Board Basics: Governing Board Personal Brand Skills & Expertise

Written by: Eugene Boykins
Boykins Business Consulting Group

Add the highest value to your board/commission experience: Use the professional skills of your personal brand.

As a certified, proud AABLI cohort member, you’ve gained valuable insights into how you can make significant contributions to your community and to current or future organizations. It’s time to consider a few thoughts on how to better leverage your service.

5 Leadership Skills For Excellence: Nonprofits Are All Business

Written by: Gregory C. Scott
Partner, Executive Coach & Leadership Strategist
InVista Associates, Inc.
The Scott Group
AABLI alumnus, Class #4

The nonprofit business model needs a transformation, and needs to gain an advantage as a strong force in the business world. The label “nonprofit” is the first disadvantage; it implies the organization is not a business at all. Substantial and sustainable revenue is a must for any nonprofit’s survival and a high performing approach is the only way we get there.

What’s The Difference Between a Résumé and a CV?

Written by: Loren M. Hill, Ph.D.
Department Chair Director, Forensic Training Institute
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

At some point in our job seeking journeys, we’ve all been asked to submit our résumés or CVs. But how many of us assume these documents are essentially the same thing? They are not, and understanding the difference can help you make the case for yourself.

Annual Checkups All Around!

By Latonya Slack, JD
AABLI Head Faculty, Board Leadership Program
Founder, Slack Global Consulting

Do you schedule annual physicals for yourself or for your family members? Most of us do because checkups are good things. But how many of us realize that annual checkups for our nonprofits are also a good idea?

7 Leadership Skills for Excellence

By Gregory C. Scott
Partner, InVista Associates, Inc.
Scott Leadership Group
AABLI alumnus, Class #4

During a career that has been equally interesting and fulfilling, I’ve been privileged to serve both on boards and as chief executive officer of nonprofit organizations. This means I’ve been able to view organizations from two different perspectives, engaging in numerous conversations and mastermind sessions about what makes an organization or business excellent.

Get Social! Using Instagram to Tell Your Story

By Monique Stennis, MBA
Social Media Manager
University of Redlands
AABLI alumna, Class #6

Does it surprise you that roughly half of more than 400 million LinkedIn member profiles are incomplete, blank or look like abbreviated résumés? I’ve scanned hundreds of them, so no surprises are there for me. But I am perplexed, given that five out of six recruiters review LinkedIn profiles to determine if they should contact a candidate. It’s a safe bet that a number of other professionals do the same.

Real Talk: Head to Heart Leadership – Succession Planning Today, Successful Board Leadership Tomorrow

By Dr. Thyonne Gordon
CEO, Beyond Story
AABLI alumna, Class #3

How do you determine when to step into a board leadership role?

Leadership begins when you accept a seat on the board. Period. Once you do, you should understand the responsibilities that come with the seat. As a board member, you should investigate every corner of your organization’s mission and structure. Familiarize yourself not only with the duties of a general board member, but with the duties of each officer or committee person.

Mastering a New Seat: Mastering Fundraising as the Prospective Board Chair

By Brickson Diamond
AABLI Faculty Member
Chief Operating Officer, The Executive Leadership Council

Mastering the art of networking is serious business. During our AABLI Board Leadership Program (BLP) exercises and discussion, there is not enough time to dig deeply into the nuances of networking, engrossed as we are in expanding our universe of relationships, advancing the causes about which we are passionate and elevating the work of the organizations that express our greatest passions. In this brief entry I will touch on all of these more meaningfully than time allows during our session. This should serve both as a great preview for those considering an AABLI Board Leadership Program and as a moment of greater reflection for our alumni.