Learn from the experience of our winners!

The annual Board Leadership Award not only recognizes outstanding, highly successful boards, but also provides an opportunity for all of us to learn from their journeys to extraordinary.

Presenting the Center's 3rd annual Board Best Practices Video Shorts, including interviews with leaders from award winner, Friends of the Library, Montgomery County and honorable mention, Imagination Stage.

 

First release: Board service: Making it easy

Cast: Pamela Saussy, Board Chair, and Ari Brooks, Executive Director at Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (FOLMC)
Guest appearance:  Anne Schrantz, Partner at CohnReznick, Board Leadership Award sponsor

Discover how FOLMC makes serving on the Board easier, how they've integrated student members into Board service, and how they continuously orient their mission in every effort related to serving on the Board.

 

Second release: Communicating through a crisis

Cast: Pamela Saussy, Board Chair, and Ari Brooks, Executive Director at Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (FOLMC)
Guest appearance:  Anne Schrantz, Partner at CohnReznick, Board Leadership Award sponsor

FOLMC recently went through the complicated process of restructuring their volunteer model. Learn how they did it, why they decided to consult a crisis communications team, how they timed reaching out to stakeholders, and more!

 

Third release: Institutionalizing DEI

Cast: Kim Barnette, Incoming Board Chair at Imagination Stage
Guest appearance: Anne Schrantz, Partner at CohnReznick, Board Leadership Award sponsor

Imagination Stage (IS) has infused every aspect of their DEI work with intentionality. Listen to Kim Barnette as she details the conversations that helped IS achieve new heights in their DEI efforts, how they enshrined IDEA policies at the board and staff level and the fundraising methods they used to fill their IDEA Fund.

 


Congratulations to the 2022 award winner:
Friends of the Library, Montgomery County

Founded in 1982, FOLMC supports Montgomery County Public Libraries and promotes lifelong learning through supplemental funding, programs, and other equipment.

... and our Honorable Mention:
Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage was founded in 1979 under the name Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts. In the 42 years since, this nonprofit has become a respected regional theatre arts center recognized for its high quality, innovative programming, and for providing a safe haven for children to embrace and explore their creativity.

Thank you to everyone who makes this award possible:

Our selection committee dedicates their time for several months to focus on thoroughly reviewing all nominations, participating in interviews, and attending site visits.

And also to our 2022 Board Leadership Award presenting sponsor:

 

 

 


With support and input from area experts, the Center created this award in 2011 to recognize and spotlight outstanding leadership from nonprofit Boards of Directors in the Greater Washington area.

This award distinguishes those Boards that go above and beyond recommended standards and fundamentals to bring new levels of leadership to their role, resulting in positive changes and notable successes for their organizations. To win the award, all candidates must go through an extensive selection process that includes nominations, interviews, and final site visits.

Learn from the experience of our past winners!

In 2020 and 2021, the Center presented a series of video shorts on relevant topics. The series includes interviews with leaders from award winners and honorable mentions. Videos are available to watch on demand.