Your Personal Mid-Year Check In

Written by: Loren M. Hill, Ph.D.
AABLI alumna, Class #6

Summer is the season for mid-year reviews. For many of us, that may mean mid-year job performance reviews, or perhaps our summer portfolio review. If we are serving on boards, we may be reviewing the mid-year performance of our organizations.

Not Just a Seat at the Table, But a Voice, Too!

Written by: Gregory C. Scott
President & Chief Executive Officer
Community Action Partnership of Orange County
AABLI alumnus, Class #4

Women are dramatically outnumbered on the boards of the nation’s biggest companies. In 2018, California passed a law (California Senate Bill 826) trying to change that. The law, SB 826, requires at least one woman on boards that have four members or less, two women on boards of five people and three women on boards of six or more.

March Madness Teaches Us To Work Our Board Net

Written by: Thyonne Gordon, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Antioch College
AABLI alumna, Class #3

March Madness is one of the biggest, most exciting and entertaining events in all of sports. Sixty-eight teams compete in seven rounds for the national championship. The final four go up against each other to arrive at a reigning winner. Why is March Madness such an exhilarating competition? My guess is because it’s an opportunity to showcase young college players for the ultimate prize: the NBA.

Create Your Own News Bureau

Written by: Monique Stennis
Adjunct Professor
University of Redlands
AABLI alumna, Class #6

About a decade ago, your first encounter with a person was face-to-face, whether it was at a hosted networking event, during a first time meeting or via an introduction made by a mutual contact. Now, with over three billion social media users worldwide, people are becoming acquainted with your personal brand—experience, expertise, competencies and achievements— in the marketplace, directly online. So making that powerful first impression has become a game changer on social media.

Board Member’s Guide to Supporting an Organization’s Full Cost Needs

Written by: Trella R. Walker, JD
Associate Director for Advisory Services
Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF)
AABLI alumna, Class #9

It is no secret that nonprofit organizations have expenses that go beyond those associated with programming. We often label those expenses as overhead or indirect costs. Just as necessary to nonprofits as direct programming costs, these expenses include executive salaries, administrative supplies, facility costs, technology and other items. Such costs, however, are difficult to fund.

Board Service

Latonya Slack
AABLI Head Faculty
Leadership Coach & Strategist
Slack Global Consulting

Q: I’ve decided to leave the board on which I currently serve. What should I do or how should I approach my resignation?

Seasons of Change: Transitioning Roles in Board Work

By Dr. Thyonne Gordon
CEO, Beyond Story

In January, we speed into the New Year tackling head on a long list of resolutions that are almost impossible to keep. Just about this time of the year—February to March—we realize we may have overextended ourselves on the resolution front. Sometimes this gets us down. We feel defeated. But hear this: It’s okay to admit we might have put in too large an order to handle in our normal lives.

Make Your Facebook Page Pop: First, Make a Plan

By Monique Stennis, MBA
Social Media Manager
University of Redlands
AABLI alumna, Class #6

Do you wonder why your personal Facebook page attracts more participation than your business page? It’s less a matter of popularity or influence than the communication strategies that support the goals of your organization.

Your Life. Your Legacy. A Conversation with Virgil Roberts

By Diane Manuel, Ph.D.
Financial Advisor
Urban Wealth Management
AABLI alumna, Class #7

Virgil Roberts is managing partner of the law firm Bobbitt & Roberts, which specializes in representing entertainment industry clients. Throughout his professional career, Roberts has been actively involved with the community and legal profession. He serves on many governing boards, including those of the James Irvine Foundation, the Claremont Graduate School and the African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI).