Board Catalyst Webinars

Because great boards don't just happen

About Board Catalyst Webinars

The Board Catalyst Webinars are 45-minute webinars that address developing trends and strategic issues of interest to bars. The season subscription includes five webinars, held bimonthly between October and June, with access to both the live session and the recordings. To purchase a subscription to the entire series, click here. You can also participate in individual sessions. The upcoming webinar schedule can be found below.  

For comments or questions, contact Joanne O'Reilly at (312) 988-5348 or joanne.oreilly@americanbar.org.

Note: discount rates are available for bars with fewer than 5,000 members. For details, contact Joanne O'Reilly.

Learn more about how Board Catalyst webinars work.

Next Webinar

Mistakes Were Made - Practical Governance Advice for an Era with No Roadmap
September 23 | 2 PM EDT | Register

The pandemic and our reckoning with racial inequity following the death of George Floyd have raised numerous new governance issues for our bar organizations. Many of us have found ourselves in novel, thorny territory. Join our panel of experienced bar leaders who will discuss this new landscape, including governance roles that may have shifted during the emergency, what strategy looks like in this moment of uncertainty, and the bar's reputation and action during this time of increased social awareness and activitism. Bring your questions as we grapple with these complicated governance issues.

2019/20 Lineup

Note: To streamline the registration process for the entire board, registration information will be sent to CEOs/executive directors only. For registration information or other questions, contact Joanne O’Reilly.

Sparking Joy: Cleaning Out a Bar's Cluttered Closet
   with Elizabeth Derrico
December 11 | Purchase a subscription to access the recording

Closet cleaning isn’t just for ridding yourself of college-era rugby shirts and moldy pantry spices. It is likely that your bar’s portfolio of programs could use the same deliberate attention.  Organizer extraordinaire Marie Kondo may have a thing or two to teach us about creating space to bring more joy to our members and community partners. Join bar association consultant, Elizabeth Derrico, who will discuss how our organizations can take a critical look at everything they do, keep the bar’s offerings fresh and diverse, and ultimately create passionate brand advocates among our members.

Creating a Future-Focused Mindset
  with
Jessica Birken

February 5 | Purchase a subscription to access the recording

If, as Peter Drucker said, the greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence but “to act with yesterday’s logic,” how do we release ourselves from the restraints of tradition and keep our eyes on what’s coming down the road? Join lawyer and nonprofit expert, Jess Birken, who will discuss the changing profession, our changing bars and how our boards can better equip themselves to meet tomorrow’s challenges. 

Moving Your Board from Risk Management to Risk Leadership
  
with David Renz
May 13 | 2 - 2:45 PM ET | Register

Associations – and nonprofits more generally – are notoriously risk averse, and organizations of lawyers may be even more so. Our boards perceive less risk in being slow to act than in making change when, in fact, the opposite may be true. Nonprofit expert David Renz argues that our boards need a major shift in thinking on this front. How can our boards better understand and embrace the most appropriate risks, while also engaging in an appropriate level of fiduciary care? Join our conversation with David to help our boards better prepare to engage with these two important kinds of work.

Dynamic Chief Executive-Board Partnerships
  with
Vicki Clark

June 3 | 2 - 2:45 PM ET | Register

Organizational success without a constructive partnership between the board and chief staff executive is nearly impossible. Governance expert Vicki Clark talks with us about the critical components of the most effective partnerships, common situations when the relationship becomes strained, and constructive ways to address challenges.

Mistakes Were Made - Practical Governance Advice for an Era with No Roadmap
September 23 | 2 PM EDT | Register

The pandemic and our reckoning with racial inequity following the death of George Floyd have raised numerous new governance issues for our bar organizations. Many of us have found ourselves in novel, thorny territory. Join our panel of experienced bar leaders who will discuss this new landscape, including governance roles that may have shifted during the emergency, what strategy looks like in this moment of uncertainty, and the bar's reputation and action during this time of increased social awareness and activitism. Bring your questions as we grapple with these complicated governance issues.

The Room Where It Happens: Building an Extraordinary Board
   with Vicki Clark
October 16 | Purchase a subscription to access the recording

“Our board tackles issues of such consequence that I wouldn’t think of missing a meeting.” That’s what we want board members to say about their board experience. Governance expert and member of the Bar Leadership Institute faculty, Vicki Clark, joins us to discuss some of the critical qualities of well-functioning boards and the practices they employ that can make that aspiration a reality.