The High Functioning Board Series 2014

YOU are a leader! New or seasoned, join CNL and fellow board members to build capacity through maximizing board performance.  Attend the CNL Board Development workshop series and increase your ability to have a positive influence on the organization you serve.

This year’s series will include a new component with the addition of panelists at each session – They will provide insight and answer direct questions during the workshops.  There will also continue to be take- home tools and interactive learning throughout the series as well as the always helpful networking with fellow board members in the community.

Session #1 – January 13th, 2014   5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m
Know Your Job: The Responsibilities of a Nonprofit Board Member

As a board member, understanding your role is significant to helping your organization achieve success. Through content, panelist discussion and interactive learning, attendees will come away with a detailed understanding of the responsibilities that board members must fulfill if your organization is to have an effective and high-performing board.

Session #2 – January 27th, 2014   5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m
Line ‘Em Up: Board and Executive Director Alignment (ED’s invited to join this session)

One often hears “It’s About Relationships” – When it comes to the leadership of a nonprofit, that couldn’t be more true.  The relationship of the Board with the Executive Director is crucial.  This session will concentrate on optimizing your organization through an effective leadership team.  We will clarify roles, learn ways to support each other and foster communication.  Organization Executive Directors should plan to attend this session with their board members to work toward common goals and a united leadership team.

Session #3 – February 10th, 2014   5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m
The “Ask”: Find Your Comfort Zone *

Some people love it, some people hate it – this workshop will help you find your comfort zone when asking for financial support of your organization.  Due to demand for more training on this important, yet often daunting, responsibility, this session will address directly various ways in which board members can participate in this vital role of board membership.  Attendees will come away with increased comfort and confidence as this session will help you find your niche, provide you with valuable tools and hands-on-practice.

Session #4 – February 24th, 2014   5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Money & Legal Part: Fiscal and Fiduciary Responsibilities 

Things every board member needs to know!  We will cover items such as: Policies, conflict of interest, ED signature level around expenditures and contracts, limits and availability of signors, checks & balances for finances, external audits, Directors & Officers insurance and filing of the IRS 990. This session will include several expert panelists enlisted to clarify concerns and field questions. Learn to avoid pitfalls and come away with an understanding of your organization’s financial & fiduciary health.

Attendees of all four sessions receive a  Certificate of Completion: CNL Board Leadership Series


Dashboards, Maps and Infographics: Tools to Measure & Communicate Impact

It’s well known that “a picture speaks a thousand words” and is a way to clearly and powerfully showcase the impact an organization is making and deliver key messages. In this workshop, participants will learn how to communicate information visually with dashboards, maps and infographics.

These state of the art Data Visualization tools transform complicated data so Board members, funders, Executive Directors and others can make instantaneous, informed decisions.

Data Visualizations are:

  • Uniquely powerful tools for communicating important information at a glance.
  • Easy to read, often on a single page.
  • Organizing and presenting the most important information from large amounts of data in an understandable format.
  • Summarizing information and focusing on changes and exceptions in the data.
  • Enabling Board members, staff, funders, and constituents to understand your impact and message.

About our Presenter

Our special presenter is Steve Monaghan, Chief Information Officer for the County of Nevada. He is the recipient of many awards, including:Steve M

  • Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers of Technology in Government by Government Technology magazine and Center for Digital Government.
  • Visionary Award for Information Technology Leadership, presented by the California Counties Information Services Directors Association

Under Steve’s leadership, the County has placed in the top 3 nationwide as the most “Digital County” for 2004-2103 by the Center for Digital Government and National Association of Counties.

Prior to coming to Nevada County in 1999, Steve was a founding principal in a Sacramento area corporate technical services and consulting firm. Steve worked with a broad cross section of industries, from banks and high-tech companies to health care providers, schools, and nonprofits.

Steve is the Board President for Child Advocates of Nevada County.

Friday, April 11th  – 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Let’s Get Social: Developing and Managing your Social Media Presence

In this CNL workshop, attendees will learn how to create, develop, build and manage a social media presence – Get up to speed on the ins and outs of the 4 most influential social media channels.

Learn how to use your existing key messages to create a strong network of followers and to build your overall online presence.

Presenters, Tina Reynolds and Leidhra Johnson of Uptown Studios will help attendees understand the importance of social media and how to better use each channel to build awareness of their organization, campaign or event.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to use each channel to effectively communicate your message and reach/grow your audience
  • How to build awareness of your organization, campaign, and/or event using social media
  • How to find and join pertinent conversations
  • How to establish yourself/your organization as a leader in your field

In the final hour of the workshop, attendees will put pen to paper and begin to develop objectives and set goals around a new social media strategy.

About Our Presenters:


Uptown Studios has been a creative source in Sacramento since 1992 – a Sacramento-based visual communications firm specializing in website design, graphic design, video production and social media management and training.

Tina Reynolds

Tina Reynolds

Tina Reynolds – Owner/Principal, Uptown Studios
Tina has been running her own design firm since 1976. As the community face of Uptown Studios and holder of the “big picture,” Tina brings her extensive design career and experience to each and every project. Tina leads by example, bringing her fiery enthusiasm and eagerness to each project. Tina is always here to remind you to make it “Easy, Fun and Popular!” 

Leidhra Johnson

Leidhra Johnson

Leidhra Johnson, Social Media Director, Uptown Studios
Leidhra is the Director of Social media Uptown Studios. Leidhra manages maintenance, analysis, and training, along with our team of social media account reps, for our clients that need assistance. Leidhra utilizes all of her training to keep our clients in the lead when it comes to influence and engagement on social media channels.

Friday, October 3rd  –  8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.