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Over the past academic year, it has been my honor to advise and co-lead a joint project with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) on governance which has engaged the leadership teams (president, board members, deans and/or faculty members) of 21 schools. Each school has focused on a unique issue or challenge related to governance at their institution.


During the final meeting, as the initiative drew to a close, participants offered reports based on their findings. From these reports it became clear that this was only a single stop on a long governance path. The work of governance never ends.

Some of the themes that emerged: 

  • The importance of being mission-focused
  • The critical nature of good communication
  • The strength of trusting relationships
  • The importance of clarity of roles and responsibilities

Eliza Smith Brown, director of communications and external relations at ATS, sums up the lessons learned in a catchy top-ten list. “Personal relationships and trust are critical to success,” she says. And “don’t wait for a crisis to improve governance processes.”

Which lessons do you need to tend to now as you consider where you are on your governance journey?

Read the full list of lessons learned at Colloquy Online

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Closing the Trust Gap


The current and very troubling condition of trust is a clarion call to action. But despite the dismal data showing pervasive organizational distrust, every organization can assess their current level of trust, learn and adopt a proven trust building framework, and then develop a meaningful and long-lasting plan of action. This webinar details the knowledge and practical next steps to strengthen workplace culture as a result of closing the trust gap.

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Conflict + Crisis: Navigating the Shoals, Part 2 – A Deeper Dive


Presenter Donna Alexander, President & CEO of Advoxum Global Strategies, offers best practices for navigating conflict and crisis. She examines the crucial elements of defining conflict and crisis, identifying, and prioritizing affected stakeholders, utilizing effective communication strategies, and ultimately, executing a plan of action. Click here to view.

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