Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium Agenda at a Glance

2021 Schedule

For more information on the various sessions, please visit the Session Descriptions Page.

*Session titles are subject to change*

8:30am - 9:00am | Morning Virtual Coffee Shop

9:00am - 9:15am | Welcome

  • Presentation by The San Diego Children's Choir
  • Welcome from Dr. Lyn Corbett, Director of Governance and Community Programs, The Nonprofit Institute

New Administrations, New Priorities: What Does the Shifting Political Landscape Mean for Nonprofits and Philanthropy?

  • Mayor Todd Gloria
  • Supervisor Nathan Fletcher

9:15am - 10:00am | Governance as a Movement: Implications of New Local and National Leadership for Nonprofit Sector

  • Ben Kershaw, Director Public Policy and Government Relations, Independent Sector
  • Sam Carter , Founding Principal of Resilient Cities Catalyst (RCC)
  • Dr. Emily Young, Executive Director, The Nonprofit Institute (Moderator)

10:00am - 10:15am | Coffee Break

10:15 am - 11:00am | Breakout Sessions

  • Panel Discussion: Governance and Adaptive Leadership for the Current Moment: Stories of Resilience and Transformation
  • The Financial Rollercoaster: Let me off!
  • Adaptive Board Leadership
  • Are We Covered? - Legal Compliance Considerations for 2021
  • Building an Anti Racist Organization: What Boards Need to Know

11:00am - 11:15am | Coffee Break

11:15am - 12:00pm Breakout Sessions

  • The Critical Role of the Board Chair-CEO Relationship
  • Strategic Partnerships for Sustainable Impact
  • The Difference Between Governance and Management: Essential Roles of Boards
  • Creating Effective Fundraising Committees that Raise More Money, Deepen Board Interaction and Create a Joyful Fundraising Team
  • What Boards Need to Know about the Shifting Foundation Landscape

12:00pm - 1:00pm | Virtual Networking Lunch

  • Hosted by Tony Young, President & Co-Founder, RISE San Diego

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