BLF 2017

Chief Executive – Board Chair Track

Introducing a new track designed for chief executive–board chair teams

A successful partnership between the executive director/CEO (referred to as chief executive) and the board chair has the capacity to transform an organization. When aligned, this leadership team can drive purpose, board engagement, and impact. That’s why BoardSource is creating space for teams of chief executives and board chairs to come together for shared learning, dialogue, and critical thinking in a content-rich environment at the 2017 Leadership Forum. You also will have an opportunity to network with your peers and continue conversations over dinner.

Track details, descriptions, and facilitators

Thursday, October 19th
Three uniquely designed sessions, including dinner with participants and facilitators.

This track is currently SOLD OUT. If you wish to be added to a wait-list, please contact

Courageous Board Leadership

Are you familiar with The Daring Way, a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Brené Brown, Ph.D.?  Designed for work teams and organizational leaders, the process explores topics such as vulnerability, courage, and trust. It examines the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that might be holding us back from developing authentic and wholehearted leadership and identifies new choices and practices that can help us move forward.

In this session, Janet Boguch, a certified Daring Way facilitator, will provide a useful perspective and tools that will help you build a courageous chief executive–board chair partnership while emphasizing the primary roles and responsibilities required of strong board leaders. We’ll discuss the importance of vulnerability, trust, authenticity, and courage to establishing healthy relationships and to cultivating a healthy board culture. We’ll explore common pitfalls and possible solutions for unhealthy relationships and develop a list of actionable things board leaders can do to lead courageously. Participants will leave this interactive session with shared new language and an energized approach for bravely stepping into their board and staff leadership roles.


Janet-BoguchJanet Boguch

Principal Owner, Non-Profit Works and Wide Angle Coaching

Janet Boguch, MA, ICF/PCC, is principal/owner of Non-Profit Works and Wide Angle Coaching. She brings more than 35 years of experience in nonprofit management, leadership development, consulting, facilitating, and coaching to her work. She is also the founder, facilitator, and coach for TableTalks Peer Learning Groups and BoardTalks, cohort-based programs for leaders and managers who meet to discuss personal, professional, and organizational development. Janet is certified by the International Coach Federation and Hudson Coaching Institute. Among her many coaching clients are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Group Health Cooperative, and School Based Health Fellows. For decades, Janet also has served as a faculty member at the University of Washington and Seattle University to share better and best practices and to ensure the next generation of nonprofit leaders. She is a former BoardSource senior governance consultant.

Ujima! Leveraging the Chief Executive-Board Chair Partnership

A constructive partnership between the chief executive and the board chair can be the spark that ignites leadership for power, purpose, and impact, but what happens when there is a lack of meaningful collaboration and unclear organizational goals? This interactive session will explore the inherent tensions in the partnership between board members and the chief executive. Through the use of a case study, David LaPiana and Makiyah Moody will offer structural and relational recommendations for optimizing performance rooted in shared responsibility. The group will discuss board committee structure, communications and decision-making protocols, board culture, and a relational leadership framework.


David-LaPianaDavid LaPiana

Managing Partner, LaPiana Consulting

David LaPiana, managing partner of LaPiana Consulting, partners with major foundations and national nonprofits to develop practical solutions to complex challenges. The author of six books on nonprofit strategy, competitiveness, and mergers, he is a popular speaker who regularly contributes to the national dialogue on organizational effectiveness and the future of the sector. Previously, he was a community organizer and a manager with food security and refugee organizations. As a chief executive, he led an organization through 16 years of unprecedented growth. David has an MPA degree from the University of San Francisco and MA and BA degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He also studied at the University of Madrid.

Makiyah-MoodyMakiyah Moody

Senior Consultant, LaPiana Consulting
BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer

Makiyah Moody brings many years of experience and creativity to her work helping organizations effectively lead and manage teams, forge partnerships, and think and act strategically She has consulted to the Scott S. Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University, is an executive scholar with the Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. Prior to joining LaPiana Consulting, Makiyah directed governance initiatives for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, founded and led a consultancy, and served as the founding executive director of Leading Educators, Greater New Orleans. She has a master’s degree in humanities from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic studies from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where she currently serves as a trustee.

Embracing the Future: How to Think Differently about Sustainability

Achieving organizational sustainability requires the intentional pursuit of reliable organizational systems and board accomplishment across a complex set of performance factors. Nonprofit leaders who seek to ensure their organization’s longevity must demonstrate discipline, innovation, and resilience while thoughtfully addressing long-range strategies, financial oversight, fundraising, board development, and leadership succession.  This session will focus on what you should do now to impact these structural and performance considerations.


Robin StaciaRobin Hindsman Stacia, Psy.D

Principal/Consultant, Sage Consulting Network, Inc.
BoardSource Senior Governance Consultant

Robin Stacia Hindsman, Psy.D., is principal/consultant of Sage Consulting Network, Inc., based in Atlanta, Georgia, and a BoardSource senior governance consultant. She focuses on strengthening organizational operations and improving board and organizational performance. Robin’s ultimate objective is to provide clients with best practice tools and customized strategies that they can use immediately to improve organizational outcomes. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Robin had a 25-year health care career and served as the director of consulting and contract training for Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations. She is a Standards for Excellence® licensed consultant, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Wright State University, and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Ohio University.