Date: 08/12/2021
Time: 1 pm eastern
Run Time: 90 minutes including Q & A session
Leader: Brad Lebowsky, MBA, Nonprofit Consultant
Credits: Awarded 1.5 credit hours by HRCI and 1.5 PDCs by SHRM
Price: Webinar $295; Webinar + Download $349 (Share the download with your colleagues)
Audience Executive directors, board members, senior management, in-house counsel


Reality and theory are often quite different. In theory board members and the executive director always work together and without friction to advance the organization’s mission. This is not how it works. Conflicts and misunderstandings between the executive director and board members do happen, and if not resolved will undermine the success of your mission and sap the organization of its energy and direction.

Successfully managing your board can be tricky. Board members are volunteers. They volunteer because they believe in your organization and the importance of its mission and want to help it succeed. Unfortunately, they only have a limited amount of time. Also, they come from different backgrounds and likely have had only limited past exposure to the nonprofit world. Ultimately, how a board member defines their role may be quite different than how you see it. You may see them primarily as fundraisers and having a role in the general governance of the organization. They may see their role quite differently. This inevitably causes misunderstanding and conflict if not promptly addressed and resolved.

Please join Brad Lebowsky MBA, a nonprofit consultant with decades of experience relating to board member selection and management, as he discusses how to build a strong collaborative relationship between board members and the executive director which includes training, a comprehensive board manual, and establishing meaningful expectations of board members which are fully understood.


During this important program Mr. Lebowsky will discuss:

  • How to manage the relationship between the board, individual members, and the executive director
  • Developing a clear understanding the type of individuals you need on your board and finding and successfully recruiting them to serve
  • Defining the responsibilities of each board member and communicating and getting buy-in from board members
  • Settling conflicts between board members and the executive director and/or senior management
  • Traditional board responsibilities and committee assignments
  • How to communicate the executive director’s expectations to board members‒including meeting privately with current and prospective board members
  • The responsibility of the board member as a senior representative of the organization to the community and major donors
  • Measuring board performance
  • Getting rid of board members who aren’t pulling their weight‒how long should a board member serve


Brad Lebowsky earned his MBA with an emphasis on nonprofit management specializing in finance and budgeting. Brad has more than 25 years of nonprofit management experience and is a sought-after speaker, author, educator, and nonprofit consultant. His areas of expertise include budgeting, finance, grant writing, strategic planning, board training, retention of donors, employees, volunteers, and professional development. He also has a podcast, The NEA Podcast, which is available on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, and Brad can be reached at As a speaker, author, educator, or consultant his overriding goals are to grow people, communities, and resources for nonprofit organizations across the country.