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On Board 2017 Agenda

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.

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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.

Keynote Address 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
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Keynote Address

 

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.

Concurrent Sessions, 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
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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.

Speaker:
Canice Prendergast, W. Allen Wallis Professor of Economics, Chicago Booth

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
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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.

Speakers:
Susan Kelly, ’96, Director, The Art of Youth Foundation
Alison Ranney, LAB ’86, MBA ’96, JD ’96, Managing Director at Koya Leadership Partners

Moderator:
Stephanie O'Connor, ’04, Senior Director, Employer Relations, Chicago Booth

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
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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.

Speakers:
Jim Parsons, President, The Brinson Foundations
John Rogers, LAB ’76, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ariel Investments
Roxanne Martino, ’88, Managing Partner, OCEANM19

Moderator:
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

Nonprofit Networking Fair and Small Group Lunches 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
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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.

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
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Networking Lunch: Board Presidents and Board Chairs

 

This small group lunch is intended for currently serving nonprofit board presidents and board chairs.

11:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m.
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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.

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
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Networking Lunch: Alumni from Outside Chicagoland

 

This small group lunch is intended for alumni attending On Board who live outside of the Chicagoland Area.

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
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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.

Concurrent Sessions, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
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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.

Speakers:
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

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
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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

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
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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.

Speakers:
Karen Case, ’86, President of Commercial Real Estate, The Private Bank
Asaf Bar-Tura, Director, Posse Chicago, The Posse Foundation

Moderator:
Ally Batty, Associate Director, Social Enterprise Initiative, Chicago Booth

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
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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.

Presenters:
Bridgett Colling, Digital Marketing Project Manager, See3 Communications
Nancy Goldstein, Founder and Chief Strategist, Compass(x) Strategy

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
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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.

Presenters:
Judy Maley, LAB '78, MBA '84, Social Enterprise Advisor
Gayle Haller, '87, Senior Vice President of Arts and Culture, National Executive Service Corps.

Concurrent Sessions, 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
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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

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
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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.

Speaker:
Oleg Urminsky, Professor of Marketing and True North Communications, Inc. Faculty Scholar, Chicago Booth


2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
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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.

Speakers:
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

Moderator:
Cortney Robinson, Assistant Director of Programming, Social Enterprise Initiative, Chicago Booth

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
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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.

Speakers:

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

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
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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

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
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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.

Speakers:
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

Moderator:
Susan Chamberlin, ’13, Principal Gift Officer, Chicago Booth

Concurrent Sessions, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
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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

 

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
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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.

Speaker:
Will Gossin, Senior Associate Director, Social Enterprise Initiative, Chicago Booth

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
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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.

Speakers:
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

Moderator:
Timothy State, Director, Alumni Relations – Americas and Reunions, Chicago Booth


3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
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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

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
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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.

Speaker:
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​

Moderator:
Christina Hachikian, AB '02, MBA '07, Executive Director, Social Enterprise Initiative

Networking Reception, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
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Networking Reception

 

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.

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.

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