“I learned that boards have a real purpose…board membership is a serious responsibility and provides a chance to contribute meaningful to the organization and the community at large.”
– 2015 Board Leadership Participant
Nonprofit organizations can only be as strong as their volunteer boards. Marlboro College is committed to the growth and development of nonprofit boards and their members. By popular demand, Marlboro offered its first Board Leadership Institute in the spring of 2015. In partnership with Youth Services, United Way of Windham County, and SEVEDS, we also offered Get on Board Windham County a popular program for young professionals thinking about board service. These programs combine to provide skills development and networking opportunities for trustees serving nonprofits of all sizes, while also helping young professionals begin their work as the next generation of nonprofit board members. Check back here in October for dates and applications for the 2016 program.
The Board Leadership Institute is a collection of workshops that, taken together, introduce board members to the most important knowledge and skills for successful board service. We frequently hear from boards who want help transforming their organizational culture, or that need assistance being effective leaders and champions for the nonprofits they serve. For greatest impact on a board as a whole, we highly recommend that a board sign up for the full series as a board team, and have steeply discounted this option to make it as affordable as possible. There are also ticket options for individual sitting board members who wish to complete the series, and for those who want to attend only a subset of the workshops. The workshops have concluded for 2015, but stay tuned for the next series.
"In a place like Vermont where the population tends to skew to the older end of things and especially with regard to board service, it can be difficult for excited and well-qualified young folks to break in to an organization's board. It serves the organizations, youth of the community, and the boards themselves to have new perspectives and people on the board. I would not have served on a board without this program. Both myself and my organization are better for it." – 2012-13 Fellow
Windham County has a lot of nonprofits and many boards are looking for new members. Get On Board gives Windham County residents, age 22-44, the opportunity to build leadership skills and their personal and professional network while serving our community. Fellows attend the Board Leadership Institute retreat, workshops and personal leadership development sessions for $100-200, sliding scale, which is less than half the full cost. Through these events, Fellows will build relationships with each other, and with members of local nonprofit boards. Fellows will also receive extra recognition during the Board Matching Event, which will help them make connections with nonprofit boards that match their interests and passions.
On Thursday, May 14, 2015, in conjunction with community partners, Marlboro College hosted Get On Board Windham County: Meet Your Match, a board-matching event that allowed nonprofit boards to connect with community members interested in joining boards. This high-energy event will be repeated next spring.
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Work: Director of Non Degree Programs, Marlboro College
Education: M.Ed. in Instructional Design, UMass Boston; B.A. in Sociology, Harvard College
Workshop: Board Development
Ariel Brooks specializes in educational and nonprofit program design, implementation and evaluation, as well as training design and delivery. Ariel has been involved in the nonprofit sector for most of her professional life, and is currently the chair of the SeVEDS (Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies) board.
Work: Principal, Grant Associates
Education: A.B. in English, Princeton University; M.A. in American Studies, University of Michigan.
Workshop: Organizational Life Cycle and Assessment
David Grant is the former President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, N.J. Earlier in his career, he and his wife Nancy co-founded and co-directed The Mountain School in Vershire Vermont, a semester-long interdisciplinary environmental studies program for high school juniors. Back in Vermont now, the Grants consult with mission-driven organizations to help them achieve success.
Work: Organizational consulting as Principal of ReGeneration Resources
Education: Master’s in Organizational Development, American University; Certificate in Mediation, Woodbury College, B.S., St. John’s University (MN)
Workshop: Conflict Resolution
Greg Hessel is a trainer, facilitator, and consultant who works with clients throughout New England. The essence of Greg’s work is helping people, teams and organizations to get unstuck, and then working with them to keep them from getting stuck as they move forward. His work with nonprofit boards includes helping them lead change initiatives, manage conflict, facilitate strategic planning and improve communication.
Work: Principal, Joe Heslin Strategies; Communication Strategist, New Ground Creative
Education: M.S. in Management, Marlboro College; B.S. in Sociology, James Madison University
Workshop: Telling Your Story
Joe Heslin works with nonprofits, schools and social entrepreneurs to build and extend their mission, values and vision. Much of his work in the nonprofit sector has involved bridging the staff/board gap to find common, compelling messaging for internal and external stakeholders.
Work: Senior Consultant, Full Circle Consulting
Education: M.Ed. in Education, Northeastern University; B.A. in Education, University of Vermont
Workshop: Overview of Board Roles and Responsibilities
Ellen Koenig is a senior consultant for Full Circle Consulting. Her background includes managing high profile statewide projects for New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, designing effective learning approaches for boards and nonprofits, working with grantees and donors and building key relationships. Ellen has been involved with the nonprofit sector for over 30 years. She frequently designs retreats for boards and other working groups, and trains on effective board governance.
Work: Principal and Senior Consultant, Full Circle Consulting
Education: BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Workshop: Fundraising and Friendraising
Betsy McNamara is a Full Circle Principal and Senior Consultant who has been fundraising for nonprofit organizations since 1988. Betsy counsels non-profit organizations on how to raise money for programs or capital campaigns from individuals, businesses, religious organizations, civic groups, foundations and government grants.
Work: Director of Finance and Operations, Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants
Education: B.S. in Business Administration, Eastern Connecticut State University
Workshop: Fiscal Responsibility & Fraud Protection
Julie McNeal, CPA, serves as the director of finance and operations for the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the organization’s finances and human resources including budgeting, monthly financial results and forecasts, 990 tax reporting, payroll, and benefits.