Strengthening Nonprofit Board Leadership, Governance, and Accountability

Location: Hodges University Naples Campus, Stock Building

About This Event

Audience: Board members and executive directors as a team

Cost: $300 for the initial organization’s/participant’s registration; $50 for each additional attendee from the same organization.

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Schedule: Coffee and registration 8:00 a.m.; program begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Lunch is provided.

Description: A strong and effective partnership must exist between the board and the executive director to insure mission fulfillment, strategic achievements and the implementation of accountability standards. Attendees will learn the unique governance needs of nonprofit boards. This course is designed to ensure existing and new boards get the fundamentals right. Together, participants will explore the role of the board as a whole, as well as how individuals can utilize their skills and experiences to further the organization’s mission. The result is a clear roadmap to build proper governance efficacy, code of conduct, committee charters and a robust partnership with the executive director.

The session is designed for a combination of newly appointed and experienced executive directors and board members and is most effective when both attend together. This session is essential for new or first-year board members and is appropriate for returning directors who want an update.

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will understand:

  • Board structure, functions and composition.
  • The relationship of the board to organizational/executive director’s performance.
  • Fiduciary, strategic and generative governance.
  • Common problems and issues in nonprofit governance—short and long-term perspectives.
  • How to improve board performance.

Certification: 6.5 CFRE points are approved for this session.  CFRE Logo

Speaker: Mina Merkel, International Consultant
Mina Merkel consults in both private and public sectors in governance and institutional strategic planning; specializing in executive coaching, change management, organizational and leadership development, value stream mapping, training and mentoring programs for boards, leaders, employees, students, parents, faculty and administration.

She lived and worked for General Motors in Europe, Asia and South America for more than 20 years and was responsible for large scale, high risk, strategic projects that increased leadership’s effectiveness, lean processing and empowering people in more than 55 countries.

A native of Naples, Florida, Merkel designed and facilitated governance conferences for scores of national and international nonprofit agencies. Her trademark approach is bound by knowledge, wisdom, warmth and a practical understanding of nonprofit organizations. A highly respected speaker throughout the United States, she has consulted with the Association of American Schools in Brazil, the Association for American Schools in South America (AASSA) and the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS).  

For more information, please contact Dr. Noreen Thomas at (239) 405-7687 or  


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