1. Building Successful Chief Executive-Board Chair-Board Relationships

Building Successful Chief Executive-Board Chair-Board Relationships

Running an Under-Staffed Nonprofit: Guidance for Executive Directors Who Wear (Almost) Every Hat
Event ID: 71159
Session ID: 14133

Duration: Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Lynn Ivey, nonprofit consultant
Price: $299.00 On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? 
Executive directors, board officers, board members, senior managers, nonprofit counsel, financial officers, funders


Nonprofit boards have the ultimate responsibility for safeguarding their organization’s mission and overseeing operations. This involves a range of legal and fiduciary responsibilities, many of which are a complete mystery to board members. Chief executives have to provide a constant flow of accurate and useful information, and translate the board’s priorities into actionable steps that produce the needed results. In addition to these crucial basics, an effective relationship also involves navigating a complex mix of expectations, roles, responsibilities and accountabilities. Critical to accomplishing a great working relationship is establishing and maintaining a strong and effective board chair and chief executive partnership. If you don’t get this relationship dynamic right, you will not only undermine your mission, but you will also put your nonprofit’s very existence at risk.

Please join Lynn Ivey, nonprofit consultant, as she explains the fundamentals of successful chief executive-board chair-board relationships that contribute to achieving your nonprofit’s mission and vision, while reducing the risk for friction, missed goals, and possible legal exposure.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Understand the importance to your nonprofit for a board of directors
  • Review critical board roles, duties & responsibilities
  • Identify key roles and responsibilities for chief executives & board chairs
  • Learn strategies for right-sizing your boards and structuring for success
  • Understand special circumstances that affect your recruiting plans
  • Discover the importance of board orientation and key topics to include
  • Learn ways for chief executives and the board to develop strong and productive relationships by building trust and respect
  • Review the importance of board culture and strategies for building competency
  • Review practical tips and examples



Your conference leader for “Building Successful Chief Executive Director-Board Chair-Board Relationships” is Lynn Ivey. Ms. Ivey is a consultant to nonprofit organizations. Her nonprofit experience spans more than 20 years and includes prior nonprofit positions with healthcare, education, and family support/intervention programs. Her roles have been diverse including that of the administrator of one of South Carolina’s largest nonprofit hospice programs. In addition she has held a variety of other nonprofit positions including: director and coordinator of volunteer programs, personnel manager, social worker, and preschool director. Ms. Ivey holds licenses as a social worker and long-term care administrator. Because of her wealth of first-hand experience both in senior nonprofit executive and volunteer positions, Ms. Ivey is a sought-after speaker and has presented at many national and state conferences, and regional meetings. Ms. Ivey has also served as a clinical instructor and staff trainer. Ms. Ivey also has a wealth of experience as a volunteer. Her volunteer experiences include: women’s shelters, a theater company, U.S. Navy Family Service Center, and scouting. Most recently she has held volunteer positions serving on the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals CEO Steering Committee, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Cancer Control Advisory Committee, South Carolina Association of Residential Care Homes Board of Directors, to mention only a few.

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