This course offers students the opportunity to investigate the structure of effective for-profit and not-for-profit boards. Students will draw upon knowledge and experience to investigate the principles of board governance, the differences and similarities in the structures of for-profit and not-for-profit boards, the roles and responsibilities of board leaders and members and the importance of diversity on boards. In addition, methodology for effective and productive board meetings, as well as strategies for establishing goals centered on organizational mission will be discovered. Students will focus on the integral nature of effective collaboration. Strategies for effectively working with volunteers will also be explored.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Compare and contrast contemporary theory with “real-world” practice in relation to organizational boards of directors.
  2. Discuss concepts of Servant, Collaborative, and Transformational Leadership in relation to organizational board efforts.
  3. Identify tools and techniques that enhance: selection of board members, development of unified board mission, orientation of new board members, communication with boards, and advocacy to board members (lobbying).
  4. Apply best practices for soliciting and managing several aspects of volunteer work (e.g., recruitment, screening, orientation, recognition, involvement with the mission, etc.).
  5. Apply best practices for community outreach, while considering the dynamics of the organization (e.g., marketing, publicity, etc.) and community engagement in the organization’s mission.

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