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There’s a Better Way to Educate Your Board on their Role

Transform Your Board into Champions of Leadership

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Hi, I’m Mark Buzan

I am a 3 time Executive Director, President, and nonprofit board director who has helped numerous associations grow their revenues, memberships AND build productive board cultures that support their chief staff officer.

I’m going to share with you 3 secrets about a community and impact building movement for nonprofit board directors and how you can provide a unique opportunity, as a Chief Staff Officer, to better equip your board and as a result, have them become a better boss to YOU!

Secret #1

Secret #2

Secret #3

The first thing to know is that just going to weekend retreats and having guides won’t get you all the way to your goal.

What you need to remember is that this stuff is easy to forget and it costs a lot to keep up with. This is a big deal because learning from the people you work with is actually the best. So, why not let them learn from other board members who’ve been in the same boat?

This way, they can bounce their ideas off people who’ve been there and done that!

The second secret is that even though most board members have faith in their Chief Staff Officer, they often feel a bit lost about how to be a great leader, especially since they’re just volunteering.

The key thing is they’re not around every day like you are. They do trust the team in charge, but deep down, they’d love to be sure they’re making smart choices on their own.

What it boils down to is that the top-notch leaders are the ones who really know their stuff. A lot of them worry they don’t have all the gear, the right people to talk to, or a solid group to bounce ideas off of to guide the Executive Director just right, without crossing any lines.

The third secret to get is that a lot of board training goes right over people’s heads. Most folks just want to help out and be part of something bigger.

A lot of the time, this training is just plain dull and full of jargon that’s tough to get.

What’s really important is that this kind of training focuses too much on what you’re not supposed to do, instead of what got you excited to volunteer in the first place. That’s not exactly going to light a fire under anyone.

So, what you end up with is board members who are either too caught up in the nitty-gritty details or just checked out.

Now, I know what you’re thinking...

It’s going to be really hard to get my board to agree to take training. I am pretty sure we have this covered off anyways..Well the tricky thing is that I've found that the number one reason why people step up to a board role is to be connected with others like themselves. This gives them that opportunity.


Learning ISN'T a one time affair! It's an ongoing process. This summit provides that!And so I’ve organized this three day event specifically designed to bring boards to their next level of performance where you can gently guide your board towards a higher understanding of their role and improve board engagement.

This allows you to properly train board members and give them access to resources and a community that deals with many challenges your board might face. They also can educate themselves about governance and learn about the top questions they should ask themselves before taking on a change.

If you purchase a block of tickets (or even just one for your board), and if they're/ you’re not happy or feel in anyway it wasn’t a useful exchange for your time, we’ll upgrade the whole of your board to a full membership in the Society of NonProfit Board Directors at a value of $495 …and that means access for every member of the board for a whole year! Now, depending on the size of your board, that can be worth thousands!

I honestly don’t know how much longer we’ll keep this one day event specifically designed to bring boards to their next level of performance. Prices will probably go up because we have a growing number of board directors from nonprofits around the world signing up for this conference. To make the most impact, we want to limit the number of registrants so that our experts can have one on one time with them.

We’re always here to help and I can’t tell you all the amazing results we’ve gotten for nonprofit and association leaders just like you who are struggling with getting boards to be more effective resources and leaders for Executive Directors and Chief Staff Officers. 

Here's what others board members have said about attending:

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