Course Name: Board Service Basics
Leadership Pillar: Serve your community through civic engagement.
Facilitators: Dr. Steve Swafford, IOM and Dr. Jill McCrory – Leadership Outfitters
Presented In Partnership With: Town of Vail
Format: In-Person – Colorado Mountain College (Edwards)
Dates: Two Session Dates Available (Choose One)
- Wednesday, September 28th (9:30am – 4:30pm)
- Thursday, September 29th (9:30am – 4:30pm)
Cost: $100* (VVP Members)/$150 (Public Price)
*VVP Member Non-profit organizations receive a 40% discount. Discount applies to employees of the non-profit or active board members.
- Anyone interested in joining a non-profit or other appointed board of directors
- Anyone interested in running for an elected board of directors
- Those currently serving on a board (non-profit/special district/HOA & POA/etc)
- Those currently serving on a local committee
- Elected officials
- Those who work closely with a board to achieve goals & objectives
Course Description: Are you looking for ways to serve the local community? Does board service sound appealing, but a little intimidating too? Are you new to a board of directors and aren’t quite sure what role you play? Join us for Board Service Basics – an introduction to appointed & elected board service. This course is designed to give you the knowledge and framework to effectively serve on a wide range of local boards – from non-profits to special districts and everything in between! No experience required.
- The “Nuts & Bolts” (organizational structure, governance, tax status, financial documents, Robert’s Rules of Order, etc)
- Roles & expectations of a board member
- Questions to ask when you’re approached to sit on a board of directors
- Finding your passion & strengths as they relate to board service
- Understanding communication styles, emotional intelligence and motivating factors
- Individual & organizational values
- Managing healthy conflict
- Working in and with teams
- 9:30 – 11:30am: Module 1 – Shaping Your Community Serving on a Board or Committee: A good board candidate understands how their passion and strengths can combine with an organizational mission to provide a good board experience. This segment includes basic information on organizational structure, tax-status, governance plus roles of board members and expectations of being on a board.
- 11:30am – 12:30pm: Lunch (included in registration fee)
- 12:30pm – 2:30pm: Module 2 – Developing & Refining Strategic Board Communication & Teamwork: Skilled Boards are made up of individuals who each communicate in different ways. Understanding how one’s own communication influences both harmony and conflict is important for a healthy board. It is also vital to understand the diverse thinking, process, and learning styles of those “around the table” in order to maximize strategic strengths and the human capacity of those serving on the board. You will also gain understanding of the various stages of teams and roles of leadership within those stages, working together as a team, and needs of the team.
- 2:30pm – 4:30pm: Eagle County Case Studies: Hear from local board veterans who have navigated challenging situations during their tenure on a board of directors. These discussions will be interactive and informative.