Expressly aimed at Directors General and Senior Managers of associations, professional societies and NGOs the workshop will help participants:
- Verify and benchmark their own organisations against best practice findings with a focus on Board responsibilities
- Deal with internal challenges of a political or financial nature
- Improve profiling to external stakeholders using Transparency and Accountability processes in Governance 2.0.
Before the workshop and in order to better tailor content to the participants’ needs, each participant will receive a short questionnaire that will inform us about your recent and anticipated governance challenges.
Daniel Freund, Head of Advocacy EU Institutions at Transparency International.
Most association leaders will deal with governance issues at least twice in any given year. These might include Board composition or re-balancing membership fees. Whatever it involves, it will be a challenge!
Governance matters tear you away from your daily steering of the association and take up time better spent on interest representation. But, getting it right is of utmost importance since failure to do so will undermine your other activities and overall management efficiency.
Brussels based organisations operate today in a climate of drastically reduced policy and regulatory output, thus dealing with limited opportunities to directly interface with EU decision makers. This has placed the emphasis on improved internal organisation such as Board effectiveness and the quality of strategic alliances and coalitions in order to increase representation for your cause. The current policy context has also pointed to the increased need for transparency and accountability in an association’s relations with external stakeholders such as civil society organisations and EU decision makers.
This special half-day workshop is aimed at leaders of complex organisations who are ready to take up the challenge of going beyond governance compliance to be part of the new generation of leaders who align the operations of their organisation with the new policy context of Brussels. The methodology includes survey and interview based research, case studies and practical exercises for a fun learning experience.
Topics covered by the workshop:
- Governance and legal compliance
- Your membership and the organisation’s financial structure
- Optimising board efficiency
- The governance of alliances and coalitions
- Transparency…and its limits. Accountability: to whom?
- An independent advisory board; composition and role
As a delegate you can expect from the workshop to gain a clearer understanding of:
- Governance best practice criteria
- Tricks for dealing with your board or association leadership
- How to better manage internal and external stakeholders
- How to stand out from the crowd when promoting your sector or cause
The workshop will be led by Maria Teresa Scardigli and Rachel Barlow, who successfully teamed up for last year’s workshop on Strategic Advice and Value Creation in business planning for associations.
Maria Teresa Scardigli is Vice President of Kellen Europe and is responsible for the association clients in the food and beverage sector. She is involved in strategic advice projects including the facilitation of strategic planning sessions, the legal and governance support to associations, the membership outreach as well as the establishment of the Business Plan for associations.
She acts as the Executive Director of the International Stevia Council representing the interests of the stevia industry at global level. Her main responsibilities include supporting the association’s Board in its strategic thinking, chairing of meetings, coordinating public affairs and public relations activities and representation of the organisation towards third parties (legislative and regulatory bodies and other stakeholders).
Dr. Rachel Barlow is Adviser to Ellwood Atfield and is responsible for thought leadership and recruitment for complex organisations. As a former Vice President of Kellen Europe, Rachel’s 20 year career has centred on the optimal interest representation of complex organisations towards decision making authorities. Her clients include international and EU business associations, civil society organisations and think tanks operating in highly challenging policy environments.
As a guest lecturer at the College of Europe, and Adjunct Professor at Vesalius College, Brussels, Rachel has combined academic and business platforms to identify innovation and best practice in public affairs and lobbying. She completed her PhD on the accountability of business associations in the EU policy process in October 2014.
Rachel manages the Association Leadership Academy: www.associationleadership.eu.
The session will encourage you to envision governance as an opportunity to make your association stand out from the crowd. Creative solutions to mundane problems and a new way of profiling your association in relation to your most important stakeholders will be discussed in break out sessions for a fun and thought provoking morning.
Participation in the workshop carries a charge of 395 Euros + VAT.
When: 16 June 2016, from 0900 to 1400 including lunch
Where: Business Europe, 168 avenue de Cortenbergh, 1000 Brussels
Invitation-only event. If you would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picture by: Wiktor Dabkowski / DPA/PA Images. “Europa” building, the new meeting venue of the European Council, forms a coherent area with the Council buildings “Justus Lipsius” and “Lex” at the corner of the Schuman quarter in Brussels.
Written by Dr. Rachel Barlow, Adviser
Rachel leads on executive search assignments for associations and NGOs. As a former Vice President of Kellen Europe, Rachel’s 20 year career has centred on the optimal interest representation of complex organisations towards decision making authorities.