Taking a Deep Dive into Board Excellence at the 2018 Board & Senior Leadership Conference

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Registration for our 2018 Board & Senior Leadership Conference on November 8th is steaming along. And we’re thrilled to announce that J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. has joined us as the Presenting Sponsor!

Do you have your seats yet?

Tampa Bay nonprofit leaders–and their board members–keep telling us how excited they are that NLC has tapped not one but two BoardSource experts for our 2018 Best Practices Summit: Building the NEW Board Governance Toolkit. CEOs are signing up their leadership teams and board leaders to immerse themselves in a daylong summit to add–or polish–key tools in their shared toolkit. Interested in a bit more detail about best practices and proven strategies around every nonprofit board’s shared challenges: recruitment, engagement, diversity, fundraising, and succession planning? Read on! (And for even more details visit the event page here or the registration page here.)


SESSION 1 | Building Strong Relationships: Effective Board Fundraising in A Challenging Economy

In the context of the current challenging economy, the nonprofit board’s role in fund development is critical. And so your board must understand that successful fundraising is about relationships not about asking for money.

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.




SESSION 2 | 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.


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

The 2018 Board & Senior Leadership Conference will be most impactful when the CEO and at least one board member attend together. The board governance committee chair or another member of the leadership team is strong choice for a third attendee, so we’re discounting 3-packs of tickets. Full-day tickets ensure that an organization benefits from both of our experts, while  half-day tickets give attendees access to Session 1 with Chuck Loring and lunch. We encourage our nonprofit leadership teams to register today as seating is limited.


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

12-1 pm Lunch

1-4 pm Session 2 with Vernetta Walker

4-5 pm Networking Reception


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