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Dates: January 26-28, 2020 | Register here
Location: Orlando, the United States

Foundation Leadership Forum 2020

A not-to-be-missed event, AGB’s Foundation Leadership Forum will ensure that you return to your boardroom inspired, energized, and better equipped and connected than ever to lead with confidence in 2020 and beyond.

AGB’s Foundation Leadership Forum is the only national conference of its kind. Each January university and college foundation board members and chief executives from across the country join campus presidents and other senior staff for two and a half days of ideas, discussion, learning, and networking.

Delivering innovative strategies and best practices in the context of today’s complex and shifting landscape

Focused on governance issues facing IRFs and their boards, the Forum creates opportunities for board leaders and executive teams to share insights, ask important questions, and learn how to create solutions-based strategies founded on best practices.

The program strikes a balance between high-level discussions that address today’s—and tomorrow’s—challenges and guidance on practices that have solidified AGB’s reputation as the gold standard for effecting excellence in higher education governance.

Key reasons to attend

  • Foster strong working partnerships
  • Learn about evolving best practices and ways foundations are navigating current and emerging challenges;
  • Enhance the leadership capacity of new board members, chairs, and committee leaders;
  • Identify new and creative ways to advance the strategic priorities of your college or university and strengthen the institution-foundation relationship;
  • Network with the 600-plus peers from other foundations across the country;
  • Connect, learn, share, and be inspired.

What’s new this year

  • New programming

Day 1 begins with a jump-start orientation session and lunch during which newcomers can connect with conference guides and learn how to make the most of the Forum experience.

For board and committee chairs: a three-hour pre-conference session focused on the unique role of board leaders.

A chance to connect with AGB’s new president, Henry Stoever, in a small group setting.

  • Diverse, fresh, inclusive, and relevant

Fresh names, new faces, and diverse voices along with presenters who are perennial Forum favourites.

A commitment to diversity and inclusion—on panels and the main stage and in a session dedicated to the topic of advancing inclusive excellence.

Now, next: A thematic focus with leading-edge perspectives on the issues and challenges facing IRFs now—and next.

  • Networking and more networking

We all know that networking is one of the most valuable elements of the Foundation Leadership Forum.

Networking is all about meeting people, and the more people you meet, the more information you can share and the more influential you can become. In response to member feedback, the conference is offering more networking opportunities than ever.

Interested in attending the Foundation Leadership Forum 2020? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.


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