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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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