On Board Chicago

On Board Conference on Nonrprofit Board Service

Canceled: In-person conference

The in-person On Board conference, originally scheduled for Friday, April 3, was canceled in accordance with current guidance from public health officials and the University of Chicago. On Thursday, April 16, you're invited to join us for an online event entitled "Leading the Social Sector in a Time of Crisis" to discuss how the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors can adapt to the unforeseen challenges presented by the current COVID-19 crisis. 

Thank you to our On Board 2020 sponsors for making the virtual event on April 16 possible.

 Bank of America

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Events Update

We have been closely following the evolving situation with coronavirus (COVID-19). The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois is climbing. Public health officials have said that continuing growth of cases is likely and large, and public events can pose an added risk, especially those with travelers from many locations. As a result, University of Chicago is moving to remote learning for undergraduate and graduate classes for the entire Spring 2020 Quarter, and Booth has decided to suspend all school-sponsored events and gatherings until further notice. Visit UChicago’s website for more information, or email any questions to the Rustandy Center.

We are so thankful for your interest and commitment to social impact. During these uncertain times, we are working to think creatively about how we can best support you in doing so. Thank you for your understanding, patience, and continued support.  


Andrea Zopp

Keynote Speaker

Andrea Zopp

President and CEO, World Business Chicago

Zopp served as former deputy mayor, chief neighborhood development officer for the City of Chicago and was recently recognized as one of the “25 Most Powerful People in Chicago” by Crain’s Chicago Business

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Friday, April 3, 2020
Gleacher Center
450 Cityfront Plaza Drive
  Chicago, Illinois
9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Registration Types and Costs


Ticket Type Early Bird Registration Registration After February 21
General Ticket $225  $275
Chicago Booth alumni (conference only) $100  $125
Chicago Booth alumni (pre-event + conference) $125  $175  
Nonprofit representative $125  $150
Chicago Booth student, faculty, or staff $50  $60
UChicago student  $85  $100  
UChicago alumni  $160  $175  
Prospective student  $160  $175  

Want to maximize your time at On Board?

Booth alumni can attend one of two workshops the evening before On Board on Thursday, April 2: Jumpstart and Amplify. You can register for either of these workshops by selecting the "Chicago Booth alumni (pre-event + conference)" ticket type during registration. Dinner will be served at each workshop and a networking reception will follow.



Meant to serve as a primer for On Board, Jumpstart is designed for Booth alumni who are new to nonprofit board service and are looking to join nonprofit boards. During this workshop, you'll think about the type of board you wish to join and identify how you can leverage your skills and networks when pitching yourself to an organization.

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Designed for Booth alumni who are experienced board members, Amplify will help you to explore ways to deepen the impact of your board. During this workshop, you’ll collaborate with fellow attendees on innovations in board governance, identify ways to integrate new ideas into your board service, and network with alumni who are already serving on boards or are looking for new opportunities.


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Learn from Booth Faculty

At the conference, join Chicago Booth faculty for our popular "Booth in the Boardroom" sessions, during which professors share insights into how research and other academic tools can be applied in the nonprofit sector.

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On April 3, the On Board conference will bring together Chicago Booth alumni and students, faculty, and business and nonprofit leaders to discuss key trends and insights in nonprofit board service. At the seventh annual event, attendees will learn ways to make the most of their board service and hear from Booth alumni and leaders in the sector. 

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