The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
Business On Board 2017-10-10T15:54:08+00:00

Business On Board
How does board service inform your leadership story?


DAY 1: January 26, 2018 | 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Board Member Basics: An introduction to the arts + culture sector, board member roles and board dynamics.

DAY 2: March 2, 2018 | 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Getting Down to Business: What board members need to know about nonprofit finance and their roles in fundraising and stewardship.

DAY 3: April 13, 2018 | 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Elevating the Conversation: Topics include strategic leadership, empathy and the generative mode of governance.

DAY 4: May 4, 2018 | 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Leadership Moments: Thought leadership and practical advice on how to navigate an evolving nonprofit landscape, identify resources for board effectiveness and define your developing leadership story.

January to May 2018

Board Observation: Each prospective new board member is thoughtfully matched as an observer with the board of a nonprofit arts organization. this allows participants to apply what they learn in the classroom to a real-life situation, and to assess the fit before joining a board. abc staff works with each business on board graduate to secure a board placement—0ften, but not always, with the board they’ve observed.


“The classroom sessions were key to preparing me for board service. I learned about my responsibilities which I wouldn’t have learned anywhere else – this information was not only vital but prepared me for what to expect.”

Tracy Malkowski, Senior Design Manager, US Marketing, Beverages, Campbell Soup Company, 2015 Business On Board Graduate, Board Chair, The Resource Exchange

“Business On Board expanded my knowledge base with relevant speakers & sessions, gave me realistic expectations about board service, and worked hard to make a good board match for me.”

Frances Sperling Feldbaum, CPA, Principal, St. Clair CPA Solutions, Elected to the board of BalletX, 2013 Business On Board Graduate, Board Treasurer, BalletX, 2016 Business On Board Volunteer Leader of the Year

“After our five months of training, I transitioned from a two-dimensional to three-dimensional view of my career that expanded beyond the walls of my day job and into my role in the community. I gained a personal sense of fulfillment and a bigger world view.”

Rob Penn, Director, Business Operations, Comcast Corporation, 2015 Business On Board Graduate, Board Member, LIve Connections

For Business + Legal Professionals Interested in Business On Board Training

Business on Board prepares business professionals with an interest in the arts to become effective leaders on the boards of nonprofit cultural organizations, and advances the governance knowledge of those already serving on boards.

Tuition for Business On Board is $3,000 for prospective new board members. This fee includes personalized board matching, 25 hours of interactive classroom time, breakfast and lunch on classroom days, materials, ongoing individual support, and board placement at the end of the program. Current board members of nonprofit arts organizations pay $1,500 for the classroom sessions, meals and materials. They also have access, as needed, to individual consultations during the program.

Many employers subsidize these fees as an investment in leadership development, community engagement and good corporate citizenship. Attorneys who participate in Business On Board are eligible for 3 CLE credits.

Apply Now To Become a New Board Member
Apply Now as a Current Board Member

For Nonprofit Arts + Culture Organizations Looking to Add New Board Members

Business On Board training and placement is available to all nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

Looking to grow your board with enthusiastic and well-prepared business leaders? You can request a board match through Business On Board, and we’ll do our best to find a candidate who aligns with your board development needs.

Arts organizations are initially matched with a board observer, and over the course of several months you have the opportunity to get to know each other and assess the fit. Board observers attend board and committee meetings as well as programs and performances, and they bring to the table what they are learning in the classroom sessions we offer. If you elect a candidate we have placed to your board, we charge a $250 placement fee.

If you have a current board member interested in learning more about good governance practices, he/she may participate in Business On Board.

Apply Now to Request a New Board Member

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