Being an effective board member takes practice.  As an executive officer at the Apache Foundation, the Chair of the Apache SpamAssassin Committee, a founder at POAC-NoVA (the largest autism support group in Northern Virginia), the cofounder of 4 start-ups, advisor to 2 firms and CEO of my own firm I’ve learned a few tricks along the way.

  • Agendas
  • Whimsy
  • The Importance of a Good Chair
  • Mailing Lists
  • Corporate Veils, Governance & D&O Insurance
  • Personal Information
  • MLK
  • Policies
  • Transparency
  • Team Drives
  • Redundancy
  • JFDI
  • Burnout & Illness
  • Best Practices (w/Attendee Participation)


Those on boards or interested in joining a board will gain an appreciation for lessons learned and advice to be an effective board member.  

Joining a board can be highly rewarding or miserable. Learn from the mistakes of others!