Optimizing Your Board: Moving to Change Leadership and Greater Generativity 
The 2019 Alliance Executive Leadership Conference will provide a safe place for chief executives to delve into change leadership, with a focus on the critical role of governance. Chief executives wanting to keep up with the pace of change, navigate disruption, and seize opportunities in our sector must be agile, innovative, and results driven. And your board can be a great asset to achieve your long-term goals and vision. 

Accelerate the knowledge and resources necessary to take the next step with your board, moving out of operations, beyond strategy, and into the space of generativity. Whether a new or seasoned executive, you will leave better prepared and inspired to cultivate a real partnership with your board. This unique event will allow participating executives to have the candid discussions that can be so valuable, yet so rare in everyday life.

Program

Head Honcho: How to Survive—and Enjoy—the Loneliest Job on the Planet
There’s no question about it. The role of the chief executive is a tough, stressful, and very lonely balancing act. There’s the staff that needs monitoring, the board that needs managing, the money that needs finding and the many, many people who consider themselves to be the top priority. Through it all, you must have the savvy, grace, and stomach to keep it under control—and smile. This is what makes the job so hard. What makes it so lonely is the fact that you can’t really talk about how hard it is. Because the only one in your organization who gets it … is you.

But we can talk about it here. Deirdre Maloney, a former executive director herself, will facilitate this highly interactive session, where you will discover creative ideas to stay effective, forward-thinking and—yes—happy, all while managing a set of challenges that others can’t possibly understand.

Governance: Boards, Strategy, and Generativity
Move your board from thinking “backward” by focusing on staff presentations on past accomplishments and what money has been spent, to thinking forward into the future. Uncover the strategies and competencies necessary for your organization to focus on the root causes and trends influencing your organization and how this approach can activate and guide your board toward generative governance.

The CEO and Board Relationship: Much More than Governance and Roles
To build and maintain a high impact organization, boards and CEOs must negotiate the appropriate balance of power and vision. It’s a dance. Governance, strategy, management, and the day-to-day work requires intentional focus and finesse to keep the partner relationship strong and impactful. Regardless of the size and type of the organization, the CEO/board relationship should exhibit the best principles of teamwork and partnership.  Hear successful (and not so successful) examples of these principles from colleagues as we facilitate towards the best practices and policies to ensure organizational cultures designed to achieve success.

Leading through Disruption, Risk, and Transformation
Executives across the sector are confronting changes their organizations to remain relevant, to have impact, and, in some cases to continue to exist. After a day of facilitation and peer sharing you will be inspired with practical ideas and solutions to drive transformative change. 

Frank—and at Times Humorous—Discussion: What’s Keeping You Up at Night  
Sparked by real examples of executive challenges, this open forum session will allow for idea sharing and insight among some of today’s greatest sector leaders. This session will be facilitated by Alliance President and CEO Susan Dreyfus.

What’s Next
Where do we go from here? This session, facilitated by Alliance President and CEO Susan Dreyfus, will discuss next steps on the change leadership journey. Share your insights and suggestions for how the Alliance can equip you with the knowledge, solutions and networking you need to achieve your goals.

Facilitators

Headshot of Deirdre MaloneyDeirdre Maloney
President
Momentum LLC

Deirdre Maloney helps organizations exceed their goals and helps their people sleep better at night. She does it through her work as a published author, international speaker, and proud president of her training, facilitation and marketing company Momentum LLC.

Maloney has used her brand of “mild audacity” to inspire positive change around the world, presenting keynotes and workshops for organizations like the Boeing, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, National Association of Women Business Owners, and Vistage International. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Inc. Her books include Bogus Balance, The Mission Myth, and the Tough Truths series. Maloney's popular blog is a hit with anyone who likes a direct, authentic style with their morning coffee.

In addition to running her own company, Maloney's experience includes serving as CEO of a multi-million dollar nonprofit organization, serving as a broadcast news producer, and teaching marketing at the University of San Diego. She is a member of San Diego Rotary and, in her spare time, teaches boot camp for Gut Check Fitness.

Pre-Reading

Effective Board Chair-Executive Director Relationships: Not About Roles!
Mary L. Hiland
Nonprofit Quarterly, August 2018

Commitments for High-Impact Nonprofit Organizations
Navigator Commitments
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

The Power of Possibility: Exploring Greater Impact through Strategic Partnerships: A Discussion Guide for Boards
BoardSource