Event Details


The Role of the Board Chair Series

Wednesday, March 01, 02:00 PM - Wednesday, March 01, 2023, 03:00 PM
Wednesday, March 01, 2023, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Virtual Live/Online
Fee: $60 for MCN members

Whether you’re just stepping into this leadership role or are a seasoned board leader, this training will help you be more effective in your role. You’ll learn how to bring your best leaderful self to the board chair role, artfully facilitate meetings that net results, and improve the leadership work of the board as a whole.

Leading a group of governance volunteers can be challenging as well as rewarding. Serving as the chair of the board is not a role for the uninspired and undecided. In this course, participants will learn about the chair's responsibility in strengthening and improving the leadership work of the board as a whole.

This course is a great primer for new board chairs and an excellent refresher for more seasoned board members! Whether you're a current chair, chair-elect, or head up a committee, this workshop covers leadership skills every board member needs. Topics include: leadership characteristics of effective board leaders, key relationships in and out of the board room, your leadership legacy, facilitating meetings that matter, and ways to engage individual board members.

At the end, you'll have tips and tools to help you start your term with confidence and enthusiasm!

Learning Outcomes

You will leave with:

  • A better understanding of the board chair's responsibility in strengthening the work of the board as a whole.
  • Strategies that can help you lead more effectively as a board chair.
  • Ways to more effectively structure board meetings and engage individual board members at meetings.
Board members, incoming board chairs, other committee chairs, and executive directors are encouraged to attend.


All four sessions take place Wednesdays from 2 - 3 p.m. Central Time.

Part 1: What Kind of Leader are You?
, March 1, 2 - 3 p.m. CST

  • The Changing Landscape of Nonprofit Leadership – What's Important Now
  • Characteristics of Great Board Leaders – How do You Measure Up?
  • Your North Star – What Will Your Legacy Be?

Part 2: What's Your Job as Board Chair?
, March 8, 2 - 3 p.m.CST

  • Common Mistakes and Frustrations
  • The Do's and Don’t’s of Effective Chairmanship
  • How to Make the Most of Key Relationships, including the Board Chair – ED partnership

Part 3: Meetings that Matter
, March 15, 2 - 3 p.m.CST

  • The Bone structure: A Masterful Agenda, Meeting Mechanics, Strategic Information, Ways to Evaluate Meetings
  • Shaping Powerful Questions that generate great discussion

Part 4: Presiding vs Facilitating
, March 122, 2 - 3 p.m.CST

  • How to Develop Facilitative Leadership
  • Communication Tips for Effective Listeners
  • The people side of things – managing meeting dynamics and conflict


Register now via Nonprofit Association of Washington, our event partner.

Use the code MCNlearn23 to receive the member discount.

For registration assistance, contact NAW at learning@nonprofitwa.org or 855-299-2922 x108.

We are committed to making our online courses as accessible as possible to all learners. Please contact NAW with any concerns or requests.

Event Details

This event series is presented in partnership with the Nonprofit Association of Washington.

For questions, contact NAW at learning@nonprofitwa.org or 855-299-2922 x108.

All sessions will be recorded and the recording will be available to all registered participants. Participants who are unable to attend one or more of the sessions will still have access to all course materials.

Speaker Information

Amanda MadornoAmanda Madorno is an executive leadership coach, consultant, and planning facilitator who helps nonprofit leaders and their teams drive personal and organizational change. After many years in the nonprofit sector as a fundraiser and executive, Amanda began consulting in 1994 and incorporated Roam Consulting LLC in 2001. Her firm focuses on helping leaders build the skills they need to lead with excellence, successfully navigate change, and create productive teams. She believes emotional intelligence is the cornerstone of leadership excellence and is a certified EQ practitioner.

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