Registration and Breakfast

8–9 a.m.

Keynote Speaker

9–10 a.m.

Join Martin Nesbitt, ’89, chairman of the Obama Foundation and co-CEO of the Vistria Group, LLC, for a keynote conversation on nonprofit board service moderated by Steve Edwards, vice president and chief content officer of WBEZ Chicago Public Media.

Location: Zurich DEFG

Concurrent Sessions

10:15–11:15 a.m.

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, Senior Vice President of Arts and Culture, National Executive Service Corps

Location: Vevey 1

As organizations place more emphasis on developing data-driven strategy, nonprofits are struggling with how to quantify their impact. In this session, Chicago Booth economics professor Marianne Bertrand will share ways nonprofits can use data and impact measurement to demonstrate their value and to improve their work.

Speaker: Marianne Bertrand, Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, Chicago Booth, and Faculty Codirector, Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation

Location: Vevey 2

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 fund-raising board, advisory board to strategic board, and when and how to start a junior or associate board for your organization.

Speakers: Andreason Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Forefront; Mary Lou Gorno, ’76, Managing Director, Ingenuity International, LLC, and Tim Dugan ’90, Managing Partner, Water Street Healthcare Partners, LLC

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

Location: Vevey 3

Securing funding for your organization affects the level of impact your nonprofit can make and is often influenced by board dynamics. Learn from some of Chicago’s top funding organizations regarding what they look for in a board of directors.

Speakers: Beth Witczak, Head of CRA Strategy and Community Impact at CIBC; and Lynne Herer Smith, ’86, Director-Business Design, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Kristen Pettit Grube, Cofounder and President, Impact Grants Chicago

Moderator: Charisse Conanan Johnson, ’10, Partner, Next Street

Location: Vevey 4

Nonprofit Networking Fair and Small Group Lunches

11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Take a break from sessions and join us for lunch at the Nonprofit Networking Fair. The fair makes it easy for Chicago-area nonprofits to connect with Chicago Booth alumni and students looking for board positions and other volunteer roles. Held over the lunch hour, the fair enables attendees to discover organizations working on a range of social issues and with a variety of opportunities to get involved.

If you are representing a nonprofit and would like to express interest in having a table at the fair, please sign up via the registration form on CVent. View a list of the 40 nonprofits who participated in last year’s networking fair. The list of 2018 participating nonprofits will be available on April 1, 2018.

Location: Zurich DEFG

Join fellow members of junior/associate boards for a small, networking lunch. In this session hosted by Cameron Croft, president of All A-Board Alliance and founder of asenda, you will have the opportunity to ask questions related to issues on junior/associate boards and network with one another. This small group lunch is intended only for those currently serving on a nonprofit junior/associate board and requires pre-registration. Space is limited.

Location: Zurich A

Join fellow board chairs/board presidents at this small, networking lunch with David Friedman, '89, founder and CEO of Autonomy Works. You will have the opportunity to ask questions related to issues in managing a nonprofit board. This small group lunch is intended only for those currently serving as a board chair/board president and requires pre-registration. Space is limited.

Location: Zurich B

Join fellow alumni who live outside Chicagoland at this small, networking lunch with Caroline Grossman, ’03, director of programs at the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and adjunct assistant professor of strategy at Chicago Booth. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn about resources, and take what you’ve learned at the conference back home to your city. Space is limited.

Location: Edelweiss I

This lunch is limited to On Board sponsors, speakers, friends and participants in the 2017–18 Alumni Board Connect program. If you are unsure if you should register for this lunch, please email Erica Phillips.

Location: Edelweiss II

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

1–2 p.m.

Join us for a crash course in nonprofit financial statements and the legal issues nonprofit organizations often face. This discussion will demystify nonprofit board service and answer all of your burning questions.

Speaker: Jim Croft, Principal, JWC Consulting Group

Location: Vevey 1

The landscape of organizations designed to address social problems has evolved rapidly, so much so that many new institutions look a lot like businesses. Beyond traditional governmental agencies and philanthropy-funded charities, we now have for-profit social business, nonprofits with sustainable business models, public-private partnerships, and government services provided by for-profit firms. In this session, professor Robert H. Gertner will try to make sense of these evolving institutions through a Chicago Booth lens.

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

Location: Vevey 2

Serving on a nonprofit board of directors can be a great way to bridge a career gap or facilitate a transition into a new role while applying the business skills you gained at Chicago Booth. Learn how board service can be used to facilitate a career transition or advancement and come away with a sense of how to leverage board service to build your network and keep your skills fresh wherever you are in your career.

Speakers: Stacie M. Frank, '02, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Margaret Castrovillari, '00, Chief Financial Officer, AllianceChicago; and Ruxandra M. Hill, '16 (XP-85), VP & Director, Head US Risk Strategy & Integration, BMO Financial Group

Moderator: Anita R. Brick, BA '77, MBA '81, Director, MBA Career Advancement Programs, Chicago Booth

Location: Vevey 3

A successful organization relies on both its staff and board to be effective. In this session, learn tips for improving your team’s culture, communication, and hiring practices. Nonprofit leaders will each give a 12-minute talk on one of these critical areas of nonprofit management, sharing insights into how they built successful relationships between a board and staff members.

Speakers: Eric Weinheimer, ’94, President and CEO, Forefront; Maria Kim, ’12, President and CEO, Cara; and Angela Cobb, CEO, FirstGen Partners, LLC

Moderator: Timothy State, Director, Alumni Relations – Americas and Reunions, Chicago Booth

Location: Vevey 4

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

2:15–3:15 p.m.

While fund-raising is on every board’s agenda year after year, the ideas and tactics can seem repetitive. With dwindling government funds available, organizations now more than ever need to be creative and forward thinking in their fund-raising. In this essential session for board members and nonprofit professionals, learn how to keep up with current trends in fund-raising and come away with practical tools to help you achieve your fund-raising goals. This interactive workshop is also designed to offer tips for nonprofit professionals training their board members to effectively raise funds.

Speaker: Margie DeVine, Fund-Raising Consultant, DeVine Consulting, LLC

Location: Vevey 1

In this session, Booth professor Baris Ata will share ways that operations management principles can be applied in the nonprofit sector, where many organizations struggle to operate with limited resources. Learn about methods for planning for volunteer staffing and other resources during times of uncertainty.

Speaker: Baris Ata, Chookaszian Family Professor of Operations Management and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow, Chicago Booth

Location: Vevey 2

With so many worthy causes competing for attention, how can you make your brand stand out? In this session, learn some of the innovative tactics Chicago-based company Cards Against Humanity is employing to direct public attention to the social issues its founders are passionate about, including immigration, marijuana legalization, gender parity in STEM fields, and defeating Donald Trump. You’ll leave this session inspired to be bolder with your brand.

Speakers: Melissa Harris, ’16 (XP-85), CEO, M. Harris; Max Temkin, Cofounder, Cards Against Humanity; and Jenn Bane, Writer and Producer, Cards Against Humanity

Location: Vevey 3

In this workshop, explore the most effective practices for keeping your board engaged, building a healthy culture, and helping your board focus on what matters most for your organization’s success. Learn about the value of best practices from encouraging individual performance to changing committee structures. Come with your questions about board accountability, term limits, effective meetings, board giving, and more.

Speaker: Rena Henderson Mason, Founder and CEO, Bold Agenda

Location: Vevey 4

Fireside Chat

3:30–4:30 p.m.

How do business skills translate into serving on a nonprofit board? In this fireside chat, hear how one nonprofit successfully leveraged the knowledge of its board members to grow, scale, and achieve its goals.

Speakers: Mark Hennessy, ’90, Board Member, Covenant House International; and Kevin Ryan, President and CEO, Covenant House International.

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

Location: Zurich DEFG

Networking Reception

4:30–5:30 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.