2018 ABN Board Excellence Conference

Transforming nonprofit boards through resources, relationships, and responsibility

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018


The Regas Building, Knoxville, TN




$160 per attendee

After 4/1/18: $185 per attendee



$460 per attendee

After 4/1/18: $485 per attendee



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The 2018 Alliance for Better Nonprofits Board Excellence Conference is East Tennessee’s premier event for nonprofit board members, chief executives, and staff. The conference is designed to equip leaders with the best practices in board governance and modern thinking for effective operations.

This one-day event features national speakers, best-in-class workshop facilitators, expert panelists, networking opportunities, and more! Attendees will leave inspired and equipped to make a real difference in how board leaders engage with their organizations to create greater mission impact.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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Keynote Speaker

wylecia wiggs harris, Ph.D., CAE

CEO of the American Health Information Management Association and Immediate Past CEO of the League of Women Voters of the United States

Dr. Wylecia Wiggs Harris recently joined the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) as CEO after serving as CEO of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and the League of Women Voters Education Fund. While at the LWVUS, Dr. Harris was Harris-Headshot-(1).jpgresponsible for enlivening the national organization. Working with her board of directors, she created and led an organizational transformation strategy to increase the impact, relevance, and visibility of the LWVUS and its 700 + affiliates. Prior to her work at LWVUS, Dr. Harris held senior executive positions at the American Nurses Association, was executive director of the Center for American Nurses, and executive director of the Maryland-based Sister to Sister Foundation—a national organization supporting women’s health issues and heart disease education. Dr. Harris also served as senior vice president and executive director at the American Heart Association. 

Dr. Harris holds a Ph.D. in organizational development from Capella University, a master of management degree from Northwestern University, and both a bachelor and honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Wittenberg University. She is an ASAE-certified executive director and certified facilitator for leadership assessments through the Center for Creative Leadership.


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Facing the Future: Nonprofits in Transition  Wylecia Wiggs Harris, Ph.D.

Be the Brand  Hallerin Hilton Hill, TV and Radio Host

The Power of Board Advocacy  Carole R. Myers, Ph.D., R.N., UT College of Nursing, Department of Public Health

Relationships, Not Transactions: A New Boardroom Approach  Dave McAuley, Summit Leadership Foundation

Tapping into the Directional Power of Metrics  Daniel Watson, The Restoration House

It Starts in the Boardroom: Building a Culture of Diversity  Avice Reid, D.Min., City of Knoxville and Elle Benson, ABN

The Elephant in the Boardroom: Resolving Conflict on Your Board  Alyssa Sloan, Ph.D., King University

Doing Good Better: Tips on Becoming a More Effective Board  Panel of ABN Board Members: Larsen Jay, Don Parnell (Chair), and Patricia Robledo; Facilitated by Alex Miller, Ph.D., UT Haslam College of Business

Getting Past Give or Get: Engaging the Board in Meaningful Fundraising  Danelle Glasscock, United Way of Greater Kingsport

Leading Together: The Board Chair and Executive Director Relationship  Steve Diggs and Doug Kennedy, Emerald Youth Foundation

Governing in Tough Times: Sexual Harassment Prevention and Awareness  Jennifer Richter, J.D., UT Office of Equity and Diversity

The Importance of Leading Well  Chuck Carringer, Ph.D., Chuck Carringer Executive Coaching