1. Ensuring Strong & Effective Leadership: Best Practices for Selecting, Evaluating & Supporting Chief Executives

Ensuring Strong & Effective Leadership: Best Practices for Selecting, Evaluating & Supporting Chief Executives

Ensuring Strong & Effective Leadership: Best Practices for Selecting, Evaluating & Supporting Chief Executives
Event ID: 40039
Session ID: 13945

Duration: 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? Board officers, board members, development staff, CEOs, executive directors, HR managers, program managers, supervisors, department heads, outreach & education managers

While nonprofits vary in size, mission and complexity, one of the most important tasks for all nonprofit boards is hiring and supervising a skilled chief executive. The chief executive (whether called the CEO, executive director, administrator or another title), is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations, effectively planning for the future, ensuring quality programming, and ultimately achieving the strategic goals necessary for fulfilling the mission within the budget constraints. While hiring and supervising a chief executive seems a fairly straightforward concept, many boards struggle with this aspect to the point of avoiding it altogether. Organizations that fail to address this critical process face serious consequences in effectiveness, reputation, and relationships with their community. So how does a nonprofit ensure they have an effective process that takes into account such complexities as boards whose members change every few years, changing environmental factors, and board-chief executive roles that evolve over time?

Please join Lynn Ivey, nonprofit consultant, as she outlines best practices for selecting, evaluating, and supporting chief executives, as well as planning for succession events. Learn how to build better partnerships between the board and chief executive, ensure accountability, and address concerns. Armed with these practical tips and methods your organization will be better prepared to carry out its responsibilities and build for a stronger future.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Key aspects needed for an effective partnership between the board and chief executive
  • Key chief executive roles and responsibilities and how to avoid board “micromanagement”
  • Ways to design an effective hiring and selection process
  • How to set clear job expectations and goals
  • Steps for an effective assessment process
  • Ways to support and encourage chief executives to strengthen their skills
  • Ways to address performance concerns
  • Ways to develop trust between the board chair and chief executive
  • Ways to plan for succession events
  • Sample forms to jumpstart your process
  • Practical tips, examples and real life scenarios


Your conference leader for “Ensuring Strong & Effective Leadership: Best Practices for Selecting, Evaluating & Supporting Chief Executives” is Lynn Ivey. Lynn is a consultant, trainer and speaker for nonprofits throughout the US. Her nonprofit experience spans more than 20 years and includes senior executive and leadership positions with healthcare, education, and family support/intervention programs. Her roles have been diverse including: administrator of one of South Carolina’s largest nonprofit hospice programs, director and coordinator of volunteer programs, personnel manager, social worker, staff trainer, clinical instructor, and preschool director. Lynn is a licensed social worker and long-term care administrator with a strong passion for building stronger communities. Because of her wealth of first-hand experience, both in senior nonprofit executive and volunteer positions, she is a sought-after speaker and has been invited to present at national, state and regional events and conferences. In addition to her professional work, she also has a wealth of volunteer experience including: women’s shelters, a theater company, U.S. Navy Family Service Center, and scouting. She has also 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, and the South Carolina Association of Residential Care Homes Board of Directors, to mention only a few.

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