Board Chair Essentials

Designed for board chair-elects, first-time board chairs and experienced chairs assuming the role at a different organization, this course helps you develop a personal plan to address challenges you may face in your new role.

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The board chair position at a nonprofit organization comes with great responsibilities and unique challenges. In this one-day course, 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 helps you develop a personal plan to address challenges you may face in your new role.

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

NOTE: This course is no accepting registrations. Please sign up to receive notification for the fall 2018 session using the waitlist button below.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CPNL1205.F17.1 Ronnie Hagerty, Leslie C. Wang On-campus 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (lunch provided) Tuesday, December 5, 2017

INSTRUCTOR: Ronnie Hagerty, Leslie C. Wang
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (lunch provided)
START DATE: Dec. 05, 2017

Instructor: Ronnie Hagerty

Job Title: Assistant Vice President, Community Relations

Organization: United Way of Greater Houston

Degree(s): BA (Journalism), MBA, Ph.D.

Certifications: CFRE

Ronnie Hagerty is the assistant vice president of community relations for the United Way of Greater Houston. She  oversees community outreach and leadership development initiatives including the Nonprofit Connection and Project Blueprint, a program that prepares emerging leaders in ethnic communities for board service. In addition, she has assumed responsibility for United Way’s talent management initiative. Prior to her transition to the nonprofit sector, Ms. Hagerty was a consultant with New York and Houston advertising and marketing firms. Ms. Hagerty is immediate past board chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Houston Chapter, and has been appointed by the Governor of Texas to serve as board chair for the OneStar National Service Commission. She serves on the boards of The Rose and The Junior League of Houston Sustainer organization. Hagerty holds a B.A. in journalism from St. Mary’s College/Notre Dame; MBA from the University of Houston Graduate School of Business; a doctoral degree from Antioch University and is credentialed as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). She is a lecturer at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A & M University, and an adjunct professor at the Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University.

Job Title: Founder

Organization: Honu Advisors

Degree(s): MBA with concentration in Nonprofit Management

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.

Term: Fall 2017

Start Date: Dec. 05, 2017

End Date: Dec. 05, 2017

Schedule: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (lunch provided)

Length: One Wednesday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $400

For AFP Members: $340

CEUs: 0.6

CFRE: 6 points

Note: This course is not currently accepting registrations. Please select WAITLIST to be notified when registration opens for the fall 2018 session.

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