News: NPO Governance Conference - April 2005

Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 15:02
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.