Nonprofit Board Governance Rock Star Certificate Series

Nonprofit Board Governance Rock Star Certificate (Virtual)

Carina Kleter

  • How to be a Board Rock Star
    February 8, 2023
    5:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
  • Essentials for a Rock Star Board Meeting
    February 15, 2023
    5:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

The Nonprofit Leadership Center’s Board Governance Rock Star Certificate series is a six-hour program over two evenings that covers the fundamental nonprofit governance concepts every nonprofit leader should understand and practice. If you want to serve a chosen organization with passion and impact, this is the certificate for you.

During these engaging and interactive sessions, you’ll explore case studies and learn best practices for board structure and practices, board member roles and responsibilities, and financial and legal oversight. You’ll also build an invaluable network of nonprofit leaders that you can consult anytime.

To earn the certificate, you must attend both sessions: How to Be a Nonprofit Board Rock Star and Essentials for a Rock Star Board Meeting

How to Be a Nonprofit Board Rock Star | February 8, 2023

Registration closes at 11:55 p.m. Eastern on February 6, 2023

Join NLC CEO Emily Benham, FAHP, CFRE, for a three-hour, interactive learning experience designed to showcase the best of the best in:

  • Identifying, recruiting, on-boarding and even releasing board members
  • Cultivating a successful board-staff partnership
  • Establishing the board’s fundraising role
  • Understanding board member motivation, responsibilities and accountability, including conflicts of interest
  • Competing governance models and governance trends

Essentials for a Rock Star Board Meeting | February 15, 2023

Registration closes at 11:55 p.m. Eastern on February 13, 2023

Take a deeper dive into what makes rock star boards work so well. Learn about the most efficient and effective ways to utilize committees and run your meetings. What exactly is an executive committee meeting, anyway? And when do you call one? What do those financial reports mean? What questions should you be asking?  Emily Benham, FAHP, CFRE, and Dr. Maureen Butler, PhD, CPA, will share the processes and information that rock star boards need to operate at peak efficiency and greatest impact.

After this session, you’ll understand:

  • How to plan and run a successful meeting
  • The board’s role in financial oversight
  • Your nonprofit’s financial statements
  • Budgeting and cash flow management
  • Audits and IRS filings

$259.00 Only $65 each (when logged in) thanks to the support of our funders

OR $518.00 Only $120 (when logged in) for both sessions

This event is being held VIRTUALLY via Zoom (live, not recorded).

Meet Your Trainers

Photo of Emily Benham, CEO of the Nonprofit Leadership Center

Emily Benham, FAHP, CFRE has more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit field. Before taking on the role of CEO of the Nonprofit Leadership Center in 2014, Emily was the Interim President for Bayfront HERO (Health, Education and Research Organization), a health legacy foundation formed in 2013 with the net proceeds of the sale of Bayfront Medical Center to a for profit entity. Prior to the sale, she was a member of Bayfront Medical Center’s senior leadership team, and directed its philanthropic arm (Bayfront Health Foundation) for more than 20 years, raising millions of dollars for capital improvements for the hospital. Bayfront Health Foundation’s signature event “Bayfront on Vine” and the record breaking “Extreme Team Challenge” employee campaign became well known nationally throughout the industry as Emily was asked to present frequently on these “best of breed” fundraisers. In 2008 she achieved the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy’s highest level of certification, FAHP.

Prior to her work in healthcare philanthropy, Emily led fund development efforts at the Florida Orchestra, American Stage, and the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami. Early in her career, following a fellowship in orchestra management, she was the Executive Director of the Evansville (IN) Philharmonic and the South Dakota Symphony.


Dr. Maureen Butler, PhD, CPA is executive vice president of Vistra Communications and an adjunct professor of accounting at The University of Tampa where she teaches financial management in the UT graduate-level Certificate in Nonprofit Management program. Prior to joining Vistra full time, Dr. Butler was on the faculty of the University of South Florida and then tenured at The University of Tampa. Dr. Butler served in the US Army Finance Corps. She is a CPA, licensed in Virginia and Florida, and has worked as an accountant with a property management company and a small CPA firm. Dr. Butler also has experience consulting and providing accounting services to small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Butler holds a BS in Accounting from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas. She has been actively involved with several nonprofit organizations and schools, formerly serving as a member and treasurer of the Nonprofit Leadership Center board of directors. She is currently a member of the Hillsborough Education Foundation Program Oversight Committee and works with CEOs in Schools.

CFRE Continuing Education Points
Full participation in each of the two training sessions is applicable for 3.0 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification. (Full participation in both sessions is applicable for 6.0 points)

Registration & Cancellation Policies

Visit the Registration & Payment Policies page for answers to many questions regarding payment, attendance, substitutions, cancellation and refunds.

NLC/Children’s Board of Hillsborough County (CBHC) No-Show Policy
If you use a CBHC code to register for an NLC event, you will be responsible for paying the registration and processing fees if you do not show up for the class. Please read the full no-show policy here.

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There may be photographing of the training for use in our marketing materials. If you do not wish to be captured on film, please alert staff at registration. 

Tickets Price Qty
NP Board Governance Certificate - Both Sessionsshow details + $120.00 (USD)  
How to be a Board Rock Starshow details + $65.00 (USD)  
Essentials for a Rock Star Board Meetingshow details + $65.00 (USD)  


United States


Zoom details will be provided to registrants about one week prior to the training date.