Association Leadership Pathway Sessions

February 2, 2021 (12:00 - 1:30 p.m. ET) - Association Governance and Board Effectiveness

Speaker: Dr. Michela Perrone, president of MMP Associates

Nonprofit boards of directors have an ethical, legal, and fiduciary responsibility to govern their organizations effectively. This session will look at common challenges, clarify the essential areas of governance, and discuss how the board and its leadership can govern effectively. Individual board members' legal duties of care, loyalty, and obedience will also be discussed. Participants will leave with useful examples of national best practices.

February 9, 2021 (12:00 - 1:30 p.m. ET) - Engaging Your Board, Building Consensus & Making Strategic Decisions 

Speakers: Dr. Michela Perrone, president of MMP Associates (moderator) and panel of NASFAA Regional Leaders: James Broscheit, Dr. Scott Cline, Mendy Schmerer, and Bill Spiers

Are your board meetings too quiet? What happens when board members have differences of opinion? Are you willing and able to work toward a solution that is best for your members and other stakeholders, not just what you think is best? This session will look at how to create a respectful and trusting atmosphere that will engage everyone on your board. We will focus on the art of compromise and flexibility to further your organization's goals, make good decisions, and best serve your constituents.

February 16, 2021 (12:00 - 1:30 p.m. ET) - The What and the Why of a Strategic Long-Range Plan 

Speaker: Dr. Michela Perrone, president of MMP Associates

Successful associations must continue to find relevance among their members. A strategic long-range plan (SLRP) is a source of motivation and insight, built around measurable, mission-connected goals. This session will explore the utilization of a SLRP to remain relevant and provoke thoughtful discussion among board members about strategy. It will outline the critical considerations that must be included in a good strategic planning process: a situational assessment, development of the plan document, and performance evaluation.

February 23, 2021 (12:00 - 1:30 p.m. ET) - Volunteerism, Diversity and Inclusion  

Speaker: Brenda Hicks, NASFAA National Chair; Panelists: Scott Skaro, Paula LuffDavid Page, and Christina Tangalakis 

Higher education professionals today must be very selective in how they commit their time, particularly if they serve at an already under-resourced institution. Associations are competing against numerous personal and professional commitments for this most valuable resource. Is your association structured so that volunteers are motivated to sign up? Are folks from a wide swath of backgrounds and different lived experiences represented within your volunteer ranks? Are you communicating the value of volunteerism to your membership so that they can hear the message? Engage with your colleagues on these questions and more.

February 25, 2021 (2:00 - 2:45 p.m. ET) - Advocacy and You

This session will touch on the main principles of successful federal and state advocacy strategies. An overview will be given of how NASFAA enacts advocacy strategies through relationships with congressional staffers, the Department of Education, the presidential administration, and states. In addition to highlighting useful NASFAA tools and resources, the session will also cover tips and strategies on how to successfully advocate at the grassroots level and outline how you can plan your own advocacy event.

March 2, 2021 (3:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET) - Inside the Beltway/State-Based Advocacy Featuring a Special Speaker

Session A: This session will provide a high-level landscape of the Washington political climate with a focus on COVID-19 relief efforts and the impact on federal financial aid policy. In addition, overall trends in student aid will be discussed, including an overview of Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization proposals, predictions for how student aid funding will fare in the annual budget process, and the impact of the 2020 presidential election outcome. The session will also provide an overview of NASFAA-led projects, services, and advocacy efforts.

Session B (begins at 3:45 p.m) featuring speaker Scott Jaschik, editor, Inside Higher Ed

With lawmakers singularly focused on issues related to the pandemic, uncertainty around federal appropriations and the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act abound, making the future of financial aid programs unclear. During this session, Special guest Scott Jaschik, co-founder and editor of Inside Higher Ed, will present on rising issues in higher education related to financial aid.

Publication Date: 1/5/2021

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