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Building Your Board’s Accountability through Self Assessment

May 12, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT


Maximize Impact through Board Accountability

As a part of a nonprofit board, you have the responsibility to your community to be an effective leader and steward of measurable, sustainable impact. Over the past decade, nonprofits have made remarkable strides in demonstrating impact to their stakeholders. In fact, our ability to effectively evaluate and measure our work has become the standard for success.

Even though most boards recognize that they are responsible for helping set the culture of performance evaluation within their organizations, surprisingly few have extended that culture to their own governance functions. So while many nonprofit boards do a great job assisting in the evaluation of their organization’s programming, few view the measure of leadership as a critical indicator of a nonprofit’s success and sustainability.

Board assessment is part of a long term strategic approach for improving and sustaining leadership in an organization. Like all leadership development, it should be done regularly and incorporated in every strategic plan. There are many tools available, but assessments should cover all areas of good governance, including demographics, legal and financial compliance, a review of board practices, strategic planning, funding, and communications. 

In this webinar we will explore strategies that you can utilize to implement board assessment as part of not only your short-term goals but as an integral facet of your long-term strategy of leadership development that should ideally be multi-generational, meaning it spans numerous board terms. 


Gilles Mesrobian is an Affiliate Consultant at Support Center. He is also on the faculty of Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability where he teaches Personal Leadership Development working with MBA students to develop leadership competencies utilizing a personal mastery approach.

His professional credentials include over 26 years of senior management experience in the nonprofit arena, with nearly 20 years as an Executive Director. His consulting experience covers a broad range of organizational work in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, including executive leadership transition, organizational assessment, executive search, strategic planning, and leadership development.

In addition to his consulting work, Gilles facilitates several leadership training programs including the New York Power Authority’s MBA program and the New York Foundation for the Arts’ year-long leadership program, funded through the American Express Leadership Institute.

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