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CONTACT: MONIQUE DICARLO
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486

Release: Jan. 31, 2000

Women's Center offers seminar on non-profit leadership

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Are you a new board member trying to understand your responsibilities? Are you a board president or executive director trying to design a board member orientation program? Have you been a board member for a while but need more clarity on how to do your job?

"Effective Board Leadership: Managing for Non-Profit Excellence," an upcoming seminar in the Women's Resource & Action Center's ongoing "Social Change Training" series will help you build and enhance skills to guide your organization toward the best possible governance.

The seminar will be Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Lucas Dodge Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. Workshop topics will include financial management for board members, managing an executive director, fundraising for board members, building effective boards, and tips for planning and facilitating effective meetings. Participants will have the opportunity to apply these skills.

"The 'Social Change Training Program' is designed to teach practical skills to use in progressive social change work," says Women's Center Director Monique DiCarlo. "This seminar focuses on providing participants with the knowledge and skills that are needed for leadership positions in non-profit organizations. We're particularly hoping women and members of other historically oppressed groups, who are all too often left out of these critical roles, will attend."

Seminar trainers possess a broad range of skills and experience of remarkable depth and scope. Workshop presenters are Willard "Sandy" Boyd, UI professor of law and president emeritus of both the University of Iowa and the Field Museum in Chicago; Monique DiCarlo, director of the Women's Resource & Action Center and an adjunct faculty member in the UI School of Social Work; Regenia Bailey, executive director of the Iowa Women's Foundation; Karen Kubby, executive director of the Emma Goldman Clinic; and Jenny Van Der Weide, a community volunteer and board member and finance director of a local non-profit social service agency.

Co-sponsors are the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic, Rape Victim Advocacy Program, Iowa Shares, Emma Goldman Clinic, Iowa City Crisis Center, Iowa Women's Foundation, Iowa Citizens Action Network Education Foundation, City of Iowa City, and the Greater Iowa City Housing Fellowship.

The $50 seminar fee includes lunch; some scholarships are available. To register, request childcare or an accommodation to attend, or for more information, please call the Women's Resource & Action Center at (319) 335-1486.