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North Park University - Chicago North Park University - Chicago

Equity and Governance: Rethinking Best Practices


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

8:30 - 9:00am - Networking and Coffee
9:00am - Noon - Workshop

Registration is closed. Thank you for your interest.

Half-Day Workshop: $90

About this session:  Join in a learning lab to address board governance and equity issues. Participants will learn how several nonprofit boards and staff are embracing equity principles through programming, mission and board governance practices. Participants will receive a questionnaire to identify opportunities and challenges and will use the results to develop a plan to improve their organization’s equity and governance practices. Staff/board pairs are encouraged but not required to attend. For the greatest benefit, review material in advance, complete the questionnaire and bring with you to the session.

About the Presenter:   Shelley A. Davis, President and Executive Director, Forest Preserve Foundation

Shelley is an entrepreneurial leader who is committed to moving resources (social capital and financial) to benefit communities. With more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, ranging from direct service to advocacy and philanthropy, Shelley joined the Forest Preserve Foundation in 2013 as its first executive director. She is a lecturer and senior mentor at University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, focusing on nonprofit and philanthropic organizations’ impact on public policy.

As a civic volunteer, Shelley serves as the board chair of the Albert Pick Jr. Fund, is a commissioner for the Illinois Commission on Juvenile Justice, and is a trustee of Lawrence University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She holds a master’s in urban planning and policy from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

In 2017, UIC’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs honored Shelley with the Jim Marek Alumni Appreciation Award, which recognizes individuals for their dedication to the fields of urban planning and public administration and their contributions to the development of the college's students and alumni. In 2019, University of Chicago Harris Public Policy students named Shelley Mentor of the Year. In 2018 and 2019, Make It Better recognized Shelley as one of Chicago’s Top Black Women of Impact.








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