We were joined by 1,000 social sector leaders at the
2017 BoardSource Leadership Forum
The 2017 conference theme — Igniting Leadership for Power, Purpose, and Impact — embodied our commitment to nonprofit leaders’ roles as standard-bearers for their organizations. We believe that together, nonprofit board members and chief executives can develop organizations that are not only healthy and viable, but that are also innovative, adaptive, and relentless in their focus on core purpose.
Highlights from the sold-out conference included the opening plenary with Anne Wallestad, BoardSource’s president and CEO, keynote presentations by Dr. David Williams and Dr. Eric Jolly, reflections on the nonprofit sector’s role in addressing racism, the announcement of the Stand for Your Mission award that honors and celebrates advocacy, 50-plus breakout sessions and panels, and much more. We invite you to take in the highlights below.
The BoardSource Leadership Forum is a conference focused on nonprofit leadership at the highest level – the board of directors.
Every two years, we gather 1,000 board members, executive directors (chief executives), staff, and nonprofit professionals for two days to discuss the newest thinking and best practices in nonprofit governance. Through plenary sessions, workshops, discussions, presentations, and networking events, our participants learn how to guide their organizations toward greater impact and mission fulfillment.
Keynote with David Williams, PhD, MPH
Dr. David Williams shared compelling research on how significantly race acts as a predetermining factor on a whole host of health and economic indicators, and the clear need to address structural forms of racism as we seek to serve our communities and advance the public good. Watch Keynote | Download Slides
The Stand for Your Mission Awards
The Stand for Your Mission Awards have been created to recognize the critical role that boards play in standing up for the organizations they believe in by advocating for their organizations’ mission and creating public will for positive social change. The awards recognize nonprofit boards that have established advocacy as an expectation for engaged and effective board leadership and, by doing so, are helping their organizations realize their missions and set priorities in partnership with policymakers rather than wait for the outcome.