Board Development: Sustainable & Strong

Build a strong, diverse board that can lead in challenging times.

About this event

Boards and their members are being asked lead in new ways during these tumultuous times. Addressing challenges that test the board, the board/executive director relationship, and the board members’ engagement, executive directors need to work differently because the quality of board engagement during a crisis affects how the board will perform in the future. Though recruitment is always critical, organizations must consider how to leverage the strengths of the current board members while identifying future leaders that will help meet the organization’s needs.

Executive directors and board members will come away with specific tactics to implement immediately and strategies for longer-term success.

Seminar topics will include:

  • Understanding board responsibilities
  • Creating meaningful engagement for board members
  • Positioning your board for the future
  • Creating a diverse and inclusive board
  • Engaging board members effectively in fundraising

Who Should Attend: Board members or trustees of 501(c)(3) nonprofits, nonprofit executives, and others who work closely with boards and board officers such as chair, treasurer, or secretary.

Registration Fee:

  • Early Bird : $75 (ends on 4/26)
  • General Admission: $99


If you are a CNM Member or Scholarship Recipient, please send an email to [email protected] to receive your discount code.

Virtual Seminar

Optimized for the virtual environment, this ½ day seminar will consist of presentations, group discussions, breakout group sessions, polls and short breaks. This is an opportunity to do a deep dive on a new topic and leave with tools that you can put in to practice immediately.


Leslie Robin – Senior Strategist, Center for Nonprofit Management

Leslie Robin is a coach, consultant, and trainer with over 30 years of expertise in the nonprofit philanthropic field at the local and national levels. At CNM, Leslie utilizes her consulting, training, and executive coaching skills to support the nonprofit industry and its leaders to address emerging issues. Leslie oversees CNM Leadership Development programs to equip managers and leaders with the skills necessary to lead a diverse and changing workplace. She is a trailblazer in fostering change and meeting social and community needs through strategic planning, board and leadership planning, and organizational development. Her all-encompassing nonprofit experience includes organizations in the arts, education, Jewish communal, environmental, public safety, and health agencies. Leslie is a member of the Association of Talent Development (ATD) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Leslie holds a Master’s in Urban Planning from the School of Public Administration of New York University and a B.S. in Business Administration from UC Berkeley, she is a Certified Governance Trainer for BoardSource, and an Associate Certified Board with the International Coach Federation. Her other involvement includes being a Visiting Lecturer at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles.


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