Board Recruitment and Succession Planning – June 28, 2017

February 9, 2017

The Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness (OE) Initiative is partnering with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) to present a Board Recruitment and Succession Planning workshop.

This session is designed for board members, executive directors, and senior staff who are interested in deepening their understanding of nonprofit governance and better aligning the work of the board to heighten board engagement and maximize its impact.

Participants are encouraged to bring their bylaws, governance handbook, and recent board meeting agendas for reference during the series.

This session will take you through a step by step process to identify your board’s ideal composition, based on the organization’s governance and management support needs, and how to structure your recruitment process. This session will also address how to address board succession through a thoughtful and planned recruitment process. Specifically, we’ll cover:

  • How to identify your recruitment priorities, including preparation for board member transitions
  • How to use a recruitment matrix tool to organize names of candidates
  • How to create your recruitment process
  • Using a toolkit of templates, we’ll review the elements of a recruitment packet
  • Strategies for identifying potential board candidates and how to lead them through a recruitment process

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to determine your organization’s ideal board composition
  • Understand how to set recruitment priorities
  • Learn the steps involved in the recruitment process
  • Have identified the next steps to create or improve your own process

The session will be held on Wednesday, June 28th from 9:00am-12noon at the Center for Philanthropy (919 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130). The workshop is free, but registration is required. Please click here to register.

Should you have any questions, please reach out to Rachel Swan at or 504.598.4663.

About our Presenter:

Kay Irby HeadshotKay M. Irby, Director of LANO North, has been the face of LANO, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, in Shreveport for the last eleven years, where she has served as Director of the association’s regional office and chief liaison to nonprofits in need of organizational development and training.  This past summer she and her husband moved to Baton Rouge where she is continuing her work for LANO as the Director of Organizational Development.  She has been a consultant and coach for nonprofit boards all over the state of Louisiana.  Her training specialties include Board Governance, Succession Planning, and an array of Nonprofit Basics. The Community Leaders program that she pioneered has trained hundreds of young professionals in nonprofit board service and has placed these young leaders on boards throughout the state.  Kay has presented at conferences around the state and most recently for Board Source.

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