Kicking Off the New Year Strong: How to Become a Board Chair Champion

Learn why effective board leadership matters, explore core functions of Board Chairs & Vice-Chairs, and get essential tools for starting the year strong.

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BoardSavvy Governance Training Session

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Mike Mizzoni, Chief Governance Officer, BoardOnTrack

Mike brings a wealth of experience to his role as BoardOnTrack’s Chief Governance Officer. Before joining the BoardOnTrack team 5 years ago, Mike worked for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, where he served as the Director of Trustee and Community Relations and formerly as Deputy General Counsel. Mike began his career as a Legislative Aide at the Massachusetts State House while attending law school full-time. In addition to his professional experience, Mike volunteers for a variety of organizations. He has served as the Vice-Chair of the Town of Littleton School Committee, on the Board of Directors of the Freedom Summer Collegiate, an education non-profit that he co-founded, and as an active member of the UMass Lowell Young Alumni Council.

Mike currently lives in Littleton, Massachusetts, and is a proud graduate of both the University of Massachusetts Lowell and New England Law Boston. While not working, Mike enjoys playing soccer, volleyball, traveling, and spending time outside with his French Bulldog, Charlie!

Gina_FarfardGina Fafard, Senior Governance Coach, BoardOnTrack

Gina brings over 20 years of educational leadership experience to BoardOnTrack, having served students and families in both large urban and small suburban districts. Gina taps into her broad range of experience, from being a classroom teacher to Charter School CEO to providing governance coaching that is both practical and attainable. She believes that the key to success in growing a healthy and vibrant school or network of schools starts with its leadership. Gina helped pioneer the role of governance coach at BoardOnTrack and has twice been a BoardOnTrack Member – once serving as a CEO of a CT Charter School and the second time in Florida.

Gina holds an EdS degree, an MS degree in Ed Leadership, and a BA degree in Art. When she’s not coaching school boards, she enjoys everything outdoors, including camping, fishing, kayaking, and cycling.

About this Event:

Effective Board leadership isn’t just a nice-to-have–it’s crucial to the success of your charter organization. Board chairs and Vice-chairs play a critical role in setting the tone for the board, ensuring it functions effectively, and holding the entire team accountable.

If you’re in a board leader position (or think you may become one), in this on-demand webinar you'll discover: 

    • Why board leadership really matters 
    • Core functions of a Board Chair & Vice-Chair
    • Ways to start the year off strong, and tools to make it happen