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Event Date: 02.04.2021
Part of Mass Cultural Council’s Recover, Rebuild, Renew Series
The routine of board membership, including regular in-person meetings and collegial interaction at events, is a fixed part of the culture of most nonprofits. This year, public health concerns have limited or prohibited in-person participation at precisely the moment when board engagement is the most crucial. This 1.5 hour webinar will consider both formal and informal strategies to ensure that board members working remotely not only receive all the information necessary to do their work, but also maintain a personal sense of engagement with the organization, its community, and its mission. Discussion will include roles for executive staff who may be working remotely and with minimal staff; special circumstances board and staff members may be dealing with, such as loss of childcare or changes in their own employment; free online tools that may help, not overwhelm, board members; and suggestions for ways to make the most of online board meeting time.
Outcomes: At the conclusion of this session, organizational leaders will be familiar with multiple options that will enable the board’s work to be done remotely, foster a strong sense of community, and strengthen board commitment to the organization even with challenges spurred by the pandemic.
Consulting Firm: Arts Extension Service, Amherst, MA
Content Expert: Dee Boyle-Clapp and Lisa Williams
Dee Boyle-Clapp, MFA, MNM, is the Director of the Arts Extension Service. She is a sculptor, and has taught studio, art history and arts management courses for 25 years at UMass Amherst, museum schools, and at community colleges. She is a member of the Pioneer Valley Creative Economy Network, a three-county initiative to serve artists and their creative businesses by building deeper and is a member of the Leadership Committee for MASSCreative. Dee launched the new Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative at UMass, which works to expand opportunities for area artists and students by providing internships, consulting, and artist-in- business and public art trainings, and she oversees the National Arts Policy Archive and Library which holds the collections of leading institutions and Federal agencies documenting the evolution of arts policy in the U.S. Dee joined the staff at the Arts Extension Service in 2008, and holds bachelor’s degrees in art and art history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an MFA in sculpture from UMass Amherst, and a Master’s in Non-profit Management from Regis University, Denver.
Lisa Williams, M.A., M.S., helps nonprofit organizations to define and achieve their visions. She entered fundraising in the pre-internet 1980’s as one of the pioneers in online prospect research, and later led development efforts for several organizations of national stature, including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Ballet, and the Agnes Irwin School. After serving as Vice President of a major international consulting firm, Lisa co-founded Chanticleer Consulting to serve nonprofits in a more flexible, creative, and client-focused way. Co-author of Building Strong Nonprofits: New Strategies for Growth and Sustainability, she has given seminars and workshops to countless audiences around the country on various aspects of organizational development, fund development, and communications. She is a graduate of Williams College, and holds graduate degrees from New York University, Columbia University, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Management from the University of Chicago.
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