2018 Board & Senior Leadership Conference | Best Practices Summit: Building the NEW Board Governance Toolkit

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  • 2018 Board & Senior Leadership Conference
    November 8, 2018
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

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Join us on November 8th for the Board & Senior Leadership Conference 
at USF St. Petersburg
with Chuck Loring & Vernetta Walker!


Best Practices Summit: Building the NEW Board Governance Toolkit
November 8th | 8 am-5 pm | USF St. Petersburg


November 8, 2018
USFSP Student Center, 200 6th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

8-9 am        Registration & Networking

9 am -12 pm      Session 1 with Chuck Loring | Building Strong Relationships: Effective Board Fundraising in A Challenging Economy

12-1 pm   Lunch

1-4 pm    Session 2 with Vernetta Walker | Rethinking Business as Usual: Your New Leadership Imperatives

4-5 pm Networking Reception

If you need special assistance to participate in Leadership Conference, please contact us at 813-287-8779.

We will be photographing and video recording at this event. If you do not wish to be captured on film or video, please alert staff at registration. 

For this full day board governance best-practice summit, we’re thrilled to bring you not one but two workshops led by BoardSource experts!

Board and senior leaders will spend a day focused on adding–or polishing–key tools in their shared toolkit. Our nationally known speakers will offer best practices and proven strategies around every nonprofit board’s shared challenges: recruitment, engagement, diversity, fundraising, and succession planning.

This conference will be most impactful for your organization when the CEO and at least one board member attend together. Your board governance committee chair or another member of your leadership team is strong choice for your third attendee, so we’re discounting 3-packs of tickets. Full-day tickets will ensure that your organization benefits from both of our experts, while  half-day tickets will give you access to Session 1 with Chuck Loring and lunch.

Building Strong Relationships: Effective Board Fundraising in A Challenging Economy

In the first 3-hour session of the Conference, Board Governance luminary Chuck Loring will highlight the importance of relationship building and share simple, effective fundraising strategies.

During this session you and your team will learn:

  • why the Board must have a culture of fundraising
  • why having the right board is critical for effective fundraising
  • why mission is critical in fundraising success
  • that donor cultivation and stewardship trumps solicitation
  • how Board members can be great fundraisers and never ask for money
  • why Board members must make leadership gifts
  • how Board members can help in planned giving

In short, you’ll learn how to build relationships, strengthen your board, and meet your fundraising goals.

Chuck V. Loring, MBA, CFRE is the senior partner of the Fort Lauderdale and Indianapolis -based firm of Loring, Sternberg, & Associates, which provides fundraising and governance consulting services to nonprofits. Chuck is also a Senior Governance Associate for BoardSource (formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards) in Washington, DC, offering expertise in board development and other governance issues to nonprofit boards across the country.

Chuck is a past president of the Indiana Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He is a former President of the University of California Alumni Association and a former Trustee of the UCSB Foundation.

Chuck has helped hundreds of local and regional nonprofits across the country improve their governance and such prominent national charities as Special Olympics, The First Tee, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts USA, The Alzheimer’s Association, Easter Seals, Planned Parenthood, Feeding America, Make A Wish America, The League of American Orchestras and the Professional Golfers Association.

Each year Chuck conducts dozens of training programs for funders, Community Foundations and Nonprofit Centers interested in good governance. His repeat clients include The Hartford Community Foundation for Public Giving, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, The Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, The Waco Community Foundation, The Community Foundation of Broward County, The Philanthropy Center at Rollins College, The Silicon Valley Community Foundation, The Fairfield County Community Foundation, the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, and the Virginia C. Piper Trust, to name only a few.



Rethinking Business as Usual: Your New Leadership Imperatives

In a time of accelerated change, innovation and disruption, leaders must be agile and future focused. There is a temptation to apply technical fixes to adaptive challenges, without spending adequate time discussing where the organization is heading, what it needs, and what the board might need to do differently to help the organization succeed. Navigating today’s challenging environment requires us to rethink business as usual on three fundamental fronts: diversity and inclusion, board member engagement, and succession.

In this 3-hour session, Vernetta Walker, a national speaker on nonprofit governance and boards, will share data, insights, and leading practices to engage you in discovering strategies to take back to your organization to:

  • Identify board culture influences that impact your processes, practices, and effectiveness;
  • Commence or deepen dialogue about diversity and inclusion related to your mission; and
  • Prioritize steps to lead the organization authentically.


Vernetta Walker, JD, is president and CEO of Walker & Associates Consulting, and senior advisor on diversity, inclusion, and equity (DI&E) at BoardSource. With over two decades of experience as a nonprofit leader and consultant, Vernetta is passionate about helping organizations maximize their impact through exceptional leadership, intellectual engagement, and cultural competence. In addition to providing consulting and training, she is a frequent speaker on nonprofit leading practices, sector trends, creating a culture of inclusion, and board advocacy.

Vernetta has worked with hundreds of public charities, associations, and foundations across the country and globally. Her clients have included the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, YMCA of the USA, the National Aquarium, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Independent Sector, U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce, the Walt Disney Company, and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Prior to founding Walker and Associates, Vernetta served as chief governance officer and vice president of programs for BoardSource, associate general counsel and director of consulting for the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, foundation advocacy counsel for the Alliance for Justice, and director of the Administration of Justice Grants for the Florida Bar Foundation. She also practiced law for several years in Orlando, Florida.

Vernetta is an adjunct lecturer at Columbia University’s nonprofit management program, a faculty member for NeighborWorks America, and a certified cultural transformation consultant with the Barrett Values Centre. She also is author of the forthcoming Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Action Guide for Nonprofit Executives and Board Members (a BoardSource publication).

Vernetta received a juris doctor degree from the Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.


$99 per individual, $275 for a group of 3.
Includes parking and lunch.

$130 per individual, $360 for a group of 3.
Attend both sessions; enjoy free parking as well as lunch and the networking reception for a significant savings.

Conference registrations are non-refundable. You may send a substitute in your place. Please notify NLC of any substitutions no later than 3 business days in advance of the Conference by email and include: registrant name, title, organization, and email address as well as the name, title, organization, and email address of the person who will be coming in your stead.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please call 813-287-8779 for details.

With support from Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, and Allegany Franciscan Ministries. 

CFRE Continuing Education Points
Full participation in this program is applicable for 6.0 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

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200 6th Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida, 33701, United States