Effective Leadership: Utilizing Individual Strengths
Precious Williams Owodunni
The most effective teams - including boards, management teams, and project teams -leverage each member’s talents. According to Gallup studies, absent a strengths focus, engagement averages a dismal 1 in 11 (9 percent) Conversely, when leaders focus on strengths, the odds of engagement soar to almost 73 percent. Led by Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Ms. Williams Owodunni, the "Strengths-Based Leadership" breakout session employs Gallup's StrengthsFinder tool to help leaders determine ways to leverage the unique talents of each team member and to build a strengths-based organizational culture. Attendees will gain an understanding of their unique strengths, key team dynamics, and practical action items a group can implement right away to maximize its collective strengths. You will leave this session with concrete next steps to enhance the performance and culture of their boards and organizations.
The Why and How of Planned Giving
Cindy Atmar, CFRE
Every nonprofit with a long-term vision can, and should, secure future support from its current individual donors. Many "ordinary" annual donors can and will make extraordinary gifts in the latter stages of their lifetimes. This is true for any size organization with any size budget. Get ready to learn why and how to establish a successful planned giving program with a minimal budget n this highly interactive workshop.
The Pitfalls of a Bored Board and the Value in Anticipating and Instigating Change
Winston Churchill once said, "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” Although change can seem daunting, it is our responsibility to prepare staff members and leaders of our organization for the inevitable. Planning for and introducing change can be what is needed to invigorate an organization or a board that has become complacent. This session faces the topic of preparing for anticipated and unexpected leadership changes, while also introducing change to prevent your organization from becoming stagnant.
Consider an Interim Executive During Leadership Transition of CEO, CFO, or CDO
Are you anticipating a change in leadership? Do you have a plan in place in the event of a leadership transition? Finding the right fit for a permanent leadership position can take much longer than expected, and engaging an interim is more than just hiring someone to keep the “trains running.” This transition period is an opportunity to gain a fresh perspective, contemporize and consider a range of scenarios all while doing business as usual. By the end of this session, have a concrete understanding of what your organization should consider before filling a permanent or temporary leadership position and the possibility of positive changes when you decide to utilize an interim.
Beyond the Numbers: The Art of Financial Storytelling
Kay Walther, CPA and Barbara Murphy, CPA
It is essential for an organization’s board to have a complete understanding of an organization’s financial story through its publicly available financial reports such as audited statements and 990 reporting. This session focuses on financial statement reporting requirements for nonprofits, financial red flags and identifiers of an organization’s financial health. This includes increased transparency, operating liquidity and telling your mission story. Learn how the 990 tax return can be enhanced to provide mission data such as stewardship and management efforts. Lastly, you will receive an update regarding the impact on nonprofits of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.
A Framework for Governance: How Choosing the Right Chair Drives the Work of the Board
Ronnie Hagerty, CFRE and Leslie Wang
How do you choose a board chair? Research shows that the selection of this position can determine the ultimate success of a nonprofit. Intentional, strategic succession planning for the board chair is a key component to that success. In this session, learn the qualities that are essential for an effective board chair; determine the key differences between a chair’s role and that of an individual board member; and understand how defining the relationship between the board chair and nonprofit CEO can lead to a functional and successful organization. You will leave this session with clear next steps for creating your board chair succession plan.
The Promise and Peril of Public-Private Partnerships: How Houston Has Leveraged Public-Private Partnerships to Tackle Complex Problems
Moderator: Elizabeth Love
Panelists: Deborah Lugo, Kelly Sowards Opot, Anne Culver
Public-private partnerships have the potential to create systemic change and deliver regional impact by bringing together funders, community leaders and elected officials around a common goal and the promise of long-term sustainability. But, how do you know when the conditions are right for such a partnership? And how do you make them work? Elizabeth Love, senior program officer at Houston Endowment, will facilitate a conversation about the inspiration, development and implementation of three key initiatives in Houston that were made possible through public-private partnerships. She will be joined by Deborah Lugo, executive director of Arts Connect; Anne Culver, president of Scenic Houston; and Kelly Opot, executive director of the Harris County Youth Collective.