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By: Greater Worcester  11-11-2011
Keywords: Health Sciences, Executive Directors

The Nonprofit Support Center offers programs that help nonprofit board and staff leaders to do their jobs well. Please note the specific audience for which each program is intended.

Some programs are exclusively for executive directors. Our definition of executive director is 1) paid chief executive officer; 2) reports directly to a governing board; and 3) supervises at least one other staff member. To attend any program offered in cooperation with TDC, you must contact TDC directly.

Tuesday, September 27, 7:30 am-9:30 am

Audience: Board Members and Executive Directors
Location: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
25 Foster Street, 9th Floor
Fee: There is no charge to attend but if we do not receive 48 hours notice of a cancelation, you will be billed $15 per registrant.
no later than September 19.

Most boards go through times when they are invigorated and eager to roll up their sleeves, but  even the best group can miss the chance to live up to its leadership potential. Have you been on a board that fails to set performance goals, or define priorities for allocating scarce resources? Help your board work smarter.

This fast-paced, interactive session gives you tools to create an annual work plan that can have a positive impact on your organization right away. You’ll learn how to:

    • Build a shared understanding of the board’s governance role
    • Assess your board’s performance
    • Set annual board goals
    • Develop an accountability structure that works
    • Lead this process without further consultant assistance or training (and take home a copy of the newly released Board Roles to Board Goals).
Presenter Jay Vogt is an organizational development consultant with nearly thirty years’ experience working with nonprofits, corporations, government, and small businesses. He founded Peoplesworth, a private practice in strategic planning and change management, in 1982. Jay is a master facilitator and specializes in large group sessions. He is the author of Recharge Your Team: The Grounded Visioning Approach (Praeger) and Board Roles to Board Goals

Wednesday, October 12, 8:30 am-12:30 pm

1:30 pm-3:30 pm

Audience: Staff and board that have responsibility for assuring organizational leadership
Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Fee: First person $55; additional registrants from same organization, $40 each       
To register: Send your check payable to NSC/Greater Worcester Community Foundation to NSC/Greater Worcester Community Foundation, 370 Main Street, 6th Floor, Worcester, MA 01608, no later than October 5. (Please let us know if you plan to stay for the optional clinic when you reserve. Lunch will be provided.)

Too often, small- and medium-sized organizations rely on a “single leader development approach”…and it has its risks. In order to manage risks and decrease your organization’s vulnerability during emergencies or unplanned absences, a back-up plan is vital. It protects critical functions when other things may seem to be spiraling out of control.

In this session you’ll discover three types of succession planning opportunities: emergency preparedness plans; longer term, strategic investment plans for leader development; and departure defined succession plans.  You will also

  1. analyze your organization’s structure
  2. discover how it would change in the case of departure of key personnel;
  3. examine the key components in a preparedness plan including the role, responsibilities, and job description for one leader in your organization; and
  4. identify issues you’ll need to address.

You will come away with ideas on how to cultivate and prepare more people to fulfill different leadership roles within your organization. You will also find applications for the Board of Directors. Note: Bring a current organizational chart and the position description for at least one critical position for which you’d like to create an emergency preparedness succession plan.

Optional Group Clinic 1:30-3:30
This clinic provides opportunity to go deeper into the emergency succession plan development process. The focus will be on the issues that individual organizations and their leaders may be experiencing.

Presenter Karen Gaskins Jones, President of Maryland-based JLH Associates, works with organizations that want to sharpen their strategic direction, foster the development of talent and leadership, and address issues for managing a diverse workforce. She provides training design and facilitation services, personal/professional coaching, and organization development consultation with organizations across sectors. She is a collaborating consultant with TransitionGuides and CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, and has trained for Third Sector New England. Karen is the author of Leadership Development & Emergency Succession Planning: An Organizational Planning Workbook.

Wednesday, October 26, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Audience: Anyone who has responsibility for running meetings
Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Fee: Sliding scale, $50-$70
To Register: Contact TDC at 617/728-9151 or

Whether you’re leading a group or serve as a member of a team, you know how things bog down when a meeting goes off topic. Strong facilitation skills can keep the group on track and achieve your meeting’s goals. This workshop includes: the facilitator’s role; warm-ups and icebreakers; focusing and refocusing the discussion; dealing with people who stray from the topic; managing disagreements and conflict; helpful ways to intervene when you’re not the group leader; facilitating staff meetings; and group problem-solving.

Presenter Peg Kelley is the founder and principal of Facilitation Plus, a Watertown-based firm offering facilitation and training services to meet the unique needs of nonprofits, corporations and start-up organizations. She has facilitated board retreats, designed future thinking/strategy sessions, and guided creative problem-solving meetings for clients for 25 years.

Wednesday, November 16, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Audience: Executive directors and board members
Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Fee: Sliding scale, $50-$70
To Register: Contact TDC at 617/728-9151 or

It takes a real investment on the part of board members to understand their various roles and successfully execute them, much less have the energy left over to focus on the critical—and constant—tasks of recruiting and engaging board members, filling key leadership positions, and improving the governance structure. Regenerating the board is absolutely critical to your nonprofit’s sustainability, yet day-to-day issues often take precedence. Learn what makes—and keeps—the board and other leaders engaged, high performing, and focused on long-term success. 

Presenter Susan Nicholl is chair of the MetroWest Nonprofit Network and a technical assistance provider for the Institute for Nonprofit Development. She specializes in governance issues.

Tuesday, November 29, 8:15 am  Registration; 8:30 am-1:00 pm Workshop

Audience: Nonprofit staff teams; limit three per organization
Location: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
25 Foster Street, 9th Floor

Fee: First person, $50; additional registrants from same organization, $40 each

Work problems tend to be people problems. Conflicts arise when organizations are making big changes, coping with cuts, or collaborating. Often there’s no time to reflect on why things aren’t working and how you could do better. In this two-part session, you’ll discover:

  • How the role you play influences what you think and how you work; and
  • The ways you show up at work on a good day…and how that changes on days when you’re stressed out.

The Organization Workshop and The Birkman Method are powerful solutions for addressing group challenges. Through role plays, group discussion, and insights gained through The Birkman Method Assessment, you’ll leave with many new ideas for making your teams high performing ones.

Workshop leaders are Sophie Parker and Perry Carrison. Sophie is an organizational development consultant specializing in assessment and change management. Her theatre background gives her the sensitivity, humor, and creativity necessary to work comfortably with different people. She has extensive experience training groups in conflict management, leadership development, and building communication skills. Perry, an executive coach, is able to connect with people who have the often lonely task of leading. He helps leaders stay true to their values and vision. In a field full of simplistic methods and 1-2-3 tactics, he helps clients use self awareness to make their way through the complex demands they face.

Wednesday, December 14, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Audience: Anyone who works with nonprofit budgets
Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Fee: Sliding scale, $85-105
To Register: Contact TDC at 617/728-9151 or

Sound financial management and planning relate directly to a nonprofit’s ability to deliver cost-effective services. This hands-on workshop for executive directors and program staff introduces a variety of budgets and budget preparations.  Topics include:  

  • Operating, capital and cash flow budgets;
  • Indirect costs and overhead;
  • Budgets for control and planning;
  • Program budgeting and formats; and
  • The balance sheet.

Presenter Joel Aronson, CPA, is a partner with Alexander, Aronson, Finning & Co., a full-service accounting and consulting firm.  He has worked extensively with nonprofits for more than 20 years.

Energizing Conversations: A Series for Executive Directors
. There is no charge to attend any program in the series but if we do not receive 24 hours notice of a cancelation, you will be billed $15.

Tuesday, October 4, 8:30 am-10:30 am

Location: Trustees’ Room, Boutin Center, Becker College
44 West Street, Worcester

Parking is available in Becker’s West St lot between William and Cedar streets, or on the street. Campus map:

Branding is a familiar concept. You know effective branding when you see it. But what goes into a successful branding campaign? What should you consider in implementing one for your organization? Join Dr. Robert Johnson, President of Becker College, to learn from his experience, provide your own insights, and gain from those of your peers.

Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., is an experienced and energetic leader who became the tenth president of Becker College is 2010. He believes in the power of transformational leadership, possibility thinking, and building partnerships. Becker College was designated in 2011 as the home of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (Mass DiGI), a statewide center facilitating cooperation and innovation among the digital games industry, the public sector, and academia. He was appointed by Gov. Patrick to the board of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. President Johnson also serves on the boards of a variety of area nonprofits.

Wednesday, November 9, 8:30 am-10:30 am

Location: Kneller Athletic Center, Clark University

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Sports metaphors are used frequently in management. From building emotional investment to giving feedback, a sports perspective has much to offer nonprofit leaders. How does a coach create and support buy-in, carry out a new initiative, or sustain change with a team whose members have different skills, personalities, and backgrounds? Whether your challenges are with staff or board, fundraising or team building, you’ll benefit from this conversation with Clark University’s Sean Sullivan, Director of Athletics and Recreation.

Sean Sullivan was named to his position at Clark University in 2010. He oversees the 17 intercollegiate teams in NCAA Division III as well as intramurals and wellness programs. He began his career as head coach of men’s soccer at the University of California-Santa Cruz, where he was named male coach of the year in 1996. Sean has held positions at UC-San Francisco, Boston College, and York College. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University.

Tuesday, December 6, 8:30 am-10:30 am

Greater Worcester Community Foundation

Your small or all-volunteer nonprofit has unique advantages and challenges. It needs the help of every train car and the caboose to reach its goals! Come share your best ideas and hear new ways to grow your organization even with few or no paid staff. Learn how to engage committed volunteers and stay strong through the inevitable ups and downs. In this conversation facilitated by Colleen Abrams you’ll discuss ways to continue being inspired by a clear vision and where to find help particular to grassroots organizations.

Colleen Abrams is president and a founding member of Wachusett Greenways, an all-volunteer nonprofit group, established in 1995, whose mission is to link the communities of the Wachusett region with trails and greenways. By building and maintaining trails and by leading free trail events year round, Wachusett Greenways helps thousands of families and individuals become more active and connect to the outdoors and each other.

The information in this article was current at 08 Nov 2011

Keywords: Executive Directors, Health Sciences

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