Govern Update Newsletter/Journal
Issue: 9/2020
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
IN THIS UPDATE:


We are so pleased to advise the GOVERN for IMPACT community and the broader Board governance community, that GOVERN will be launching its first professional journal this fall. The journal will include peer-reviewed articles, editorials, feedback to the editor, abstracts, related notices and updates, and advertisements.

GOVERN for IMPACT's Journal needs a name CONTEST
GOVERN for IMPACT begins publishing its new professional journal three times a year in the fall of 2020!  We are very excited about this next step. This journal will contain editorials, peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, advertisements, and other related GOVERN updates, e.g. conference notices, call for papers, etc.
I want to thank my colleagues who worked tirelessly and effectively on the 2020 GOVERN for IMPACT Virtual Conference. Fiona Burgess, Anup Deshpande, Thomas Keyse, Athens Kolias, Barry Packer, Karen Fryday-Field, and Michael Palmer were the gold standard of effectiveness. They trained speakers, implemented the virtual technology, and coordinated with the Consistency Team. They worked to ensure that the conference exceeded the expectations of the attendees.

The 2020 Govern For Impact conference was a success in several ways. One success was the tremendous generosity of the participants. Conference participants took up a challenge and donated $6,315 to the Caroline Oliver Fund For a New Vision.  This represents more than 1/3 of our yearlong goal. Thank you to all the people that donated.



 
 
 
 
 
by Karen Fryday-Field

  

We are so pleased to advise the GOVERN for IMPACT community and the broader Board governance community, that GOVERN will be launching its first professional journal this fall. The journal will include peer-reviewed articles, editorials, feedback to the editor, abstracts, related notices and updates, and advertisements. The journal will be published in the first year three times including fall, winter, and late spring.  The theme for the first edition in fall 2020 is Board Governance in the Primary and Secondary School Systems.  The first research project conducted by GOVERN for IMPACT will also be featured in this edition.


You are invited to submit a brief proposal for an article to contribute to the first journal. Such proposals would be for articles up to 1000 words on the above mentioned theme/topic.  Proposals for an article are due September 10th and you will receive a response by September 15th. The article would then be due by September 25, 2020.  Editorial feedback would be provided by September 30, 2020 with the final article due back by Monday October 5, 2020.


Please see the related note on the contest for naming the journal. 


The journal will be online and will be eventually searchable. More on these features in future updates. Please send any questions to ceo@governforimpact.org 


This journal will be a big step forward and provides a very useful medium to share research, concepts, and case studies.  In year one of the journal, there will be no charge. It will be included in the Affiliate package and the Fellow package as well as be provided to GOVERN’s approximately 4000 contacts.


    We look forward to your engagement with this new journal.


 
 
 

Karen Fryday-Field, MBA, GSP
CEO, GOVERN for IMPACT

 
 
 
 
 

GOVERN for IMPACT’s New Journal Needs a Name

You Can Help – Join the Contest

 
 
 

GOVERN for IMPACT begins publishing its new professional journal three times a year in the fall of 2020!  We are very excited about this next step. This journal will contain editorials, peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, advertisements, and other related GOVERN updates, e.g. conference notices, call for papers, etc.


I invite you to submit a creative name for this journal.  We are running a contest to select a suitable, yet hopefully appropriately provocative name for the journal.


Suggested names should be submitted to:  kfryday-field@governforimpact.org


Due Date:  Wednesday September 9, 2020.


 The prize for the winner will be a useful tablet.


Join this moment and the excitement to help name GOVERN’s journal.


Karen Fryday-Field, CEO

 
 
 
 
 
The GOVERN for IMPACT 2020 Annual Conference

I want to thank my colleagues who worked tirelessly and effectively on the 2020 GOVERN for IMPACT Virtual Conference. Fiona Burgess, Anup Deshpande, Thomas Keyse, Athens Kolias, Barry Packer, Karen Fryday-Field, and Michael Palmer were the gold standard of effectiveness. They trained speakers, implemented the virtual technology, and coordinated with the Consistency Team. They worked to ensure that the conference exceeded the expectations of the attendees.

At the Virtual Conference Board Directors, Policy Governance consultants, academics, CEOs, and others convened so that they could use Policy Governance to govern more effectively and make a difference in the world. Our CEO Karen Fryday-Fields was instrumental in securing Matt Dunsmoor as our keynote speaker. Matt is a colleague of Simon Sinek, the best-selling author of Start with Why, and Matt set the tone for the conference with an energetic opening presentation on the age of impact and the importance of intentional governance. The first-time attendees – and those who had the interest – were able to learn policy governance basics. Experienced practitioners had the opportunity to listen to the Demonstrated Impact keynote and participate in the Demonstrated Impact breakout session.

Planning the conference was an interesting journey. In February the committee was putting the finishing touches on the conference and preparing to meet up with colleagues and enjoy the tastes of Texas cuisine. Then the world changed. On March 6 the city of Austin canceled the iconic SXSW (South by Southwest) conference. GOVERN leadership and our planning team had to decide: Cancel? Reschedule? Go forward and hope for the best? Use remote technology? We knew that the annual conference is one of the anchor events for our community. We felt a responsibility to maintain the continuity of our organization – especially during challenging times. Therefore, we committed ourselves to finding a solution that would be prudent and safe; would educate the membership; and would provide value.

We were wary of using technology as an easy answer. Fortunately, our committee had diverse backgrounds – skilled in project management, technology, education, and user experience. My colleagues worked to ensure that the conference would not be about technology. Rather technology would bring the community together. There were countless hours behind the scenes, and I am thankful for the team’s great work. I had the pleasure of looking at every presentation and listening to every session. I was humbled by the thoughtfulness, the rigor, and the sincere desire to share what is the best in board governance. When I witnessed the enthusiasm and joyous sharing of the attendees, I knew it had been worthwhile.

Our team was able to “turn on a dime,” as one of my colleagues put it, but that was because of the future focus of our committee. We had already been discussing new ways to bring our communities together, so when things changed on us, we accelerated to get to a future that we had already discussed.

We have begun planning for the future again. The attendees at our 2021 conference will gain the tools, knowledge, associations, and inspiration to run their boards more effectively and make a greater impact in their communities. We have begun examining the attendee feedback at the latest conference. We have begun examining the breadth of our attendance. We are proud that school boards and project managers were represented at the last conference. They are an important segment of the Policy Governance community. We look forward to even more breadth and depth in our next conference.
    If you are interested in bringing your energy to our planning team, please contact Kathy Wiener or Ted Humphrey.

 
 
 
 

    

The 2020 Govern For Impact conference was a success in several ways. One success was the tremendous generosity of the participants. Conference participants took up a challenge and donated $6,315 to the Caroline Oliver Fund For a New Vision.  This represents more than 1/3 of our yearlong goal. Thank you to all the people that donated.


The Caroline Oliver Fund For a New Vision supports Govern For Impact’s important work, that of providing the highest quality governance education, cutting edge research, innovative programs, young professionals governance education scholarships, and advocacy to raise the profile of governance excellence in our public discourse while spreading as much knowledge as possible throughout the world. We need additional support.


If you have already donated, please consider donating again. If you haven’t donated, please consider giving to this important cause. Please donate by going to xxxxxxx. Donate today!


 
 
 

This advanced practice webinar is a must for Governance Professionals – those serving on Boards, Board Chairs, Board Committee Chairs, CEOs, and Board Consultants and Coaches, and Academics.


The session addresses the challenge that a Board can have an excellent technical system or approach to governance and still not achieve governance excellence.  The people factor related to Board culture and Board leadership behaviours can significantly influence any Board’s success.


Governing Boards are made up of a cast of people.  People demonstrate different levels of, beliefs about, and competencies in leadership behaviours which are shaped by people’s leader character.


This advanced practice webinar will address the following:


  • The essential Board job products inspired by Policy Governance and their connection to Board culture.
  • What is Board leader character?
    • What des the research demonstrate are critical dimensions of Board leader character?
    • Hw does this relate to your own leadership behaviour?


Note:  You will have the opportunity prior to the session to complete an independent assessment of your own leader character to use as input to this discussion. More information on this opportunity to follow.


  • Discussion on how a better understanding of leader character can help Board leaders plan for and support the building of Board leader character potentially enabling more ethical, generative, and prudent Board process and collaboration.
  • A brief case study will be discussed to observe both the presence and absence of Board leader character and to share practical approaches to including thinking about Board leader character in your Board’s approach.


Date: October 27, 2020

Time: 11:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Via Zoom


Please register by Friday October 2, 2020 so that you have the opportunity to conduct an independent assessment on your own leader character if you so choose.

 
 
Register Here
 
 
 

Caroline Oliver Lifetime Achievement Award

– Congratulations Kathy Wiener!

 
 
 
 
This year the 2020 Virtual Govern For Impact conference includes an awesome range of learning experiences. There are two keynote general sessions and a variety of workshops.

There are three workshop tracks throughout the conference:
Track 1: Policy Governance Fundamentals Practices and Principles
Track 2: Innovations in Advanced Polic

Each year we hold an award ceremony to recognize major efforts and accomplishments over the past year. This year the awards ceremony took place at GOVERN’s 2020 Virtual Conference entitled: Accountability Driven By Purpose: Before, During, And After Crisis.


The Caroline Oliver Lifetime Achievement Award is not necessarily given out every year. It is just awarded when a person emerges who is deserving of the award. A person can only win this award once in their life time. The award is presented by the GOVERN for IMPACT Board of Directors and was presented by Hartger Wassink.


This award is provided for a person who first and foremost lives our values at GOVERN for IMPACT.  The award winner must have served over many years and contributed at a very high level over a sustained period with significant positive effects throughout GOVERN for IMPACT. This person needs to be very familiar with Policy Governance theory and practice as an inspiring system of governance excellence.


Our past award winners in this esteemed category deserve mention and include:


  • 2014 – Jannice Moore
  • 2015 – Susan Radwan
  • 2016 – Eric Craymer
  • 2017 – Karen Fryday-Field
  • 2018 – Caroline Oliver
  • 2019 – Rose Mercier


This year, we were very excited to present the award to Kathy Wiener.


Kathy Wiener, MPA is a Senior Principal with Group i&i Consultancy in the US. Kathy is an organization developer working with not-for-profit organizations, governmental entities, educational institutions, and community collaboratives. She has designed and facilitated significant strategic learning, community-wide planning, and capacity building initiatives in the fields of public health, human services, early childhood development, and higher education. In partnership with local change agents, she supports the planning and implementation of organizational improvements and system-wide impact efforts with a strong emphasis on grassroots community engagement. Kathy is also an experienced board developer who has coached a Policy Governance® board for more than 20 years.  She has served as Adjunct Professor at both Kean and Rutgers Universities in New Jersey and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Robert Wagner School of Public Service at New York University specializing in public and nonprofit management and organization development.


Kathy has previously received two GOVERN awards including:


  • 2019 – CEO Operational Award of Excellence
  • 2018 – Certificate of Appreciation


Kathy has contributed to GOVERN on so many levels; strategically, and operationally. A few of her accomplishments in volunteering for GOVERN over the years include:


  • Working with the late Caroline Oliver to set-up the first strategically focused organizational design for GOVERN.
  • Working with Group i&i to support major ownership linkage initiatives which resulted in informing our current Ends and the reframing from the International Policy Governance Association (IPGA) to GOVERN for IMPACT.
  • Being GOVERN’s volunteer coordinator.
  • Working with me at the strategic thinking and planning level for GOVERN.
  • Recently supporting the Board and CEO as the Board in March 2020 conducted further ownership linkage.
  • Being 5-year member of our research group; the Demonstrated Impact Team.
  • Actively contributing to our Knowledge Team.
  • Chairing our Inaugural Resource Development and Fundraising Team.


Kathy is also known to ask provocative questions, keep us laughing, and she is a very generous and kind personality. In situations where most people would panic, she has the capacity to bring back calmness and trust.  She is not someone that would put herself into the limelight, but that makes her approach all the more valuable and effective. We are so pleased to honour this amazing woman leader with this 2020 Caroline Oliver Lifetime Achievement Award.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Introducing Pat McCarver as GOVERN for IMPACT’s Board Chair


It is with great enthusiasm that the GOVERN community welcomes Pat McCarver as the new Board Chair effective July 1, 2020.  Pat has several years of experience as a Board Member on a Policy GovernanceÒ Board. She is an enthusiastic and focused leader and has already begun to advance the Board work of GOVERN for IMPACT.  Please see Pat’s profile in our next newsletter and join with us in welcoming Pat to this critical position.


 
 
 
 

Outgoing GOVERN for IMPACT Board Chair


Hartger Wassink of the Netherlands finished his post as Board Chair over a three-year period on June 30, 2020. The GOVERN community is sincerely grateful for Hartger’s dedication and thought leadership.  Hartger substantially moved forward the facilitation of effective Board governance at GOVERN for IMPACT in many ways including:

  • Encouraging generative thinking
  • Hiring the GOVERN CEO
  • Establishing regular CEO monitoring
  • Moving regular Board monitoring forward
  • Building careful, thought provoking Board agendas
  • Leading ownership linkage discussions
  • Addressing controversial issues
  • Launching GOVERN’s Ends Policy refresh


Hartger will remain committed to GOVERN for IMPACT and has already assumed responsibilities in other leadership volunteer positions at GOVERN.


Please join with us in a sincere thank you to Hartger.

 
 
 
 

Introducing Chantal Ouellette, New GOVERN for IMPACT Board Member

 

GOVERN for IMPACT is pleased to announce that Chantal Ouellette has joined the Board of Directors as at July 1, 2020.  Chantal is very familiar with Policy GovernanceÒ.  She graduated from the Policy Govern Proficiency Program in 2018.

 

Chantal Ouellette has been serving as board administrator of a non-profit organization since 2012 that serves Francophone School Boards in New Brunswick, Canada. She is coaching the boards in their implementation of Policy Governance (PG) and assisting the chairs in the interpretation of their roles, and the roles & responsibilities of their boards, in conformity of the Education Act and PG. She is also collaborating to develop a Board Member Manual explaining the fiduciary role of a School Board and its members, and how to work within the Policy Governance Model. She believes PG has the capacity to empower Boards to create a better future for humanity.

 

GOVERN for IMPACT welcomes Chantal Ouellette to the Board.

 
 
 
 
 
Announcing Our 2021 Conference Program Team Leader
 
 
 
 

We are most grateful to Ted Humphrey, our 2020 Conference Program Leader.  Bravo to Ted and our very active team who you can read about below.  A stellar outcome was achieved in terms of program content, delivery, and relevance.  We are also so grateful to all our faculty who presented, our presentation peer reviewers, our room hosts, our Qiqo team, and our head office staff team.  Please see Ted our team’s comments below.


When I called Ted to invite him to serve again in 2021, he not only stepped right up in this volunteer role, he also immediately had some great ideas on next steps.  You will hear more from GOVERN and the Conference Program Team in weeks and months to come.


Thank you Ted!


Karen Fryday-Field, BScPT, MCPA, MBA

GOVERN for IMPACT, CEO

 
 
 
 
 

2021 GOVERN for IMPACT Annual Conference Dates


Thursday June 17, 2021

  • Introduction to Policy GovernanceÒ Training – A One Day Course
  • An Advanced Policy Governance Course – A One Day Session – topic to be announced


Friday June 18, 2021 – Conference Day 1


Saturday June 19, 2021 – Conference Day 2


Details on conference format to follow.

 
 
 
 
 

Raise Your Awareness…

Advertise in the Govern For Impact Journal

Special First Issue Prices

 
 
 
 

The GOVERN for IMPACT Journal is a reality. The first issue is scheduled for early fall. You can raise your visibility and support the Journal by placing an advertisement. The initial issue will be sent out to over 4000 people interested in board governance. Advertise your company or your products and services (certain requirements apply). You can choose from ¼ page to full page ads whichever fits your budget. There is a special 50% off discount for advertisements in the first issue. Ads for the first issue are due by September 15, 2020.   Please submit the ad to the GOVERN CEO at kfryday-field@governforimpact.org.


If you are interested in submitting an ad you can see the advertising policy on GOVERN’s website under the tab for the GOVERN Journal.  You will be notified by September 22, 2020 if your ad is eligible to be in the Journal.


If you have any other questions, please contact Michael Palmer at mpalmer@governforimpact.org.   

 
 
 
 
 
 
Art Contest Winners –
What Accountable Governance Means to Them


The GOVERN community was invited to take part in a creative expression contest with winning entries being presented at GOVERN's virtual online conference in June 2020.


The request to participants was to submit some artistic, creative piece that represents “what accountable governance” means to them in their practice of governance.


We are thrilled to share with you the winning submissions created by Lindsay Grillet and Fiona Burgess shared at the June 2020 virtual conference. These creative winners were each awarded with a tablet for their submissions.

 
 
 
 
Lindsay Grillet:
 
 
 
 
Fiona Burgess:
 
 
 
 
 

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