Marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, BLF 2015: Leading Together for the Public Good speaks to our proven ability to mobilize our energy, efforts, and voices to make a difference and even change our own trajectories when called upon to do so.
John F. Kennedy once observed that, in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters — one represents danger and the other represents opportunity. The social sector has faced many challenges, even crises, but when we lead together in a concerted way, opportunities and possibilities abound.
The BoardSource Leadership Forum creates the perfect environment for you to discover new opportunities, whether you’re thriving, in the midst of change, or looking to get unstuck.
Over the course of two days, you will be moved to
BLF is a celebration of the tremendous leadership and service that board and staff leaders bring to their organizations. The plenary sessions are presented by some of the most inspiring and motivating leaders among us.
This year, we’re pleased to have lined up both Mary Matalin and James Carville, American political consultants and commentators. They will open the conference by speaking about their efforts to rebuild and promote New Orleans, the city they now call home.
Other leaders who will be gracing the main stage include Art Taylor, president & CEO of BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and Kevin Washington, president & CEO of YMCA of the USA. Art and Kevin grew up together in Philadelphia and will weave in personal stories and narratives as they talk about the trust and confidence that the public puts in nonprofit organizations; why nonprofit leaders owe those community members strong, ethical, and transparent leadership; and what it means to lead in the digital age. Angela Williams, executive vice president, general counsel, & chief administration officer, YMCA of the USA and member of the BLF Host Committee, will moderate the discussion.
The response was phenomenal to BoardSource’s 2015 Call for Sessions. Choosing from among the 200 proposals we received was difficult, but now done, we’re confident in saying the 2015 BoardSource Leadership Forum is going to be the best BLF ever!
BLF is the premier national conference on nonprofit governance, and our sessions have the content and approach to support this distinction. They incorporate real-world case studies, practical applications, and, whenever possible, peer-to-peer learning opportunities.
This year, we have organized our sessions into three tracks: The People, The Work, and The Culture. The People sessions address who serves on our boards and how our boards are composed and organized. The Work sessions address what the board does — the work and responsibilities of the board, such as financial oversight, fundraising, and strategic planning. The Culture sessions address how the board conducts its work, from group dynamics to its relationship with the chief executive.
Board Composition and Structure
Leadership and Dynamics
BLF networking events provide you with the opportunity to build relationships, to share your passion, to discuss your challenges and your successes, and to learn from the extraordinary leaders who attend the Forum:
Sunday, November 8, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Don’t go it alone the evening before the Forum officially starts! Join us at our Meet ‘n’ Greet — a casual cash-bar gathering located at the Jazz Café (209 Decatur Street). Kick off your conference experience by making new friends, reconnecting with old, and arranging a dinner date.
Sunday, November 8, 7 p.m.
Dine-arounds are back! BoardSource started a new tradition in 2012 by arranging small dining groups for attendees with similar roles, mission areas, and interests. Dine-around reservations can be made when registering for the Forum, but don’t delay — space is limited and this is a very popular event. Dine-around participants are responsible for their own bill and gratuity.
Monday, November 9, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Yes, beignets will be on the menu! As will be the opportunity to engage in a lively conversation with new acquaintances about the opening plenary presented by James Carville and Mary Matalin.
Monday, November 9, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
On Monday evening, join the BoardSource staff, our sponsors and exhibitors, our speakers and presenters, and our participants for a casual cocktail reception aboard the Steamboat Natchez. Grab a drink and a few appetizers from the abundant buffet, catch up with old friends, and make new ones as we cruise down the Mississippi River and enjoy the tunes of a local, live jazz band.
Throughout the conference, there will be short networking breaks between sessions, making them the perfect time to discuss the valuable information and exciting ideas you’re taking away from the presentations.