More About Mary

Education

  • Ph.D. with focus on nonprofit leadership and governance
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Development
  • Master of Social Work; Licensed Clinical Social Work
  • Master of Public Administration
  • American Leadership Forum, Senior Fellow
  • Harvard Graduate School of Business, Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management
  • Strategic Restructuring of Nonprofits: Consultant Certification
  • Peter Block’s School for Managing and Leading Change

Speaking/Teaching

  • Triple-Play Nonprofit Governance Workshop Series
    • Community Foundation Santa Cruz
  • Speaker: Leadership Development Series (quarterly)
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Multicultural Arts Leadership Initiative speaker
  • Well-Being Program for Nonprofit Executive Directors (8 week series)
    • Community Foundation Santa Cruz
  • Heritage Bank Nonprofit Education Series, speaker: Board Development Strategies
  • Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce workshop: Advisory Boards: Bane or Benefit?
  • THRIVE Board Match Program, speaker: Governance 101

Conference presenter:

  • BoardSource Leadership Forum, November 2015
  • Alliance for Nonprofit Management, October 2015
  • New Era of Research on Nonprofit Goverance Conference, April 2015
  • Texas Nonprofit Summit, November 2014

Community Service/Awards

Sampling of community service:

  • Governance Affinity Group, Alliance for Nonprofit Management
  • Senior Editor, Nonprofit Boards and Governance Review, online journal
  • Silicon Valley Leadership Alliance
  • Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum
  • Board of Directors, Center for Excellence in Nonprofits
  • Board of Directors, Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits
  • Board of Directors, National Association of Women Business Owners Education Group
  • President, Rotary Endowment Board of Directors

Community service awards:

  • Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership
  • Tribute to Women in Industry Award
  • Woman of Achievement Award
  • Spirit of Philanthropy Award, NSFRE
  • Community Champion Award, KTEH public television
  • United Way Silicon Valley Star Award
  • Soroptomist Woman of Distinction

Books/Articles

  • (2015). The Board Chair-Executive Director Relationship: Dynamics that Create Value for Nonprofit Organizations, OD Practitioner, 47 No.1.
  • (2013). Building Trusting Relationships: Let’s Get Personal in You and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs. Terrie Temkin, Ph.D. editor. CharityChannel Press.
  • (2013). What Is This Thing Called Board Development in You and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs. Terrie Temkin, Ph.D. editor. CharityChannel Press.
  • (2013). The Next Level: Critical Success Factors for Board Development in You and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs. Terrie Temkin, Ph.D. editor. CharityChannel Press.
  • (2013). Building Trusting Relationships: Let’s Get Personal in You and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs. Terrie Temkin, Ph.D. editor. CharityChannel Press.
  • (2013). From Nonprofit Executive to Consultant: One Journey and Lessons Learned in The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook: Winning Strategies from 25 Leaders in the Field. Schaefer & L. Lysakowski eds. CharityChannel Press.
  • (2011). The Executive/Board Chair Relationship: Good to Great! In You and Your Nonprofit: Practical Advice and Tips from the CharityChannel Professional Community. Olshansky & L. Lysakowski eds. CharityChannel Press.
  • (2009). Executive Director-Board Chair Relationships: Dynamics and Impact in Nonprofit Organizations. Germany: VDM Publishing House..
  • (2006). Effective Board Chair-Executive Director Relationships: Not About Roles! The Nonprofit Quarterly,(13)6.
  • (2006). New Insights into the Board Chair-ED Relationship, Nonprofit Boards and Governance Review, com

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