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Culture and Dynamics: The Secret to Boardroom Success

New Date

This event has been rescheduled to November 15 from its original date of October 26.


To help ensure broad participation, a limited number of Affordability Scholarships are available. We value broad-based participation and are committed to providing as much assistance as we can to keep registration fees from serving as a barrier to attendance.

For more information about Affordability Scholarships, contact us at (603) 225-1947 or

In addition, a limited number of partial scholarships are available for arts organizations. Apply for an arts organization scholarship.

2017 Board Excellence Symposium

Does your board's culture invite robust discussion on important matters?
Is it willing to ask the hard questions?
Does it wrestle with the toughest issues facing your organization?
How does a board ensure its process and decision making are truly ethical?
What is an individual board member's responsibility?

If nonprofit organizations are going to truly advance their missions in this increasingly complex, rapidly changing environment, their leaders must think differently about how they govern. Boards that cultivate a culture where assumptions are challenged are more likely to anticipate and optimize both opportunities and threats.

Board roles, structure, composition, and practices are all important, but the secret advantage lies in culture and dynamics. The courageous boards that dare to ask the tough questions and see things through new and diverse lenses will be able to create innovative, strategic resolutions to age-old problems.

Join us for a highly interactive session where we will focus on how to integrate effective practices in nonprofit governance to optimize and leverage the best thinking of your board. Using actual case studies and concrete tools and practices, we will learn from other boards' experiences (both good and bad!) and apply those lessons to our own boards:

  • The impact of board size and composition on teambuilding
  • Overcoming cultural and behavioral barriers
  • Nurturing a culture of inquiry
  • Engaging detached board members
  • The role of term limits
  • Meeting practices that inspire

About the Presenter

Susan Meier brings over 27 years of governance and nonprofit experience to her work. From 2004 to 2011, Susan served as the vice president of consulting and training for BoardSource, the nation's premier governance resource for nonprofit organizations. She works collaboratively with nonprofit executives and board leadership to identify governance challenges and opportunities and to implement proven strategies to address a broad array of governance issues.

Much of Susan's work has focused on increasing board engagement, board/staff relations and leadership transitions. Specifically, she engages boards in a deeper understanding of roles and responsibilities, strategic and generative thinking, concrete ways to maximize board meetings, and addressing culture and dynamics in the boardroom. Her 13 years as a senior executive at Prevent Child Abuse America have given her concrete experience in understanding the complex and unique challenges of federated organizations and structures. Susan also has extensive experience in facilitating sensitive and important conversations and in helping boards build on their strengths to become higher performing boards.

The 2017 Board Excellence Symposium is presented in partnership with Saint Anselm College's Ethics in Governance: Stewardship and Investor Education Forum, and your contact information will be shared with Saint Anselm College.

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00 pm
Location: Saint Anselm College , Manchester
Fees: $75, $50 for additional people from the same organization

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