Managing Up, Managing Down

Date06/05/2018   |   Time9:30 am - 12:30 pm  

Huntington Bank Room Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
325 Michigan Street
Toledo, OH 43604
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Contact: Toni Shoola, Associate Director
Phone: 419-241-9513

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This workshop is eligible for 3 hours in the Board Governance Track of the Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

This workshop is the first-half of the fourth of four in the Minority Executive Leadership Certificate.

Approved for 3.0 CFRE credits.

Workshop description: 
Are you struggling with how to effectively interact with your board? Does the board manage the Executive Director or is it the other way around?

Nonprofits exist because of the relationships between their executive leaders, their board of directors, and their communities. Without these relationships and the programs, products, or efforts that are borne out of them, nonprofit organizations would be unable to serve their missions and their communities. Yet, these relationships are often difficult to maintain, as board members change, executive leaders become the face of the organization, and grants, deadlines, deliverables, and other responsibilities grow for the organization and its staff and volunteers.

During this workshop we discuss:

  • Factors that influence boards and how they function
  • Relationships to produce and support effective boards and nonprofit leadership
  • How to manage the aspects of board structure and function to improve relationship

Participants will leave with resources for better understanding the ways in which their own board-executive relationships are structured and tools to improve relationships so “managing” up, or down, occurs naturally, respectfully, and for the success of the nonprofit and its community.

Target Audience:

This workshop is ideal for any staff member with leadership responsibilities at the organization or program management level. This workshop is also beneficial for board members to attend, and we encourage board and staff members from an organization to attend together.

Presenter's Bio:
Sarah Cohn is a Principal Consultant and Partner of Aurora Consulting, working across the non-profit sector for the past 11 years. Sarah focuses her work with non-profit organizations around evaluation capacity building, audience engagement research, strategic planning, and board development. She is the Past President of the Minnesota Evaluation Association, the President for the Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation at the Alliance for American Museums (AAM), and the Incoming Chair for One Voice Mixed Chorus.

Sarah co-developed Team-Based Inquiry, a practitioner-focused form of evaluation, in 2011. She co-wrote Team-based inquiry: A practical guide for using evaluation to improve informal education experiences. Since 2012, Sarah has been training organizations of all kinds in integrating Team-Based Inquiry, including the Natural History Museum of Utah, the Detroit Zoological Society, and Explora.

Sarah received her BA from Bowdoin College and completed her Master’s degree at the University of Minnesota in 2010. She has facilitated professional development workshops and sessions for over eight state and national associations, ranging from the American Evaluation Association to Grantmakers in the Arts.

Event Logistics:

  • Workshop registration starts at 9:15 am.
  • The cost of the workshop does not include lunch.
  • A map of lunch options will be provided in an email sent to you prior to the workshop.
  • Workshop slides will be emailed to you prior to the workshop.
  • Morning coffee will be provided.
  • Water will be provided throughout the day.

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Toledo, OH 43604
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