Rena Henderson Mason

Bold Agenda

Affiliated with Boardsource since 2015

About Rena

Rena leads Bold Agenda, a firm focused on empowering leaders to embrace change, push bold ideas and build high-performing, diverse, inclusive teams through a range of cycles. She helps facilitate the critical generative and strategic discussions and decisions that help transform an organization, its leaders and culture. She focuses on the key levers of better governance, courageous leadership, strategic planning and a more inclusive and equitable approach. Her specialty is coaching Board Chairs and CEOs through growth, leadership transitions, strategic alliances, restructuring, turnaround and crises.

Since most of our work is with boards and executive staff, we spend a lot of time understanding and deconstructing power in an organization to encourage and support shared leadership in practice, structures and processes. Also, our collaborative approach to consulting and facilitation has always centered those leaders whose vital voices are frequently not heard.

Previously, Rena spent over 20 years helping scale businesses in the food, real estate, publishing and investment banking industries. Rena has an MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelor’s in Finance from Georgetown University. She is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer, an ICF-certified coach and expert facilitator. She serves as Board Development Chair of the Arts Alliance Illinois.

Consultant Information

Email: [email protected]


Location: Chicago, Illinois

Areas of Expertise: Board culture and dynamics, Board ethics, Board roles and responsibilities, CEO/Board chair coaching, CEO-Board partnership, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, Executive transition, Executive assessment and oversight, Founder transitions, Governance structures, Strategic board composition, Strategic planning and visioning, Succession planning, Sustained collaboration (mergers, partnerships, etc.)

Areas of Engagement: Board self-assessment review and action planning, Board education retreat or seminar, Ongoing governance coaching and advising, Governance structure and design, Large-group training or conference session, Facilitation of important board conversations

Mission Areas: Advocacy organizations, Associations, Community foundations, Corporate volunteerism programs, Family foundations, Federated organizations, Founder-led organizations, Private foundations, Religiously-affiliated organizations, Small-budget organizations, Social justice organizations

Virtual Work Availability: Flexible, based on needs