Workshop - Advanced Board Leadership
The 2100 Building

Please join us for this fourth annual highly regarded session for experienced board members.

November 3 & 11, 2011
(Note: Thursday 3rd and Friday 11th)


A partnership between:
Social Venture Partners
United Way of King County and
U.W. Evans School Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy

Outstanding board members are effective individual contributors who also contribute to the performance of the entire board team.  Strong board leaders catalyze exceptional performance by the group, allowing the board—and the organization—to soar.  They also create the conditions for a resilient board—one that can effectively govern during a crisis.

A committee of seasoned nonprofit professionals searched promising practices across the country and interviewed some of our region’s most outstanding leaders to distill the key characteristics of people who consistently move their boards to higher levels of performance, achievement, and governance.  The result is an advanced course outlining and nurturing the competencies that were identified.

This course goes beyond the standard orientation to board roles and responsibilities.  In two half-day course sessions, participants will explore a variety of leadership challenges.  The sessions will cover the context of leadership; adaptive leadership; elements of effective board leadership; leading change; generative governance; effective partnerships between board members and with the organization’s CEO; and the application of concepts to participants’ specific leadership work in the community.  Course sessions will be reinforced with reading assignments.

This course is designed for people who have three to ten years experience on a nonprofit board, have taken a leadership role on a board, and have completed basic board training courses.  A desire to be more engaged, intentional, and effective as a board member is also essential.  This course is for board members only.  Enrollment is limited to 40 participants, with a maximum of four board members from any single organization.  

Trainers:  Amanda Madorno & Laura Pierce

Amanda Madorno, owner of Roam Consulting LLC, coaches and consults with executives and boards, boosting organizational and leadership performance.  Amanda speaks nationally and guest lectures at Leadership Institutes around the country and serves as lead faculty for the University of Washington’s Advanced Fundraising Management Certificate Program.  She is a preferred consulting provider to the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.  In 2007, she received the 2007 Volunteer of the Year award from United Way King County in recognition for her popular and well-received trainings and workshops.  In a former life, Amanda sang professionally.

Laura Pierce founded Laura Pierce Consulting in 1998.  She assists nonprofit clients with strategic planning, board development, and capacity building.  In addition, she has served as Interim Executive Director for seven area nonprofits.  Over the past ten years, Laura has provided consulting services for more than 100 nonprofits, including social justice, human service, advocacy, and arts organizations.  Laura also teaches nonprofit management and leadership courses at the University of Washington, both for the Evans School and the Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management.  She earned her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington in 1996.

Cost: $125 per person for this 2-day workshop.

For questions, call 206.461.5014 or email us at

Need to pay by check? Please print this form and send to United Way per instructions on form.
View our other governance trainings here.

November 3 & 11, 2011

Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2100 24th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

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