Cindi Phallen

Cindi Phallen is a fierce advocate for nonprofit leaders so they build strong boards and attract more money, people and awareness. With 18 years’ experience as a nonprofit Executive Director, she’s learned from tons of mistakes and learned first-hand how to plot a course through the pain points of operating nonprofits. As an author, educator, speaker, consultant and the President of Create Possibility, she provides strategy consulting, speaking services, and retreat facilitation on topics related to board development, fundraising and strategic planning. Cindi is a fundraising instructor in the University of San Diego’s Nonprofit Management Certificate program. She also serves on the Advisory Board of NonprofitPRO.

  • Author, educator, speaker, and consultant
  • President of Create Possibility
  • Provides strategy consulting, speaking services, and retreat facilitation on topics related to board development, fundraising, and strategic planning
  • 18 years’ experience as a nonprofit Executive Director
  • Author of The Impact Triangle, a book for executive directors and board members
  • Writes a bi-weekly blog focused on the key issues nonprofit leaders face
  • Fundraising instructor for the University of San Diego’s Nonprofit Management Certificate program
  • Serves on the Advisory Board of NonprofitPRO
Cindi Phallen

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  1. Board Best Practices: Oversight Amid The Pandemic
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    Board Best Practices: Oversight Amid The Pandemic
    Nationally recognized board development expert Cindi Phallen will reveal the key practices that will enable your board to shepherd your organization’s business. You will learn concrete tactics to optimize communication with board members during and after the pandemic, building confidence in their governance role.

    What You'll Learn

    • What does board oversight matter?
    • What are the key components of effective oversight?
    • What essential policies must you have in place?
    • How can you stay focused on priorities and evaluate progress?
    • How should you effectively communicate with the board?
    • What should an assessment of oversight practices entail?
  2. Rethinking Board Structure: Committees and Leadership for Effective Governance
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    Rethinking Board Structure: Committees and Leadership for Effective Governance
    Nationally recognized board development expert Cindi Phallen will help you create a committee structure and leadership roles for optimal efficiency.

    What You'll Learn

    • What are the benefits of a strong committee structure?
    • What leadership roles do you need?
    • How can your strategic plan inform committee work?
    • What does an effective committee charter entail?
    • Why is your board development committee the most important?
    • Are executive committees overrated?
    • What role should staff members play with committees?

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