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Reimagining Governance for Nonprofit Organizations, Networks, and Coalitions

May 18, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2023
10:00 A.M. TO 12:30 P.M. EASTERN. ONLINE.

Presented by: Nesly Metayer and Dr. Judy Freiwirth
Fee: $45


There is growing interest and urgent need for reimagining governance — leaders want innovative approaches and models which are more responsive and accountable to the communities they serve, while addressing racial equity and class. As traditional hierarchical models of governance often lead to dysfunction and disconnection with communities, new approaches are increasingly being adopted by nonprofits and coalitions across the U.S.

This advanced workshop will focus on some of the leading-edge governance frameworks and applications and how you can connect and engage your communities more directly in your governance. These frameworks include:

  • Community Engagement Governance™: an innovative governance framework in which key constituents and key stakeholders share in racially equitable shared/distributed governance decision-making
  • BoardSource’s Purpose-Driven Board Leadership: grounds board decision making in community wisdom and pays attention to the ecosystem
  • Network Governance: governance with multiple organizations
  • Liberatory Governance: focusing on racial equity and shared power between a governance team and staff

Learning Objectives

This highly active virtual workshop will focus on hands-on experiential activities to increase learning and dialogue about these new approaches to governance. Through this 2.5-hour workshop, board members and executive directors will:

  • Increase their understanding of the foundational principles of new governance frameworks and strategies to engage their communities more directly in their governance process.
  • Learn about the benefits and challenges of these frameworks from case examples of nonprofits and coalitions who are experimenting with some of these new approaches to governance.
  • Explore ways to apply some of the guiding principles of these new approaches to their own organizations or coalitions/network.
  • Develop a plan to bring back the learning to their boards or networks/coalitions.

Target Audience

This is an advanced level workshop and is limited to board members, executive directors, and senior staff that work directly with boards, coalitions, networks, or other governance systems. As this workshop will offer very different ways of thinking about governance, we encourage participation by those who have an open mind and are interested in experimentation. As the session will be primarily experiential, we are asking all participants to turn on their cameras for the entire workshop.

About the Presenters

Nesly Metayer has over 20 years of experience in management development with a special interest in POC-led organizations. As an organizational development consultant at TSNE, Nesly partners with organizations to design, implement, and evaluate participatory practices of inclusion and deepen organizational culture towards social accountability and equity outcomes through training, strategic management processes, community renewal, executive transition and organizational change. As a practitioner in the field, Nesly has been the executive director of Youth and Family Enrichment Services (YoFES), responding to racial disparities of children in Boston. Before joining YoFES, Nesly spent six years at Tufts University as senior manager for community engagement, leading the implementation of an innovative program to respond to the disparity of child obesity in America. Nesly has initiated and implemented various capacity building projects aimed at reinforcing the management capacity of many organizations in Greater Boston. As a practitioner-scholar, Nesly’s research agenda focuses on the factors associated with the effectiveness of mission-based organizations. Nesly Metayer earned an undergraduate degree in business administration, a graduate diploma in administration from the National School of Administration (IIAP), a master’s in sociology from University of Caen, France, and a doctorate in administration from Paris –Sorbonne University. He is currently working on his last paper for the Doctor of Management in Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Judy Freiwirth, Principal of Nonprofit Solutions Associates, has been consulting and training nonprofit organizations for over 30 years, especially those that focus on social change through movement building and coalitions, immigrant rights, and which serve communities of color.  She is nationally known as a thought leader and trainer in governance and has been a keynote speaker and trainer at many international, national, and regional conferences. She is a certified BoardSource Governance Trainer and is the key developer of Community-Engagement Governance™, an innovative governance approach which uses a racial equity lens and engages constituents and other community stakeholders in governance. Her practice also focuses on strategic planning, racial equity initiatives, leadership transitions, organizational restructuring, program evaluation, and community-wide change initiatives. She currently serves as an affiliated consultant with TSNE’s Nonprofit Executive Directors of Color Capacity Support Initiative. In addition to that, she also serves as the co-coordinator of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s New England Racial Equity and Capacity Building Initiative, which focuses on building the racial equity competencies of consultants and other capacity builders. She has published numerous articles for The Nonprofit Quarterly and is a chapter author for Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches. She served on the national board of Alliance for Nonprofit Management and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. She holds a doctorate in psychology, specializing in organization development.



May 18, 2023
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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