David Swerdloff Serves as Panelist at NACD-CT Event
March 10, 2011
NACD-CT's next event will examine issues facing non-profit boards and how these issues differ, if at all, from those being faced by for-profit directors. Among the topics for discussion the panel will discuss are:
What should one expect in serving on the board of a non-profit?
Who should be selected as a non-profit board member?
Should every board member be expected to be a fund raiser
If not a fund raiser, what skills should a non-profit board populate itself with?
Is there a recommended "good mix" of skills and talents for the board?
Should there be term limits for board members?
In what areas should non-profit boards involve themselves and in what areas do non-profit boards often make a wrong turn?
Defining the mission of the organization
Creating the strategic plan - more active role than that of a for-profit board?
When does "oversight" cross the line to become "infringement" on management's responsibilities and prerogatives
Revenue & funding – does the CEO drive this or "punt" it to the board?
Evaluation of the CEO
Succession planning – selection of a new CEO
Statutory exculpation of directors
D & O Insurance - Is it needed?
An increased level of compliance concerns
Aggressive Attorneys General
How does the board establish a "process-oriented" approach for itself and for management in order to get comfort on liability issues? How "perfect" does it need to be?
As well as other issues that non-profit boards often face, including:
What's the right size for a board
Should a non-profit board be larger because of the need for recognizable community participants
If the board is large, should the Executive Committee undertake the "administrative" functions for the sake of efficiency? What problems does that create?
"National" vs "Local" non-profits. Are there different skill sets needed in a board resulting from the organization's scope?
What's the right amount of "process" that non-profit boards need
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO, The Humane Society of the United States
Edward A. Kangas, Chairman of the Board, Tenet Healthcare Corporation; Former Global Chair & CEO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu; Director United Technologies Corp., Intuit, Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions Inc., and Hovnanian Enterprises Inc.
William Kosturko, Former EVP and General Counsel, People's United Financial, Inc.