Fundamentals of Board Effectiveness


January 9, 2020
9:00am - 3:30pm


The NonProfit Center
89 South Street; East Room
Boston, MA 02111


Nesly Metayer and Julia Monaghan, TSNE


Nonprofit boards play a key role helping organizations achieve impact. While board members bring valuable skills and experience, a strong foundation is essential to making sure that members can come together in service of the nonprofits they support.

This workshop is focused on helping nonprofit leaders, board leaders, and board members understand the foundations of board effectiveness. Participants will learn about standards and best practices in nonprofit boards, and will walk away with an action plan that draws from specific theories, models, and tools that they will learn to use over the course of the day.

Note: If you have the foundations in place and are looking to take the next step toward being a high-functioning board, check out our companion training, Creating a High-Performing Board, on February 10, 2020.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about factors associated with board effectiveness
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board and its members
  • Explore the ways that board structures and operating procedures effect board impact
  • Understand considerations for board composition and development

Target Audience

Nonprofit leaders (ED, CEO), board chairs, and board members

About the Trainers

Nesly Metayer has over 20 years of experience in management development with a special interest in minority-led organizations. As an organizational development consultant at TSNE MissionWorks, Nesly partners with organizations to design, implement and evaluate participatory practices of inclusion and deepen organizational culture to social accountability and equity outcomes through training, strategic management processes, community renewal, executive transition and organizational change. As a practitioner in the field, Nesly has been the executive director of Youth and Family Enrichment Services (YoFES), responding to racial disparities of children in Boston. Before joining YoFES, Nesly spent six years at Tufts University as Senior Manager for Community Engagement leading the implementation of an innovative program to respond to the disparity of child obesity in America. Nesly has initiated and implemented various capacity building projects aimed at reinforcing the management capacity of many organizations in Greater Boston. As a practitioner-scholar, Nesly’s research agenda focuses on the factors associated to the effectiveness of mission-based organizations. Nesly Metayer earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, a graduate diploma in Administration from the National School of Administration (IIAP), a master in Sociology, University of Caen, France and a Doctorate in Administration from University Paris Sorbonne. He is currently working on his last paper for the Doctor of Management in Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Julia Monaghan is an Organizational Development Consultant with TSNE MissionWorks and brings nearly a decade of experience working in and with nonprofits and community-based organizations, networks, and government institutions around the world. Julia has worked with groups focused on creating a more just and equitable future through advocacy and human rights, community development, public health and healthcare service delivery, economic development, education, and the protection and empowerment of marginalized and vulnerable groups. She is committed to an appreciative and systems-aware approach to understanding organizations and organizational behavior. Julia holds undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of Rhode Island, and a Master of Science in Organizational Development from American University’s School of Public Affairs. She has worked in many international settings including in Bangladesh, England, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Thailand, and Ukraine.


We limit groups and organizations to 5 seats per workshop. If you would like to have more people take one of our workshops, email to learn about customized training offerings.

Registration fee: 

$130 (Full-day, lunch is included). If you are a student, contact us about discounts at

Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Nonprofit Governance


TSNE MissionWorks