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ALLIANCE WORKSHOP: Nonprofit Board Governance Symposium
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ALLIANCE WORKSHOP: Nonprofit Board Governance Symposium

When: Thursday, May 24, 2018
11:30am to 4:30pm
Where: Arizona Community Foundation
2201 E. Camelback Road
Suite 405B
Phoenix, Arizona  85016
United States

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2018 Arizona Nonprofit Board Governance Symposium

Join us for the 2018 Arizona Nonprofit Board Governance Symposium which will explore the importance of effectively managing the governance responsibilities of an organization’s board, and how mismanagement can severely damage an organization's reputation.  

The symposium will educate new and experienced Board Chairs, Chairs-Elect and Executive Directors/CEOs on best practices for discharging their legal and ethical obligations, tools for developing a diverse and accomplished board, board and management interactions, and management the myriad of complex issues facing today's nonprofit directors.

The half-day session will cover the following topics, as well as feature a roundtable discussion of common scenarios and a panel where attendees can learn from the experience and knowledge of their peers. All attendees will also receive an invaluable resource packet (via thumb drive) with board templates and other important governance information. 
Topics Covered Include:
  • Introduction to Board Fiduciary Duties
  • The Duty of Loyalty and Conflicts of Interest
  • Effective Oversight of Management
  • Enhancing Board Culture and Performance
  • Protecting the Board
  • Lobbying and Advocacy
  • Introduction to Resource Materials


$49 Alliance Members, $69 Non-Members (Lunch Included)

       Please Note: This event is intended for nonprofit Executive Directors/CEO's, Board Chairs, Chair-Elect and Board Members only. 


11:30 – 12:30pm               Registration, Lunch & Networking

12:30 – 4:30pm                 Program


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Our Speakers:

Frank M. Placenti, Squire Patton Boggs (Keynote Speaker)

Frank Placenti, Partner, Chair of US Corporate Governance PracticeSquire Patton Boggs and Founder and President of the American College of Governance Counsel

Frank is nationally recognized for his work in corporate governance with over 30 years’ experience advising and serving on Boards of Directors of public and private companies as well as many of Arizona's largest nonprofit organizations. He serves as Vice Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of the American Bar Association. Frank is also the editor of The Directors Handbook, A Field Guide to 101 Situations Commonly Encountered in the Boardroom and he serves as an Adjunct Professor at The Ohio State University of College Law, where he teaches governance in the College's Distinguished Practitioner's in Residence Program. 


Kristen Merrifield, CAE, CNAP, Chief Executive Officer

Kristen Merrifield brings extensive leadership to the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits through her previous roles at the Arizona Small Business Association, the Arizona State University Foundation and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. She brings over 14 years of association and nonprofit knowledge and expertise to her role as Alliance CEO.

Kristen is an active participant in the business and nonprofit community serving as a productive member and Past President of the Arizona Society of Association Executives; member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE); member of the ASAE Public Policy Committee; and member of the National Council of Nonprofits Membership Committee. She holds a BS in Business Management from Grand Canyon University; a Certificate in Association Management from ASAE and the prestigious designation of Certified Association Executive. Kristen is also a graduate of the ASU Lodestar Center’s Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy and the ASBA Executive Business Mentoring Program. She has dedicated her career to serving others and is a respected and well-rounded leader.


Our Panel:

Ron Butler, Managing Partner - Ernst & Young (Moderator)

Becky Ballard, CEO - Rosie's House

Regina Edwards, CEO - YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix

Jesus Love, Executive Director - Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County

Paul Mulligan, President & CEO - Catholic Charities Community Services


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