According to BoardSource, a leading authority on nonprofit board governance, a vast majority of board members across the country receive little to no training on being on a board. As you could guess, this can lead to confusion and even conflict within organizations. Fortunately experts from Design Group International are here to help us avoid these challenges! Whether you’re looking to learn how you can better partner with your organization’s board or if you’re curious about board service yourself, this conversation will help you better understand the roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board and will give you the tools to build a happy and healthy board-staff relationship!
Topic: Breaking Into the Boardroom
Speakers: Deanna Rolffs MPA, APC, CCC & Matt Visser, Design Group International
Date: Feb. 5
Time: 11:30am to 1pm
Location: Hispanic Center - 1204 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI
Topic: Identity, Power, and Privilege
Speaker: Rhae-Ann Booker, VP of Diversity Equity & Inclusion at Metro Health
There are many distinguishing characteristics associated with human identities and the lived experiences of institutional privilege and power. Join Dr. Rhae-Ann Booker, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Metro Health - University of Michigan Health to explore the effects of these forces and strategies for fostering greater inclusion in our lives and communities.
Location coming soon!
Topic: Advocating for You: Negotiating for Salary & Professional Development
Speakers: Carlos Sanchez, Director of the Ferris State University Latino Business and Economic Development Center; Kim Monaghan, Owner at KBM Coaching; Mel Trombly, Director of Leadership Programs at the Grand Rapids Chamber
Date: Apr. 1
Time: 11:30am to 1pm
In a sector oriented around the public good and social causes, it’s clear that ethics are especially important for nonprofit professionals and organizations – perhaps more so than other sectors. However, nonprofit organizations and professionals often encounter situations that pose ethical challenges that don’t have clear answers. This discussion aims to better equip you to resolve these sorts of challenges by exploring ethical dilemmas and how to navigate them using tools and frameworks for ethical reasoning and decision-making.
Specific topics to be covered include:
- Laws vs. Ethics
- Defining and recognizing ethical dilemmas
- Key factors to consider when facing an ethical dilemma
- Tools and frameworks for navigating ethical dilemmas
- Principles for ethical decision-making
About the Speaker:
Michael Pratt is Senior Associate at Ktisis Capital, a strategic advisory firm to a mix of progressive individual donors, families, foundations, and philanthropic collaboratives. Previously, Michael was Project Manager at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, where he was responsible primarily for leading and managing The Grantmaking School.
Michael completed his undergraduate studies at GVSU, graduating with a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in psychology. During his time as an undergraduate student, Michael served as officer and treasurer of GVSU’s Undergraduate Philosophy Club and was the recipient of the Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award for philosophy in 2015. He was a 2017-18 Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellow at GVSU’s Cook Leadership Academy at the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.
Michael serves as Vice President of the board of directors of Alternatives in Motion, a West Michigan nonprofit which recycles, distributes, and maintains mobility equipment for those in need. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration at GVSU’s Seidman College of Business.