July 2017
Building a Better Board - Keys to Success

July 25, 2017  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Building a Better Board - Keys to Success
with Scott Heyman

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fee $70, includes nutritious snacks and drinks

Borg Warner Conference Room, Tompkins County Public Library
E. Green St. at S. Cayuga St., Ithaca (driving and access directions below)
Presented by the Human Services Coalition
Co-sponsored by the Tompkins County Public Library

Take your Board beyond the basics!

Training for Boards of Directors tends to be mostly about “What Is the Board’s Role?” There are good reasons for this – Boards very frequently “micro-manage” the staff. Just as often they abdicate their responsibilities and let the chief executive run the show.

But the presenter of this workshop believes that Tompkins Boards mostly understand this. They know their job is to build a strong roster of members, give clear direction to the chief executive, hold that person accountable, and help out as fundraisers and ambassadors. But they struggle with execution – with making these things happen.

This workshop is a practical guide to Board success. Very little time is spent on theory or psychology. Attendees will leave knowing exactly the steps they need to take to build a solid foundation for Board success.

  • Are you frustrated that your Board doesn’t step up and help to raise money? They would – if you knew what to say to them.
  • Do your meetings drift from one verbal report to another? They don’t have to.
  • Do you want to know what you must do to recruit and keep Board leaders who embody our community’s diversity? Competition for those leaders is intense.
  • Has it been a long time since you provided your chief executive with a meaningful performance review? How can you know how to do that? Or find the time?

Experienced, new, and yet-to-be Board chairs and chief executives will hear about and discuss the eight steps that any Board can, and must, take to become effective and engaged. If you have never heard the words “This is the best Board I ever served on” - you could!

The session will not enable your Board to know the right action to take, the right chief executive to hire, or the risks to take or avoid. But it will give you the organizational base you must have to improve your likelihood of making sound decisions - and of making your members feel their dedicated service is being well used.

Registration and Payment
Register online at If you are unable to register and pay online Please call 607-273-8686 or email

Cancellation Policy
All registration sales are final. At times a workshop may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other issues. If this occurs, we will post the cancellation on our, email all registered participants, and refund any prepaid fees. If you plan to walk-in, please check our website for the most up-to-date information prior to attending.

Limited scholarships are available to agencies whose board and staff members cannot attend without one. To request a scholarship, email

Coffee, other drinks, and snacks are provided at all workshops; lunch is not provided. Attendees at sessions in the Borg Warner Room may leave and eat lunch on the Ithaca Commons.

Special Needs
Please notify us if you have any special needs; the Coalition wishes to make its workshops accessible to everyone.

For the comfort of everyone, HSC workshops are fragrance-free.  We appreciate your cooperation.

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