Hybrid Cohort
The Board Member Institute is Boardified's hands-on comprehensive board development program. Taught and administered by Northwestern University's Kellogg faculty and practitioners from the Jewish sector, the Board Member Institute serves active and incoming board members of Jewish nonprofits.
Program Components
  • 40 hours of highly practical curriculum that combines executive education with meaningful "applied learning" experiences.
  • The Board Member Institute serves as a central site for networking, cross-sector collaboration and identification of overarching challenges and opportunities in the Jewish community.
  • Participants come with the aim to influence a wider sector and expedite the formation of a healthy volunteer leadership ecosystem across the country.
  • Cohort learning and peer networking with up to forty selected outstanding volunteer leaders of local and national organizations.
  • Participants complete an individual Leadership Insight tool. The results are debriefed with a coach who will help the individuals to understand how leadership competencies and traits impact their behavior as board members.
  • Upon completion, each participant will receive a Kellogg Nonprofit Executive Education Certificate.
Thematic Tracks
While the curriculum will be delivered to the entire cohort, we have modified the program so that the Hybrid Cohort 2019-2020 will be structured according to tracks that align with your specific sub-sector of work within the world of Jewish Nonprofits. Our goal with this programmatic design is that you'll be able to maximize your experience at the BMI by tailoring a segment of the material to your specific niche of nonprofit work. The initial track offerings in the Hybrid Cohort may include:

• Focus on Women's Leadership – In partnership with the Schultz Family Foundation, this track will focus on the unique opportunities and challenges that face women who serve as volunteer leaders in our community. Selected participants of this track will engage with a top provider in the leadership sector to help frame and supplement the Board Member Institute experience by working together to cultivate their talent and nourish their goals.

Day Schools – In partnership with our colleagues at Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools and guided by the critical work they are doing to deepen talent and ensure volunteer leaders are equipped with the tools and resources they need to succeed, this track will build on the BMI curriculum and provide greater focus on the challenges and opportunities faced by Jewish day school volunteer leaders.

• Foundations – These sessions will enhance board members' understanding of how to apply BMI best practices and navigate common questions within the context of both family and non-family foundations in partnership with Jewish Funders Network.

• General Applied Learning This track is for individuals who would like curriculum that is widely applicable to board service in the Jewish sector and/or are not currently serving on the board of a Jewish nonprofit.

Program Content
November 2019 - May 2020*

*Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please note that programming for the Hybrid Cohort is being rescheduled. Updates will be sent to cohort participants as they become available.
Questions? To contact us, please email Samantha Stankowicz, Program Director, at sam@boardified.org.
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