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Technology is changing everything, including how boards do their work. As a seminary president, for example, I advocated for a paperless board, which is a great tool for any group of trustees.

Over several meetings, our school transitioned to a thoughtfully designed, user-friendly portal to facilitate board business. As a result, board members had immediately access to archives. With the click of a mouse, they could use email, listservs, and other e-communication tools to share thoughts and questions instantly with their colleagues. Committee posts and reports were all posted on the portal. Some votes were taken online. Except for a couple of holdouts, everyone bought into the program after being trained and encouraged to use this new tool.

A paperless board does come with some legal, technical, and licensing issues. For a good review of some problems with digital communication, see Lawrence White’s short article in Trusteeship (September/October 2013, p. 7), “The Paperless Board and the Law,” which is available to AGB members here.

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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.

In Trust Center Resource Grants


An In Trust Center Resource Grant offers member schools a chance to explore innovation at their institutions through a matching grant opportunity of up to $15,000. Listen to this 30-minute information session, including Q&A, as we provide details on eligibility requirements, funding priorities, application process. Previous grantees are eligible to apply as long as they are not within our current funding cycle.

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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