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Services and Clients

Board Retreats
I will help you design and plan your retreat. I enjoy facilitating Board Retreats and am skilled in all the upfront work that makes a Board Retreat successful. I will provide retreat components including lecture, board assessments, group activities, and facilitating questions for breakout groups. An annotated board retreat agenda is provided for the retreat leaders so that each leader can clearly see when they are responsible for part of the program and the time alloted.



Participants at Board Retreat working on Mission and Vision

My services include Speaking  - keynote, group meetings, etc.  Speaking and facilitating an associated workshop at a conference can be offered together.  You can request a specific topic to be considered.  Recommended topics include social networking for nonprofits (very popular!), Nonprofits Partnering and Children and Philanthropy.  Visit my blog to see articles I've written on these topics and more.

Hiring a Senior Executive
Many Boards do not have the expertise and/or time to conduct a professional search for a new Executive Director or other senior staff member.  I am experienced in all phases of the search process including development of a job description, marketing the position, efficiently choosing which candidates to interview, conducting preliminary telephone interviews, providing guidance on in person interviews, assisting in having a smooth and efficient interview process, conducting reference checks and closing out correspondence with unselected candidates.

Hiring a new Executive Director/CEO is one of the most critical functions a Board is responsible for.  It can make a huge difference in the future of your organization.  It is well worth the investment in having professional help.

I conduct workshops in board development and hiring nonprofit executive staff. Additional related topics can also be presented. See my client list - many have sponsored my workshops for their constituents.

Clients include:

Prudential Foundation

Partnership in Philanthropy

New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning

Newark Boys Chorus School

Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless

North Jersey Community Research Initiative

Jubilee Center of Hoboken

New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership

Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center

Literacy Volunteers of NJ

Child and Family Resources, Inc

Animal Alliance of NJ

Habitat for Humanity Newark

The Hoboken Shelter
Brain Injury Association of America
Brain Injury Association of New Jersey
United Way of Passaic County
Center for Nonprofits
Essex County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs
Black Maria Film Festival
Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island
El Refugio
Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs
Volunteer Center of Bergen County
Women Rising
United Way of North Essex


Conference Speaker Experience

2012 Capacity Building Conference (Victoria and Prudential Foundation)

Grant Professionals Association - MidAtlantic Regional Conference

NJIT Society Of Women Engineers Annual Student Banquet

Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey

New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership

Prudential Foundation Breaking the Gala Conference for Grantees

Charity Channel Summit

Brain Injury Association of America - Chapter Presidents and Board Chair National Conference

NJ Center for Nonprofits - Ask the Experts one on one at annual conference