Berkeley Board Fellows Professional Development Workshop for Board Members

Event: Berkeley Board Fellows Professional Development Workshop
Date: Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Location: Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

How does a board lead fundraising efforts? What are best practices of board governance? What are some effective marketing strategies for nonprofit organizations? How can a nonprofit organization use LinkedIn effectively? These were among some of the many questions discussed at the Board Fellows Organization training on Thursday, February 6th. We had 54 board members attend the workshop.

Our development coaches led discussion groups focused on building dynamic boards and strengthening one’s skill as a board member. The specific topics of discussion were fundraising, board governance/board development, marketing: telling your story/branding, strategy, and LinkedIn for Good (see presentation below). Board members were encouraged to ask questions to dig deeper into key challenges and gauge the strengths and challenges of their board and learn best practices from others.

The development coaches included:

• Colin Boyle – Deputy Director, UCSF Global Health Sciences

• Lynne La Marca Heinrich– Senior Consultant and Principal, Marts & Lundy

• Bob Miller – Entrepreneur, Experienced Board Chair

• Allison Sparks – Program Officer, Stuart Foundation

• Irvenia Waters – Leadership Development Consultant, Strategic Perspectives Consulting

• Nora Silver – Adjunct Professor and Director, Center for Nonprofit & Public Leadership

• Paul Jansen – Adjunct Professor, Haas and Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company

Board members engage in discussion with our development coaches and one another:

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Berkeley Board Fellows is an experiential learning program for MBA alumni, MBA students and other graduate students created to develop the next generation of nonprofit board leadership. Learn more about the benefits of the program and how to apply at the Berkeley Board Fellows website.

Alison Dorsey of LinkedIn for Good led this presentation on using the site for board development:


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