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Leadership Conversations Series: 10 Tips for Working with Your Board and Committees

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 9:00 am - 10:30 am  ET
In-person | Cleveland, OH

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Join Alison Motz and Dr. Adriennie Hatten of Ascend Advisors for the key session of this new leadership series, Conversations, and learn how to effectively work with your Board.

Well done!  You are now the leader of a nonprofit organization!

You're passionate, dedicated and excited to make your mark on the organization; however, you cannot do this alone and your Board of Directors are a key partner in moving the organization to its next level.

In 2011, a study of 3,000 nonprofit executive directors conducted by the Meyer Foundation and CompassPoint found nearly a third of them were very unsatisfied or only a little satisfied with their Board.  And of the other respondents, 48% were only somewhat satisfied.

Within your first year, your ability to effectively engage and manage your Board of Directors will be one of the most important aspects of your job, if not, THE most important aspect of your job.  They are your boss, but you need them to be effective to achieve success.

Setting the right tone and developing a balance allowing you to work and productively collaborate with the board is the only pathway to success, for both you and the organization.

How do you work with them effectively?

 Join Alison Motz and Dr. Adriennie Hatten of Ascend Advisors for the key session of this new leadership series, Conversations, and learn how to effectively work with your Board.  This class will provide you with the 10 tips to help guide your Board to a planning process, developing the skills of your members, developing committees, and how to facilitate your Board and committee meetings.

Sign up here for the entire Leadership Conversations Series.

About the Presenters: 


Allison Motz, M.P.A., President & Owner of Ascend Advisors is an innovative, strategic thinker with over 18 years of executive management experience creating solutions and strategies moving organizations to their highest potential. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

After completing 10 years in the non-profit and government sectors, she left to pursue a consulting practice with a goal of strengthening organizations that strengthen lives and communities. Her focus is customized to the needs of her clients and supporting their efforts to further their strategic visions. She seeks clients willing to work in partnership and welcomes organizations facing complex challenges. She thrives in work that requires strategic and tactical problem-solving. She can see the “big picture” and translate the picture into an operational plan for implementation. She has experience managing staff and support consultants and the ability to build relationships to enhance project goals. She is seeking opportunities with for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Allison has facilitated business and non-profit collaborations to address youth and workforce development challenges with shared solutions.  She worked with healthcare systems to develop the Northeast Ohio Health, Science, and Innovation Coalition, an unprecedented partnership of regional health systems (Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Summa Health System, The MetroHealth System, Southwest General Health Center, EMH Health System, and the Louis V. Stokes Medical Center) working towards mutual workforce pipeline solutions.


Dr. Adriennie Hatten is a Strategic Nonprofit Leader with diversified experience working across Northeastern Ohio for over 20 years in social services, education and government with particular expertise in quality improvement. She is a Management Consultant and a Professor. Her strength in developing and implementing strategic initiatives that integrate policy, practice and research to create positive societal outcomes is an asset to her work in various sectors in Greater Cleveland.  She recently served as a Community Initiative Consultant for the NLI team and currently serving as the Strategic Consultant to the Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance. She has proven success in the following areas: strategic and operational planning, building collaboration, project management, grant writing and grants management, effective leadership and performance management.  She has experience in the nonprofit sector from both funder and grantee perspective.

Dr. Hatten is a native of Northeastern Ohio and a proud graduate of Shaw High School in East Cleveland, Ohio.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, her Masters in Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University and her Doctorate Degree in Urban Education from Cleveland State University. Dr. Hatten has worked on behalf of youth and families at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland, and Cuyahoga County Department of Children’s Services.  She is a volunteer as a Board Member for East End Neighborhood House, the Case Western Reserve Mandel School Alumni Board, the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods and the Boards of Old Brook and Regent Schools.

Registration is limited.  Please call 216-861-1933 x322 or email if you have any questions.


Foundation Center Midwest
1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1600
Cleveland, OH 44115

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