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Co-op Directors Governance Webinars

Cooperative Board Self Evaluation  

April 13, 2021, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CT 

Board evaluations are a critical component of maintaining a healthy, functioning board of directors, however they often fall to the backburnerThis session will explore why and how to conduct board evaluations. It will also explain different methods for conducting board evaluations and their respective advantages and disadvantages  

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DecisionMaking Tools for the Board Room 

May 4, 2021, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CT 

The top function of the board of directors is to make good decisions that are the best for the cooperative and its members. This session builds on our “Tools for an Effective Board” webinar and will take a deeper look at strategies that enhance cooperative decision-making abilities. We will explore a range of both process and closure tools that can increase participation and overcome common sticking points in reaching a decision.  

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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

This training is for directors from all sectors and types of cooperatives.


Courtney BernerCourtney Berner head shot
Executive Director, UW Center for Cooperatives

As Executive Director, Courtney develops research, outreach, and education programs on cooperatives and provides support to new and established cooperatives in a wide range of industries. Her areas of expertise include cooperative education, business development, cooperative finance and governance, and innovative uses of the cooperative model.

Kelly Maynard
Cooperative Development Specialist, UW Center for CooperativesKelly Maynard head shot

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.