Governance Matters: Missions and Mindsets in this Moment

November 19, 2020 |

Governance always matters but perhaps never before in quite the same way as now. This moment is demanding much from the nonprofit sector and its leaders—executives and boards. The sector deserves the very best governance that boards can deliver to support its crucial missions. This interactive session will focus on what that means for boards in this moment.

From concept to practical boardroom application, Presenter Cathy Trower will address the ways of thinking and skillsets board members need including:

  • the mindset to deal with complexity and chaos,
  • making meaning of and learning from circumstances,
  • values-based decision-making,
  • asking better questions,
  • surfacing collective wisdom and risk tolerance,
  • and adapting board work appropriately in partnership with the executive and staff team. 

Dr. Cathy A. Trower is President of Trower & Trower, Inc., a board governance consulting firm, through which she has provided consulting and coaching services to over 250 nonprofits including colleges and universities; independent schools; hospitals, healthcare systems, and continuing care retirement communities; foundations; federated organizations; associations; human and community service organizations, and international NGOs. 

Trower is author of The Practitioner’s Guide to Governance as Leadership: Building High Performing Nonprofit Boards (Jossey-Bass, 2013) and the second edition of Govern More, Manage Less (BoardSource, 2010). She has written several articles for the AGB’s Trusteeship magazine including, “Flipping the Boardroom for Trustee Engagement: Why and How” (Mar/Apr 2015), “So, You’re the Board Chair” (Jan/Feb 2020); “Going Virtual Fast and Well” (May/Jun 2020); and with Peter Eckel “Governing In and Through a Pandemic” (Sept/Oct 2020).

Cathy is Chair of the RiverWoods (Exeter, NH) Board of Trustees and is immediate past Chair of BoardSource (Washington, DC). Cathy served on the Wheaton College, MA Board of Trustees from 2012 to 2017 and was a trustee at two other colleges prior to that.  

You can learn more about Cathy, her work and clients, by visiting

Funding for the Ethics in Governance Forum comes from a $2 million endowment created by the N.H. Secretary of State’s Office and the Center for Public Responsibility and Corporate Citizenship awarded to Saint Anselm College in 2013. The endowment was created from a settlement reached between the New Hampshire Securities Bureau and Tyco International, LTD in 2002 and is administered by the University of New Hampshire Foundation. 

November 19, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Virtual Event Via Zoom

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Virtual Event Live Via Zoom - Registration Required