Chicago Booth

On Board 2017

The 2017 On Board conference on nonprofit board service brought together business leaders, Booth students and alumni, and nonprofit executive directors and board presidents to network and discuss best practices in nonprofit board service.

Hosted by Chicago Booth's Social Enterprise Initiative, On Board is organized to speak to varying levels of professional expertise and present solutions and best practices for issues common among nonprofit organizations and their associated boards of directors.

At the 2017 On Board conference, we brought back immensely popular sessions on topics including: identifying right-fit board opportunities, building a strong nonprofit brand, and shoring up strategic and financial processes.

On Board 2017 highlights:

  • Office Hours, which give nonprofit representatives the opportunity to schedule free 15-minute consultations with accountant Desmond & Ahern and law firm Quarles & Brady.

  • Booth in the Boardroom sessions, during which Booth professors share insights into how research and other academic tools can be applied in the nonprofit sector. Topics to be covered include how marketing can better inform fundraising and what motivates volunteers to enlist in a cause.

  • A bigger and better Nonprofit Networking Fair at which nonprofits and attendees can connect to share open board opportunities and other ways to engage.


Understanding social sector dynamics. Educating leaders. Supporting social impact.

The Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business supports the aspirations of students and alumni to impact societal issues and furthers research on how institutions help solve social problems. Through ongoing curricular development, alumni and student programming, and support of faculty pursuits, SEI builds on Chicago Booth's commitment to rigorous analysis and its discipline-based approach to understanding organizations, markets, and policy.

© 2017 Chicago Booth: Social Enterprise Initiative