Lab: Board Transformation

  • Arts & Business Council of Chicago 444 N Wabash Ave, LL Event Space Chicago, IL 60611

Speaker: Deb Hass, Principal, Serendipity Consulting
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A comprehensive, successful plan for board members includes 3 phases: a thorough orientation, continuous and meaningful engagement, and thoughtful exit planning. This Board Lab will focus on the first and last phases including reinvigorating disengaged board members and finding roles for exiting board members to play.

What we’ll cover:

  • Establishing expectations for new board members
  • Board Orientation “Must Have”s
  • Reasons why board members become disengaged and how to find solutions
  • Finding a place for exiting board members to stay involved

If you are need to build your board orientation process, reengage board members, or create a thoughtful exit plan this workshop is for you!

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Debra A. Hass is the founder and principal of Serendipity Consulting, which has offered evaluation, strategic planning, fundraising, research, management, and leadership consultation to arts, advocacy, direct service, and membership organizations and to foundations for the past seventeen years. Deb brings over 25 years of professional and volunteer experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to her clients. She served as a senior policy associate at the Women Employed Institute and has extensive experience in the areas of education and employment. She has also worked as a foundation program officer at The Harris Foundation, an adult education instructor, coordinator of a homeless literacy program, and college fundraising and alumni affairs officer. Deb holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Spanish from Beloit College and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. She is immediate past president of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, housed at the University of Chicago Law School, and has served as lecturer at the University of Chicago’s School of Service Administration, teaching Evaluation of Social Welfare Policies and Programs. She has served on the board of directors and as co-chair of Chicago Women in Philanthropy and is a former co-chair of the Poverty Task Force of the Donors Forum of Chicago.