The Cooperative Board Leadership Development (CBLD) team is thrilled to welcome board leaders to its eighth year serving boards. The program has proven results for boards all around the country, helping them continue to develop their skills for governing their local food co-ops. “CBLD was created as a way to support boards on issues that are unique to individual co-ops, as well as address issues common to food co-op boards around the country,” said CBLD consultant Mark Goehring. “We are pleased by the success stories of so many of our clients and their ability to make changes that allow them to be more effective.”
“Our goal in the coming year is to continue to help co-op boards strengthen their fundamentals AND support the strategic leadership work that is emerging all across the country,” said Goehring. The program is piloting two new in-person events that offer directors the opportunity to build valuable leadership skills and engage in strategic conversations with other directors from other co-ops.
- CBLD Leadership Training is a new in-person, one-day, multi-co-op training designed to help board leaders incorporate the strategic process into their board work plans, strengthen group effectiveness and build individual leadership skills. Two sessions will be held in 2012 with 4-5 per year starting in 2013.
- Strategic Co-op Seminars are regional conferences for whole boards to come together for strategic conversations. Four will be held in 2012, focusing on the cooperative model, cooperative development, and themes connected to the International Year of Cooperatives.
“We are thrilled to pilot these new programs and especially encourage directors to participate in them this year,” Goehring said.