Leading with Intent

2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices

This forum was for the Boston release of BoardSource's national Leading With Intent report. The findings, including data on the state of nonprofit board diversity, were presented by Anne Wallestead.  Following the presentation, an experienced panel of local nonprofit board and staff members shared their insights. This convening is a continuation of the public conversation and call to action around nonprofit diversity, equity and inclusion that began in March 2017 and continued in October 2017 and April 2018. (See below for more information.)

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Welcome & Opening Remarks

Orlando Watkins, Vice President for Programs, The Boston Foundation

Presentation of Report Findings

Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource 

Panel Discussion with Q&A

Jennifer Aronson, Associate Vice President for Programs, The Boston Foundation, Moderator
Beth Chandler, Interim President & CEO, YW Boston
Betty Francisco, General Counsel, Compass Working Capital; Current Board Member
Greater Boston YMCA; Former Board Member, YWCA Boston 
Ben Hires, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Boston Public Library; 
Board Member, Urbanity Dance and Allston Brighton CDC
David Shapiro, CEO, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership; 
Board Member, Friends of the Children National and Institute for Nonprofit Practice; 
Former Board Chair, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

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 To view the reports and forum videos from March 2017, October 2017, and April 2018, follow these links: Opportunity in Change: Preparing Boston for Leader Transitions and New Models of Nonprofit Leadership; Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap; and Race to Lead: The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap in Massachusetts

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