Board Leadership Alberta

Collaborating to Provide Relevant and Accessible Training for Non-profit Volunteer Sector Groups and Organizations

Board Leadership Alberta presents:

2022 Lunch and Learn Sessions for Not-for-Profit Organizations

September 22, 29, and October 6, 2022 – 12:00 – 1:00 PM

FREE Events

Making Decisions as a Board: The Whys, the Whats, and the Hows

Appreciative Policy Making: Policies That Work

Strategies for Boards Engaging in a Changing Environment

Please scroll down for more information on each session.

 

September 22, 2022

Making Decisions as a Board: The Whys, The Whats, and The Hows

When your board or organization needs to make difficult and challenging decisions, are you considering the right things? In this session with Jennifer, you will learn why you need a decision-making framework, what needs to be included, how to get started and ensure all voices are heard. Three common decision-making frameworks will be explored.

Jennifer Beyer has spent two decades working and volunteering in and with the non-profit sector at operational, governance, and systemic levels. She has designed and facilitated majority-rules, collaborative, and consensus dialogues and decision-making at organizational, local, provincial, and national levels with non-profit, public, private, and multi-stakeholder groups. Topics she has worked on range from organizational strategic planning, to enhancing equity and inclusion in policing forces in Alberta and fire fighting forces across Canada, to addressing climate change and species at risk in Alberta, to changing non-profit funding systems. Jen believes we can tackle the wicked problems we face through transformed public policy development and community service delivery informed by collaborative dialogue that includes everyone, centres marginalized people, and builds true allyship with Indigenous Peoples. Jen’s interests include social justice and environmental issues, backcountry hiking and paddling, reading, fun and laughter, and spending time with friends and family.

 

 

September 29, 2022

Appreciative Policy Making: Policies That Work 

Do you find yourself creating policies in response to situations that come up instead of creating policies that are aligned with where your organization is headed? While no policy manual is perfect, good policies are more than just reactions to troubling incidents. Good policies align with your organizational vision and the culture you wish to create. In this session, you will be introduced to Appreciative Policy Making as a tool to help you create the right policies for your organization. You will walk away with a better understanding of what makes a strong policy and tools to help you begin drafting stronger policies right away.

David Feldman is the Director of Learning and Development at the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations. His portfolio includes governance and one-on-one services for the non-profit sector in Edmonton and Greater Region. David holds a B.Sc. (Mathematical Sciences with a Psychology Minor), M.A. (Interdisciplinary Studies – Collective Cognition), PMP (Project Management Professional), and Q. Med (Qualified Mediator). David has worked with nonprofit, project management advisory, and family business boards for nearly 20 years. As a private consultant, David had the opportunity to work with nonprofits across all stages of their life cycles. He has supported nonprofits through challenges, helped them navigate crisis situations and inspired them to redefine success. As a mediator, David has supported boards through some of their toughest moments. He continues to help passionate caring people find common ground, unite around shared visions and ultimately move forward.

 

 

October 6, 2022

Strategies for Boards Engaging in a Changing Environment

Sharing tools/techniques for effective ways non-profits can engage and work together in our adaptive and changing environment working online and in-person.  Session will explore different strategies that can be applied in various techniques, situations and share lived experience of what works.

Panel Members

Jason Openo 

Shari Hanson has worked as a Community Development Officer with the Provincial Government for more than 25 years. Through her work, she provides workshops and services in support of community and nonprofit organizations. As a facilitator Shari especially enjoys “conducting” in ways that seek harmony from diverse voices, (as opposed to monotony heard from same voices)! Shari’s educational pursuits were greatly influenced by her participation with Canada World Youth (having traveled on a youth exchange to India), her rural background, and especially her involvement with “learn to do by doing” (she was a 4-H member for 8 years). Shari has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Anthropology from Dalhousie University and a Master of Science degree in Rural Extension Studies from the University of Guelph. Through this multi-disciplinary department, her focus for her Masters was in Community Development and Adult Education. Shari grew up on a farm Northwest of Calgary and now calls Red Deer home.

Jennifer Beyer has spent two decades working and volunteering in and with the non-profit sector at operational, governance, and systemic levels. She has designed and facilitated majority-rules, collaborative, and consensus dialogues and decision-making at organizational, local, provincial, and national levels with non-profit, public, private, and multi-stakeholder groups. Topics she has worked on range from organizational strategic planning, to enhancing equity and inclusion in policing forces in Alberta and fire fighting forces across Canada, to addressing climate change and species at risk in Alberta, to changing non-profit funding systems. Jen believes we can tackle the wicked problems we face through transformed public policy development and community service delivery informed by collaborative dialogue that includes everyone, centres marginalized people, and builds true allyship with Indigenous Peoples. Jen’s interests include social justice and environmental issues, backcountry hiking and paddling, reading, fun and laughter, and spending time with friends and family.

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