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Webinar Series: Co-op Directors 101

Roles and Responsibilities of Directors

Wednesday, May 6, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

This session will focus on the different functions performed by directors including fiduciary and oversight responsibilities. We will review the relationships between the board, management, and members.

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Tools for an Effective Board


Wednesday, May 13,
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Attendees will learn about strategies for developing an efficient board including meeting agendas and facilitation, committees, and maintaining a healthy board culture. We will review key elements of effective decision making.

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Cooperative Finance 101


Wednesday, May 20, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

This session will provide an overview of cooperative finance including defining terms, reading financial statements, questions boards should ask and tools for monitoring financial performance including reports and key indicators.

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Outstanding board leadership is a critical component of being a successful cooperative business. Great boards don’t just happen, however, they are built and honed. Governance training is critical to developing a productive and forward-thinking board, increasing productivity of the cooperative, and ensuring a positive relationship between the board and management.

Directors have many duties and responsibilities. Every director has a unique set of skills, expertise, and blind spots. It’s the collective perspectives and collaboration that create the best environment for sound decision-making. The stronger the individual directors are, the stronger the board will be as a unit.

Who should attend

Newly elected directors and directors that have not received formal cooperative board training.


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Kelly Maynard
Cooperative Development Specialist, UW Center for Cooperatives

Kelly Maynard is part of the team of Cooperative Development Specialists at the Center, focusing her work on supporting food and agricultural enterprises in rural communities. She enjoys working with diverse groups as they refine their cooperative business proposition and she prioritizes facilitation and learning about group process and governance in the early stages of cooperative development.

Please contact Megan Webster at with questions.