Boardapalooza – 2017 Ohio Nonprofit Conference

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Date(s) - 10/19/17
7:30 am

Columbus State Conference Center



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October 19th, 2017


2017 Ohio Nonprofit Conference


palooza: One that is extraordinarily impressive; an outstanding example

Boardapalooza: An extraordinarily impressive gathering of nonprofit representatives setting outstanding examples serving their communities with empowered board members and organizational leadership.    


Columbus State Conference Center

315 Cleveland Avenue

Columbus, Ohio 43215


This conference is ideal for nonprofit leaders who want to learn best practices, address the real issues of nonprofit governance and bring ideas, solutions and resources back to their organizations. Please consider sending a team of your board members to this event. Current and potential board members, staff, consultants and others new to working with boards are encouraged to attend.


The conference will cover fundamental concepts, such as board structure and practices, the roles and responsibilities of board members, and financial and legal oversight. We will also explore topics like board recruitment, diversity and inclusion, and purposeful meetings. 

If you’re interested in educating and fortifying your leadership to advance the work of your organization, you won’t want to miss this event.



allison2Featuring a board training led by the nationally acclaimed board expert, Allison Black Cornelius(Allison’s bio)




Interested volunteers looking to serve on a board and organizations looking to expand their board are encouraged to attend Boardapalooza to earn a certificate of nonprofit board leadership.
The training includes an overview of the expectations and general policies of serving on a Board of Directors, and provides the volunteer with the basic fundamentals on the responsibilities of being a board member and allows the volunteer to learn more about potential nonprofits to be paired with. Through OANO’s new Board Bank program, we’ll pair volunteers interests with a variety of board opportunities, assisting in matching volunteers with the needs of local nonprofits.


What OANO members are saying about Allison’s board sessions:

 “Amazing and inspiring teacher”

“Most fun I have ever had in a training!”

“I wish I could sit through this entire session every month! So helpful!”

“It is a wonderful workshop with invaluable information. Would have loved another day with Allison in class.”

“Allison gave our organization a challenge and clear directions. Can’t wait to apply them!”

 “Loved Allison’s energy and insight.”

 “Interactive speakers like Allison keep you engaged! The day just flew by!”

“She is a wealth of knowledge that is relevant and applicable.


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Breakout Sessions:


This presentation is about cybersecurity basics for small businesses.  The focus of this training is to inform nonprofits and small business owners of the following: why they are a growing target for cybercriminals, which action steps they should consider before implementing a cybersecurity framework, and what steps they can take moving forward with respect to asking for outside help.


Anil Patel, Assistant Attorney General in the Cyber and Privacy Unit for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office 

As part of the Cyber and Privacy Unit, Anil is the assigned prosecuting attorney.  Additionally, he works on the CyberOhio initiative, which is aimed at protecting Ohio businesses from cyber threats.



Jessica Stall, Cyber Analyst in the Cyber and Privacy Unit for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office  

She tracks the current cyber landscape including new attacks that companies may face, as well as conducting cybersecurity outreach throughout Ohio.  Additionally, Jessica holds an active role in AG DeWine’s CyberOhio Initiative.


Creating Board Diversity with Intention

Creating a diverse board can be complicated and time consuming -but the benefits are powerful.  Having diverse viewpoints on your board will help you avoid blind spots as you prioritize resources and set direction. In this session, we will discuss how to assess diversity for your board and a variety of recruitment strategies that will help you become intentional in creating a board that truly reflects your community and those your serve.  Participants will receive a Board Skills and Diversity Assessment Worksheet to take back to their organization.


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Jane Page-Steiner, Founder & President of JPS Nonprofit Strategies 

Jane Page-Steiner has been a part of the not-for-profit community for more than 29 years. Jane founded JPS Nonprofit Strategies, in 2007 because of her passion and ongoing commitment to helping nonprofits build their capacity and improve their performance. JPS assists nonprofits with board development and organizational planning. Jane is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. Jane is the owner and publisher of the Greater Cincinnati Nonprofit News.


From Toxic to Terrific:  Changing the Culture of Your Board

Do you want a governing board, but instead you have a “working” board? Do you want a fundraising board but you have only “worker bees”? Is your board losing members from lack of engagement? Or failing to recruit the “right” people? All of these problems may be related to your board’s culture! In this fun and interactive session, you will learn how the culture of your board is affecting its performance; identify your board’s specific problem areas; and learn tips and tools you can use with your board right away to begin to change your board’s culture for better performance and higher engagement.



Susan+BlackSusan Black, Certified Fundraising Executive

Allene Professional Fundraising

Susan Black, CFRE brings over 20 years of experience in fundraising, public relations and organizational leadership experience to Allene Professional Fundraising.  Susan has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in political science from Mary Baldwin College and the University of Richmond, respectively.  Her career in development began at Marietta College and she went on to gain experience at Easter Seals of Central Ohio and the Epilepsy Foundation of Central Ohio before serving as Vice-President of Advancement for five years at St. Vincent Family Centers in Columbus, OH.  She began Allene Professional Fundraising in 2008 to bring her expertise to the wider non-profit community and help struggling non-profits identify strategies that will allow them to reach their potential.  She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Kiwanis Club of Columbus.  She received her Certified Fundraising Executive designation in 2006, 2009 and 2012. Her book Help! They Want Me to Fundraise! was published in 2014.


Dynamic Boards

OANO Council of Consultants member Kerri Mollard will facilitate a discussion about how to structure effective board meetings and how to build board engagement throughout the year. She will discuss OANO recommendations, incorporate tools such as a board meeting planner, and outline a process for re-framing fundraising beyond the dreaded ask.


Kerri MollardKerri Mollard, Founder & CEO of Mollard Consulting

Kerri has served more than 70 nonprofits as a consultant, and worked for nonprofits in roles from Membership Manager to Development Director to Interim Executive Director for seven years prior to founding Mollard Consulting in 2003. Her largest project is serving as campaign counsel for the nearly $17 million Reeb Avenue Center on the south side. Kerri has grown the company significantly in the last two years and was a finalist this year for the NAWBO Visionary Award. Kerri taught nonprofit management and public relations at Ohio Dominican University for seven years and speaks regularly at conferences and seminars, including the 2017 Seeds for Growth hosted by Huntington. She has a MA in Arts Administration from Indiana University, and BA in History of Art from The Ohio State University.


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