Michael Davidson had extensive experience providing technical assistance in board governance both as a trainer and workshop leader for Executive Directors and board members and as a consultant and coach for nonprofit boards.
His experience includes:
Lead trainer and curriculum designer for the United Way Linkages program, introducing more than 300 young professionals to the skills needed to fulfill the responsibilities of board members
Chair of Governance Matters providing leadership for panels, conferences and research projects designed to advance the sectors understanding of effective board governance and leadership
Invited speaker on current trends in board governance for numerous organizations, including bar associations, fundraising professionals and nonprofit professionals
Lead Governance Trainer for the Support Center for Nonprofit Management
Member of the review panel for the New York Times Awards of Excellence
Consultant to more than 50 nonprofit organizations assisting in governance reform, recruitment planning, executive director transition, executive director evaluation, board assessment, fundraising, strategic planning, etc.
An incredible manual which Michael provided for free on his website. This Manual suggests Board management guidelines to maximize the support, oversight and guidance that the Board Can provide while effectively engaging the passion and commitment of board members.
Another amazing and detailed document provided on Michael’s website. This guide covers the symptoms of board conflict, how conflict arises, and an overview of how to alleviate conflict and guide the board to success.
“Board members can strengthen their ability to work with a team, see issues from different perspectives, and reach decisions by consensus. They learn how to represent an organization, speak about it passionately, develop relationships and obtain important resources.”
“This is a critical time in our history as we finally begin to acknowledge our national failure to take seriously our commitment to equity and the strength we derive from our diversity. Implementing the values of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion carries some special challenges for Boards of Directors.”
“Coaches develop by learning from their players. They watch and learn by reflecting on the skills and qualities that underlie their player’s success. In this newsletter, I’d like to share some of what I have been learning from my clients.”
“A small board cannot establish all of the needed committees. It is however important to lay the foundation for a full committee structure by establishing one or two committees to develop committee management practices.”
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