Help for When You’re Not the Board’s First Choice

An Excerpt from Karen’s CEO Conversation: The Best CEO-Chair Partnership

What happens when you are an internal candidate for the CEO position and the board chooses another? And, when that falls through, selects you? In this clip, special guest: Lori O’Keefe, President & CEO of the Triangle Community Foundation, answers.

Discover how Lori developed confidence and strength in her CEO role; you can too. 

And–learn what it’s like to attend Karen’s CEO Conversations.

When You’re Not the Board’s First Choice: Karen’s Conversation Video Clip

00:00 Why this conversation?

00:50 Best practices- Communicate with Your Board Chair

02:06 Lori O’Keefe Introduction

03:02 “Lori, how have you developed confidence and strength in your CEO-Chair Partnerships?”

08:29 More

The Big Picture

If you’ve been a nonprofit CEO or executive director for over a few years, you’ve experienced multiple board chair partnerships. If you’re like most nonprofit CEOs, your chairs have been a mixed blessing. Some standout. Others are okay, and hopefully, no more than induced a countdown until their terms ended.

What can nonprofit CEO do to enhance their relationships with their chairs? Lot. Here are some more resources about high-quality CEO-Chair Partnerships.

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What CEOs are saying about Karen’s Nonprofit CEO Conversations

Karen’s CEO Conversations are a great place to have candid, valuable conversations with other nonprofit CEOs.
Mona Duffus
Dawning Family Services

Great call today – very helpful. I picked up lots of very helpful information, so THANK YOU!!!
Diane Nahabedian
Executive Director
Monkey Helpers

Every one of the conversations has been fantastic. I have applied something from each one to my work.
Erica (Mossholder) Klauber
Executive Director
Children’s Craniofacial Association

Karen Eber Davis

Karen Eber Davis Consulting guides executive directors and CEOs to generate the resources, boards, and support they need to make remarkable progress on their missions. As the award-winning thought-leader, advisor, and founding principal of Karen Eber Davis Consulting, Karen helps nonprofit leaders get answers, generate revenue, and grow their mission. Davis is known for her innovation and practicality based on her work with or visits to over 1,000 nonprofit organizations and her experience leading board and team events. She is the author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams and Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together.