Governance Training

Governance Training

  • The governance training platform for DiverseCity onBoard has been developed for adult learners by experts in governance. Here is a brief overview of the seven modules. These will be updated and enhanced on a regular basis.

    View the DiverseCity onBoard Governance Program Overview.

    Board Essentials

    • The context of the not-for-profit sector
    • Board life cycles, models and best practices
    • Board roles and responsibilities
    • Board meeting process and member participation
    • Tools and resources to support learners in their board position


    Legal Roles & Responsibilities

    • The legal obligations and issues of being a board member
    • The rights and powers of a board of directors and individual board members
    • Board composition
    • The legal considerations and liabilities of board members
    • Understanding insurance


    Finance Fundamentals

    • The role of boards, organizations, and board members in relation to finance
    • Finance related roles and committees
    • Budget planning and analysis
    • Interpretation of financial statements and budgets
    • How to assess the financial health of the organization


    Commitment to Diversity

    • Foundational understanding of the importance of diversity on boards
    • The dimensions of diversity and inclusion
    • The business case for diversity
    • Board member roles in promoting diversity
    • Understanding of cultural competence, tokenism, generalization, minimization, and the culture of a board


    Risk Management

    • Understanding risk
    • The role of the board in managing risk
    • Enterprise Risk Management
    • Structures and processes for managing risk
    • Risk classification and tolerance


    Strategic Planning

    • Understanding and developing an organization’s purpose and impact
    • A strategic planning process and the tools to develop a strategic plan
    • Methods for implementing the strategic plan
    • Roles of the board and the executives in developing and implement the plan


    Resource Development

    • Context and challenges of resource development
    • Key principles and concepts of effective resource development
    • Success through a planning process
    • Role of the board to support and enhance resource development


    In addition, as a client of DiverseCity onBoard, you will have access to regular online events, such as webinars. We will often ask a governance expert to host a discussion on particular issues as they arise.

    As well, your local DiverseCity onBoard organization will host regular in-person events, panels, networking gatherings and mixers. These are essential to attend in order to round out your governance profile and develop further personal and professional governance connections.

  • The DiverseCity onBoard online governance training is for anyone, anywhere.

  • Meet our team of subject matter experts and leaders in the governance field. Together we have developed high quality, self-paced online governance training, webinars, and supplementary online and in person sessions to provide all individuals, regardless of background, with the skills, knowledge, and resources to make an immediate contribution on governance boards in the non-profit and public sectors.

    Faculty bios.

  • Individual Governance Training Subscription – $250


    Contact us if fees will inhibit your participation.

  • Kevin Robinson: it has been a pleasure taking the DiverseCity onBoard course. The self-paced online classroom technology was flexible and convenient, easy to use, and supports the learning experience.


    The course is so rich. Critical information for a nonprofit board. Great overview of the board and their responsibilities.

    Great to see the incorporation of finance in board operations. Covers all essential topics.

    described in plain language the dimesnions of diversity and inclusion and its importance in effective board governance. Delved into areas I hadn't anticipated.

Governance Training