This interactive, practical workshop will feature a case study as a basis for exploring the role of the board in strategic planning. We will review the “bottom line” expectations and the wide variety of ways that boards can fulfill their fundamental responsibility to ensure that their organization has a clear strategic vision, a practical plan and a reasonable approach to financial sustainability. Moreover, we will discuss the ways that a strategic planning process can actually engage the board and help focus the board on its role in your organization’s success. Workshop Moderator: Lisa Hoffman; Mike Allison, nonprofit management consultant will present a framework for thinking about the board’s role. And Mike and Josh Leonard, Executive Director of the East Bay Agency for Children will share lessons from a strategic planning process they work worked together a few years ago as a case study. The session will be highly interactive and will aim to give participants a clear understanding of their options in structuring a strategic planning process that engages the board successfully, when a consultant is needed/most helpful, and answer other questions about how to choose the best approach for your organization. Free program.