Transforming Board and Organizational Performance

Transforming Board and Organizational Performance:
The Governance "Next Practices" That Build For The Future

Saturday, May 9, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ● Molloy College, Rockville Centre Campus
Presenter: Patricia Clemency, CFRE 

Program Description
High-impact Boards of Directors recognize that board and organizational performance are inextricably linked.    In this workshop you'll learn how the most effective Boards are focused on the future and the critical governance practices that build board and organizational excellence.

This workshop addresses four governance issues that represent significant challenges for most nonprofits as they effectively position their missions for the future: 

·   Board Diversity: A Mission Imperative
·   Strategic Board Recruitment:  Intentional, Future-Focused, Multi-Year
·   Board Fundraising Leadership:  Empowering the Board for Success
·   Succession Planning: It's About Capacity Building

Explore the transformative "next practices" around these issues that are helping high-impact Boards compete successfully in every arena in which they operate, now and in the future.  This workshop provides a collaborative format to work with leaders from your organization and other non-profits in examining these strategies and developing action plans for your organization.

Intended Audience

This workshop is designed for board members serving nonprofits at various stages of organizational development, as well as those contemplating future board service.  Nonprofit executives, in all areas of operation, who want to be more successful in leading organizational change with their board partners are also encouraged to attend. 

NOTE: Attendance at the Board Symposium in Nonprofit Governance is recommended but is not required to register for this course.

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 and Introductions of Participants and Organizations

9:15 a.m.         Assessing the Opportunities/Challenges Facing Our Boards

9:45 a.m.         How High-Impact Boards Are Shaping Their Futures - Part I  (Diversity/Strategic Board Recruitment)

10:30 a.m.       Break and Networking

10:45 a.m.       How High-Impact Boards Are Shaping Their Futures - Part II (Board Fundraising Leadership/Succession Planning)

11:30 a.m.       Roundtable Discussion of "Next Practices" and Strategies

Noon               Conversations in Change

- What is the most significant governance issue that will impact our future?
- What are the 1-2 actions we need to take in the next year to be better positioned for the future?
- How do we ensure continued momentum after today? 

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 March 27, 2020: $95
Regular Registration, March 27-April 24: $115
Late Registration, after April 24: $135

Program Registration:
Click here to register online. You may also phone in your registration by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard, Discover, Visa, or purchase order information. To register in-person, by fax, or mail: Click here to download a registration form in PDF format, and follow the directions.

Confirmation of your registration and travel directions will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration.

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.