News: NPO Governance Conference - April 2005

ISTR-L, 1 February 2005

Boards And Beyond: Understanding The Changing Realities Of Nonprofit Organization Governance

A Conference for Practitioners and Researchers sponsored by The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and The Nonprofit Quarterly

Date: March 31- April 1, 2005

Venue: Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.

Effective governance is integral to the nonprofit sector and the communities it serves. Yet scholars and practitioners alike continue to be intrigued and challenged by the complex and changing nature of nonprofit governance and the boards that engage in it. Even as we learn more about the breadth and depth of variety in context, design, and practices, it is clear that we do not fully understand this element of nonprofit leadership and how it is or should be practiced.

The purpose of this conference is to advance our knowledge
about nonprofit governance by bringing together those researchers
and practitioners who have a serious interest in the changing world
of nonprofit and nongovernmental organization governance. This
innovative conference offers a collegial forum for dialogue,
learning, and creative thinking as we explore the increasingly
challenging dynamics of effective governance.

This highly
participative conference will employ the Midwest Center model
that has been so successful for previous academic-practitioner
conferences. It will offer multiple opportunities for formal
and informal discussion and dialogue among the consultants,
executives, and academics who are most engaged in addressing
these challenges. Equally valuable will be the opportunities
to build on and go beyond the theory and research for experienced
leaders who are exploring new and innovative strategies and
approaches in their communities and organizations to participate
in facilitated and informed discussions.

Half of the conference
sessions will be facilitated (non-presentation) dialogue sessions,
each focused on a specific issue or interest.

The conference is designed to be a relatively intimate
gathering of those who are serious about sharing and shaping
governance ideas and learning. To facilitate active dialogue,
the conference will be limited to 150 participants, about half of
whom will be nonprofit and community leaders and practitioners.

Visit the Midwest Centre for NonProfit Leadership website.

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