Govern Update
December 2020

I am so glad that you are part of this community. In a time of global uncertainty, you continue to make a difference within your organizations and communities… helping to change the world one Board at a time … building excellence in governance!

GOVERN for IMPACT shares your commitment and enthusiasm to making a positive impact as we continue to build the capacity to support your governance work in these unique and challenging times.  Governing Boards do have the positive power to influence business and human effort to make the world better in an ethical and prudent matter.

In 2020, thanks to the engagement of so many leaders, we have:

•    Prepared for publishing the first issue of “The International Journal of Governance 
     Excellence”, highlighting the exciting results of our pre-pilot research.
•    Hosting our highly successful, first ever, very interactive conference.
•    Provided three talented young professional future leaders with scholarships to attend
     our first ever virtual conference.
•    Launch a fourth cohort of students who joined the Policy Governance Professional
     (PGP) Program, and so much more.

Today, the need for excellence in governance is perhaps more pressing than ever. We are determined to raise the profile of governance through ongoing advocacy efforts, expanding our research agenda, and continuing to deliver the highest quality of educational programs, while purposefully engaging our younger generation who are focused on creating a better future for us all.

There are so many ways for you to be engaged in GOVERN.  If you are not very involved, you will find a warm, knowledgeable, and sharing group of people.  GOVERN stands for accountable, purpose focused, and owner informed governance.  We stand for having a positive influence in the world, for building social justice, and for continuing to improve.

I wish for you a peaceful holiday season; a quiet, safe time with your immediate loved ones, and a strength to find joy in the middle of challenge.  Please be safe, wash your hands, and wear your masks… it’s not just your life, it is the lives of others.

Here is a brief poem that has really helped me reflect this season:

Christmas Gift Suggestions
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

~Oren Arnold~

Best Wishes and Hopes for You    

Karen Fryday-Field

NOW is Your Time to Share!  
Please review and submit proposals for presentations to the June 2021 GOVERN for IMPACT Annual Learning and Sharing Conference
Ted Humphrey, Conference Program Team Leader
We are developing our Educational Tracks for the GOVERN for IMPACT June 2021 Conference (June 17 to 19). The Conference Theme: Values to Impact Through Transformational Board Governance
We would love for you to consider presenting at a session or working with others to lead a panel discussion. For the time being we are asking your collaboration in building out the Policy Governance Fundamentals Educational Track.
Of course, we welcome ideas that you might have to present. We also encourage you to encourage others to lead a session.
Provide a one paragraph summary of your idea and contact information by January 6, 2021.

The Conference Program Team looks forward to potentially working with you and learning from you.

Ted Humphrey
Conference Program Team Leader

 Fundamentals of Policy Governance (Track #1)

1.    Topic: Ownership
Title: “Identifying and Linking to Owners: Where do your values come from?”

2.    Topic: Ends
Title: “Translating Values to Purpose: Where is the End game?” 

3.    Topic: Board-CEO Relationships 
Title: “Empowering the CEO: Who is Accountable for What?” 

4.    Topic: Monitoring
Title: “Interpreting Impact: How is Success Measured?” 

5.    Topic: Board-Means Policies
Title: “Governing with Integrity: What does the Board Expect of Itself?”

6.    Topic: Executive Limitations
Title: “Building Effective Boundaries in Today’s Environment”

7.    Topic: Policy Governance Introduction Overview
Title: “The Fundamental Principles of Policy Governance – An Overview”
February 19 & 20, 2021
via Zoom
GOVERN for IMPACT's 2021 Annual Conference
Values to Impact Through Transformational Board Governance 
Thursday June 17, 2021
•    Introduction to Policy Governance 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
Enjoy dynamic plenary sessions, incredible networking opportunities, Governance research overview, and amazing interactive workshops.  This is a conference you won't want to miss!  
March, 30
May, 11
September, 21
November, 23

Titles, topics, and speakers to be announced. 
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