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Partnering for Success: Advice from Executive and Volunteer Leaders - Monday, October 18, 2021 (Zoom)
Monday, October 18, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EDT
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Session 3:

Partnering for Success: Advice from Executive and Volunteer Leaders

 presented by

The Boston Club's NonProfit Board Committee
in partnership with Massachusetts Nonprofit Network


Monday, October 18, 2021

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM - login and networking
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM - program

Zoom Meeting - You will receive login information
with your registration confirmation

Members: No charge
Non-Members: $35.00

Register no later than:
5:00pm, Friday, October 15, 2021


This is the third session in our series on nonprofit board education.  The objective for this session is to provide current and potential board members with insights into effective boards, focusing on successful working relationships between paid and volunteer leaders. 

Our moderator and panelists will strive to identify the crucial difference between management and governance, discuss the elements of an effective board, challenges, or pitfalls to identify and overcome, and how to pivot, reset, or replace staff or board members when necessary.  Some topics that will be addressed include:  relationship building between staff and board leadership; stories from the road; challenges faced and overcome by senior staff and volunteer boards; and how do board members and executive leadership address employee/personnel issues?

Our Moderator:

Jim Klocke
is the Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. MNN is the voice of the nonprofit sector, focusing on public policy advocacy, programs and services to help nonprofits grow, and communications that increase public awareness of the great work done by nonprofits. MNN’s 800+ members come from all regions of the Commonwealth and all sub-sectors of the nonprofit community. Before joining MNN, Jim was the Executive Vice President of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, where he directed the Chamber’s advocacy and economic development initiatives. Jim was educated at the University of Notre Dame and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Our Panelists:

Denella J. Clark
 is President and CEO of the Boston Arts Academy Foundation (BAAF), and is leading BAAF’s first-ever campaign, Building Our Future, a 6-year comprehensive $32M campaign. She has more than 25 years of experience in non-profit management, with significant leadership roles with The Dimock Center, Joslin Diabetes Center, MGH/Partners Healthcare, Bottom Line and most recently led her own firm The Give Back Group. She is also Chair of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (MCSW), a state-established body charged with reviewing the status of women in Massachusetts and offering recommendations to improve access to opportunities and equality, and is the first woman of color to lead the Commission.  She attended Fashion Institute of Technology and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). She is a recognized speaker on philanthropy, nonprofit, faith, women issues, and diversity. Denella has served on many boards including the City of Boston’s Racial Equity Fund, Boston Arts Academy Fashion Advisory Board, Board of Fontbonne Academy, the Fenway Alliance Board, and the Executive Committee of the New England Area Conference of NAACP. 

Charmane Higgins
Executive Director of Trinity Boston Connects.  Charmane has over 20 years senior leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. Before becoming Executive Director of Trinity Boston Connects, Charmane Higgins served as Executive Director of STRIVE, a social justice nonprofit focused on young adults in Boston, from 2008-2017, during which time she transitioned the organization to become a part of Justice Resource Institute. From 2017-2019 she was a consultant to nonprofit organizations. She has been a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Non-Profit Practice since 2010 where she mentors a cohort of emerging nonprofit leaders of color. Charmane attended Boston Public Schools and graduated from Boston Latin School. She earned a BA in Classical Civilization from Wellesley College, an MA in Latin from the University of Texas and an MBA from Simmons College. She has served as Past Chair and current member of the Board of Trustees of Boston Latin School Alumni Association and just completed a six-year term on the board of the ACLU in Boston. She is a current Board member of the Mass Nonprofit Network and is an adjunct faculty member at Boston College School of Social Work.

Harriett “Tee” Taggart
has served for several decades in fiduciary and advisory positions both on several corporate and many nonprofit boards. She has chaired governance committees for many of these organizations and, in this capacity, has been instrumental in facilitating and updating best practices introducing fundamental organizational changes. She has also chaired endowment investment committees and audit committees and served on a wide array of other board committees including compensation, health and safety (ESG), diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and more. Tee is currently a Trustee on the Board of the Museum of Science and on advisory boards of Mount Auburn Hospital, Berklee College of Music, Cambridge Trust Company, and Women’s Health Leadership at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. For twenty-four years, Tee was a Partner and Senior Vice President at Wellington Management, a global investment company for, endowment, mutual fund, and pension fund clients. She holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), an MA from the Kennedy School at Harvard University, and BA from Smith College. 



Members: No Charge
Non-Members: $35.00

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* PLEASE NOTE: Reservations are required for all events. For this event, reservations and cancellations will be accepted until 5:00pm, Friday, October 15, 2021


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