Governance Consulting and Speaking: Nonprofit Success for Boards and Staff

These are some of Carol's most commonly requested governance topics. She addresses these issues in a variety of formats according to your needs including board and staff retreats, workshops, keynotes, executive coaching and long-term consulting.

Carol can help your board discover how best to share their gifts.


  • Who should serve on your board?
  • Where do you find them?
  • What is the best approach?
  • What do you expect of them?
  • How do you effectively communicate your expectations?
  • What is the difference between governance and management?
  • Who should be involved in recruiting? The role of the board and staff

Board Orientation
(also called On-Boarding or Induction)

  • Training your board in your case statement
  • Questions to ask your new board members
  • Clarifying expectation
  • Finding the right fit for talents
  • Creating a “mission moment”

Board Committees

  • Effectively using the executive committee
  • What should be a standing committee
  • Creating a template for committee reporting
  • Working with committee chairs

Board Meetings

  • How to get people to attend?
  • What do you do if they don’t show-the tasty carrot or the dreaded stick (is there a stick for your board?)
  • Utilizing everyone’s strategic thinking abilities in the board room
  • Tips and techniques from popcorn check-ins to red and green flags
  • Using a scrum with staff
  • The joys of a consent agenda
  • Handling difficult people
  • Handling non-difficult people  (your silent, thoughtful folks who don’t share their great ideas)
Carol can help your board become experts in your mission.

Creating Mission, Vision and Values Statements

  • How are we?
  • What are we going to do?
  • How do we know if we are successful?
  • What is the ethical standard by which we do business?

Goals Setting

  • Who should be involved in the process?
  • How many goals should we have?
  • How should we evaluate our goals?
  • Who should set the evaluation criteria?

If any of these topics are of interest to you, call Carol at 314-863-4422 or e-mail her.


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