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The Adinkra symbol, Nyansapo, translates to wisdom knot and is a symbol of wisdom, ingenuity, intelligence, and patience.
It represents The Circle as an acknowledgment of the collective wisdom that will fuel this experience.

Board leadership can be lonely.

Find your people in The Circle.

At times player, referee, and coach, this leadership role carries significant weight and can either advance or hinder an organization’s impact. Being a phenomenal board chair requires inspiring, motivating, and guiding others toward the organization's strategic goals.

 

The Circle is a community of peers to walk alongside you as you navigate this new chapter of increased responsibilities. With monthly group sessions built around relevant content and leading practices, participants will benefit from a collective brain trust to inform their leadership approach. foster a collaborative and inclusive board culture, encourage constructive dialogue among members, and help navigate any headwinds facing the organization.

 

The three-month commitment aims to balance content delivery, relationship building, and application. After the three months of formal programming, participants can continue with individual coaching if desired. This experience is designed for new board chairs who have assumed the chair role within the last four months or will become chair within the next six months.

 

Programming

  • Three 90-minute group Zoom sessions with targeted content and consultancy “hot seats.” All sessions are from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET on June 26, July 24, and August 28.

  • Two 60-minute individual coaching calls per month.

  • Session-by-session curated resources focused on the unique role of the chair, how to navigate conflict, practices for leading committee chairs effectively, and impactful governance models. These resources are designed to deepen your understanding of each session’s teachings, providing self-reflection that extends beyond the Zoom session.

  • Guest speakers with a track record of success leading social sector organizations and managing intricate board dynamics.

This initial cohort is limited to 10 participants to ensure personalized attention, deeper engagement, and ample space to form meaningful relationships throughout the program. If you are ready to register, complete this brief form.

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Nonprofit Board Leadership Essentials

Board Structure and Composition

  • Building an effective board team

  • Recruiting and retaining diverse board members

  • Understanding board member roles and responsibilities

Strategic Planning and Organizational Development

  • Developing and implementing a strategic plan

  • Monitoring organizational performance

  • Assessing and improving board effectiveness

Group Seflie

Chair Leadership and Peer Learning

Role of the Chair

  • Responsibilities and duties of the chair

  • Facilitating board meetings effectively

  • Setting the board's agenda and priorities

  • Interactive sessions facilitated by experienced board chairs

Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution

  • Building open communication channels within the board

  • Addressing conflicts constructively

  • Fostering a culture of trust and collaboration

Looking Towards the Horizon

Longer-Term Planning

Board Development and Succession Planning

  • Developing future board leaders

  • Succession planning for key board leadership positions

  • Assessing and enhancing board performance

Crisis Management and Risk Mitigation

  • Preparing for and managing crises effectively

  • Identifying and mitigating risks to the organization

  • Developing contingency plans

Dollar Bills

Financial Investment

For an investment of $3,000, new board chairs will enjoy:

  • Three 90-minute group Zoom sessions with targeted content and consultancy “hot seats” (Value: $2,800)

  • Two 60-minute individual coaching calls per month (Value: $800)

  • Session-by-session curated resources focused on the unique role of the chair, tips to navigate conflict, practices for leading committee chairs effectively, and impactful governance generally. These resources are designed to deepen your understanding of each session’s teachings, providing self-reflection that extends beyond the Zoom session. (Value: $1,400)

  • Guest speakers with a track record of success leading social sector organizations and managing board dynamics. (Value: $2,100)

  • A copy of Recruitment Rhapsody: Harmonizing Boards for Success (Value: $22)

  • A copy of From Tension to Transformation: A Board’s Guide to Flourishing (Value: $22)

To secure your spot in The Circle, complete this brief form.

TESTIMONIALS

"Though Makiyah and I met while she was driving our strategic planning process at Supermajority, she quickly became much more than a consultant -- she became a mentor, co-conspirator, and friend. Her steadfast commitment to directness, clarity, creativity, and empathy helped me grow as a leader all the while also supporting our co-founders and leadership team to develop a comprehensive four year roadmap. The relationship between a client and a consultant can be a bit complicated. Of course it's helpful to get advice from someone external, but the tradeoff is that folks who sit outside of the organization don't always feel like they have skin in the game. That is what always felt magical about Makiyah -- she was all in. Her commitment to Supermajority and our success was evident. She drank the kool-aid AND helped make it taste sweeter."

Taylor Salditch

Executive Director, Supermajority

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