Webinar: Best Practices for Working with a Board of Directors

Webinar Description

There’s no shortage of reading material about how nonprofit boards of directors are supposed to operate. But when you are the paid or unpaid executive director or the board president who sometimes fills the role of executive director in an all-volunteer organization, you need to be more than book smart to successfully achieve the delicate balance of working for—and with—your board of directors. Join us to hear street smart advice from an executive director and all-volunteer board president as they offer best practices learned from their experience working with a board.

This webinar is part of the StEPs Lab series of online continuing education offered to both StEPs program participants and all others interested in the topic of financial management. This is StEPs Lab 20.


DATE: February 20, 2020

TIME: 3:00 - 4:15 pm EASTERN (Remember to adjust for your time zone)

COST: $40 Members / $65 Nonmembers / $15 discount for StEPs participants with promo code found on StEPs Community website

We will record this webinar. Access the Recorded Webinar in the AASLH Resource Center after the event has passed. Registrants of this event receive complimentary access to the recordings in their Dashboard. 

Closed captioning is provided for this event.


AASLH Announces 2014 Online Conference Sessions

Held every year in conjunction with the Annual Meeting, the AASLH Online Conference provides an opportunity for you, your colleagues, and volunteers to attend the annual meeting virtually.

This year’s Online Conference will be held September 18-19, 2014. Registration will open early August.

2014 Online Conference Sessions:

Many Small Surveys, One Big Impact – Systematic evaluation of teacher and student experiences across multiple programs, including field trips, can reveal powerful stories of institutional impact while exposing vast areas for improvement. Using examples from collaboration among fifteen Minnesota Historical Society sites, panelists explore evaluation challenges, provide do-it-yourself tools, and discuss how to use results effectively.

Telling a Whole History: Methods of Interpreting Domestic Servants in Historic House Museums - PBS’ popular television show Downton Abbey has led to an increase in visitors’ interest in domestic service. Is your museum current with scholarship and new trends in interpretation of this phenomenon? Discuss methods and strategies for revitalizing interpretation in historic house museums to include the voices of domestic servants.

Museum Management Tune Up - Are you as good of a manager as you think you are? We’ll help you kick the tires, read the gauges, and help out if your check engine light is on! In this session, you’ll evaluate your own skills in the following areas: employee assessment and review, communication, time management, and work relationships.

Your Most Valuable Partnership: Engaging Your Board to Ensure Success and Sustainability - Your relationship with your board matters—are you setting them up for success? Join colleagues from around the country to identify strategies you can use right away to ensure your board is engaged and effective.

Field Services Alliance Presents Navigating Legal Landmines in Museums and Archives - There are many aspects of running an archive and museum that are grounded in the law. This information-packed session addresses legal concerns surrounding oral history, collections, and digital copyright to help increase your legal literacy in recognizing and understanding the various concerns organizations face in these areas. The session is intended to be academic in nature and will not provide legal advice.

Support Young Children, Grow Future Audiences – At a very young age, children develop a sense of who they are and begin to construct meaning regarding their heritage, families, and communities. Through collections, cultural artifacts, and everyday objects, museums are in a unique position to provide important information that helps children gain insight about themselves and others. Consider the impact building relationships with young children and their families will have on the future of your institution.

From the Visitor’s Perspective

While I have to confess that I don’t read a whole lot of blogs, I always appreciate Linda Norris' perspective and insights when I read her blog, The Uncataloged Museum. She never assumes that because a museum is big, it is good, or the converse.

A few weeks ago Linda posted about five things she observed at the Getty Museum that any museum – regardless of size – could do to make itself more user-friendly.

My favorite observation was: “It feels like every day, someone thinks about how the museum looks to the visitor.”

I find that this is one of the hardest things to do when you’re involved with the details of conducting tours and designing new exhibits. But if you can cultivate this habit, what a difference it makes!

One board member I knew was always willing to think about and address these details. She found a bigger coat rack when she noticed that our little coat tree was overloaded. When she saw that an exhibit element was out of place, she brought in a power strip to bring everything closer to an electrical outlet.

By taking the visitor's perspective, she made the museum more inviting and comfortable. Observing her led me to cultivate the habit of thinking about the museum from the visitor’s point-of-view.

How do you remind yourself to look at your museum with fresh eyes?