1. Successful Executive Director-Board Relationship: How to Reduce Legal Risks & Fulfill Fiduciary Responsibilities and Achieve Your Mission

Successful Executive Director-Board Relationship: How to Reduce Legal Risks & Fulfill Fiduciary Responsibilities and Achieve Your Mission

Successful Executive Director-Board Relationship: How to Reduce Legal Risks & Fulfill Fiduciary Responsibilities and Achieve Your Mission
Event ID: 18639

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): John Bradley, attorney at law, and 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 members, nonprofit counsel, financial officers

Nonprofit boards have the ultimate responsibility for their organization’s mission, including legal and fiduciary responsibilities. From their very first day on the job, the relationship between nonprofit executive directors and their boards is critically important. Understanding roles, responsibilities and accountabilities is crucial for every executive director, as is establishing and maintaining a strong and effective partnership. Not getting it right can not only undermine your mission, but can also result in legal risk and possible liability. Please join John Bradley, attorney-at-law, and Lynn Ivey, nonprofit consultant, as they explain the fundamentals of successful executive director-board relationships which contribute to achieving the nonprofit’s mission while reducing the risk for friction and possible legal exposure.


Just a sampling of the many practical tips you’ll take away:

  • The legal, ethical and practical reasons why an active and engaged board of directors is crucial
  • Roles, responsibilities and duties of nonprofit board members
  • The “3 Hats” worn by board members during their term of service
  • Factors to consider for right-sizing and structuring effective boards
  • Strategies for recruiting the board members needed to fulfill the mission
  • Methods to equip board members for success and build shared knowledge and cohesiveness
  • Developing strong Executive Director – Board partnerships based on a shared vision
  • Key considerations for Executive Directors for working with their boards
  • Aligning the work of the Executive Director and Board to increase efficiency and reduce conflict
  • Success tips for new Executive Directors


Your conference leaders for “Successful Executive Director-Board Relationship: How to Reduce Legal Risks & Fulfill Fiduciary Responsibilities and Achieve Your Mission” are John Bradley, attorney at law, and Lynn Ivey, nonprofit consultant.

John Bradley is an attorney in the West Columbia, South Carolina office of Moore Taylor Law Firm, P.A. His 25 plus years of practice has involved numerous areas of law including appellate practice in state and federal courts, construction law, commercial liability, and products liability. His present practice primarily focuses on representing physicians, hospitals and medical care providers in the defense of professional negligence claims as well as representing and advising educators in employment matters before their local school boards and the State Department of Education.

John has long been active in nonprofits at the local and state level. He is a former president and current vice president and volunteer of the Friends of the Richland Library, a nationally recognized library system. He presently serves as a member of the Richland Friends Book Sale Committee, a group that raises money for the Friends through quarterly book sales, put on entirely through volunteer effort. As president of the Richland Library Friends he served as a member of the Richland Library Foundation Board. He is the immediate past president and current board member of the Friends of South Carolina Libraries, an organization made up of library friends groups throughout the state of South Carolina. His duties and responsibilities as president included working and consulting with local Friends groups as well as with individuals interested in forming friends groups.

An avid runner, John presently serves on the board for the Carolina Marathon Association, an organization that puts on two showcase running events in Columbia, the Governor’s Cup Road Race and the Heart and Sole race. He has served as race director and course manager for several other local road races.

Lynn Ivey is a consultant, trainer and speaker for nonprofits throughout the U.S. 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 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 presented 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. Lynn 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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