Mendoza School of Business

Board governance focus of 2018 Nonprofit Breakfast Series

Published: January 19, 2018 / Author: Erin Blasko

The University of Notre Dame Office of Public Affairs and Mendoza College of Business will host a four-part breakfast series designed to help nonprofit organizations and community volunteers recruit, educate and retain a committed and effective board of directors.

The 2018 Nonprofit Breakfast Series will take place at Mendoza on the second Tuesday of each month beginning in February, with breakfast from 7 to 8 a.m. and presentations from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

“Having a functional, engaged board requires great energy and commitment. This series has been designed to educate and arm nonprofit leaders as well as board members with the tools they need to make a positive impact,” said Jessica Brookshire, associate director of public affairs at Notre Dame.

The schedule is as follows:

• Feb. 13: “Nonprofit Board Governance: Learning for Mission Effectiveness,” featuring Thomas Harvey, former director of nonprofit professional development at Mendoza.

• March 13: “Maximizing Communication with Your Board to Get More Done,” featuring Alice Obermiller, associate director of experiential learning and concurrent assistant teaching professor at Mendoza.

• April 10: “The Essential Nuts and Bolts to Build a Better Nonprofit Board,” featuring Marc Hardy, director of nonprofit certificate education at Mendoza.

• May 8: “Productive Board Meeting: How to Get More Done in Half the Time,” featuring John Tropman, Henry J. Meyer Collegiate Professor of Social Work emeritus at the University of Michigan.

The cost for all four sessions is $100 and includes breakfast, parking and a copy of the book “Board Governance” by Harvey and Tropman. Each session will include a Q&A with the presenter.

To register, visit

Contact: Erin Blasko, assistant director of media relations, 574-631-4127,

Originally published by Erin Blasko at on January 17, 2018.