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“I find something of value in each month's Board Forward. The articles are well-written and highly relevant to my role as a non-profit board member.”
—Claudia Zacharias,
MBA, CAE
President & CEO, BOC
Board Member, Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE)

 
The Framework for a Strong Board Succession Strategy
As stewards of their association, board members need to be focused on the future of the organization, in addition to the present. To ensure that the board is positioned to continue driving the association forward toward its long-term goals and mission, it’s paramount to have a robust board succession strategy...
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Finding the Right Growth Opportunities
The U.S. economy, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), is in the midst of a historic run, with growth every quarter for nearly 10 years. While not every industry in every sector has experienced growth during that span, the larger trends suggest that it has been strong overall.
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Tips to Mentor the Board Mentor
Only about 36 percent of association board members say they were mentored by an experienced board member when they began their tenure, according the Heidrick & Struggles study “Association and Nonprofit Boards: Maximizing Effective Service.”...
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How Serving on a Board Can Impact Your Career
Author Amanda Brinkman, who serves on the Forbes Communications Council, recently detailed several ways that nonprofit board experience can help with professional development and open up new career opportunities. First, board service is excellent for developing team leadership skills...
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What Mindfulness Can Do for a Team
Conflicts can arise when a team of people from a range of backgrounds are asked to complete a challenging project on a tight deadline. But sometimes conflicts can actually be productive. When teams are tossing around ideas and reaching to find the most effective route to a shared goal, people will inevitably offer differing perspectives...
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EDITOR’S PICKS

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion

To date, more than 400 CEOs from many of the world's leading companies have become members of an organization called CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Launched last June, the organization developed a CEO Action Pledge, which outlines a specific set of values.
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The Essential Role of the Chief Elected Officer

The role of chief elected officer for a volunteer-governed organization is referred to as president or chair in an association's bylaws. A chief elected officer is analogous to chairman of the board of directors of a corporation.
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How to Effectively Onboard New Board Members

Serving on an association's board of directors can be overwhelming for those who are not adequately prepared. Beyond the gravity of making decisions that could impact an entire profession or industry, board members play a specific, complex role within an association.
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