Berkeley Board Fellows Kick Off 10-24-2012


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Berkeley Board Fellows places grad students as members of nonprofit boards of directors for one academic year. It is the largest Board Fellows program in the country and is co-sponsored by Haas Net Impact student group. Visit

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  • Welcome to the Board Fellows Program Kick-off I have been communicating with most of you, reading applications and really excited to see you all here together today.We are delighted to see students, mentors, nonprofit staff and board members represented today
  • The Agenda for today.
  • The purpose of today isProvide the opportunity for fellows and mentors to meet one another and to plan for the year aheadProvide a chance for all participants to meetExplain program expectations, roles and responsibilitiesProvide an introduction to best practices in board governanceGive you a chance to hear from past participants and ask questions Introduce and thank Nora, Evin and Jean
  • We have great organizations represented here today.42 nonprofit organizations/social enterprises68 Haas MBAs, Goldman MPP, and other graduate students matched with local nonprofit boards (88 applicants)Former Board Fellows have stayed on as 2nd year fellows, others became official board members, and still others graduated and joined new boards
  • The resource guides will be sent out as part of a follow up email to all Board Fellows and Board Mentors.
  • Pre-panel questions to consider:1) First board meeting to-do’s and keys to integrating your BF into the org 2) Challenges (how were they resolved) and successes3) How do you maintain momentum?4) Your project: describe how it evolved over the course of the year, any steps that helped define it, and what the final deliverable looked like? 5) Tips for BFs/orgs 6) How can we make the most out of this experience?
  • Berkeley Board Fellows Kick Off 10-24-2012

    1. 1. Program Kick-off October 24, 2012 Haas School of Business UC BerkeleyGovernance for Social Impact
    2. 2. Agenda• 4:00 – 4:10 Welcome• 4:10 – 4:30 Berkeley Board Fellows Program• 4:30 – 4:50 Board Governance• 4:50 – 5:20 Panel• 5:20 – 5:30 Mentors & Fellows & Coaches Intro• 5:30 – 6:00 Mentor & Fellow Discussions
    3. 3. Welcome Nora Silver, Director and Adjunct Professor, Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership Paul Jansen, Adjunct Professor, Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership and Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company Alison Brock and Ariel Dekovic, MBA 2013 Net Impact Co-Vice Presidents
    4. 4. Center for Nonprofit & Public Leadership Center Mission Inspire leaders to create and seize opportunities to achieve social impact across sectors. Berkeley Board Fellows Preparing the next generation of board leaders
    5. 5. Berkeley Board Fellows Growth Number of Fellows
    6. 6. High Program Quality Board satisfaction rates from 2011 survey 6
    7. 7. (Some) 2012 Board Fellow Organizations
    8. 8. Purpose Students • Work at the highest level of an organization with dynamic and experienced board members • Understand governance and develop valuable governance skills • Learn leadership skills • Understand the intersection of the business and nonprofit sector • Make an impact on your local community Nonprofits • Access new skills and a fresh perspective • Receive a valuable work product • Develop skills in recruiting and working with young, professional board members • Mentor future social sector leaders 8
    9. 9. Fellow Commitment 8-10 Hours per Month Board Service • Fellow actively participates as a non-voting board member Board Committee Participation • Fellow serves on a board committee or task force, usually based on the content of the project Board-Level Project • Fellow completes a project on a critical board need (working in pairs when matched)
    10. 10. Sample of Past Projects MARKETING FINANCE • Brand audit • Financial analysis of • Market research underperforming programs • Analysis of the organization’s • Financial sustainability model to value to clients determine fundraising needs • Financial reporting development OTHER • Program evaluation STRATEGY • Implementation plan for an • Strategic plan for leveraging social alumni association networking technology • New online fundraising tool • Feasibility study of a new service • Progress reporting tools to • Development plan for recruiting next inform the board on a major generation board members organizational overhaul
    11. 11. Mentor Commitment INTRODUCE COACH Provide a formal Guide and coach the introduction to the fellow organization, the board, and its work INTEGRATE ENCOURAGE Include the fellow in all Encourage the fellow to board meetings and actively contribute connect with key board/staff/stakeholders his/her perspective
    12. 12. Program Year (October – May) Coaching Deliverable: Fellows Final Kick-off Session sessions Update Workshops deliverable (October) (November) (December) (February) (Mid-May) Regular attendance at board and committee meetings Oct 24 Nov 9 May 3 Nov 27 Feb 8 Kickoff Project Finale Fellow Board scope Workshop Workshop due 12-2pm 4-6pm
    13. 13. Dates Impacting Students’ Availability Fall Final Exams……….….....………..Dec 4th-12th Winter Break (travel)…………Dec 17th-Jan 21st MBA Classes Resume.…..………..……..Jan 22nd Exam Week..………………..………..Mar 11th-15th Spring Break…………...….…………Mar 25th-29th Spring Final Exams….……..……..May 13th-18th
    14. 14. Introduction to Governance –Why do Boards Exist? • Hold public benefit corporation “in trust” for the community – All corporate powers exercised by or under direction of the board – Substitute for shareholders and/or represent members – Prevent nonprofit executive abuse and protect donors • Legal duties: – Care (prudent person) – Loyalty (put organization first) – Obedience (faithful to mission and laws) 14
    15. 15. Types of Boards Organizing Board – small, homogeneous, informal – committed to purpose, often very hands on – “leading boards” and “following boards” Governing Board – larger and more diverse – committees become important – shared authority between board and staff: board chair and executive director are principal leaders – transition to governing board takes at least 3 years and a lot of staff time Institutional Board – largest (35-60 or more) – often prestigious -- includes large donors or those with access to funders – key role in fundraising – sometimes delegates governance tasks to executive committee 15
    16. 16. 9 Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards • Select, evaluate and develop CEO• Shape, clarify • Ensure adequate mission and financial vision resources• Engage actively • Lend expertise; in strategic provide access to decision making people and policy • Enhance decisions reputation of Monitor and improve performance organization • Oversee financial management, ensure appropriate risk management • Monitor performance, ensure accountability • Improve board performance 16
    17. 17. Lessons From Our Research – There are 9 clearly defined roles of a nonprofit board, with a gold standard of performance for each – Lots of ways boards, as entities and individuals, can help. Pick your spots carefully to allot valuable time where needed most – Recognize performance and risk management as one of the nonprofit boards core roles – Good governance is execution, so sweat the little things: good meeting agendas/materials, open communication, having fun. – Invest significant time in board evaluation and continuous improvement 17
    18. 18. Resources • Center Faculty and Staff • Coaches • Nonprofit Boards Class – Spring, 2 Sundays (Fellows) • Student and Mentor Program Guides (pdf) • Fellows have access to: • Other Online resources • • • Boardsource • • Foundation Center • • Chronicle of Philanthropy boardbasics All info available at
    19. 19. Coaches Coach Subject Bob Miller Children & Youth, Education Colin Boyle Health Delphine Sherman Education Jamie Allison-Hope Children & Youth Jay Espovich Human Services Jessica Mancini Economic Development Lynne LaMarca Heinrich Arts & Culture Nora Silver Social Justice, Other Paul Jansen Int’l Development, Environment  Provide guidance and resources  Work with Fellows from approximately 5 organizations  Assignments based on board experience and industry knowledge
    20. 20. Panel • Aylin Bell, MBA 05 – Board Mentor, South of Market Child Care • John Zowin – Board Mentor, Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County • Lloyd Noronha, MBA 12 – Board Fellow & Mentor, Leadership High School • Mike Ciccarone, MBA 13 – Board Fellow, Berkeley Public Education Foundation
    21. 21. How Board Fellows Add Value • Skills and expertise (own and accessed) • Preparation • Teamwork • Ask and speak up • Fresh set of eyes • New contacts
    22. 22. Mentor-Fellow Discussion• Fellows and Mentors are at the same table• Coaches are seated with their group and will introduce themselves• Find others from your nonprofit• Take the rest of the time to discuss your expectations of the experience (next slide)
    23. 23. Mentor-Fellow Discussion • Personal introductions • Project Scope (due November 9th) – Problem to be solved – What information/analysis is needed – Deliverables – Timing – Process for working with mentor/organization • Integrating fellow into the board – What kind of board is it? Members? Style? – Getting engaged- introduction, committee – Meeting dates
    24. 24. Stay Connected & Tap Into ResourcesEmail: socialimpact@haas.berkeley.eduFacebook: Fellows website: The Business of Making a Difference Starts Here