The On Board conference is organized to speak to varying levels of professional expertise and present solutions and best practices for issues common among nonprofit organizations and their boards.
On Board 2017 will be held on April 7, 2017.
To help guide your decisions about which sessions to register for, you can filter the On Board schedule on this page by clicking on the options below to see which sessions during each time are best suited for specific audiences.
Join Susan L. Axelrod, LAB ’70, MBA ’82, founding chair of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), for a keynote address moderated by Hal Weitzman, executive director for intellectual capital and adjunct assistant professor of behavioral science at Chicago Booth.
Booth in the Board Room: How the Free Market Changed Food Banking
Join Chicago Booth professor Canice Prendergast for a lecture on his work with Feeding America to improve efficiency in food allocation and maximize the number of clients being fed.
Canice Prendergast, W. Allen Wallis Professor of Economics, Chicago Booth
Getting Paid: Staff Compensation at Nonprofits
With budget constraints and pressure to keep overhead low, it can feel like a losing battle trying to offer competitive salaries needed to retain high-performing staff. In this fireside chat, join a nonprofit director, a recruiter, and an expert on careers for insights into the world of staff compensation. We will discuss ways to recruit, recognize, and retain employees while balancing administrative costs.
Susan Kelly, ’96, Director, The Art of Youth Foundation
Alison Ranney, LAB ’86, MBA ’96, JD ’96, Managing Director at Koya Leadership Partners
Stephanie O'Connor, ’04, Senior Director, Employer Relations, Chicago Booth
Keys to Evolving Your Board: Driving long-term success
One of the most important—and toughest—things a nonprofit board can do is to be aware of the need to adjust structurally in response to the changing needs of the organization. Join a panel of nonprofit leaders to learn how to recognize the life stages of your board and how to guide it from founding board to fundraising board, advisory board to strategic board, and when and how to start a junior or associate board for your organization.
Jim Parsons, President, The Brinson Foundations
John Rogers, LAB ’76, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ariel Investments
Roxanne Martino, ’88, Managing Partner, OCEANM19
Robert H. Gertner, Deputy Dean for Faculty; Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance, and John Edwardson Faculty Director of the Social Enterprise Initiative, Chicago Booth
Conference-Wide Lunch and Nonprofit Networking Fair
Take a break from sessions and join us for lunch at the Nonprofit Networking Fair. The fair makes it easy for Chicago-area nonprofits to connect with Chicago Booth alumni and students looking for board positions and other volunteer roles. Held over the lunch hour, the fair enables attendees to discover organizations working on a range of social issues and with a variety of opportunities to get involved.
If you are representing a nonprofit and would like to express interest in having a table at the fair, please sign up via the registration form on CVent.
Networking Lunch: Board Presidents and Board Chairs
This small group lunch is intended for currently serving nonprofit board presidents and board chairs.
Networking Lunch: Junior/Associate Boards
This small group lunch is intended for those currently serving on a nonprofit junior/associate board. This lunch is hosted by the All A-Board Alliance and facilitated by Carolyn Bishop and Cameron Croft, members of the All A-Board Alliance Steering Committee.
Networking Lunch: Alumni from Outside Chicagoland
This small group lunch is intended for alumni attending On Board who live outside of the Chicagoland Area.
Sponsors, Friends, and Alumni Board Connect Participants Lunch
This lunch is limited to On Board sponsors and friends and participants in the 2016–17 Alumni Board Connect program.
Big Tent: Building a Culture that Promotes Diversity and Inclusion
Through this panel discussion, you will learn more about cultivating diversity and inclusion on your board. Leave with skills to empower your organization to develop processes and build a culture that promotes and values diversity and inclusion.
Michelle Bess, Talent Specialist, Sprout Special
Alex Garza, ’92 President, AGG Consulting, Inc.
Marca Bristo, President and CEO, Access Living
Tony Banout, PHD ’12, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Interfaith Youth Core
Timothy M. Russell, Chief Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer, CDK Global
Booth in the Board Room: Using Strategy to Maximize Impact
Join Professor Robert Gertner as he guides attendees through a case study on a nonprofit faced with a complex decision. Through this case, you will learn new ways to think about the board’s role in critical strategic decisions.
Speaker: Robert H. Gertner, Deputy Dean for Faculty; Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance, and John Edwardson Faculty Director of the Social Enterprise Initiative, Chicago Booth
Casting a Wide Net: Using your network to fundraise and recruit volunteers
Supporting your organization financially and connecting it to great volunteers are key components of board service. By learning how to effectively leverage your network, you can become a valuable asset to your nonprofit and further its impact in the social sector. In this discussion, pick up key tips and tools to fundraise and recruit volunteers for your organization.
Karen Case, ’86, President of Commercial Real Estate, The Private Bank
Asaf Bar-Tura, Director, Posse Chicago, The Posse Foundation
Ally Batty, Associate Director, Social Enterprise Initiative, Chicago Booth
Crafting Your Brand: Guiding how others see your nonprofit
In this session, you will learn how to move beyond a typical mission statement to crafting a powerful mission that drives your organization's brand. With your mission and brand in place, you can leverage the power of content strategy to create a communications-centric culture. You'll leave this session equipped with content strategy tools and insights you can start implementing at your next board meeting.
Bridgett Colling, Digital Marketing Project Manager, See3 Communications
Nancy Goldstein, Founder and Chief Strategist, Compass(x) Strategy
Getting on Board: Finding and joining the "right" board
Get started by coming up with your nonprofit board search strategy. In this interactive workshop, you will explore different types of organizations and boards, how to narrow down your passions, how to find opportunities, how to approach and introduce yourself to an organization, and what diligence questions to ask before joining a board. Leave with a to-do list and strategic plan to start your search for a fulfilling and worthwhile nonprofit board experience.
Judy Maley, LAB '78, MBA '84, Social Enterprise Advisor
Gayle Haller, '87, Senior Vice President of Arts and Culture, National Executive Service Corps.
Board 101: Nonprofit Financials, Board Member Roles, and Legal Responsibility
Welcome to the world of nonprofit board service (no experience required)! Join us for a crash course in nonprofit financial statements and the legal issues often facing nonprofit organizations. This discussion will demystify nonprofit board service and answer all of your burning questions.
Speaker: Caroline Grossman, ’03, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Social Enterprise Initiative, and Adjunct Asst. Prof. of Strategy, Chicago Booth
Booth in the Board Room: Good Marketer, Good Fundraiser
Join Chicago Booth professor Oleg Urminsky for a look how marketing principles can be applied to fundraising. Research by Professor Urminsky suggests that how you frame the ask can make all the difference in whether—and how much—people give.
Oleg Urminsky, Professor of Marketing and True North Communications, Inc. Faculty Scholar, Chicago Booth
Lightning Talks: Founder Stories
Hear from four social impact sector leaders on the stories behind the launch of their organizations. You’ll leave with insights on what worked and what didn’t when they embarked on founding their own organizations.
Kelly Lambrinatos, Current Student, Chicago Booth; Cofounder and Executive Director, VOCEL
Demond Drummer, Executive Director, CoderSpace
Todd Connor, ’07, CEO, Bunker Labs
Kelly Fair, Founder, Polished Pebbles
Cortney Robinson, Assistant Director of Programming, Social Enterprise Initiative, Chicago Booth
Missing dimensions of diversity: How disability inclusion strengthens organizations
In this discussion, you’ll learn some of the benefits and challenges to becoming a truly inclusive organization. Chicago Community Trust (CCT) President and CEO Terry Mazany and other leaders will share how having board leadership passionate about inclusion for all forms of diversity has propelled a commitment to become inclusive and accessible across the organization. The growing disability population represents a global consumer market and inclusive organizations have access to an untapped source of talent, creativity, and innovation. You’ll leave this session with ideas about how to ensure that disability inclusion is part of your organization's agenda.
Andrés J. Gallegos, Attorney, Robbins, Salomon and Patt, Ltd.
Terry Mazany, Chicago Community Trust (CCT) President and CEO
Karen Tamley, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
Quantifying Success: Data, Metrics, and Analytics
Explore various means of implementing data and other quantitative metrics into your board room discussion. Leave with a better understanding of data collection and effective metrics that can help you quantify your nonprofit’s success.
Speaker: Matt Gee, MPP ’12, Co-Founder and CEO, Impact Lab
View from the Board Room: The Dos and Don'ts to being an effective board member
Curious about what makes effective board members successful? In this candid discussion with the individuals behind leading nonprofits, you’ll get tips and insights on how you can work effectively with your fellow board members. Leave with a better understanding of what it takes to communicate clearly, work in a team, and make compromises in order to maximize your board’s success.
Peter Philpott, ’93, Vice President, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Jennifer Montague, LAB ’87, MBA ’97, Director of Strategy and Technology, ComEd
David Kircheimer, ’78, Chief Financial Officer, Oaktree Capital Management
Susan Chamberlin, ’13, Principal Gift Officer, Chicago Booth
Booth in the Board Room: Flipping the Volunteerism Switch
What motivates volunteers to enlist in a cause? That question leads Chicago Booth professor George Wu to the intersection of economics and psychology, where he researches why people spend their resources (including time and money) the way they do. Join Professor Wu to learn about his work on what motivates volunteers and get ideas to deeply engage your board and other volunteers in a lasting way.
Presenter: George Wu, John P. and Lillian A. Gould Professor of Behavioral Science, Chicago Booth
Designing a Rigorous Board Culture
As it is with any team, the social norms and tacit rules governing a board can determine how well it performs. The solution? Proactively engage board norms and make them a living element of every meeting and board activity. In this session, attendees will learn a framework, a powerful feedback process, and one rule to never forget.
Will Gossin, Senior Associate Director, Social Enterprise Initiative, Chicago Booth
Lightning Talks: Big ideas from nonprofit innovators
In this unique session, you will learn about some of the big ideas, new models, and reimagined tools making waves in the nonprofit world. Four social impact sector leaders will tell their stories, sharing what worked and what didn’t when they innovated at their organizations.
Eric Weinheimer, ’94, President and CEO, Forefront
Mark D. Trembacki, ’85, Principal, Risk Management Levers, Inc.
Sonya Anderson, Senior Vice President for Storytelling and Development, Leading Educators
Gloria Perez, President and CEO, Jeremiah Program
Timothy State, Director, Alumni Relations – Americas and Reunions, Chicago Booth
Mastering the Ask: Fundraising tips for board members and nonprofit professionals
While fundraising is among every board member’s responsibilities, it can seem intimidating. In this essential session for board members and nonprofit professionals, you will get a crash course in raising money and will learn to master "the ask." At the end of this interactive workshop, you will be equipped with practical tools to help you achieve your fundraising goals. This workshop also is designed to offer tips for nonprofit professionals on training their board members to fund raise most effectively.
Speaker: Margie Devine, Fundraising Consultant, DeVine Consulting, LLC
The Critical First Months: How to find, develop, and integrate new board members
Nonprofit organizations list board recruitment, retention, and training as three of the biggest things holding them back from being most effective. How board members are introduced and integrated into an organization can play a crucial role in their impact for the nonprofit, and many organizations are struggling with these processes. This session will give you tips and tools to improve your organization’s board development strategy.
Shaun Considine, ’96, Founder, Command Performance Coaching
Chris Broughton, Executive Director, Bottom Line-Chicago
Debbie M. Chizewer Board Chair, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Christina Hachikian, AB '02, MBA '07, Executive Director, Social Enterprise Initiative
Celebrate another great On Board conference with snacks and drinks at this year's networking reception. This is a good opportunity to connect with new friends and contacts one last time at the conference.