Being a board chair can be a rewarding and challenging experience. As board chair, you are charged with managing the board, building an effective relationship with your Executive Director, providing strategic leadership to the organization and more. With all these responsibilities the role can feel overwhelming at times, but don’t despair.
Our Board Chair Essentials workshops will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to be a more effective board chair. Attend this workshop and you will:
- Gain confidence and feel more comfortable in your role as Board Chair
- Get the tools you need to navigate your relationship with the Executive Director and other Board Members
- Understand ways to effectively use an Executive Committee
- Feel confident leading effective board meetings
- Learn how to create and monitor board goals
This workshop is for new and current board chairs, and is not intended for staff.
A light dinner will be provided
Please arrive for 4:15 pm to register. The workshop will start promptly at 4:30 pm.
DEBRA HERTZ is Managing Director of The Strategy Group, a strategic advisory firm that works to help strengthen the impact of non-profits and private foundations. The firm works with organizations on issues related to planning, leadership training, merger negotiations and integration, and organizational effectiveness. She brings extensive work serving on and chairing boards. Most recently, she served as Chair of the Board of Liberation Programs, Inc., a substance abuse treatment agency serving Fairfield County. Her other current volunteer work includes serving as chair of the Darien Human Services Commission and on the Board of Directors of Achievement First Bridgeport Academy. In addition to her consulting work and volunteer service, Debra teaches in the Graduate School of Social Services at Fordham University. Prior to opening The Strategy Group, Debra served as Executive Director of the William Pitt Foundation, a private foundation that focuses on education for low-income youth. Previously she served in several executive positions at a non-profit agency in Stamford, CT serving families and women who are homeless, persons with HIV/AIDS, and individuals with mental illness. Debra received her Ph.D. and Master of Social Work from Fordham University and her B.A. in International Relational and Latin American Studies from American University.