In this month’s podcast we consider the topic: In-Camera Board Meetings: who, what, why, how? With the drive towards increasing transparency in the governance realm, the use of in-camera board meetings is a hot topic. Shawn Mitchell, expert in not-for-profit governance and leadership, joins me to share his thoughts on how to employ in-camera board meetings to strengthen organizational governance. Shawn is the Executive Director for the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association, and a three-term member of the board of MEC, where he also chairs the governance committee.
Let’s face it – you and the rest of your staff are rock stars. If you’re anything like most not-for-profits in BC, you deliver an incredible array of programs and services relative to the resources at your disposal. In this environment not-for-profit staff teams excel at program delivery, partnerships, and adjusting the services they provide to the community on a regular basis. This strength, however, can also present a challenge. When does your staff team have an opportunity to develop their personal leadership skills?
What opportunities lay ahead for emerging leaders in the not-for-profit sector? That depends... The Ontario Nonprofit Network describes the situation as such: “The nonprofit sector can be a great place to work. It often provides employees with the opportunity to be a part of an inspiring cause. But, for many “early career” employees, those who are post-secondary students, recent graduates, and seeking or working in their first jobs, obtaining meaningful and sustainable employment within the nonprofit sector can actually be quite difficult.”
In this month’s podcast we consider the topic: Making the “To-Get-Done” List: Operational Plans That Work with Catarina Moreno, Program Director at QMUNITY - B.C.'s Queer Resource Centre. After a few years of observing a disconnect between strategic plans and work plans, Catarina led QMUNITY's operational planning process that translated the organization's strategic plan into one succinct operational plan that covers 12 multi-disciplinary staff.
Almost a year ago, staff and board at Vantage Point began to critically consider our organization’s Indigenous cultural competency. Our journey began with a (not so simple) question: why, when, and how would we acknowledge that our offices and training space are located on traditional Aboriginal territory? As we endeavoured to make space for this important conversation, we reached out to knowledge-keepers and more informed perspectives to provide guidance and support in the journey. Many talented people in our community responded from both within our own team and outside Vantage Point.