Board Leadership Certificate


We live in a time of rapid and profound change. Faced with shrinking budgets, rapidly changing social needs, a hostile political climate, and ever more intense public scrutiny. Today’s organizations are finding that it’s not enough to simply update a mission statement or patch over a list of outdated goals.  The board of directors has a critical leadership role to play.  Being a board member means more than just showing up at meetings; it involves being well-informed and asking difficult questions, participating in planning and policy making, ensuring a sound financial footing, and monitoring and evaluating the management and governance of the organization.  Is your board ready? This workshop will provide information, skills, and techniques to prepare your board of directors.

As a result of this professional development program, participants will:

  • Gain insights, tools, and materials that further their understanding of board governance
  • Develop a network of peers for the exchange of information and mutual support
  • Examine approaches, assumptions, questions, and practices regarding good governance

Participants who complete the seminar will receive a Certificate in Board Leadership granted by the Office of Continuing Education & Professional Development at Saginaw Valley State University.

outlineCourse Outline

  • Board roles and responsibilities
  • Legal and financial issues of boards
  • Board meetings and the use of committees
  • Board’s role in fund raising
  • Board member motivation, responsibilities, and accountability
  • Competing governance models
  • Outcomes training/ pathway to change

Board training ensures that all board members have the knowledge and understanding, to effectively carry out their critical role in the organization.

  • Full-day Workshops: Our full-day Board Trainings/ Workshops are an excellent tool to set-up your strategic planning process or fund development projects.
  • 3-4 Hour Board Training “Effective Board Governance” Provides an interactive environment with a range of topics customized to meet your board's needs.

Contact Monica B. Reyes at for more information on customize board training program.

On Site one day course are offered throughout the year and will be posted as scheduled.

Instructor: Terry King is the CEO of Action Leaders Inc; a consulting, training and coaching organization. Before establishing Action Leaders, Terry spent 10 years as a human resources innovator and 9 years experience as a customer service manager, training employees to deliver the highest standards of performance. After a successful career in healthcare and arts administration, Terry now coaches others to achieve the same success. Terry is an active member of the community and continues to serve on various boards and committees. He coaches leaders and equips organizations to improve capacity and infrastructure with goals of improved sustainability, increased results, and stronger community impact.

Who Should Attend:

Board leaders and paid staff of organizations, especially board officers, executive directors, nominating chairpersons, membership, and training and development committees or organizations wishing to revitalize their board of directors. Whether a seasoned director dedicated to updating your know-how or a new director seeking a solid foundation of corporate governance knowledge, you will take away the strategies you need to protect your organization and yourself, and to help senior management drive organizational success.  The session will also be useful to public agency staff who works with community boards of various kinds. This program is for new board members or experienced board members who wish to be brought up-to-date on each topic.


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$120 per person for on-site workshops