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Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Board Chair Essentials

Assuming the board chair position at a nonprofit organization comes with great responsibilities and unique challenges. Participants in this one-day course will gain a critical understanding of the chair’s role and expectations, discuss leadership challenges and become familiar with practical tools for success. Designed for board chair-elects, first-time board chairs and experienced chairs assuming the role at a different organization, this course will help you develop a personal plan to address challenges you will face in your new role.

This course meets the elective requirement for the Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives (LINE) Certificate. 

Course Details:

Section Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2017 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (lunch provided)
Fee: $400    For AFP members: $340
CEUs: 0.6
CFRE: 6 points

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Ronnie Hagerty, Ph.D.,CFRE, assistant vice president, community relations, for the United Way of Greater Houston, is responsible for community outreach initiatives including the Nonprofit Connec- tion, 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE Information and Referral Services and Project Blueprint. Hagerty serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals/Houston Chapter, the Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries/ACAM, and ESCAPE Family Resource Center. She has been appoint-ed by the State of Texas to serve as a
board member for the OneStar National Service Commission. Prior to her transition to the nonprofit sector, Hagerty was a consultant with New York and Houston advertis-ing and marketing firms. Hagerty holds a B.A. in Journalism from St. Mary’s College/Notre Dame; an M.B.A from the University of Houston Graduate School of Business; a doctoral degree from Antioch University; and is credentialed as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE)

Leslie C. Wang came to Houston in 2000 as a Teach For America corps member and taught fifth grade at Oates Elementary School. She later attended business school at The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned an MBA focused on nonprofit management. Her goal was simple: to help the people who help other people. After graduate school, she served as a program officer at Houston Endowment, a private philanthropy in the greater Houston area. In that position, she had the privilege of learning about nonprofit organizations in Houston and analyzing the unique strengths that they bring to tackling complex social problems. As a program officer, she developed a strong network among the non-profit and philanthropic community, along with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that drive the non-profit sector. In January 2016, Ms. Wang launched Honu Advisors, a small consulting practice focused on strengthening the social sector through board development, succession planning and governance reviews.


"Excellent on all accounts! Learned so much!"
-past participant