriptions to provide a starting point for evaluation. We’ll share various assessments so you can create what is best for your own board.

Instructors: Don Block, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council; Lulu Orr, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online)

Next Level Boardsmanship: Financials
Tuesday, May 3 from 5 – 8 p.m.

Join us as we review the primary ways that board members can fulfill their key fiduciary responsibilities, including avoiding mission drift, participating in the budgeting and auditing processes, reviewing regular reports, and understanding the organization’s overall financial outlook. We’ll answer your questions about acting as a fiduciary as well as discuss practical strategies for improving your board’s ability to fulfill this critical role.

Instructors: Susan Mazur, ESC; Evie Gardner, Bayer Center
Fee: $65 ($55 if paid online) and includes a light dinner

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