Harnessing the Power of the Constructive Partnership: Team Learning for Board Leaders and Executive Directors

June 3, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
VT Nonprofit Discount: VT2021
Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP)
Harnessing the Power of the Constructive Partnership: Team Learning for Board Leaders and Executive Directors

The Board Chair-Chief Executive partnership is arguably the single most important relationship in any nonprofit organization. Yet this relationship is often challenged by differing understanding of roles, leadership turnover, personalities, and a lack of good communication. 

In today’s complex world, the ability of the Board President and Executive Director to work in alignment has become paramount.  If this relationship doesn’t work, it quickly detracts from everything else…mission, strategy, program, and impact. Too often we are content to accept an “ok” relationship rather than investing the time to build a stronger partnership that will advance the mission and strengthen the organization. It’s time to make this a priority.


By the end of this interactive two-part session, you will learn:

  • Key elements and proven outcomes of a constructive partnership
  • How to move from a good relationship to a great relationship
  • The importance of this relationship to overall Board-staff relations
  • How to disagree and still serve as a strong leadership team
  • The integral connection between this partnership and Board culture


Who Should Attend

This program is designed for teams including board leaders and CEOs/executive directors. Board presidents and chairs as well as emerging Board leaders and officers are invited to attend along with their organizations’ executive directors. Save on team registrations!


Cost + Registration

  • $89 MANP members + Common Good Vermont – Vermont Nonprofits membership discount code: VT2021
  • $139 Nonmembers
  • Discounts for teams! Save $40 for each additional registration from the same organization (applies to members and nonmembers)
  • Payment is due upon registration.
  • If you have questions on how to register, or need to make alternative payment arrangements, please email Learn@NonprofitMaine.org.


Event Details

This is a two-part online series hosted as a Zoom Meeting that will take place Thursday, June 3 from 1:00-2:30pm EST and Thursday, June 10 from 1:00-2:00pm EST.

Participants will receive login instructions in the registration confirmation email as well as in reminder emails that will be sent one day and one hour prior to each session in the series. 

Both sessions will be recorded and the recordings will be made available to all registered participants for 30 days after the event. Participants who are unable to attend will have access to all materials.


If you need to cancel your registration and wish to receive a full refund, please contact Learn@NonprofitMaine.org no later than Monday, May 24. After that date, refunds will not be available. If you wish to transfer your registration to someone else, please let us know who we can expect to attend.


Email MANP at Learn@NonprofitMaine.org.



Susan Meier, Principal at Susan Meier and Associates, LLC and Senior Governance Consultant with BoardSource, brings over 30 years of governance and nonprofit experience to her work. From 2004 through 2011, Susan served as the vice president of consulting and training for BoardSource, the nation’s premier governance resource for nonprofit organizations. She works collaboratively with nonprofit executives and board leadership to identify governance challenges and opportunities and to implement proven strategies to address a broad array of governance issues.


Susan works with all types and sizes of nonprofit organizations from charities to associations to foundations who are advancing their missions in the U.S. and around the world.  Much of her work has focused on increasing board engagement, the board/staff partnership, and addressing culture and dynamics in the boardroom. Specifically, she engages boards in a deeper understanding of roles and responsibilities, strategic and generative thinking, governance structures, concrete ways to maximize board meetings, and leadership transitions. 


In addition, Susan has served on a number of boards of directors and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Ripon College Board of Trustees where she graduated cum laude. She has served as guest faculty for the Kellogg School of Management Nonprofit Executive Education program, American University, and George Washington University. And, she is the author of the BoardSource publication The Board-Building Cycle: Finding, Engaging, and Strengthening Nonprofit Board Members, Third Edition.


Testimonials about Susan Meier and her work

“Your workshop was one of the BEST I’ve ever attended. Your presentation was excellent. Frank, honest, to the point, and right on target. It seemed that you were able to look into my head and see all of the concerns and you spoke directly to them! Thank you for this excellent workshop.”  

—Executive Director, Winter Harbor, Maine


“In spite of having decades of experience on boards and staffing boards, I learned a TON at Susan’s governance training.” 

—Senior executive, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation