2017 Event Agenda

The second annual On Board conference in New York City brought together Booth faculty and other distinguished speakers who are working to innovate in the nonprofit sector.

Check out this past year's schedule below.

Registration and Breakfast

8:15 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Keynote Speaker

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Join Courtney Hall, MBA ’03, JD '03, cofounder and managing director of Hillcrest Venture Partners, for a keynote address moderated by Robert H. Gertner, Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance and John Edwardson Faculty Director of the Rustandy Center at Chicago Booth.

Location: Forum

Morning Concurrent Sessions

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

One of the most important—and toughest—things a nonprofit board can do is to be aware of the need to adjust structurally in response to the changing needs of the organization. Join a panel of nonprofit leaders to learn how to recognize the life stages of your board and how to guide it from founding board to fundraising board, advisory board to strategic board, and when and how to start a junior or associate board for your organization.

Speakers: Ray Iwanowski, ’97, Cofounder and Managing Principal, SECOR Asset Management; Christopher B. Hayward, '92, Managing Partner,  J.P. Morgan Highbridge Global Alternatives; and Kristin Boyd, Director, Credit Suisse

Moderator: Doug Sauer, CEO, New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON), and Governance Matters, Inc.

Location: The Hub

Get started by coming up with your nonprofit board search strategy. In this interactive workshop, you will explore different types of organizations and boards, how to narrow down your passions, how to find opportunities, how to approach and introduce yourself to an organization, and what diligence questions to ask before joining a board. Leave with a to-do list and strategic plan to start your search for a fulfilling and worthwhile nonprofit board experience.

Speaker: Gayle Haller, ’87, SVP of Arts and Culture, National Executive Service Corps

Location: Innovation Space


11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

With budget constraints and pressure to keep overhead low, it can feel like a losing battle trying to offer competitive salaries needed to retain high-performing staff. In this fireside chat, join a nonprofit director, a recruiter, and an expert on careers for insights into the world of staff compensation. We will discuss ways to recruit, recognize, and retain employees while balancing administrative costs.

Speakers: Christina Hachikian, AB ’02, MBA ’07, Executive Director of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Strategy, Chicago Booth; and Melissa Madzel, Principal, Koya Leadership Partners

Moderator: Julie Morton, Associate Dean of Career Services and Corporate Relations, Chicago Booth

Location: The Library

Curious about what makes effective board members successful? In this candid discussion with the individuals behind leading nonprofits, you’ll get tips and insights on how you can work effectively with your fellow board members. Leave with a better understanding of what it takes to communicate clearly, work in a team, and make compromises in order to maximize your board’s success.

Panelists: Lalita Badinehal, ’03, Director of Grantmaking, Credit Suisse Americas Foundation; Jerry Levin, ’68, CEO, JW Levin Management Partners LLC; Scott Baxter, '89, Managing Director and Head of Energy, Sagent Advisors

Moderator: Caroline Grossman, ’03, Director of Programs, Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Strategy, Chicago Booth

Location: The Hub

While fund-raising is among every board member’s responsibilities, it can seem intimidating. In this session for board members and nonprofit professionals, you will get a crash course in raising money and extending your passion for the cause to making "the ask." At the end of this interactive workshop, you'll be equipped with practical tools to help you achieve your fund-raising goals. This workshop is also designed for nonprofit professionals tasked with training their board members to effectively raise funds.

Speaker: Gregory Cohen, Associate Director, Cause Effective

Location: Innovation Space

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Join professor Robert H. Gertner as he guides attendees through a case study on a nonprofit faced with a complex decision. Through this case, you will learn new ways to think about the board’s role in critical strategic decisions.

Speaker: Robert H. Gertner, John Edwardson Faculty Director of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance, Chicago Booth

Location: The Library

Have you heard that big data is a big deal? Now hear from New York nonprofits that are collecting and making sense of data to guide their strategies and maximize their impact. A speaker representing each organization will deliver a 12-minute lightening talk on the topic followed by audience Q&A.

Speakers: Jimmy Lee, ’99, Executive Director, Restore; and Meredith Ferguson, Managing Director, TMI Strategy

Location: The Hub

Being passionate about a cause is important when serving on a nonprofit board, but do you have the tools to help your organization fulfill its goals? Review the fundamentals and refocus on the purpose and activities of a board. Whether you’re interested in serving on a board, are currently serving, or are a nonprofit executive, learn how to tackle common challenges, leverage the skills of each board member, and amplify your organization's message and impact in this interactive workshop.

Speaker: Rachel Patterson, ’03, Founding Principal, Glocal Consultants Group

Location: Innovation Space


Fireside Chat

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

How do business skills translate into serving on a nonprofit board? Hear how one nonprofit successfully leveraged the knowledge of its board members to grow, scale, and achieve its goals. Join Covenant House International board member Mark Hennessy, '90, and Jill Rottmann, the organization's Chief Development Officer, as they share lessons learned in this fireside chat.

Moderator: Christina Hachikian, AB ’02, MBA ’07, Executive Director of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and Adjunct Associate Professor of Strategy, Chicago Booth

Location: The Forum

Networking Reception

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Celebrate another great On Board conference with snacks and drinks at this year's networking reception. This is a good opportunity to connect with new friends and contacts one last time at the conference.

Location: Community Space