Nonprofit BoardCon



On Wednesday, January 18th, New York Nonprofit Media will host Nonprofit BoardCon which will bring together board members, executive directors and other senior leaders from nonprofits across New York to discuss methods and strategies to collaborate and work together.

The event will be held at:

Pace University

3 Spruce Street


8:15 -8:45am      Networking & Registration


8:45am Welcome and Opening Remarks by Vanessa J. Herman, AVP Government & Community Relations, Pace University


9:00am Board Responsibilities 101

A non-profit’s board of directors has several important responsibilities to fulfill.  The board sets the policy, monitors operations, and acting as a public figure of the nonprofit.  This session will discuss where to begin, checklist of important tools and resources, balancing the daily and five year plan.


OO, Older Adults Technology Services


Vice President, Carriage Trade Insurance Agency

Director, Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Adelphi University

Executive Director, Nonprofit Resiliency Committee, Mayor’s Office of Contract Services

Founder and CEO, Pitch In For Baseball


9:45am Strategic Planning as Collaboration between Staff and Board

The relationship between a nonprofit’s board and its staff is so important that it can make or break an organization. A good working partnership can be a leading factor in success.   This panel will address the dynamic, ongoing learning process and the importance of following a focused strategic plan based on ongoing board and staff alliance and on continuing to listen, design, and learn.


Managing Partner OAI


VP of Business Development, DoSomething

Principal & CEO, Public Works Partners

Co-Founder and CEO, The THRIVE Network

Chief Operating Officer, Turkish Philanthropy Funds


10:30am               Networking/Break


10:50pm               Board Reporting & Best Practices

                                Closed Panel by Marks Paneth



Partner, Marks Paneth LLP


Interim Chief Executive Officer, VIP Community Services

11:35am               Best practices for the recruitment and retention of millennial board leaders

Nonprofits are often looking for ways to reach Millennials to build a future base of supporters and volunteers for their organization and its mission.  This will discuss how nonprofits can connect with the next generation of supporters through the use of social media, videoconferencing and other newer technology, by recruiting in pairs, and by taking advantage of their generation’s knowledge.


Executive Director, NYC Hospitality Alliance


Director of Development, Art in General

Director of Development Events and Engagement, Safe Horizon

Senior Compliance Associate, Trinet


12:20pm               Networking Luncheon


1:30pm                 Diversity & Inclusion in the Boardroom

Having a diverse board not only offers a variety of backgrounds, skills, and resources, but also helps in understanding the community’s needs. An inclusive board can also lead to diversity in donors and allow the organization to appeal to more grant makers.  The panel will discuss how can boards expand this conversation and include the voices that need to be at the board table.


Director of Pro Bono Programs, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest


Regional Director, Manhattan Borough Centers, Community Healthcare Network

Founder & Executive Director, Community of Unity

Executive Director, Long Island Cares, Inc.


2:15pmSpecial Presentation:  Beyond the Board of Directors: Alternatives in Nonprofit Governance

Nonprofit-corporate governance is dominated by boards of directors, but a traditional board might not be the best structure (or fit) for every nonprofit, particularly organizations that want to secure roles for founders, families, or members of the community or other constituencies in their governance. Recent developments in nonprofit-corporate law (and some older, though little-used, provisions) permit a great variety of alternative governance structures—designated bodies, authorized third persons, committees, members, delegates, and designators—that can supplement or replace board governance. Use of these alternative structures can meet real governance needs of some nonprofits, but implementing alternative structures requires careful consideration, planning, and drafting.


Presented by:  Caplin & Drysdale


2:40pm                 Keeping the Board Informed

Engagement with the organization’s process and operations in terms of reporting, recruiting and accounting is an essential part of being part of a board.  It allows for good governance and ethical practice in today’s nonprofits.  The session will discuss how to monitor programs, senior staff members, and how much information sharing is enough.


Partner, SeaChange Capital Partners


Executive in Residence, AMS Solutions

CEO and Founder, JMT Consulting Group

Executive Director, Sky Light Center

Executive Director/CEO, VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired


3:25pm                 Networking/Break


3:45pm                 Organizational Effectiveness

Board performance is widely recognized as a critical ingredient in a nonprofit organization’s ability to achieve impact. It is important to maximize the board and staff’s time to increase impact.  The session will examine making the big decisions and best practices for an effective board decision-making process.


Chief Financial Officer, AHRC New York City


Regional Director, National Executive Service Corps 

Director of the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College

Managing Director - Search, Transition & Planning, Raffa, PC


4:30pm                 How to Call your Board Members to Action

Ideally, nonprofits have board members who are also active and vocal advocates of their cause.  However, that is not always the case.  This session will discuss maximizing a board’s resources and best practices for marshalling a board member’s wealth, connections and skills for the organization’s benefit.


Associate Director, Cause Effective

CEO, Common Impact

Vice President of Development, The New York Foundling


5:15 pm Closing Announcements, Raffle Winners & End of Conference

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Public Works Partners

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For more details on the agenda or speaking opportunities, call Lissa Blake at 646-517-2741 or email for more information. For sponsorship and exhibitor information please contact Kelly Murphy at 917-952-4994 or email

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