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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Cascade Christian High School
The Commons Room
855 Chevy Way
Medford, OR 97504
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$50 Nonmembers

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Event Details

Marc Smiley, Principal, Solid Ground Consulting

Leadership has never been more important. Board members care and want to contribute, but it’s easy to be passive when you’re unclear of your role and how you can help make a difference. Knowledge truly can become power.

To be effective, board members need to know what is expected of them, and want to know what best practices look like. This session of the Rogue Valley Nonprofit Network will provide practical, applicable, powerful tools to help understand and support board engagement and effectiveness. As board leaders, it will help you and your colleagues step in and fulfill the vital governance role your board needs. For staff, it will give you strategies for supporting and encouraging board engagement, and steering clear of co-dependent behavior.

Marc will share his knowledge and experience of working successfully with boards, both as an Executive Director and as a Board Member and Chair. He will identify strategies for developing your board's leadership and commitment to your organization and offer theoretical and practical ideas to guide your board's growth.

Learn how to:

  • Develop a strong recruiting and orientation program for board members with leadership in mind
  • Strategically analyze board strengths and organization needs
  • Manage board-staff roles and lines of authority, and how to manage shared expectations
  • Help the board set and assess board leadership goals 

About the Presenter

Marc Smiley's consulting experience has taken him to nearly every state in the U.S., working in the areas of board governance, strategic planning, board-staff relations, organizational structure, and fundraising planning and training. Marc has worked extensively with groups focused on conservation, historic preservation, energy and sustainability, affordable housing, and health and human services. He has also published books on board governance, strategic planning and fundraising, as well as dozens of articles in journals and periodicals. Marc has served in staff leadership roles with the Oregon Natural Resource Council, River Network, the Yakima Greenway Foundation and the Land Trust Alliance. He has also served on the boards of the Columbia Land Trust, Online Networking for the Environment (ONE-NW) and REACH Community Development.

February 15th, 2017 1:30 PM   through   4:30 PM
Cascade Christian High School
The Commons Room
855 Chevy Way
Medford, OR 97504
Price $ 50.00
Event Particulars
City Medford
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Board Development and Governance
Presenter Marc Smiley
Event Region Southern Oregon
Programmatic Approach

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