Our Leaders in Action

Throughout the year, members of the BoardSource team speak at conferences and events across the country about nonprofit board service. Take a look at our upcoming speaking engagements to see where we’re off to next.


November 8th: Southeastern Council of Foundations 49th Annual Meeting | Louisville, KY

Anne Wallestad, President & CEO

Trustees-Only Session: Foundation Board Insights: Learning from BoardSource’s Recent Study

Foundation boards play an important role in foundation leadership and performance. But exactly how that leadership role plays out –including who is sitting around the boardroom table – can sometimes be a bit of a mystery. Join BoardSource for a conversation about what we can learn from Foundation Board Leadership: A Closer Look at Foundation Board Responses to Leading with Intent 2017. This will include a discussion of the board development levers that are most related to stronger board and foundation performance, as well as a focused discussion of the troubling findings on the racial and ethnic makeup of foundation boards, and what it will take to change.


November 14-15th: Independent Sector Upswell Conference | Los Angeles, CA

Anne Wallestad, President & CEO

The Secret Sauce of Scaling Through Partnerships (Nov 14)

Nonprofits are seeing an increased need for their services, and the desire to scale their programs to meet this need. In this workshop, you’ll challenge yourself to think differently about what it means to expand impact within a broader ecosystem of nonprofit players. You’ll also learn strategies on how using alliances can be leveraged in a way that strengthens a community’s overall ability to serve its people and needs. While applicable to all nonprofit leaders, it will be especially relevant to those nonprofit organizations that are ready for greater scale and are thinking strategically about how to make that happen.

Are You Advocating for Your Mission? (Nov 15)

Advocacy is an underutilized tool to advance impact, but BoardSource’s Leading with Intent shows that only 52% of organizations report that board members are advocating, and many organizations aren’t advocating at all.  The Stand for Your Mission campaign educates boards about advocacy as a strategy, and we are interested in executive and board perspectives on why advocacy is not being utilized more – join us and share the opportunities, barriers, and challenges as you see them.