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The Bolder Board Training

November 10 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

$225 for Members / $325 for Nonmembers
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Instructor: Dan Pallotta

We have good/bad news: We are SOLD OUT for this popular event and have stopped taking names for a waiting list. 

The Bolder Board Training℠ helps charity boards awaken, articulate, and pursue their most magnificent dreams. It teaches boards how to work with their CEOs to create audacious possibilities for impact. It is the first board training designed specifically to offer boards a pragmatic and conscientious alternative to the culture of financial deprivation and constriction that they often find themselves upholding.

This is not a traditional training on governance and finance. It is an immersion in possibility and aspiration that positively and radically disrupts traditional ways of thinking. It is part lecture, part workshop. It is designed specifically for boards. Organizations are encouraged to bring as many of their board members as possible. The training can also serve as a powerful first day to a board retreat.

We realize that you may wish to bring your CEO and executive directors, and you should. But we really want to stress that the focus on the day is helping your board build and deliver a vision. Don’t miss it. Here’s why:

Who is it for?

In addition to ED/CEO and Board Chair, we strongly recommend that organizations bring senior staff (CFO, Development Directors, Communications Directors), and as many board members as possible. One of the biggest comments we get is, “I wish my whole board had been here.”

What will we learn?

  • New thinking. You’ll get an entirely new way of thinking about charity, nonprofit business practice, giving, and making a difference.
  • You’ll learn how loyalty to obsolete conventions and traditional definitions of fiduciary duty undermine your organization’s true potential, and you’ll learn the five conventions that fundamentally obstruct your ability to achieve it. You’ll walk away with an intellectual arsenal that gets your donors to think differently about how they invest in you.
  • The power of purpose, methodically and consistently applied.
  • New ways of looking at innovation, including the four keys to successful innovation, how to understand the nature of the box outside of which you are told to think, and how to create an inspiring possibility.
  • How to create a future that is not based on the past and why great dreams are easier to achieve than small plans.
  • How to make intelligent investments in your growth.
  • How to increase the aliveness, energy, and enthusiasm of your team and your board and how to transform your board and keep it transformed.

What you’ll walk away with:

What have previous attendees reported as their outcomes?

  • Energy for continued work, inspiration for new efforts
  • More powerful relationships between the board and CEO
  • New board appreciation for the need to invest in growth
  • More effective long-term and strategic planning
  • Better board alignment and empowerment
  • New interest in innovation
  • Ability to declare daring goals and intentions
  • A new sense of potential
  • Important new connections
  • A sense of renewal
  • Better personal relationships with fellow board members
  • Enlightenment about the negative effects of focusing on keeping overhead low
  • Organizational courage
  • Ability to create a possibility
  • Understanding how to scale
  • New ways of thinking about obtaining growth capital
  • Willingness to set deadlines for mission-critical goals
  • Ability to turn obstacles into opportunities

Led by Dan Pallotta:

Dan stunned attendees at our 2019 CHANGEMAKERS Conference with his stirring keynote address. Dan invented the multi-day charitable event industry with the AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days, which raised over half a billion dollars in nine years and were the subject of one of the first Harvard Business School case studies on social enterprise. His 2013 TED talk on philanthropy is one of the 100 most-viewed TED talks of all time. His book, Uncharitable, is the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University Press. The Stanford Social Innovation Review said that it, “deserves to become the nonprofit sector’s new manifesto.” He is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review online. He is widely credited with changing the national conversation about impact and overhead in charity in America.

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November 10
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
$225 for Members / $325 for Nonmembers
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