Instructor: David Renz, PhD, director emeritus of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC

Dates for this four-day in-person program:
October 19, 26, November 2 and 9, 2024 (9a-Noon).



Program Details

The Advanced Board Leadership Series is a highly interactive and fast-paced series designed to further prepare and support experienced members and leaders of nonprofit and public service governing boards, especially Board Chairs, Officers, Committee Chairs, Chief Executives, and those who aspire to serve in such roles. This four-session series is facilitated by Dr. David Renz, director emeritus of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC and a nationally recognized expert on nonprofit governance and boards. Our vision for the series is to attract and engage a diverse group of experienced leaders from across the Kansas City community in thoughtful learning and dialogue as we explore the challenge of board effectiveness and share with each other what we have learned about how to develop, support, and sustain it. The goal of the series is to enhance the effectiveness of experienced nonprofit and other public service board and executive leaders as they develop and lead boards capable of excellence and impact.

We will meet from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Bloch Heritage Hall at UMKC or virtually via Zoom for four Saturday mornings in October and November: October 19, 26, November 2 and 9, 2024. Participants are asked to attend all sessions.

Session 1: Boards, Governance and Organizational Effectiveness
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2024 (9am-Noon)

  • Introduction to the Series, Your Colleagues, and How We Learn Together
  • Governance, Boards, and the Roles that Bring Them to Life
  • The Fundamentals of Board Effectiveness

Session 2: Critical Elements of Governance Success
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2024 (9am-Noon)

  • The Life Cycle of Board and Board Member Effectiveness
  • Boards and Executives: The Imperative of Role Clarity
  • The Unique Power and Impact of an Effective Chair

Session 3: Growing and Developing the Effective Board
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2024 (9am-Noon)

  • A Framework for Growing Board Capacity
  • The Universe of Board Self-Assessments (and How to Use Them Well)
  • The Elephant in Every Board Room: Diversity, Inclusion, and Impact

Session 4: Sustaining Long Term Board Effectiveness and Impact
Date: Saturday, November 9, 2024 (9am-Noon)

  • How Healthy is Your Board’s Culture?
  • Preparing For and Enabling Leadership Succession
  • Making Sense of It All: A Dialogue on Board Effectiveness
Pay What You Can Program
In an effort to make our offerings more accessible and affordable to a wider range of individuals and organizations, we are offering the following discount options, while compensating our instructors fairly for their work.

This series is being offered at a suggested price of $150. If you are unable to pay the suggested fee, you are very much welcome to use one of the discount promo codes so you can join this series.

Promo Codes:

For 25% off use the following promo code: MCNL25
For 50% off use the following promo code: MCNL50

If you or your organization need additional assistance to participate in this series please let us know at / (816) 235-5720.


Program Logistics:
Each session is delivered from 9 a.m. to Noon. Participants have the option to attend in-person at the UMKC Bloch Heritage Hall, 5110 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri Room 006 or virtually via Zoom.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy:
Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the first session. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before class begins. No refunds will be made after the first session has begun. You may transfer your registration by contacting MCNL at (816) 235-5720 or

Photo and Video Release:
By attending the event, you are giving MCNL permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.