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Board Leadership Cohort

When: Wednesday, April 10th - Wednesday, May 15th
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Where: The Regas Building
318 N. Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee  37917
United States
Presenter: Jerry Askew, Ph.D.
Contact: Eddie Crim

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All sessions will take place at The Regas Building from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, April 10th

Wednesday, April 17th

Wednesday, April 24th

Wednesday, May 1st

Wednesday, May 8th

Wednesday, May 15th



Member: $200.00

Non-Member: $600.00


Those who serve as members of a nonprofit board play a unique role and face a host of special challenges. While ultimately responsible for the well-being of the organization, they must lead without crossing the line into organizational management nor becoming “rubber stamps” for staff-developed initiatives. 

ABN’s Board Leadership Cohort, led by Dr. Jerry Askew, meets for six weekly interactive sessions and is designed to assist board members in understanding board roles, responsibilities, and relationships while interacting with and learning from fellow board leaders.


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn board members’ organizational, legal, and ethical responsibilities  
  • Develop effective staff/board relationship strategies
  • Develop strategies for leading during financially challenging times
  • Learn how to evaluate executives directors
  • Understand the board’s role in fundraising

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SHRM Credits:

Alliance for Better Nonprofits is recognized by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. Full participation in Creating an Organizational Change Strategy is valid for 3 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit



Dr. Jerry Askew brings nearly 40 years of nonprofit experience to ABN, having held executive positions in higher education, philanthropy and healthcare. Since arriving in Knoxville in 1985, Jerry has served as Dean of Students and Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs at the University of Tennessee, President of the East Tennessee Foundation and Senior Vice President of the St. Mary’s/Mercy Health Systems. In addition, Jerry has served on the boards of over 40 nonprofit organizations at the local, state and national levels. He received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MS from the University of Memphis and PhD from The Ohio State University. Jerry is also an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee.



Cancellation Courtesy:
If you wish to cancel your registration, notification of your registration cancellation must be received by email to Eddie Crim at five business days prior to the class. Please view our full cancellation policy here.

Special Accommodations:
If you require special accommodation in order to attend an ABN training, please contact Eddie Crim at 865-313-2077 or no less than 5 days prior to the training you wish to attend.


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