Turning Your Board Members into Owners of Change: Webinar, Sept 26

International Economic Development Council

Turning Your Board Members into Owners of Change

Date: Thursday, September 26

Time: 2:30 - 4:00 pm EST

Price: $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Non-members

Contact: webinar@iedconline.org

It takes more than strong staff skills to make an economic development organization effective.  It’s imperative that staff receives thoughtful and timely guidance from a board of directors – the members’ representatives – when dealing with complex issues like incentives, financial cutbacks, working with elected officials and public policy.  Only coordinated and committed leadership can provide the clear direction EDOs must have today. This web seminar will help attendees understand how to get the most from their boards. 

Everyone agrees that learning to lead and manage change is essential for the long-term stability and health of economic development organizations. Coming up with strategies to achieve significant, high-stakes organizational change is one thing; actual transformation is another. Whether you are developing and testing a new member service, or planning an international expansion, history has taught that one of the most important barriers to large-scale change is the absence of a rock-solid board commitment.

Discuss new ways to engage with board members and generate innovative initiatives. This results-oriented process will energize and captivate your board members, deeply involving them in a process through which they will take ownership of change initiatives and commit to seeing them through, both financially and politically.

Doug Eadie will bring his 25 years of experience of working with over 500 organizations, as well as information from his new book "Leading Out-of-the-Box Change," which is only one of his 19 books and over 100 articles. Kurt Foreman, who has worked all over the nation, will give the perspective of a practitioner who has used many strategies to attract new business and investment to the market, and retain and grow existing businesses. He has a lot of experience working with stakeholders and other supporters of growth.

These are some of the strategies he uses and will discuss during the webinar:

• Learn the three roles a chief executive must play as the "Innovator in Chief"
• Discover a structure for your board to engage in high-level change
• Grasp new strategies to evolve board members into owners of change

Contact: webinar@iedconline.org


Doug Eadie
President & CEO
Doug Eadie & Company

Doug Eadie is President & CEO of Doug Eadie & Company, which works with nonprofit organizations in the areas of board and CEO leadership and strategic change. Over the past 25 years, Doug has assisted over 500 nonprofit and public organizations, including such clients as the International Economic Development Council, the Charlotte Regional Partnership, the International Association for Dental Research, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Port Authority of Allegheny County, Port San Antonio, the North Louisiana Economic Partnership, the Utah Transit Authority, and the Spokane Transit Authority, among many other nonprofit clients. Through his 19 books and over 100 articles, Doug has played a leading role in shaping the field of nonprofit leadership and management. His books include the just-released Leading Out-of-the-Box Change, the award winning Extraordinary Board Leadership, and the best-selling Meeting the Governing Challenge and Building a Rock-Solid Partnership With Your Board. Before founding Doug Eadie & Company, Doug served in a number of senior executive positions in the public and nonprofit sectors, and he also served as a Peace Corps teacher in Ethiopia for three years. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Doug was awarded a master of science in management degree from the Weatherhead School of Case Western Reserve University.

Kurt Foreman
Executive Vice President, Economic Development 
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

Kurt Foreman recently joined the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber as executive vice president of economic development. He formerly served as president of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership and previously worked in economic development organizations in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Oshkosh, Wis.; Fairfax County, Va. and Washington, D.C. Foreman also worked as a site consultant, working directly with companies to choose new locations. He currently leads the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s economic development team to attract new business and investment to the market, retain and grow existing businesses, support innovation and entrepreneurial development, and attract destination retail businesses. He also works closely with stakeholders from Oklahoma City’s bioscience, aviation, energy and creative industry clusters to support their growth. Foreman received his bachelor’s degree at Franklin & Marshall College and his master’s degree at Wake Forest University.

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September 18, 2013
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