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Previous Cohorts
The First Chicago Cohort
The First Chicago Cohort featured esteemed community leaders represented by presidents, committee chairs, treasurers, vice presidents, and more, the group of 28 outstanding leaders set the bar high for all future participants. As for what they gained, the results from our comprehensive evaluation speak for themselves!
90% or more of participants reported noticable improvements in the following areas:
How to be prepared and ready to serve as a board member
Confidence level as a board member increased
Engaging other board members in educational or developmental opportunities
95% of participants found enhancement in the following fields:
Skills and abilities necessary to be an effective board member
Identifying practices, strategies and tools that needed to be improved on their boards
Working relationships with fellow board members
"What a night! The first session at Northwestern tonight was great. Such a fantastic cohort and curriculum, I'm honored to be a part of this program! Keshet is going to benefit from our involvement. Thanks for including us!"
Chicago-1 Participant
"The panel was terrific! Thank you so much for your efforts to get great panelists!! Lots of energy and enthusiasm, good Q&A - the whole thing was a big success!"
Chicago-1 Participant
"The information I have learned or that has been reinforced - whether through faculty presentations or experiences shared by members of the cohort - is empowering."
Chicago-1 Participant
"The learning has been amazing. My thinking about who is a good board member has totally changed."
Chicago-1 Participant
"I feel more confident as a board member and am speaking up way more often."
Chicago-1 Participant
"Great speakers so far. They keep on trying to network us into the best leaders around Chicago and the world."
Chicago-1 Participant
"Honored to be a part of this inaugural cohort with many new friends and several other brothers of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity."
Chicago-1 Participant
The National Cohort
The National Cohort expanded the principles and material taught in the first Chicago Cohort and took The Board Member Institute's mission nation-wide. 19 participants from across the country came to Kellogg in Chicago to enhance their board skills and governance practice knowledge.
"I am taking more ownership and going to the chair before he needs to come to me"
National Participant
"I think I am better engaged because I learned to focus only on boards that I believe I can have the most impact on"
National Participant
"I stepped up to be President of the board"
National Participant
"I am more informed about how I should decide whether or not I should serve on a board- both for my own understanding of what I am committing to, and to understand the health of the organization"
National Participant
"Having the experience gives me a lot of credibility, which naturally turns into confidence"
National Participant
"I understand better how I need to behave in the group, relative to my position, age and experience"
National Participant
"I feel like I know how to do my job better"
National Participant
The Second Chicago Cohort
The Second Chicago Cohort began on January 7, 2019 and meets bi-monthly for evening and half-day sessions. The participating organizations are based in Chicago and focus their work on the local Jewish community. The program concluded on June 6, 2019. The Second Chicago Cohort has 19 participants.

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