About the Program

Accepting applications for 2024. Click here for more information.

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Program Overview

Ready to Lead seeks to support and engage historically under-represented people who wish to serve on nonprofit/government boards, committees, task forces, commissions, and other work groups. We seek to increase both the diversity of skilled people ready to serve and the inclusiveness of organizations who deliver services in the community. Participants also have a program mentor.

There is no cost to participants although we ask people to commit to attending all four sessions which average three hours each. All sessions will be at the Rochester Public Library. 



  • Expectations, Roles, & Responsibilities of Board Members

  • Board Governance Structures
  • Understanding Financial Statements

  • Conducting a Meeting - Robert’s Rules of Order

  • Board Member Panel
  • Networking

Board Member Roles and Responsibilities

Participants will learn the various roles and responsibilities of serving on a board. Topics include legal and fiduciary responsibilities of serving on a board; relationship of board members to organization staff; policy formation; and the importance of strategic planning.

Board Governance Structures

Participants will understand what is “board governance” and how it relates to both board member roles and operational staff. Topics covered include legal and ethical responsibilities of a board, an overview of board governance (principles, practices, and models), roles of committees, and considerations for accepting board assignments.

Understanding Financial Statements

This session provides an overview of basic financial reports, insights on how to read them, and key points of consideration from a board member perspective.

Robert's Rules of Order

Participants will learn and demonstrate the very basics of Robert’s Rules of Order. Topics covered include the Basic Rules and Principles of Parliamentary Procedure, basic types of motions, and debating and discussing motions.

Ready to start your leadership journey?

If you are ready to take the next step towards community leadership through board participation, we urge you to apply for this free program today. Ready to Lead provides a unique opportunity to build a foundation for engaged board membership as well as direct connections to leadership opportunities.

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