Larry Kellner, president of the Houston-based private equity firm Emerald Creek Group and former CEO of Continental Airlines, will serve as keynote speaker at our 11th annual “Best Boards: A Leadership Conference for Nonprofits” on Thursday, March 1.
Acknowledging the fact that recruitment for nonprofit organizations’ boards of directors is all too often an afterthought, Kellner’s address entitled “The End of the Accidental Board” will offer strategic approach to board recruitment, guiding organizations through the transition from a self-perpetuating board to a dynamic leadership team that understands organizational needs and reflects diverse constituencies.
“Finding and keeping great board members is among the top challenges for many nonprofit organizations, despite the fact we know boards can tremendously impact the success of an organization,” says Angela Seaworth, director of the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership which administers the conference. “Mr. Kellner’s practical advice, from his experience on various boards, will help nonprofit organizations be more intentional about building the strong boards necessary to support their mission.”
Kellner currently serves on the Rice University Board of Trustees, as well as the boards of the Boeing Company, Marriott International and The Chubb Corporation. He also served as the 2011 chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership.
Designed for trustees and staff of nonprofit organizations, the day-long “Best Boards” conference will focus on the elements of successful board governance, including intentional recruitment and engagement of board members, finance, fundraising, board/staff dynamics, measurement and evaluation, and the effective use of committees.
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