Nonprofit Board Service Training Day Saturday, April 9, 2016


Where: Junior League Headquarters, 117 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

When: April 9th, 2016; 8:00am-2:00pm


Join the Junior League of Boston as we host our community’s leaders in sharing best practices on nonprofit board service. Open to both Junior League members and the community at large, our speakers have experience as seasoned board members and executive coaches, and will address key areas faced in serving nonprofit organizations. Topics will include skills needed to successfully navigate board relationships and responsibilities, what one can really expect while serving on a Board – from fiscal challenges to addressing the community need – and ultimately how to make board service a win-win.


8:00 Registration

8:30 – 10:00 Session 1: You will have the opportunity to attend both of these sessions

A: Why and how to make board service your ultimate win-win with Gene Miller

B: Challenging Conversations: Holding important conversations that lead to outstanding results with Carol Salloway

10:00 – 10:10 Break

10:10 – 11:40 Session 2: Attend the 2nd session for these two speakers

A: Why and how to make board service your ultimate win-win with Gene Miller

B: Challenging Conversations: Holding important conversations that lead to outstanding results with Carol Salloway

11:40 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 – 1:20 Session 3: Attend one of the two sessions below

A: Inside the nonprofit boardroom – A personal perspective

B: Inside the nonprofit boardroom – Panel discussion

1:20 Adjourn

Session Details

Session 1: Why and how to make board service your ultimate win-win

Gene Miller is passionate about board work and this session will be about the process and preparation in order to find the joy in board roles. Gene will take the group through the win win opportunities that come with non for profit work as well as important due diligence in order to find a fit with where and who you are.

Gene Miller is an entrepreneurial leader at the board and executive level, who is highly effective in periods of economic and organizational challenge. She has served on 10 boards, two of which are corporate and the remainder being not for profit. Currently she serves as Treasurer of the Clipper Ship Foundation board, and on the Planning Office of Urban Affairs Board. She is also Trustee Emerita of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where she was previously a 10 year Trustee during a most challenging era. In addition Gene is Senior Fellow for social entrepreneurship at the Lewis Institute at Babson College, where she authors a Babson blog series, Insights from the Inside. Previously she was Executive Vice President for Sterling Bank’s impressive turnaround early in her career and more recently, she built out an award winning, innovative not for profit for its founder, where she served as Executive Director.

Session 2: Challenging Conversations: Holding important conversations that lead to outstanding results

Everything happens through conversations. The results you produce and your relationships are very much impacted by the conversations that you have (or don’t have). There are definite skills required for holding these conversations and they can be developed with practice. In this session Carol Salloway will enable participants to explore the key skills for preparing, initiating and carrying out challenging conversations that often occur on boards.

Carol Salloway is an Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant with over 20 years of experience. Her work is primarily focused on 1 -1 executive coaching, group coaching and leading management development workshops. Her client organizations are in the life sciences, health care, technology, professional services, financial services, higher education as well as other not for profit organizations. Her credentials include an MBA with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from Boston University as well as certification as an Executive Coach. Carol’s coaching toolbox is very rich with certifications in the best-in-class leadership development instruments including several in each of the following categories: Emotional Intelligence, Personality and 360 Feedback.
In her earlier career, she managed the organizational effectiveness practice at a boutique-consulting firm focused on the banking industry. Prior to consulting, she launched and ran the student service organization for a Boston area graduate school. Carol serves as a Supervisor Coach for the Executive Coaching Graduate Program at William James College and for the Social Innovation Forum Executive Coaching program. She also serves as an Executive Coach in Harvard Business School’s Executive Education programs.

Session 3A: Inside the nonprofit boardroom – A personal perspective

Pamela Scott will explore what boards really do in leading an organization today. Effective board leadership is a key factor in facing fiscal challenges, ensuring management effectiveness and appropriate program evolution as funding and community needs change.

Pamela Carrington Scott, a seasoned nonprofit board member of 40 years will offer a candid discussion of her observations and work with business groups and organizations in human services, healthcare, education, and the arts. She has devoted much of her personal time during her career as a financial services executive to her volunteer roles and has applied her business skills to benefit over a dozen organizations, primarily in New York City and Boston, ranging in size from a newly formed trade group to well-established names in higher education and social services. As she continues her work, she will share her insights for aspiring board members and those already inside a nonprofit boardroom.

Session 3B: Inside the nonprofit boardroom – Panel discussion

Hear from a panel of seasoned board members about their personal experience of board membership. They will share their insights and tips on how to help non-for-profit organizations achieve their mission in the communities they serve. Gayle Bourdeau, Vanessa Driscoll and Karen Page have all served on both the Junior League of Boston board as well as other non-for-profit boards.

Gayle Bourdeau currently serves as Sustainer Advisor to the Board Seat Initiative Committee and has held the role of Director of Nominating for the Junior League of Boston. Gayle currently serves as a Champion Director on the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network Educational Foundation and served on the Board of CREW Boston (formerly New England Women in Real Estate) and was President of CREW Boston from 2013-2014. Gayle is Vice President/Associate Senior Underwriting Counsel at Stewart Title Guaranty Company-Commercial Services office in Boston.

Vanessa Driscoll is the current Director of Development for the Junior League of Boston. Vanessa studied ballet and danced in college spurring her lifelong dedication to the art form. Her affinity continues evermore as both a Board Member and Urbanity Underground company dancer. Vanessa is a Program Manager in Teradyne’s Defense and Aerospace group.

Karen Page has been a member of the Junior League of Boston since 2000 and will serve as its President during the 2017-18 fiscal year. Karen also serves on the Board of Directors for Science Club for Girls and is a Past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association for Women in Science. Karen is a Director and Clinical Research Scientist at Pfizer with over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry.