Event Details


Board Training Series: Models of Governance

Wednesday, August 04, 03:30 PM - Wednesday, August 04, 2021, 05:00 PM
Wednesday, August 04, 2021, 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Fee: $45 for MCN members / $65 for nonmembers
Great boards don’t happen by accident. It takes vision, planning, training, structure, tools, technology, passion, and dedication to create a high-impact board. In this session, the presenter will lead nonprofit board members through an educational training on effective models of nonprofit governance. This workshop is great for current and future board members, along with nonprofit staff who work with boards. 

Topics include: 
  • Define “Governance” what it means to be on a nonprofit board 
  • Develop a shared understanding of roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board member 
  • Learn the characteristics of a high-impact board 
  • Understand various types of board: working board, managing board, policy board, ratifying board, and a failing board 

Event Details

MCN strives to support the learning and growth of the next generation of nonprofit leaders through relevant skill- and vision-building programs that center equity and justice and address historical barriers to participating and leading in the nonprofit sector. In this context, we are offering a limited number of sponsored, free registrations to individuals who have never or are not currently serving on a board of directors. BIPOC and historically underrepresented individuals are encouraged to submit a request. Free registrations will be on a first come, first served basis. Please email Dr. Bradley Wolfe at bwolfe@minnesotanonprofits.org to submit your request to attend the series for free. 

This event will have AI captions via Zoom’s transcription function. Please note that these captions are automatically generated by the computer software and may not always accurately transcribe what is said. If you need professional captioning, or have another accessibility accommodation, please email MCN’s program assistant with your request at least two weeks prior to the start of the event. Although we will attempt to meet all accessibility requests, late request may not be fulfilled.

Speaker Information

JSawyer HeadshotJennifer Rajala Sawyer is a business entrepreneur, Partner and Founder of BoardBOS and Rebound Partners. Rebound Partners is an Investment Management and Services company for real estate, hospitality hotels & restaurants, manufacturing and banking. BoardBOS is a board governance consulting and technology company offering board operating tools, educational training and technology systems. Jennifer is dedicated to powering up boards by engaging, educating and empowering board members and executive leadership teams.

Jennifer specializes in three key areas: board governance, strategic planning and leadership development for nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses. She has been trained as a certified executive business coach, a certified Mastermind facilitator, and an expert in the EOS Traction Strategic Planning system.  

Jennifer is currently a Board Member of Merchants Financial Bank in Winona, MN, serving on board Governance and Personnel Committees. She is also a board member and governance chair of Northfield Shares Community Foundation. She is a founding board member of Northfield Area YMCA, Past Board Chair of Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, and has served on numerous nonprofit boards including St. Olaf Alumni Board, Junior League of Minneapolis,  Northfield Arts Guild, WINGS,  5th Bridge, and Bethel Lutheran Church.

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