It is often said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Yet that is exactly what we do with our boards. We use the same old processes to recruit, train, assess, and develop our boards but are disappointed when new board members are no more connected, influential, diverse, or committed. We have long discussions, we develop matrices, we leverage our networks, and in the end, we ask the same kinds of people to join our boards and offer them the same experiences. This session invites you to break free from that pattern! Using case studies from two recent board transformation successes at Outdoor Afro and Hispanic Access Foundation, we share best practices from the field and a board transformation planning framework that will enhance your board and generate dramatically new results for your organization. We will then lead you in an interactive workshop to create a plan to transform your board
Session Level: Basic Session Location: Marriott New Orleans Price: $150/$180
Think. Act. Lead. It seems simple enough. But recognizing the complex systems you are working in, building a dynamic network of partners capable of solving challenging problems, crafting a consensus that points your collaborators in a unified direction, and managing toward a robust and entrepreneurial response is never easy. All of this is harder, but even more necessary, in the deep inter-sector collaborations that are vital to work in the conservation lands field. Yet, we rarely consider the skills needed to create and maintain these partnerships. Most of us learn these skills by trial, error, and many times, failure. Worse, we typically stay in our self-reinforcing silos, sharing perspectives and frustrations with like-minded people, limiting our vision of what land partnerships can become. So, what do leaders need to create sustainable partnerships at the intersection of public, corporate, and nonprofit sectors that solve complex social and economic challenges? We will introduce you to a roadmap of skills, practices, and compelling examples to inspire new possibilities in partnership.
Session Level: Basic Session Location: Marriott New Orleans