The 21st Century Nonprofit President/CEO

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Society for Nonprofit Organizations
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Given today’s difficult times for nonprofits, hardly any can continue to operate as they have in the past. The 21st Century Nonprofit President/CEO will allow CEO's to enhance their knowledge of what is required to be an effective CEO in a turbulent 21st century environment. Implementable takeaways also will be provided to attending board members on how to support CEOs to do their jobs in these turbulent times. An ideal opportunity for CEO's and their board chairs to interchange ideas with peers under the leadership of an award winning professor & nonprofit leader.

Learning Objectives

In specific, the participants, among other objectives, will learn how to:

  • Develop a viable board-CEO-staff partnership that allows the organization to operate effectively and efficiently. Also how to allow each member of the partnership to be respectful of the roles others play to help focus on the organization's mission, vision and values.
  • Define the CEO's operational responsibilities to enhance the board's policy development, strategic planning and idea generating activities.
  • Have the organization and CEO more effectively operate with fewer standing committees, and, at the same time, make wise use of volunteer directors' time.

Class Format:

The class will be conducted live via a combination of online and phone conferencing (i.e., "webinar") on Wednesday September 19th. The online conference will include a PowerPoint presentation and text chat capabilities. Students will have opportunities to ask questions and interact with the instructor and other students via chat and teleconference.

We encourage all learners to bring other colleagues and co-workers to this training. There is no additional fee for multiple participants at the same location, as long as all individuals share the same phone and computer connection.

About the Instructor, Dr. Eugene Fram

Dr. Eugene Fram
Professor Emeritus
E. Philip Saunders College of Business
Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. Eugene Fram is a practitioner and professor of marketing and management, author, and consultant with significant expertise in business and nonprofit boards of directors. With well over 50 consulting engagements, Dr. Fram has worked with start-ups, midsize firms and Fortune 500 firms such as Eastman Kodak, Gannett and Finland's Outokumpu Copper. He's published over 125 articles in professional and trade journals such as Harvard Business Review, MIT’s Sloan Management Review, The Wall Street Journal, Business Horizons, Sales and Marketing Management, Nonprofit World, Leader to Leader & Journal of Philanthropy.

Dr. Fram has extensive experience assisting senior managers, and decades of successful undergraduate and graduate teaching experience. He has also contributed to 13 for-profit & nonprofit boards, holding leadership positions, including board chair. In 2011, Dr. Fram was honored by an anonymous RIT grad who donated $3Million to RIT for the The Eugene Fram Chair in Applied Critical Thinking.

Dr. Fram has developed a nonprofit organizational structure described in the book, “Policy vs. Paper Clips,” that has sold over 10,000 copies in the first two editions. Dr. Fram is also a regular blogger at

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