Nonprofit Boardcon

January 18, 2017  
Pace University
8:00AM - 5:15PM
The Collaboration of Staff and Boardroom
Event Description

On Wednesday, January 18th, New York Nonprofit Media will host Nonprofit BoardCon which will bring together board members, executive directors and other senior leaders from nonprofits across New York to discuss methods and strategies to collaborate and work together.

The event will be held at:

Pace University

3 Spruce Street

8:15 -8:45am      Networking & Registration


8:45am Welcome and Opening Remarks by Vanessa J. Herman, AVP Government & Community Relations, Pace University

9:00am Board Responsibilities 101
A non-profit’s board of directors has several important responsibilities to fulfill.  The board sets the policy, monitors operations, and acting as a public figure of the nonprofit.  This session will discuss where to begin, checklist of important tools and resources, balancing the daily and five year plan.
OO, Older Adults Technology Services
Vice President, Carriage Trade Insurance Agency
Director, Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Adelphi University
Executive Director, Nonprofit Resiliency Committee, Mayor’s Office of Contract Services
Founder and CEO, Pitch In For Baseball
9:45am Strategic Planning as Collaboration between Staff and Board
The relationship between a nonprofit’s board and its staff is so important that it can make or break an organization. A good working partnership can be a leading factor in success.   This panel will address the dynamic, ongoing learning process and the importance of following a focused strategic plan based on ongoing board and staff alliance and on continuing to listen, design, and learn.
Managing Partner OAI
VP of Business Development, DoSomething
Principal & CEO, Public Works Partners
Co-Founder and CEO, The THRIVE Network
Chief Operating Officer, Turkish Philanthropy Funds
10:30am               Networking/Break


10:50pm               Board Reporting & Best Practices
                                Closed Panel by Marks Paneth
Partner, Marks Paneth LLP
Interim Chief Executive Officer, VIP Community Services

11:35am               Best practices for the recruitment and retention of millennial board leaders
Nonprofits are often looking for ways to reach Millennials to build a future base of supporters and volunteers for their organization and its mission.  This will discuss how nonprofits can connect with the next generation of supporters through the use of social media, videoconferencing and other newer technology, by recruiting in pairs, and by taking advantage of their generation’s knowledge.
Executive Director, NYC Hospitality Alliance
Director of Development, Art in General
Director of Development Events and Engagement, Safe Horizon
Senior Compliance Associate, Trinet
12:20pm               Networking Luncheon
1:30pm                 Diversity & Inclusion in the Boardroom
Having a diverse board not only offers a variety of backgrounds, skills, and resources, but also helps in understanding the community’s needs. An inclusive board can also lead to diversity in donors and allow the organization to appeal to more grant makers.  The panel will discuss how can boards expand this conversation and include the voices that need to be at the board table.
Director of Pro Bono Programs, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
Regional Director, Manhattan Borough Centers, Community Healthcare Network
Founder & Executive Director, Community of Unity
Executive Director, Long Island Cares, Inc.
2:15pmSpecial Presentation:  Beyond the Board of Directors: Alternatives in Nonprofit Governance
Nonprofit-corporate governance is dominated by boards of directors, but a traditional board might not be the best structure (or fit) for every nonprofit, particularly organizations that want to secure roles for founders, families, or members of the community or other constituencies in their governance. Recent developments in nonprofit-corporate law (and some older, though little-used, provisions) permit a great variety of alternative governance structures—designated bodies, authorized third persons, committees, members, delegates, and designators—that can supplement or replace board governance. Use of these alternative structures can meet real governance needs of some nonprofits, but implementing alternative structures requires careful consideration, planning, and drafting.
Presented by:  Caplin & Drysdale
2:40pm                 Keeping the Board Informed
Engagement with the organization’s process and operations in terms of reporting, recruiting and accounting is an essential part of being part of a board.  It allows for good governance and ethical practice in today’s nonprofits.  The session will discuss how to monitor programs, senior staff members, and how much information sharing is enough.
Partner, SeaChange Capital Partners
Executive in Residence, AMS Solutions
CEO and Founder, JMT Consulting Group
Executive Director, Sky Light Center
Executive Director/CEO, VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
3:25pm                 Networking/Break
3:45pm                 Organizational Effectiveness
Board performance is widely recognized as a critical ingredient in a nonprofit organization’s ability to achieve impact. It is important to maximize the board and staff’s time to increase impact.  The session will examine making the big decisions and best practices for an effective board decision-making process.
Chief Financial Officer, AHRC New York City
Regional Director, National Executive Service Corps 
Director of the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College
Managing Director - Search, Transition & Planning, Raffa, PC
4:30pm                 How to Call your Board Members to Action
Ideally, nonprofits have board members who are also active and vocal advocates of their cause.  However, that is not always the case.  This session will discuss maximizing a board’s resources and best practices for marshalling a board member’s wealth, connections and skills for the organization’s benefit.
Associate Director, Cause Effective
CEO, Common Impact
Vice President of Development, The New York Foundling
5:15 pm Closing Announcements, Raffle Winners & End of Conference