Monday, June 26, 2006

I'd like to bring you up to date on a couple of personal professioanl development activities that I have recently been involved with. First of all on June 16th I attended the International Assocaition of Facilitators Conference in Baltimore as botha volunteer and participant. I worked in the morning helping to set up signage for the workshops, and facilitating at the Creativity Corner. In the afternoon I attended an excellent workshop on facilitating planning for the future.

On June 20th, I attended an excellent all day workshop on governance sponsored by the Dodge Foundation. This workshop was conducted by Susan K. Stevens who is a nationally recognized expert on nonprofit governance issues. What was new for me is a very informative segment on the lifecycle stages of nonprofits and what you should be looking for in board members in the various stages. It was a very insightful presentation and I hope to integrate these concepts into my own work with nonprofit boards.

I regularly dedicate time to professional development. How about you? Keep posted for more information on upcoming workshops that I offer. And don't forget - the summer is the perfect time to do the pre-planning for a Fall Board Retreat or begin the planning for strategic planning. My Fall calendar is filling up quickly - so if you are interested now is the time to begin exploring the possibilities.

Marion Conway Consulting

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