Board Symposium in Nonprofit Governance

Second Annual Board Symposium in Nonprofit Governance
Saturday, March 14, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ● Molloy College, Rockville Centre Campus
Presenter: Patricia Clemency, CFRE

Sorry- this program has been canceled.

Program Description
Effective board governance is one of the most critical factors in the success of any nonprofit organization, particularly in today's increasingly competitive and rapidly-changing environment.  Molloy College's inaugural Board Symposium in Nonprofit Governance examines the vital role of nonprofit boards in optimizing mission performance and building sustainable organizations well-positioned for the future.      

Learn how high-performing boards evolve and adapt to the realities of 21st century governance.  The symposium will focus on the trends, next practices, partnerships and key governance issues that are shaping the future of nonprofits.  You'll learn how high-impact boards are evolving to meet these changes and how your own organization can adapt and respond to the opportunities and challenges facing nonprofits today.  The symposium provides a collaborative format to address governance and stewardship topics with leaders from your organization and other non-profits.  Discussion will focus on strategies that can advance your board and mission at a time when the need for nonprofit services has never been greater.    

Intended Audience
The Board Symposium in Nonprofit Governance is designed for board members serving nonprofits at various stages of organizational development, as well as for those contemplating future board service.   

Nonprofit executives who want to be more successful in leading organizational change with their board partners are also encouraged to attend.      

Learning Objectives
  Define the governance trends and "next practices" that can help your board build for the future
-  Examine the stewardship issues that high-impact boards are addressing to ensure organizational accountability 
-  Develop new approaches to attract and retain exceptional board members
-  Build strategies that strengthen the board-staff partnership and demonstrate that your organization is worthy of support
-  Identify the actions/changes that can help elevate your board and organizational performance      

Speaker Bio
Patricia Clemency, CFRE  has been involved with nonprofit governance since 1983 in a variety of capacities: as a board member, staff leader, facilitator, and consultant to nonprofit boards.  She was board chair for Make-A-Wish Metro New York from 1983 to 1985 and a board member for Make-A-Wish America from 1984 to 1988.  Pat has served on numerous national committees and task forces and headed the National Strategic Planning Task Force on Governance in 2003-04, which resulted in a new governance model for a nationwide organization. 

Pat was named President and CEO for Make-A-Wish Metro New York in 1988 and for Metro New York and Western New York when the chapters combined in September 2011.  Under her leadership, the chapter received both national and regional recognition for its board and organizational achievements, including The Nonprofit Times' 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For; Finalist for the Brooke W. Mahoney Award for Outstanding Board Leadership, established by Governance Matters; Finalist for the New York Community Trust - New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which honors outstanding management practices; The Power of One award by Make-A-Wish America, which recognizes chapters whose work strengthens the entire national organization.   

Pat joined Make-A-Wish America as Diversity and Development Officer from 2016-2018 to develop a national model for Inclusion & Diversity, in support of the organization's strategic plan, Every Eligible Child. She remains active with Make-A-Wish and serves as Outreach Chair for the National Board Alumni Association of Make-A-Wish America.  

Pat is a member of the Board of Regents for NYU Winthrop and a former member of the Board of Trustees for Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead.  A frequent speaker on board governance and fundraising issues, Pat has been an instructor in philanthropy over the years at Molloy College, Hofstra University and LIU Post.  A graduate of Northwestern University with an M.A. from the School of Communication, Pat was also selected by the National Association of Fundraising Professionals for their inaugural class of 22 Master Trainers in philanthropy through a program developed with Indiana University School of Philanthropy and funded by the Eli Lilly Foundation. 

8:30 a.m.                     Registration, Breakfast, Networking  
9:00 a.m.                     Welcome  
9:10 a.m.                     The State of Nonprofit Governance and the Lessons for Our Own Organizations
                                       - Governance Trends and "Next Practices" that Build for the Future
                                       - Stewardship Issues in a 21st Century World    
10:10-10:30                Roundtable Discussion of Key Issues and Strategies  
10:30-10:45                Break and Networking  
10:45-11:45                The Key Relationships that Elevate Board and Organizational Performance
                                        - Attracting/Retaining High-Performing Board Members
                                        - Strengthening the Board-Staff Partnership  
11:45 a.m.-Noon          Roundtable Discussion of Key Issues and Strategies   
Noon-1:00 p.m.          Lunch
1:00- 3:00 p.m.         Conversations in Change                                    
                                   Considering what you have learned today:
                                         - What is the most significant issue that our board needs to address in the next 3 months?
                                         - What are the 1-2 priorities to address over the next twelve months so that our board will be better
                                            positioned for the future? 
                                         - Who else do we need to include in this conversation as partners in change?  

The conference will be given in the Public Square, Larini Room (Room 290A, second floor) on the Rockville Centre campus of Molloy College located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be downloaded by clicking here.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here for a list of area hotels or call 516.323.3554.

Program Tuition Rates:
Early Registration, until January 24, 2020: $175
Regular Registration, January 25 - February 28: $195
Late Registration, after February 28: $215

Program Registration: Sorry- this program has been canceled.

Refund Policy
A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us one week prior to the start of the program. However, substitutions can be made until the day of the program at no charge. 

Conference Details and Conference Brochure
The most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on this program webpage. We will also email out a conference brochure if you are on our mailing list.  Join our mailing list online  or contact Ramona Ali, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email: or by phone: 516.323.3553.