Governance

Berneitha McNair Consulting (BMC) is conducting both virtual and in-person governance training.  BMC can facilitate a stand alone governance session or design from five to nine hours of training via a retreat format.  Agencies can choose their governance training plan from the sessions below.  Both private and public community action agencies will receive high quality governance training that is developed to take their organizations to a higher level of success.  BMC also facilitates joint sessions for governance boards and Head Start Policy Councils. Contact BMC via telephone and email to obtain a free governance training consultation.

Introduction to Community Action: A Nontraditional and Forward-Thinking Perspective

This session goes back to the beginning of community action by discussing the War on Poverty and the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Board members and/or policy council members will learn community action history and important information on how to utilize the uniqueness of community action to spark positive change for low-income families and at-risk communities.  The training also discusses Berneitha’s analogy of community action being the “blue fish” and the best thing since sliced bread.  This session will be beneficial for both new and experienced individuals providing governance and oversight for community action agencies.

Back to the Basics in Community Action Governance: Roles, Responsibilities, and Intentional Oversight

This worthwhile 3-hour virtual training is designed to help nonprofit board executive committees operate efficiently and effectively to have a positive impact on agencies, while also enhancing their performance and capacity.  The workshop for board officers will discuss the following topics: 1) Productive and Professional Board Meetings; 2) Effective Board Committees; 3) Executive Officer Duties and the Integration of Duties to Enhance Overall Effectiveness; 4) Fiduciary Responsibilities; and 5) Simple Steps to Improve Governance and Oversight.

You are on a Community Action Board, Now What?

This training highlights why individuals choose to serve on community action boards, while also examining board legal duties, roles, and fiduciary responsibilities.  Board members will learn how to enhance their capacity and individual contributions that will prompt the agency to develop a high-performing board instead of a regular board.  This training will provide a detailed blueprint for intentional governance and oversight.

Strategic Board Governance: More Than a Meeting   

Governance should be strategic and planned for a particular purpose.  Participants will learn six components of strategic governance that go beyond monthly board meetings.  This innovative approach to governance is carefully designed to help boards do the following: 1) Develop a Mission-Driven Mindset; 2) Become More Diverse and Inclusive; 3) Promote an Innovative and Forward-Thinking Approach; 4) Engage in Effective Financial Oversight; 5) Be Results-Oriented; and 6) Achieve Respect in the Community.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Maximize the Tripartite Board Structure in Public Community Action Agencies 

This governance workshop will discuss the roles and responsibilities of tripartite advisory councils and how public community action agencies can better utilize these well-rounded groups to provide adequate governance and oversight.  The trainer examines the top misconceptions about advisory councils, while also outlining strategies to maximize standing committees, strengthen performance, enhance resource development/partnerships, and improve community awareness.

Governance That Works for Public Community Action Agencies and Advisory Councils 

This interactive session provides a detailed examination of strategies to enhance the capacity of individual advisory council members’ contributions to the agency.   Participants will learn how to work together as a team, achieve respect in the community, and provide support to agencies to have a positive impact on low-income communities.

Effective Board Meetings:  Preparation, Implementation, and Documentation

This training highlights how proper governance and oversight can be achieved through effective board meetings.  Board members will learn best practices related to information that should be included in board packages, how board agendas should be organized, how meetings should be conducted, and how board minutes should be documented. 

Teamwork Makes the Board Work  

The training compares a regular board to a high performing board.  Board members will examine the five characteristics of a high performing board and determine how those characteristics help community action boards become better equipped to provide strong governance and intentional oversight. 

Community Action Executive Committee: A Practical Approach to Enhance Capacity and Impact on Boards  

This worthwhile training is designed to help community action board executive committees operate efficiently and effectively to have a positive impact on agencies, while also enhancing their performance and capacity.  The workshop for board officers will discuss the following topics: 1) Productive and Professional Board Meetings; 2) Effective Board Committees; 3) Executive Officer Duties and the Integration of Duties to Enhance Overall Effectiveness; 4) Fiduciary Responsibilities; and 5) Simple Steps to Improve Governance and Oversight.