Critical Perspective on Governance

Conference Details

The Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC and The Nonprofit Quarterly, in collaboration with the Governance Section of ARNOVA and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, are pleased to convene their 2019 Conference on Nonprofit Governance.  This year’s conference theme, Critical Perspectives on Nonprofit Governance, reflects both our appreciation for and the need to continue to develop an increasingly diverse array of insights and perspectives that are being generated and tested as researchers and practitioners from a growing number of disciplines and fields critically examine the world of nonprofit governance and boards.

This conference challenges practitioners and researchers to come together to examine from multiple perspectives how we engage in governance and how governance and the work of boards is and will continue to be evolving in these challenging and dynamic times. In particular, this conference will encourage participants to consider the growing body of alternate perspectives on nonprofit governance that are being advanced to challenge the conventional views on nonprofit governance and its practice. We are pleased to announce three plenary session speakers to address different aspects of this theme.

Angela Eikenberry (University of Nebraska)
“Taking a Critical Perspective Toward Nonprofit Governance”

Brent Never (University of Missouri – Kansas City)
“Nonprofit Governance for the Common Good: Applying Elinor Ostrom’s Insights to Today’s Governance Challenges”

Elizabeth Castillo (Arizona State University)
“Bio-inspired Governance Principles to Reorient a Democracy Gone Awry”

This highly participative conference will employ the Midwest Center model that has successfully guided its academic-practitioner conferences.  It serves as a relatively intimate gathering of those who are serious about sharing and shaping governance ideas and learning, and it offers opportunities for formal and informal discussion and dialogue among the researchers, consultants, executives, and academics who are most engaged in addressing these challenges.  Central to the conference is sharing insights generated in recent governance research.  Equally central are the opportunities for dialogue that enable us to build on and look beyond the theory and research, as experienced leaders who are exploring new and innovative strategies and approaches in their communities and organizations share their perspectives in facilitated and informal discussions.  Half of the conference breakout sessions will be facilitated (non-presentation) dialogue sessions, each focused on a specific issue or topic of interest.

  • Diversity and Inclusion in Nonprofit Governance: No More Excuses!
  • Power, Influence and Engagement: Who Really Governs and How?
  • Shotgun Marriages: The Governance Dynamics of Forced Mergers
  • Governance and Succession: What Are We Learning About How to Make It Work?
  • Preparing for the Next Round: Governing through the Next Downturn
  • Strategy and Strategizing in a Dynamic World: Effective Strategic Governance
  • Governance Dynamics in a World of Digital Natives
  • The Latest and Greatest in Board Development: What Really Matters, What Really Works?
  • Network Governance and Opportunity Windows: A New Way of Looking at Collaborations

Paper proposals accepted for the 2019 Governance Conference

Nonprofit Board Interlock Formation: The Role of Network Structure, Homophily, and Organizational Attributes Nara Yoon, Syracuse University; & Jesse Lecy, Arizona State University
Is Board Interlock a Boundary-Spanner? Nonprofit Board Interlock and Diffusion of Board Governance Practices Nara Yoon, Syracuse University
Governing beyond the boardroom: Can stakeholder analysis be of value? E. Grant MacDonald, Dalhousie University (ret.), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Nonprofit Collaboration & Governance: Structures and Challenges in Formal Alliances William A. Brown, Texas A&M University; Teresa D. Harrison, Drexel University
The Impact of Board Performance Assessment on the Governance of Nonprofit Organizations Yvonne Harrison, University of Regina, Canada; Vic Murray, University of Victoria; Canada
The Welfare Economics of Organizational Governance: Addressing Critical Theory Issues Charles M. Gray, University of St. Thomas
A Framework for Redefining Governance Through Pursuit of “Differentiated Social Good” John E. Tyler III, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Columbia University
Nonprofit Governance – New Challenges For A New Philanthropic Age Martin Levine, Levine Partners, Chicago
Unlocking the Secrets of the Leadership of Nonprofit Boards: How Board Officers and Committee Chairs Prepare For, Understand Their Role, and Share Leadership Judy Freiwirth, Mike Burns, Gayle Gifford, Mary Hiland, Diane Fletcher, and Ann Cohen; Alliance for Nonprofit Management
Moving from ‘Power Over’ to ‘Power With’ in Nonprofit Governance Success Factors and Challenges in Sharing Power Beyond the Board Judy Freiwirth, Nonprofit Solutions, Boston


The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. (registration & buffet breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m.) on Thursday, April 11, 2019, and runs through 2:00 p.m. on April 12th.


Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 11, 2019
7:30A.M. – 12:00 noon Conference Registration
7:30A.M. – 8:30A.M. Networking and Breakfast
8:30A.M. – 10:30A.M. Opening Plenary
  Welcome and Opening Remarks
Conference Co-directors: David Renz, Ruth McCambridge, Brent Never
  Keynote Plenary Address:
Taking a Critical Perspective Toward Nonprofit Governance
Angela Eikenberry (University of Nebraska)
10:45A.M. – 11:45A.M. Introductory Dialogue Session (3-breakouts)

  • Room 1: Angela Eikenberry, Facilitator
  • Room 2: Roseanne Mirabella, Facilitator
  • Room 3: Tracey Coule, Facilitator
Noon – 1:30P.M. Luncheon Plenary
  Luncheon Plenary Address:
Nonprofit Governance for the Common Good: Applying Elinor Ostrom’s Insights to Today’s Governance Challenges
Brent Never (University of Missouri – Kansas City)
1:45P.M. – 3:15P.M. Concurrent Paper and Dialogue Sessions
  Session A: Paper Presentation Session: Reconsidering Nonprofit Governance in a New Era
  The Welfare Economics of Organizational Governance: Addressing Critical Theory Issues
Charles M. Gray, University of St. Thomas
  A Framework for Redefining Governance Through Pursuit of “Differentiated Social Good”
John E. Tyler III, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Columbia University
  Nonprofit Governance – New Challenges For A New Philanthropic Age
Martin Levine, Levine Partners
  Session B: Dialogue Session: Governance Dynamics in a World of Digital Natives
  Session C: Dialogue Session: Governance and Succession: What are We Learning About Preparing for and Implementing Effective Transitions?
3:15P.M. – 3:30P.M. Afternoon Break
3:30P.M. – 5:00P.M. Concurrent Paper and Dialogue Sessions
  Session D: Paper Presentation Session: Power, Influence, and the Dynamics of Governance
  Nonprofit Board Interlock Formation: The Role of Network Structure, Homophily, and Organizational Attributes
Nara Yoon, Syracuse University
Jesse Lecy, Arizona State University
  Nonprofit Collaboration & Governance: Structures and Challenges in Formal Alliances
William A. Brown, Texas A&M University
Teresa D. Harrison, Drexel University
  Is Board Interlock a Boundary-Spanner? Nonprofit Board Interlock and Diffusion of Board Governance Practices
Nara Yoon, Syracuse University
  Moving from ‘Power Over’ to ‘Power With’ in Nonprofit Governance Success Factors and Challenges in Sharing Power Beyond the Board

Judy Freiwirth, Nonprofit Solutions, Boston
  Session E: Experiential Dialogue Session: Diversity and Inclusion in Nonprofit Governance-No More Excuses!
Session Facilitators: Chris Fredette and Ruth Bernstein
  Session F: Dialogue Session: Preparing for the Next Round: Governing Through the Next Economic Downturn.
5:00P.M. – 7:00P.M. Reception
 
Friday, April 12, 2019
7:15A.M. – 8:30A.M. Networking and Breakfast
7:15A.M. – 8:15A.M. Alliance for Nonprofit Management Governance Affinity Group Meeting
8:30A.M. – 10:00A.M. Concurrent Paper and Dialogue Sessions
  Session G: Paper Presentation Session: The Effective Practice of Governance
  The Impact of Board Performance Assessment on the Governance of Nonprofit Organizations
Yvonne Harrison, University of Regina, Canada
Vic Murray, University of Victoria, Canada
  Governing Beyond the Boardroom: Can Stakeholder Analysis be of Value?
E. Grant MacDonald, Dalhousie University (ret.), Canada
  Unlocking the Secrets of the Leadership of Nonprofit Boards: How Board Officers and Committee Chairs Prepare For, Understand Their Role, and Share Leadership
The Alliance for Nonprofit Management: Judy Freiwirth, Mike Burns, Gayle Gifford, Mary Hiland, Diane Fletcher, and Ann Cohen
  Session H: Dialogue Session: Collaboration, Governance, and Opportunity Windows: New Insights on Networks and Collaborations
  Session I: Dialogue Session: Strategy and Strategizing in a Dynamic World: Effective Strategic Governance
10:00A.M. – 10:15A.M. Morning Break
10:15A.M. – 11:45A.M. Concurrent Paper and Dialogue Sessions
  Session J: Arranged and “Shotgun” Marriages: The Governance Dynamics of Hostile and Contested Mergers
  Session K: Power, Influence and Engagement: Who Really Governs and How?
  Session L: The Latest and Greatest in Board Development: What Really Matters, and What Really Works?
Noon – 2:00P.M. Luncheon Plenary and Dialogue Session
  Luncheon Plenary Address
  Bio-inspired Governance Principles to Reorient a Democracy Gone Awry
Elizabeth Castillo (Arizona State University)
  Facilitated Dialogue Session
Ruth McCambridge, Facilitator
  Conference Closing Remarks


Location

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110).

 

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the conference. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before the conference begins. No refunds will be made after the conference has begun. You may transfer your registration by contacting MCNL at (816) 235-5720 or culverm@umkc.edu.

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