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This course is for people who serve (or are considering serving) on a board as a director or board member. The focus of this course is to make sure you stay out of trouble by knowing your rights, obligations and duties as a board member.

Board Directors (or members) need to understand governance to do their job correctly

This course covers the most important issues that come with serving on a board, whether corporate, non-profit or as a volunteer. In my 20+ years of speaking professionally on governance to a variety of boards, I continue to see examples of what not to do. With this course I want to give you the necessary information to avoid mistakes and not get in trouble. Important things like members' legal responsibilities is not common knowledge to most. You may do something completely ordinary and not realize you are failing in your duty as a board member. For example, a 'parking lot meeting.'

This course teaches you how to be a better board member and what it takes to stay out of trouble.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the basics of board governance
  • Discover who stakeholders are and why they are important
  • Identify your rights as a board member or director
  • Identify the actions that make you liable
Last updated/reviewed: March 03, 2018

3 Reviews (17 ratings)Reviews

5
Anonymous Author
I want to start my volunteer experience with organizations that I am interested in and support. I may only be able to start as a member, or a committee member...still, this course taught me what to look for and how to prepare even as just a member or committee member.
4
Member's Profile
Good explanation of the basic duties of a board member. Good pace to the class
5
Member's Profile
Engaging lecturer, perfect pace (most move too slowly), well organized.

Prerequisites

Course Complexity: Intermediate

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Education Provider Information

Company:
Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact:
For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
  1:11Introduction to Basic Governance for Board Members
Governance
  7:06What is Governance and Why Do You Care?
  8:44An Introduction to Boards
  4:17Stakeholders. Who Are These People?
  4:51What Could Go Wrong?
Duties
  6:07Duty of Care, Loyalty, and Diligence
  4:03Duty of Knowledge
  3:58Duty of Skill
  2:18Fiduciary Duty
  6:47Duty to Manage
  2:10Directors' Rights
CONCLUSION
  3:16Individual Board Members
Continuous Play
  54:48Basic Governance for Board Members
SUPPORTING MATERIALS
  PDFSlides: Basic Governance for Board Members
  PDFBasic Governance for Board Members Glossary/Index
  PDFBasic Governance for Board Members: Workbook
REVIEW and TEST
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS
 examFINAL EXAM