Insights into nonprofit leadership & governance

LaRhonda Magras to Lead YWCA Central Alabama as CEO

The Board of Directors of the YWCA Central Alabama is delighted to announce that LaRhonda Magras, EdD., has been elected CEO of the organization, effective September 1, 2019. Currently Senior Vice President, Program & Operations with YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Magras succeeds Yolanda Sullivan, who retired as...


Christy Eckoff Named Managing Director of Atlanta Jewish Foundation

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta (Federation) is pleased to announce that Christy Butler Eckoff, J.D., L.L.M., will join the non-profit organization as chief foundation officer and managing director of the Atlanta Jewish Foundation (AJF) on August 12, 2019, following an extensive national search for candidates. “We are...


Diversifying Leadership at Your Nonprofit

By Crystal Stephens and Ayanna Grady-Hunt  In our work with nonprofit organizations, many board leaders express a desire to diversify their leadership team. At BoardWalk, we know that a commitment to diversity is never as simple as one key hire. It requires a willingness to listen and adopt new approaches, a desire to...


Cyril Turner named President of Year Up

After an extensive nationwide search, Year Up has named Cyril Turner as its next President. Turner will succeed Garett Moran, who led the organization's growth and expansion for more than 5 years. Turner comes to Year Up from Delta Air Lines, Inc., where he was President of Delta Global Services and Delta Private Jets. He...


Leslie Gordon Announced As Executive Director of Breman Museum

Concluding a wide-ranging national search, the Board of Directors of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum has unanimously voted to appoint Leslie Gordon, a native of Savannah and an acclaimed Atlanta cultural leader, as its new Executive Director. She will start on February 4, 2019. Ms. Gordon has served as Director of...


Three things we like about our new website (and think you will, too)

By Sam Pettway I admit it. We’re walking around the BoardWalk office feeling a bit like proud parents these days. Instead of balloons, however, we’re passing out links to our newly updated website. Digital communications are not our specialty. We’d far rather be helping our nonprofit clients find the perfect...


Five questions every search committee should ask (of its candidates)

Last month in this space, we offered five questions every search committee should ask (of itself)1, an exercise we recommend every search committee undertake at the very outset of any major executive search. This month, we focus on the more traditional issue of questions addressed to candidates. A quick scan of the Internet...


Two mistakes in CEO transitions – and three best practices

You’ve just wrapped an intensive search process. A dynamic new CEO, with the right assets for the challenges and aspirations of your organization, will start in a few weeks. Congratulations! Now what? Everyone exhales and thanks the committee for its fine work. There is a collective sigh of relief. That’s...


Five Tips on Transitioning from an Iconic CEO

The arrival of a new CEO is a chance to welcome new ideas, possibilities and energy. But when the new leader follows a beloved, long-serving predecessor, successful transitioning is a challenge. BoardWalk recently invited a group of nonprofit CEO’s and board leaders to discuss their experiences with such challenging...


Five people to invite onto every search committee –and two to avoid

Since the founding of BoardWalk Consulting in 2002, we have worked with scores of nonprofit and foundation CEO search committees. The vast majority of the CEO search committees we serve are charged with identifying, attracting, vetting and recommending a final candidate to becomeCEO of their respective organizations. The final...

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